David Busch?s Mastering Digital SLR Photography Paperback – Jan 21 2011
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Part I: BASIC DIGITAL SLR TECHNOLOGY. 1. Inside a Digital SLR Camera. 2. Mastering Your dLSR's Controls. 3. DSLR Quirks and Strengths. 4. Understanding Exposure. 5. Working with Lenses. 6. Using Light. Part II: NEW TOOLS. 7. Live View and MovieMaking. 8. Exploring with WiFi and GPS. 9. Using iPhone/iPad/iPod Apps. 10. Digital SLR Photography Now and in the Future. Part III: EXPAND YOUR SHOOTING WORLD. 11. Travel and Street Photography. 12. Portraits and Glamour. 13. Photographing Concerts and Performances. 14. Wildlife and Nature. 15. Freezing Action. 16. Mastering Close-Up Photography.
About the Author
With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's 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 and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.
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Busch's book has recently been updated to keep up with some of the advances in dSLR technology (such as the addition of GPS and WiFi). The text proceeds from the basics on cameras, exposure, focus, lenses, etc. to putting it all to work in chapters on travel photography, macros, portraits, etc. Whether you read the book from cover to cover or dive into a specific section, you will find what you're looking for in clear, approachable language, not too technical, but not glossing over important technical details. I'm not interested in the inner workings of lenses, so I glossed over that section, but I may come back to it again later when making my next lens purchase decisions.
Chapter 1 - The Incredible Transformation of the DSLR
Chapter 2 - Mastering Your Exposure Controls
Chapter 3- Mastering the Mysteries of Focus
Chapter 4 - dSLR Quirks and Strengths
Chapter 5 - Working With Lenses
Chapter 6 - Working with Light
Chapter 7 - Live View and Movies
Chapter 8 - Exploring GPS and WiFi
Chapter 9 - Using Apps
Chapter 10 - Travel Photography
Chapter 11 - People Photography
Chapter 12 - Photographing Concerts and Performances
Chapter 13 - Scenic, Wildlife and Nature Photography
Chapter 14 - Capturing Action
Chapter 15 - Close-up Photography
There are numerous diagrams, illustrations and images, though I found the print quality of some of the images lacking. Some of the images appear to be too dark. An extensive index will allow you to find a particular subject quickly. This book, coupled with one of Busch's books written specifically for your camera model, is probably all you need to take your photography to the next level - as well as shooting tens of thousands of images of course!
I highly recommend starting with David Busch and John Freeman's books, then migrating onward to Michael Freeman and Scott Kelby's books. That path will lead to a terrific understanding of digital SLR with a solid foundation from which to build a skilled hobby or professional new career.