#1. "RE: Picked up my camera!!" In response to Reply # 0
Darrell Young's D7000 guide is very popular and highly rated. Another one is Thom Hogan's "Complete Guide To The Nikon D7000".
I have been very happy with Thom Hogan's 820 page book/guide. It is very detailed in all aspects of using the D7000. Everything is discussed such as its history, myths, features, settings, usage, recommendations for all settings, many features are compared to other Nikon cameras, etc. Even the SB400 through SB900 Speedlights and their usage are discussed in detail.
It's a little expensive if you order his complete package (includes printed, PDF, and ebook versions and a smaller "To Go" condensed “field guide”). I highly recommend at least buying the book/guide in printed form. You will be surprised how many times you grab it off the book shelf for quick reference.
It is sold only through his website, the link is below.
#2. "RE: Picked up my camera!!" In response to Reply # 0
Ray, I would agree totally with Jerry. The Hogan book/set is excellent especially if you have an interest in the technology and how to take advantage of that technology. I like the discussion of the evolution of this model with respect to previous camera models.
The sections on the speedlights are very helpful.
I also have the Young book and it is OK. It has a couple spots where Darrell didn't update the last camera controls to the D7000 (copied text from a previous guide and didn't update it for the D7000). Aside from that, it is OK for a beginner and is a bit easier to use than the Nikon User manual.
#3. "RE: Picked up my camera!!" In response to Reply # 0 Sat 13-Oct-12 08:43 AM by km6xz
St Petersburg, RU
My I ask your background in the fundamentals? Even before equipment specific books, I recommend one or two on the fundamental elements of photography and human visual perception because that seems to be the most important topics and the last ones to be read. If this is your first DSRL, or even film slr, an easy to read book that covers light, exposure that will make all else that comes after, make more sense, is Bryan Peterson's "Understsanding Exposure" http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-3rd-Edition-Photographs/dp/0817439390/ref=dp_ob_title_bk
Edit: Thanks Jerry, I changed the link to your good one. Bryan also has a series of videos on related topics.
#6. "RE: Picked up my camera!!" In response to Reply # 0 Mon 15-Oct-12 05:10 AM by ShrimpBoy
Brighton and Hove, GB
The books are an okay bed-time read but if you've been using a DSLR already then my opinion is you don't really need them. Just shoot with the camera and use Nikonians when things don't quite turn out or you need a tip or trick for a particular situation.
Editing to say: I bought the Hogan book. A good reference, but there's a lot of filler that I consider of little value and I'm not even an expert photog. I rarely read it.
#8. "RE: Picked up my camera!!" In response to Reply # 0 Mon 15-Oct-12 06:05 PM by cwils02
I've been around DSLR even before the D80 came out. When I first tried digital, I had a Minolta Dimage 7 and then a Konica-Minolta A2. Still impressed with some of those low pixel count photos.
Then after using Canon film cameras, I was only thinking about Canon until a fellow employee task with being the company's photographer had the company's latest greatest Canon to shoot with, and still used her Nikon exclusively.
When I had to shoot a wedding, I purchased a D7000. I had only a couple of weeks to get used to the camera, and make sure I had it setup right. I bought both David Busch's "Nikon D7000" and Darrell Young's "Mastering the Nikon D7000". After the wedding, I used Darrell's book to get a discounted Nikonian Gold Memebership. After that I also got Hogan's digital copy of his D7000 "book".
The Busch book was the easiest for me to use & setup the D7000 according to the type of photography I was going to shoot. I'm not saying that the Young book isn't very good, but I found the Busch book to be faster to get up and shooting the things I wanted to shoot.
To be fair to Hogan, I haven't actually read his "book". Perhaps I already knew most of what I needed to know, or maybe I am not a good candidate for an instructional book on the PC.
#9. "RE: Picked up my camera!!" In response to Reply # 8
I don't know about the other books, but I picked up David Busch's "Nikon D7000" this last weekend at a photographic show, and by now I'm about halfway through it. It's a good, logical book that taught me many things I didn't know about Nikon cameras, the D7000 specifically, and about photography in general.
#10. "RE: Picked up my camera!!" In response to Reply # 0
I've had my D7000 for two weeks now and shot about 800 pictures. With the manual and this site I have knowledge and use 90% of the camera's settings and controls. There is more knowledge on Nikonians than on any book out there.
Now I only have to learn to use them to get the shot I want