Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide

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Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide (Digital Field Guide) by David D. Busch, book reviewThe instruction manuals that are provided with cameras do not usually go into a great deal of detail. Spending a few extra pounds on a comprehensive guide book for a particular model of camera seems like a good investment. For the owner of a Nikon D40 or D40X digital single-lens reflex camera, David Busch’s Digital Field Guide is an excellent choice.

After a ‘Quick Tour’ explaining how to shoot your first picture, review your pictures, correct the exposure and transfer images to a computer, the guide is split into two main sections. Part I is entitled ‘Using the Nikon D40/D40X’ and covers three chapters: Exploring the Nikon D40/D40X, Nikon D40/D40X Essentials, and Setting Up Nikon D40/D40X. Part II is concerned with ‘Creating Great Photos with the Nikon D40/D40X’. There are five chapters in this second part: Exposure Essentials, All About Lenses, Working with Light, Photo Subjects, and Downloading and Editing Images. The guide ends with an appendix entitled Troubleshooting and a ten-page glossary. Finally there is an index.

It would make sense for anyone using a digital single-lens reflex camera to read through the Part I (sixty-four pages) of this Digital Field Guide chapter by chapter. Part II can be dipped into once you have mastered the basics of the camera and are interested in particular aspects of its use. Chapter 7 on Photo Subjects, for example, covers seventy-six pages with a wide range of topics: action photography, macro photography, night scenes and water scenes among others. Here photographers can pick and choose the sections that interest them.

There is obviously a huge amount of technical language in this type of guide, but Busch’s style of writing is informal and does not overwhelm you. His explanations are particularly thorough, and if you come across an unfamiliar term it is easy to look it up in the glossary. The text is presented in two columns with frequent use of coloured sub-headings to break it into easily digestible passages.

The book has plenty of photographs of the camera itself with relevant parts clearly labelled so that it is easy to follow the explanations that they accompany. In addition there are numerous colour photographs throughout the guide – even interspersed in the detailed table of contents. These convey the camera’s possibilities beautifully, covering landscapes, close-ups of nature, sporting events, people, architecture and still life.

The Nikon D40/D40X Digital Field Guide measures 22.6 x 15.2 cm and is 1.5 cm thick. This relatively small format means it would fit easily into a backpack or large handbag for photographers who want to take it along on their travels. The extra weight, however, might make it a little too much for those already carrying a large camera bag with extra lenses and other accessories.

David D. Busch is a former award-winning photojournalist and the world’s best-selling author of guidebooks for specific cameras. He has published over ninety books on digital photography, including ‘Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies‘. His photographs have been widely published in magazines such as Petersen’s Photographic and Scientific American. He also writes articles and reviews of digital cameras.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer, it is unlikely that you will find a better guidebook for the Nikon D40/D40X than Busch’s Digital Field Guide. It is fully comprehensive, has a very accessible layout, and is beautifully presented with the inclusion of colour photographs and diagrams.

Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide by David D. Busch
Paperback, 256 pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2007

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