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Mastering the Nikon D800 is on the way!

DigitalDarrell

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DigitalDarrell Team Member Founding Member of the Nikonians writer Guild. Author of most of the NikoniansPress books. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Charter Member
Mon 13-Feb-12 03:33 PM

I just got approval to write Mastering the Nikon D800, published by NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook and distributed by O'Reilly Media.

I wanted to open a dialog with my readers of previous books here in the forums to discuss some logistics about the new book. I am assuming, to a degree, that buyers of the Nikon D800/D800E will be more advanced Nikon users and have good knowledge of things like the Aperture-Shutter-ISO relationship and depth of field. My last book (Mastering the Nikon D7000) was 496 pages long, and the publisher is asking that I not expand this new book at all in size and contract it if possible.

So, I wanted to discuss with you whether I need to add any basic Photography 101 information in the book at all. I could have web references to PDF files in the book for the occasional newer photographer that can afford a D800 and wants to start out with the best. Additionally, I can link within the Mastering the Nikon D800 book to my latest book written exclusively for newbies, Beyond Point-and-Shoot (http://amzn.to/xwbuji), if a reader needs that level of instruction.

I guess my question is this: How much basic photography instruction should be in a book of this type? I perceive the Mastering the Nikon DSLR series as camera manuals on steroids with much deeper consideration of each camera feature, having suggested settings including not just how, but also when, why, and where. I want to ferret out every last little bit of camera functionality and explain it in every day language IN ONE PLACE, so that a user saves a lot of time discovering and learning about features, without having to flip all over the standard Nikon manual to find the disjointed information.

In addition to deep camera features, I plan to include (as usual) a detailed discussion of how to use the autofocus system; along with the histogram, white balance, metering, exposure modes, live view, D-Movie, and Speedlight flash systems.

Talk with me please about features YOU would like to see in the book. I am just now starting the writing process and am open to any clever things you might come up with that will make your life, as a Nikon D800/D800E user, a bit easier. Thanks!

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Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com
"Better too many words than not enough understanding."
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