How Nikon Complicated My Life…In a Good Way

If you follow my blog you already know that I have been working on a new book called Exposure: Snapshots to Great Shots. Things were going along just fine until Nikon decided to announce the D3100. After checking out the camera specs (14.2MP, 11 point auto-focus, ISO range from 100 to 12,800, EXPEED 2 processor, 3″ display with Live View, and 1080p HD video with active focusing) I knew that I had to grab one up for a new book. I called my publisher and told them what I wanted to do and, like me, they were really excited about it.

I have been waiting for the camera to hit stores and I was lucky enough to find one online last week so I jumped on it and today the FedEx delivered my little box of Nikon goodness to my doorstep. So now I’m putting the Exposure book on hold for just a little bit to write the new Nikon D3100: Snapshots to Great Shots. The book is already listed online for pre-sale at Amazon and Barnes&Noble and it should be available in time for the holidays. And don’t worry, I’ll be back to the Exposure book before you know it.

Comments

  1. Tom Marshall says:

    Now Nikon has announced the D7000. Are you going to do that book too? Never a dull moment, is there?

    • I’m so jammed up with the D3100 and Exposure books that I’m probably not going to be doing the D7000 book. I’m not sure who is going to be writing that one but I’m sure they will do a great job.

  2. I am a Canon shooter, own your T1i book, and am ready for your Exposure book.

  3. Hi. I enjoyed your D3000 and D5000 books. However I wonder, since I didn’t find the mention inside: are 100% of the pictures in each book taken with the DSLR that you are reviewing? Also, I think that mentioning the exact lens that you are using, though most of it are pro level, would be a plus compared to just writing the exposure speed and aperture.

    If I buy the D3100 for somebody in my family, I will surely include your book with it ;-)

    • Hi Eric,
      No, not all the images are taken with the book that the camera is written about, for two reasons. First, it would take a very long time to collect images that relate to everything I teach in the book. By the time I was able to take all the photos, the camera would probably not be around anymore. Second, if I am demonstrating the result of a certain effect or technique, like shallow depth of field, it doesn’t really matter what camera took the photo. My hope is that when the person is done reading one of my books they will feel confident that they can take their camera and get the same types of photographs.

      As for the lenses, each photo, with the exception of one or two of them, has all the metadata with it. That should include the lens data as well.

      • I understand very well. And, given the pace of this industry, you have to publish the book pretty soon.

        However I feel a little bit deceived, because it also means that the wonderful pictures in your book are possibly not made with these entry-level cameras. Everybody want to see what is really achievable with their new companion.

        Regarding the pictures lens, unfortunately I cannot check the EXIF on a printed book :-)

        • My intent has never been to deceive, rather to show the reader what is possible. There’s a saying that goes “It’s not the number of pixels you have but how you use them that counts” and that is something that I truly believe. I think you will find that pretty much every camera specific book on the market does the same thing. I can tell you that I have taken 99.5% of all the pictures in my books. This is not the case with other books in the market that rely on images from photographers other than the author as well as stock imagery.

          As for the exif data, it is printed in the corner of each image in the book. There is a small overlay on each photo which shows the ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Lens used for making the photograph. The exception to this are the photos of the camera and menus.

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