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David Busch’s Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

  • ISBN13: 9781598639056
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description
Welcome to the D90, Nikon’s newest full-featured—yet compact and affordable—digital SLR camera. David Busch’s Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography shows you how to maximize your camera’s robust feature set, blazing fast automatic focus, the real-time preview system Live View, HDTV movie-making capabilities, and the Retouch mode that allows you to edit your picture in the camera, to take outstanding photos. You’ll learn how, when, and, most importantly, why to use each of the cool features and functions of your camera to take eye-popping photographs. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply the Nikon D90’s exposure modes, focus controls, and electronic flash options. You’ll also find loads of helpful information and tips on choosing lenses, flash units, and software products to use with your new camera. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you’ll quickly learn how to use your Nikon D90, and use it like a pro!
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David Busch’s Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography



  • Tolga

    If you are new to SLRs and you can actually read the owners manual this guide is not for you.

    I was expecting this guide to introduce me to D90 in addition to some of the dSLR concepts after all I can read the owners manual to see where the buttons or menus are.

    I was very surprised to see the format book was following. For some reason 10% of the book seem to explain why this guide is better then the manual that comes with the camera. Every chapter has this prelude that explains why the owner manuals version is so much more complicated (which I don’t agree) then does the similar cross referencing the owner manual does.

    Earlier chapters you find things that say “Here is how you set the bracketing, we will discuss “bracketing” in further detail in Chapter X, Y”. So you turn over to X and Y chapters and try to figure out where the for-mentioned section is which is very time consuming. I was expecting better road map then the owner manual has.

    Over all i do not recommend this book.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  • Peter Jones

    This is the first time the Amazon review system has let me down and I’ll be returning this book. Despite the very positive reviews, this book has several problems ranging from innocent typos to completely inaccurate information.

    It’s obvious that a large part of this book was produced by copying any pasting from one of the author’s previous books. He even mistakenly refers to the D90 as the D60 and the EOS (which is a Canon camera). At one point in the book two paragraphs are repeated two pages away from one another. Copy and paste side effects like these are apparent throughout the book.

    I would have been more inclined to give this book three stars if it weren’t for the sometimes confusing and occasionally misleading information it presents. More than once I had to refer to the owner’s manual that came with the D90 to clarify contradicting instructions from Mr. Busch. He even contradicted himself several times in the book, saying that something was possible on one page just to say it wasn’t possible on the following page.

    For example, Mr. Busch asserts on page 286 and 287 that the D90 can’t command remote (wireless) flashes without the aid of a SB-900 or SU-800. This is completely false. Even the D80 could remotely fire wireless Speedlights such as the SB-600. Ironically, Mr. Busch includes a picture on page 286 showing the D90 setup screen for enabling commander mode and configuring remote Speedlights.

    I would recommend looking at another guide book, or just read the owner’s manual a few times while waiting for the author to update his book with another printing or edition. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any source of errata information available that would make me comfortable recommending this book in its current state.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  • Mark Colan

    [I am new to this camera, as I assume most who buy this book are. If you find errors in the review of this book, kindly leave a comment so I can learn.]

    I bought this book hoping to easily find and use information I need to take pictures and to speed me through the learning curve. I have used film SLRs and digital point-and-shoots (two Nikons), but the D90 is my first digital SLR.

    The book has a similar organization as the user manual – it describes the camera. It would be a better book if it described tasks and how to do them, thus complementing the user manual with a different organization and a thorough index.

    After skimming the first half, I came up with three things I needed to know quickly to use my camera. The book did not help in the way I had hoped.

    Problem 1: First-time Setup

    Chapter 3 covers the setup and options for this complex cameras. Some are things many people won’t use (arcane features, or the “retouch” features which are like Photoshop-lite inside the camera, or “Pictmotion” to make camera-based slideshows). Some are things you might want to play with after you get to know the basic things to optimize for your use, such as customization.

    There are also a few key things that many people will want to change from the first time they use the camera.

    For example, by default, every time you remove the memory card to transfer pictures to a computer, they would reset the sequence numbers to zero. I think I am in the majority of users who would prefer that each picture have a unique sequence number that continues to the next number when you return the memory card to the camera. It’s hard to understand why Nikon thinks that reseting each time should be the default, but at least they gave us an option to change it to how I expected it to work.

    The book should have a brief guide of the top 5 settings that new owners may want to consider changing for their first use of the camera in Chapter 1. Google on “Ken Rockwell D90 Camera Settings” (without quotes) and you’ll find a longer list like I have in mind.

    Chapter 3, which is the D90 menu in exhaustive detail, is the longest chapter by far in the book, and includes picture editing and slide-show features. It belongs later in the book, following the chapters that go into detail on exposure, advanced tips, lenses, lighting, etc, and it might be useful to have separate chapters for setup for shooting vs post-processing.

