Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies

Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies

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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 such as: 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; and, working with the RAW format, JPEG, or both; taking action, flash, or sequence photos or freezing the action.
It also provides info on: 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; and, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 185.4 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 816.48g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0764598031
  • 9780764598036
  • 612,241

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"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)
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About David D. Busch

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.
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Table of contents

Introduction.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.Appendix: Glossary.Index.
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"Did not realise that such a complex subject could be brocken down and easily made to be understood by real dummies like myself. I know what I am doing now and my photography has improved beyond the norm. Well worth the money and I shall keep on reading."show more
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