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Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots (From Snapshots to Great Shots)

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Publisher Comments:

This book is for anyone upgrading from their Nikon D90 or current DSLR to the highly anticipated Nikon D7000. There's the manual, of course, as well as competing books, and while they all explain, often in 400+ pages, what the camera can do, none of them shows exactly how to use the camera to create great images!

This book has one goal: to teach D7000 owners how to make great shots using their new Nikon camera. Users learn how to use the D7000 to create the type of photos that inspired them to buy the camera in the first place. Everything in the book is in service of creating a great image.

Starting with the top ten things users needed to know about the camera, photographer John Batdorff carefully guides readers through the operating features. Owners get practical advice from a pro on which settings to use when, great shooting tips, and even end of chapter assignments.

About the Author

John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer who splits his time between Chicago and Montana. He is a coauthor of Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and his work has been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole. He loves the outdoors and traveling, and sharing his images with others. See his work and read his popular photography blog at

Table of Contents


    Questions and Answers    

-Chapter 1: The D7000 Top Ten List

Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box

Poring Over the Camera

1.    Charge Your Battery

2.    Adjust Your Auto Off Timer Setting

3.    Set Your Image Quality

4.    Turn Off the Auto ISO Setting

5.    Set Your Focus Point and Mode

6.    Set the Correct White Balance

7.    Set Your Color Space

8.    Know How to Override Auto Focus

9.    Review Your Shots

10.    Getting a Feel for the Camera

Chapter 1 Assignments

-Chapter 2: First Things First

    A Few Things to Know and Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures

        Poring Over the Picture

        Poring Over the Picture

        Choosing the Right Memory Card

        Formatting Your Memory Card

        Updating the D7000’s Firmware

        Cleaning the Sensor

        Using the Right Format: Raw vs. JPEG

        Lenses and Focal Lengths

        What is Exposure?

        Motion and Depth of Field

    Chapter 2 Assignments

-Chapter 3: The Auto Modes

    Get Shooting with the Automatic Camera Modes

        Poring Over the Picture

        Poring Over the Picture

        Auto Mode

        Portrait Mode

        Landscape Mode

        Close-Up Mode

        Sports Mode

        Night Portrait Mode

        Child Mode

        Flash Off Mode

        Scene Modes

        Why You May Never Want to Use the Auto Modes Again

    Chapter 3 Assignments

-Chapter 4: The Professional Modes

    Taking Your Photography to the Next level

        Poring Over the Picture

        Poring Over the Picture

        P: Program Mode

        S: Shutter Priority Mode

        A: Aperture Priority Mode

        M: Manual Mode

        How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use

    Chapter 4 Assignments

-Chapter 5: Catch the Action

    How to Shoot When Your Subject is in Motion

        Poring Over the Picture

        Poring Over the Picture

        Aspects to Consider

        Using Shutter Priority Mode (S) to Stop Motion

        Using Aperture Priority Mode (A) to Isolate Your Subject

        The ISO Sensitivity Auto Control Trick

Keep Them in Focus with Continuous-Servo Focus and

AF Focus Point Selection

        Stop and Go with 3D-Tracking AF

        Manual Focus for Anticipated Action

        Keeping Up with the Continuous Shooting Mode

        A Sense of Motion

        Tips for Shooting Action

    Chapter 5 Assignments    

-Chapter 6: Perfect Portraits

Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits

        Poring Over the Picture

        Poring Over the Picture

        Automatic Portrait Mode

        Using Aperture Priority Mode

        Metering Modes for Portraits

        Using the AE-L (Auto Exposure Lock) Feature

        Focus on the Eyes

        Timeless Black and White Portraits

        The Portrait Picture Control for Better Skin Tones

        Detect Faces with Live View

        Use Fill Flash to Reduce Shadows

        Portraits on the Move

        Tips for Shooting Perfect Portraits

    Chapter 6 Assignments

Chapter 7: Landscape Photography

Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Taking Beautiful Landscape Photographs

    Poring Over the Picture

    Poring Over the Picture

    Sharp Focus: Using a Tripod

    Selecting the Proper ISO

    Using Noise Reduction

    Selecting a White Balance

    Using the Landscape Picture Control

    Taming Bright Skies with Exposure Compensation

    Shooting Amazing Black and White Landscapes

    The Golden Light

    Where to Place Your Focus

    Focusing Made Easy

    Smooth Water

    Directing the Viewer’s Eye: A Word About Composition

    Advanced Techniques to Explore

Chapter 7 Assignments

Chapter 8: Low Light in the Spotlight

    Using Low Light Situations to Your Advantage

        Poring Over the Picture

        Poring Over the Picture

        Raising the ISO:  The Simple Solution

        Using Very High ISOs

        Stabilizing the Situation

        Focusing in Low Light

        Shooting Long Exposures

        Using the Built-In Flash

        Compensating for the Flash Exposure

        Reducing Red-Eye

        Rear Curtain Sync

        Flash and Glass

        A Few Words About External Flash

    Chapter 8 Assignments

Chapter 9: Creative Compositions

    Better Photography Starts with Better Composition

        Depth of Field


        Point of View    




        Leading Lines

        Splitting the Frame

        Frames within Frames

    Chapter 9 Assignments

Chapter 10: Lights, Camera, Action!  

    Getting the Most Out Of the D7000’s Video Capabilities

        Live View

        Hold it Steady

        Video Quality





    Chapter 10 Assignments

Chapter 11:  Advanced Techniques

Learn to Photograph Like the Pro’s by Using Advanced Techniques and Building a Complete Kit

        Poring Over the Picture

        Poring Over the Picture

        Spot Meter for More Exposure Control

        Manual Mode

        Lens Flare and Star Bursts

        Bracketing Exposures

HDR: High Dynamic Range

        Macro Photography

        Active D-Lighting

        The My Menu Setting

        Create a Professional Kit


    Chapter 11 Assignments




Product Details

Peachpit Press
Batdorff, John
Edition Description:
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From Snapshots to Great Shots
Publication Date:
9.1 x 7.5 x 0.507 in 581 gr

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