Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P500

August 22, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Books | 9 Comments | |
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The Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P500 is a complete guide to the operation and features of Nikon’s superzoom. It explains all operations, features, menus, and controls of the Coolpix P500 camera in clear language, with more than 200 photographs. The Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P500 is available now in PDF format for download priced at $9.95.

White Knight Press Press Release

Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P500: Getting the Most from Nikon’s Superzoom Digital Camera

Publisher: White Knight Press, Henrico, Virginia, USA
Author: Alexander S. White
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9649875-7-9
Format: Perfect bound paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 inches (140 x 216 mm)
Interior: 284 pages, more than 200 mostly color photographs and illustrations, full   Index and Table of Contents; 3 Appendices
Retail price: $24.95 paperback (when released); $9.95 PDF download (available now)
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This book, a complete guide to the operation and features of the Nikon Coolpix P500, is a follow-up to the author’s earlier guides to advanced compact digital cameras, including, most recently, the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and the Canon PowerShot S95. The new book, like the earlier ones, explains all operations, features, menus, and controls of the Coolpix P500 camera in clear language, providing guidance not only about how to accomplish things with the camera, but when and why to use certain features. The book does not assume any specialized knowledge by the reader, but adopts a patient and helpful tone in explaining topics such as autofocus, manual focus, depth of field, aperture priority, shutter priority, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, and macro photography. The book also includes a detailed discussion of techniques for using the camera’s phenomenal zoom lens, with a maximum focal length of 810mm, to full advantage.

The book’s more than 200 photographs, almost all in full color, provide illustrations of the camera’s controls and menus, and also include examples of the various types of photographs that can be taken using the many creative settings of the camera, including the Optimize Image settings, which let the photographer alter the color processing of images; the Scene modes, with settings that are optimized for various subjects, including landscapes, portraits, and action shots; and the camera’s particularly strong array of features for continuous shooting and interval shooting.

In addition, the book goes beyond the realm of everyday photography, and provides introductions to more advanced topics such as infrared photography, street photography, and creating 3D (three-dimensional) images that can be viewed with conventional red and blue 3D glasses.

The book also includes a full discussion of the video recording abilities of the Coolpix P500, which can record high-definition (HD) video with stereo sound, and which has special settings for recording short clips of high-speed video at rates up to 8 times normal speed.

In three appendices, the book provides information about accessories available for the camera, sets forth a list of useful web sites and other resources for further information, and includes a section with helpful “quick tips” that give particular insights into how to take advantage of the camera’s features in the most efficient ways possible.

The PDF version of this book includes a detailed, interactive Table of Contents and Index, so the reader can quickly find needed information about any particular feature or aspect of the camera.

The book is available now in PDF format for download through ; The paperback version is expected to be available through and other online sellers by mid-September.

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#1 Clark Steger

I just bout my p500 on saturday and i love it couldnt be more happy with it

2:48 am - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

#2 Marc M

Thanks for putting up this post. I'm minutes away from ordering the Nikon P500 and just assumed the box would contain a full directive on how to use its features and when certain features are better to use; I'll have to invest in the pdf since the camera purchase and additional items will bring the total cost closer to $500 - for a point and shoot, that's exhorbitant.

2:00 pm - Friday, February 3, 2012

#3 Linda B

We bought our Nikon P500 for christmas, I have had the hardest time trying to take clear pictures. the shutter is slow so everything is gone by when your picture is taken. I can't believe there is no instruction book with the camera and now I find I have to pay $9.95 to down load it. Who ever heard of such a thing. I will shop better with my next purchase.

2:16 am - Monday, June 18, 2012

#4 Aditya chintha

Thanks for putting this post, i bought a nikon cool pix l120 with my first salary, i hope you give some good photography tips in the upcoming posts as i like photography and its my passion!!

2:07 pm - Monday, July 30, 2012

#5 John Methew

i have this camera, and its have ultimate capability for take shots.

7:20 am - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#6 Dee

Linda B.,
I know this is a little late but the manual is on the disc that came in the box. Not that it makes a difference, it's still hard to follow because you can't go back and read as easily as could on a book. I know a book came with it too but I haven't opened the box in so long, I don't know what it's about.

6:58 pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#7 Marc M

Dee, I read your note to Linda B. and went to recheck my box - no disc and no manual - I was sure I'd looked over everything when I got it :) The .pdf file (e-manual) was very thorough, though, well worth the money since I'm not camera savvy. Best wishes to you with your camera; if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, I'm sure you have lots of opportunities to get out and capture some beautiful nature scenes.

8:49 pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#8 Rowena Pavillar Bulfa

thru my sister, i bought a Nikon coolpix P500, i was surprised to see the manual is in Korean. I can't maximize the use of the unit for i have no manual to refer to. I want to buy a printed/booklet one. can someone refer where to buy? thanks

12:08 am - Sunday, April 6, 2014

#9 Marc M.

For ROWENA PAVILLAR BULFA: Rowena, the paperback version you mentioned wanting is available through - just type "Photographer's Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P500" into amazon's search box at their site and it will bring up options for both the paperback vesion you want and other versions of the guide. Best wishes with your purchase and camera - Happy Snapping :)

11:36 am - Sunday, April 6, 2014