Nikon D5000 Your First Digital SLR Camera
The Move to SLR Digital Photography
The Nikon D5000 is the perfect digital SLR choice for anyone that wants to move up from a simple point and shoot digital camera, or for the photographer that has worked with SLR film cameras. Some people consider this an entry-level SLR digital camera but the D5000 also has many advanced features.
A little background on myself. Years ago I was very much into film photography using a SLR (single lens Reflex) camera before everything became automated meaning, I had to take my own light readings and input the aperture and shutter speed manually into the camera. Later on I used film cameras that did all those things automatically. I also developed my own pictures.
I bought a simple point and shoot camera when they first started to appear on shelves. At the time I thought these camera were the best things in the world. Imagine no more film to buy or develop. I overlooked the fact that these camera didn't really take the best pictures compared with my old film SLR cameras. Not so with digital SLR cameras. They shoot fantastic pictures, as good if not better than my film cameras.
The best way to explain why a digital SLR camera shoots a much better picture then a point and shoot camera is to explain how the image sensor works on a digital camera. Say, you have both a SLR digital camera and a point and shoot camera. They are both 10 mp or 10 million pixels that make up each shoot. The pixels make up the picture so more mega pixels mean a finer resolution picture with less noise or distortion. Here is the difference though. On SLR cameras the image sensor is almost the same size as a postage stamp while a point and shoot camera has a sensor that is only a fraction of that size so the pixels are crammed into a much smaller place and lose some detail.
The Nikon D5000 was not my first choice and I bought a Nikon D3000. That was a mistake. I would only recommend a D4000 for the individual that is intimidated in learning new technology and has never used a SLR film camera before. The D3000 does have many self- help screens on the camera that explains to the user the functions being used, but anyone that has a photography background will soon realize the limitations of the D3000 and those self-help screens may be come annoying.
The D5000 does come with basic software but if your going to make an investment in a great camera such as this one you may as well spend an extra hundred bucks and buy the photoshop elements software program by adobe to fully realize the potential of this camera. The program will let the user do anything from the most basic photo editing to advanced techniques. Other must have items are a good tripod and a Nikon remote control which you can find for about ten bucks. I would also recommend two books “Mastering the Nikon D5000” by Darrell Young and “The Photo shop Elements 8 Book” by Scott Kelby. The books are pricey but worth every penny.
Excellent reviews and information on the Nikon D5000 can be found at http://www.kenrockwell.com Ken Rockwell is familiar with many cameras of all prices and models but proclaims the Nikon D5000 is usually the camera he uses on vacations and pictures around the house. I consider that a high recommendation from this well-respected camera buff.
If this helps you may be interested in the articles I have wrote on the Nikon D5000
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Using one RAW photo to make a HDR picture
- SETTING THE WHITE BALANCE ON THE NIKON D5000 CAMERA
I never realized how important the correct white balance setting was in regards to taking a great picture until I bought my Nikon D5000. Even most simple point and shoot cameras have a WB setting which most...
- Using the Nikon D5000 for HDR photography
I became interested in HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography when I saw the work of a photographer I know. It's difficult to describe what a properly developed HDR photo looks like so here are some examples on...