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Whether you own a Digital SLR camera or are thinking of buying one, with this guide, you’ll give it your best shot! It has info to help you choose the right camera and accessories, and then use them right. Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies
covers the hardware, the software, and the techniques you need to take top-notch digital photos with your dSLR. This guide will get you clicking with information on:
- The advantages of a dSLR camera: more control over what portions of your images are in sharp focus; a more accurate viewfinder; lower levels of the annoying grain effect called noise; ability to capture the most fleeting action; more control over depth-of-field; ability to review your image immediately, upload the photo to your computer, make adjustments, and print a full-color print in minutes
- Choosing the accessories that will take your dSLR to the next level, depending on the type of photography you do and your current and future needs
- Megapixels, and matching pixels to print sizes and printers
- The components of a dSLR: lens; viewing system, aperture, shutter, light-sensitive component; medium for storing the captured image
- Accessorizing your dSLR with memory cards, filter add-ons (infrared, polarizers, neutral density, and special effects), electronic flash, tripods, and more
Once you get your hands on a dSLR camera (literally), this reference helps you use its features and controls to take great pictures. Complete with more than 300 color photos, lots of tables, and clear, step-by-step instructions for various situations, subjects, and calculations, Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies helps you refine your techniques with info on:
- Getting the exposure right with the histogram, the metering system, or Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual Exposure modes
- Achieving the right focus with manual focus or autofocus
- The scoop on lenses—prime, zoom, and special—and using them appropriately and creatively
- How to use interchangeable lenses, set up speedy continuous-shooting burst modes, apply selective focus, and shoot under the lowest light levels
- Special features of dSLR to reduce noise, cancel camera shake, do time-lapse photography, and shoot infrared photos
- Working with the RAW format, JPEG, or both
- Taking action, flash, or sequence photos or freezing the action
- Composition basics, including the Rule of Thirds, tips for shooting portraits or group photos, and more
- Using image editors to fix-up your photos (with cropping, tonal adjustments, color correction, spot removal, sharpening/blurring, and more), with step-by-step instructions for using Photoshop
- Compositing images
- Choosing your printer and evaluating your output options
With Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies, you won’t only get the how-to for various types of shots, you’ll see the results with great color photos. In no time, you’ll be taking great photos of your own.
“This book is split into clear sections and interspersed with photographs and bullet points, which along with the friendly language makes it an enjoyable read…” (What Digital Camera?
1st March 2006)
"excellent choice" (Amateur Photographer, Saturday 22nd September 2007)
'\"...simple to understand\" (Which Digital Camera,October 2008) '
Get the lowdown on megapixels, lenses, and filters
Choose the right camera and accessories, get perfect shots, and edit like a pro
Excited about that new digital SLR and eager to find inventive ways to put all its features to work? This book will help! It shows you (in rich, full color) exactly what you and your camera can do together. Discover the performance and creative advantages at your fingertips, sidestep hidden pitfalls, conquer the controls, produce perfect output, and uncover the secrets to terrific digital photos.
Discover how to
- Explore dSLR creative controls and options
- Improve quality with RAW, TIFF, or JPEG formats
- Change perspective with lenses
- Use histograms to optimize exposure
- Apply depth-of-field effectively
Understanding exactly how a digital SLR (dSLR) works can help you use its exciting capabilities to their fullest potential. Whether you aim to become a serious photo hobbyist, are interested in turning pro, or want to take advantage of the improved control that dSLRs give you over your photography, this fun and friendly reference will show you how to maximize everything a dSLR has to offer so that you can improve your photography skills, increase your picture-taking and image-editing knowledge, and ultimately, take better photos.
Written with just the right balance of technology and techniques in mind, this guide provides you with the know-how on everything from getting acquainted with the basic key features of the technology (lenses, sensors and image processors, and exposure and focusing systems) to the nuances of various dSLR techniques (setting up speedy continuous-shooting burst modes to capture fast action, applying selective and sharp focus, and shooting under the lowest levels of light). Other topics explored include:
- Composing your shots with an accurate viewfinder
- Deciding how many pixels your camera needs
- Cleaning the sensor yourself
- Choosing between a tripod or monopod
- Adjusting exposure and improving shutter speed
- Creating time-lapse sequences
- Fixing murky or contrasting photos
With so much subject area covered, Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies, 2ndEditionnot only introduces you to the fundamentals of great picture-taking with a dSLR, but goes beyond the basics. Some of the more advanced topics discussed include working with the various formats of digital photos, minimizing shutter lag and first-shot delays, and fixing up your pictures with various image-editing programs. This is just the book you need to progress from getting started with a dSLR to actually improving your dSLR photography!
Understand your camera and use every cool feature
Capture the action, shoot RAW, make good pictures great, and share!
With a digital SLR camera, you can transform that great image in the viewfinder into a compelling photograph. This guide is packed with tips for taking advantage of all the features in the latest cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and others. Here's the scoop on sensors, pixels, cool accessories, lenses, flash units, the latest image editing software, and more.
- Compare features of the latest cameras
Utilize creative exposure techniques
Choose lenses, flash, and storage accessories
Apply image stabilization, auto dust removal, and noise reduction
Enhance and improve your images
About the Author
As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, David D. Busch
illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and Upstate New York college. His photos have been published in magazines as diverse as Scientific American
and Petersen’s PhotoGraphic,
and his articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer,
and hundreds of other publications. He’s currently reviewing digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper
When About.com recently named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, occupying the number one and two slots were Busch’s Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, and Mastering Digital Photography. His 80 other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like The Nikon D70 Digital Field Guide, The Official Hewlett-Packard Scanner Handbook, and Digital Photography For Dummies Quick Reference.
Busch earned top category honors in the Computer Press Awards the first two years they were given (for Sorry About the Explosion and Secrets of MacPaint, MacWrite, and MacDraw), and later served as Master of Ceremonies for the awards.
Table of Contents
Part I: Digital SLRs and You.
Chapter 1: The Digital SLR Difference.
Chapter 2: Safari Inside a dSLR.
Chapter 3: Tracking the Ideal dSLR.
Chapter 4: Accessorizing Your dSLR.
Part II: Oh, Shoot!
Chapter 5: Taking Control of Your dSLR.
Chapter 6: Mastering the Multi-Lens Reflex.
Chapter 7: Special Features of dSLRs.
Part III: Beyond the Basics.
Chapter 8: Working with RAW and Other Formats.
Chapter 9: Action, Flash, and Other Challenges.
Chapter 10: Composition and dSLRs.
Part IV: Fine-Tuning Your Output.
Chapter 11: Fixing Up Your Images.
Chapter 12: Combining and Reorganizing Your Images.
Chapter 13: Hard Copies Aren’t Hard.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 14: Ten Ways to Improve Your dSLR Photography.
Chapter 15: Ten Things You Never Thought of Doing with Your Digital SLR.
Chapter 16: Ten Online Resources for Digital SLR Photography.