    Problem 2: Learning to use Aperture Priority

    During a shoot, I needed to learn Aperture Priority mode to maximize depth of field for macro shots. Having read the book, I set the mode dial to A, and proceeded to change the aperture on the lens; the result was a flashing “FEE” error in the camera. I have learned, not from this book, that this happens when the aperture ring is not locked – in other words, you can’t use the aperture ring to adjust the aperture. I consulted the book to learn what the camera wanted me to do to change aperture settings.

    Aperture Priorty Mode is not listed in the index, even though using the mode knob is fundamental to using the camera.

    I went to the table of contents. There is no major heading there for Exposure Modes, but after scanning a lot of entries I eventually found the section. In Chapter 4, Fine-Tuning Exposure, he tells you why you would use Aperture Priority Mode, and when to adust the aperture… but does not tell you HOW to actually set the aperture! In the brief description of Chapter 1 “Advanced Modes” (which should be called “Exposure Modes”), he gives a brief explanation of the four exposure modes, but nothing about adjusting aperture or shutter speed.

    I guessed that maybe I should use the Command wheel, which he says is used to adjust settings for various modes. No dice.

    Eventually I found my answer by googling on “d90 aperture priority mode” (don’t use quotes). It turns out that the SUBcommand wheel, the one in the front, is used to adjust the aperture, and the Command wheel for shutter speed. Why don’t they use the same one? Because in Manual mode, you need to use both, and it is less confusing to have the SUBcommand wheel behave the same for M and A modes. By the way, you cannot adjust the aperture without the light meter enabled. To do that, you press and release the +/- button, the AF button, the AE button, or the metering mode; or press the shutter button half way and release. THEN you can adjust the aperture.

    Back to the book. Does he cover this when describing subcommand wheel? Yes and no. If you look under the details for the subcommand wheel in Chapter 1, he gives setting the aperture as an example of when the subcommand wheel is used, but does not mention pressing a button to enable it. In the explanation for Manual Exposure Mode in Chapter 4 (which is AFTER the section on Aperture Mode), he does mention the roles of Command and Subcommand wheels, but does not explain that they only work when the light meter is active, or that you must press one of a few buttons to activate it. None this is listed in the index under “aperture”; none of it is explained in the Aperture Mode section.

    It’s the same problem for Shutter Priority Mode: in that section in Chapter 4, he tells you when you want to use this mode, and when to adjust the shutter speed, but not HOW to adjust the shutter speed (using the command wheel), or that you need to press a button first.

    Problem 3: Making HD Movies

    D90 gets a lot of buzz for being able to create HD (720p) movies. I wanted to try it out. In the index, there are entries for HDTV and for movies, but they talk about the five minute limitation of movie clips, and settings for movie resolution. I have heard of “LiveView” (a meaningless term that serves to hide some potentially useful features), and figured that he would have a subsection in the LiveView section to walk you through making a movie.

    He has a section on continuous shooting, but if there is any place that outlines how to actually shoot a movie with the D90, I still have not found it. FYI: the D90 user manual (English version) outlines the process on page 50. I expected more discussion on this feature – not in the user manual, but in the book on the D90.

    Bottom Line

    I am disappointed by the book. The organization does not help me with the tasks at hand. The index is incomplete. The table of contents is not a good alternative, because it is organized by camera features rather than by task. Vital information is missing in the in-depth section. And it has a lot of stuff I don’t need for field use (like picture editing), making it heavier to carry.

    Amazon defines two stars as “I don’t like it”. I think it is OK for some people.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  • Cynthia Nichols

    Because the Busch book claimed it was so much better than the owner’s manual, I decided to actually start with the Busch when I got my new camera. After becoming thoroughly confused, however, I went back to the owner’s manual (the thicker one plus the little quick guide) and everything was vastly clearer and easier. The Busch book just doesn’t get the newbie taking pics quickly at all.

    Busch’s structure–spending a HUGE hunk on “setting up” the camera, while constantly referring to later sections of the book–just didn’t work well for me. Busch’s book is also not good for just picking it up and perusing parts and segments…It needs to be read straight through in a concentrated way. Which isn’t bad–just not what I was looking for necessarily.

    That said, there are of course parts which are informative and the pics are nice. Not a bad book to have, but not great for the newbie.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  • Peter Y. Chapman

    I am about half way through this excellent book, given to me as a gift (that i had on my Santa list).

    For a book covering a very technical subject it is readable and concise.

    I wasn’t sure what kind of photographer the author was, not being familiar with him but somewhere in the menu section he mentions that he “takes 1000 to 1,500 pictures average at sporting events.” It’s obvious this isn’t a compiled manual with multiple contributors (if there are ghost writers I wouldn’t know), he’s writing from experience. He shoots with the camera and actively works to get the most out of it. Having just gotten back from a trip up the Central California Coast I was extremely pleased with the increase in quality in shots made due to my new knowledge of my D90. I’ve often told people that this camera is more of an instrument, truly something to master. This manual will help me go a long way in achieving that.

    Also – oh, how I wish all the technical books I’ve purchased were of this quality, printed on coated matte stock and LAY-FLAT BINDING!!! It’s the small attention to details such as these that justify a higher price tag.

    Thank you David Busch.
    Rating: 5 / 5