D70 Book (CD) Review

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    I just purchased Thom Hogan's "Complete Guide to the Nikon D70. I haven't
    finished it yet (over 500 pages in pdf format), but it's well written and
    explains the ins and outs of the D70 far better than the manual that comes
    with the camera.

    I"m not associated with Hogan or his operation, but just thought if you were
    thinking about really learning more about your D70 this book (CD) might just
    be the ticket. I was going to get that popular D70 book in print, but when
    I checked the Amazon.com reviews, a lot of people thought this was much
    better so I went for it, and I think it's worth it. www.bythom.com

    Also comes with some "curves" and a few other goodies.

    Sheldon
     
    Sheldon, Mar 1, 2005
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  2. I was going to get that popular D70 book in print, but when
    What book did you avoid?

    I picked up Magic Lantern Guides - Nikon D70 by Simon Stafford last
    weekend. It was packaged in shrinkwrap at the store so I was hesitant
    but the description on the back cover made it sound like there would
    be a lot of practical advise to go along with the operation of the
    camera. Turns out it's little more than the Nikon manual rewritten in
    the author's own words. There are hints dispersed throughout the book
    but the only person I would recommend it to is someone who is new both
    to the D70 and to photography. There's very little here for the
    advanced amatuer.
     
    Brett Wheeler, Mar 1, 2005
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  3. PS... Please be sure to provide us with a more thorough review of
    this book after you've had a chance to read through it a bit more...
     
    Brett Wheeler, Mar 1, 2005
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  4. Sheldon

    Don F Guest

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    Thom Hogan's "Complete Guide to the Nikon D70" comes highly recommended
    (and a "must have") in every reference to it that I have read. Do a Google
    search and you will agree.
    I would have preferred a paper version of the book, even at higher price.
    A copyright release is provided which allows any commercial copier to print
    a paper version as an option.
    Regards,
    Don F
     
    Don F, Mar 1, 2005
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  5. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    This is what I've read about most D70 books out there. They don't offer
    much more than what the manual offers, and what they do offer above that is
    very basic. This book (CD) assumes you know something about photography,
    actually a lot about photography, and need to know how your knowledge
    applies to digital photography by way of the D70, and pretty much all the
    software you would use to "develop" an image.
     
    Sheldon, Mar 1, 2005
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  6. Sheldon

    Nick Beard Guest

    I printed out the entire Hogan book on my Colour laser in A5 booklet form,
    Then cut the A4 pages in half (A5) Hole punched them and they filled 2 A5
    Snowpake ring binders. Easy to read at bedtime!!!!!zzzzzz!!!!!zzzzzzz
     
    Nick Beard, Mar 2, 2005
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  7. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    I finally finished the book, and found it to be the perfect compliment to
    the manual. He takes every function and control and explains them in great
    depth, with his own recommendations as to how to setup the D70 -- and why.

    He also get heavily into the "workflow" and uses examples of both Nikon View
    and Capture to take a NEF/RAW image from start to finish. And he gets into
    and explains each function of both programs in great detail, and how to use
    each. He uses his own images to explain how and what he is doing to take
    what already looked like a great photo and make it better. He explains
    curves and the histogram, and lots of other stuff in plain English so just
    about anybody can understand it.

    He also get into flash photography quite heavily, so if you have any of the
    Nikon flashes it's a great source of information.

    Included are some sample curves you can download, and a few other things --
    lots of charts in Excel. He even reviews other software programs, besides
    Photoshop, and what they can do for you.

    If the D70 has any weaknesses he brings them out, so you don't have to find
    out on your own, and gives you ways to work around them.

    The only drawback to the book is I really wish it was in print form.
    However, being on a CD it makes an excellent reference since you can easily
    search for anything you want.

    I definitely learned a lot more about my camera and its functions, and will
    hopefully be taking better images for it. Again, he does not tell you how
    to take a great photo. He tells you how to capture a great photo with your
    D70 and make it the best image it can be. Just read a good book on
    Photoshop and you're pretty much covered, however it was surprising what he
    was able to do with Capture.
     
    Sheldon, Mar 2, 2005
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  8. Thank-you for the review. That sounds like what I was after when I
    got the book I referred to. I'm especially interested in his
    discussion on flash photography. I got the SB800 and a SB600 and plan
    on getting one more 600. The interaction between the flash and the
    camera is so flexible as to be a little confusing. I'm getting it on
    my own (slowly) but would like to read some discussion on practical
    application.
     
    Brett Wheeler, Mar 2, 2005
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  9. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    I don't have either flash, so I kinda breezed over the info, but there sure
    was a lot of info there, from using the internal flash to setting off banks
    of external flashes.
     
    Sheldon, Mar 3, 2005
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  10. Sheldon

    Hein Guest

    What's the name of this book and where can I get hold of it?
     
    Hein, Mar 9, 2005
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  11. Sheldon

    Ed Ruf Guest

    On 9 Mar 2005 01:50:25 -0800, in rec.photo.digital.slr-systems
    http://www.bythom.com/d70guide.htm
     
    Ed Ruf, Mar 9, 2005
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  12. Sheldon

    Hein Guest

    Sorry... saw the original thread today! :[
     
    Hein, Mar 11, 2005
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