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Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies [Paperback]

David D. Busch
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Sept. 8 2009 For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
The ideal guide for beginning DSLR camera users, with full-color examples of what you can achieve

Make the most of your Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, or Olympus digital SLR camera! This guide explains the different lenses, the many settings and how to use them, the results you can get from using different controls, how to use lighting and exposure, and much more.

If you haven't purchased your camera yet, you'll also find tips on choosing a camera and accessories. And you'll find out how to make your pictures even better with Photoshop.

  • Updated for all the newest camera models
  • Introduces you to all the features common to DSLR cameras
  • Illustrated with more than 300 full-color photos and screen shots
  • Shares tips on composition, lighting and exposure controls, and file formats
  • Explains Adobe Photoshop and how to create fine prints from your photos
  • Offers advice on improving your photos and where to find help

If you're new to digital SLR photography, here's just what you need to have fun and success with your camera!

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‘…the ideal guide for beginner DSLR camera users, with full-colour examples of what you can achieve.' (At Home, May 2011).

From the Back Cover

New to digital SLR photography?

Here's just what you need for success and fun!

Whether you're moving from a film SLR to digital or from any point-and-shoot to SLR, there's a lot to learn. Here's the scoop on all the newest camera models, a guide to dSLR features and how to use them, tips on composing and lighting your shots, and a whole lot more. Discover what different lenses do and how to capture great images!

  • How does it do that? — learn about the workings of your camera so you can take advantage of all its featuresYou're in control — master all the dials and buttons while learning to choose and use various lensesGo RAW — improve your photography with advanced capabilities like using RAW format and sequence shootingMake the good even better — quick tips for cropping an image, improving lighting, and sharpening focus?The prints of your dreams — get advice on choosing a photo printer and tips on creating prints to keep, frame, and share

Open the book and find:

  • Translations of confusing photography terms

  • Tips on image editing

  • Ten quick and easy ways to improve your photography

  • The lowdown on camera accessories

  • How to choose an image editing program

  • Cool things you can do with a dSLR camera

  • The rules of good photo composition

  • Advice on shooting portraits, publicity photos, and landscapes

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book, Camera, Action! Oct. 14 2008
By Ned Middleton TOP 100 REVIEWER
The big attraction of this series of "for Dummies" books is that we who buy these products have little respect for our own knowledge and plenty of respect for those who do and are able to write books like this.

I am currently converting from film photography to digital photography and some aspects are quite daunting. I have, therefore, purchased several books and tutorial DVDs on the subject and am working my way through them all. The title of this product suggests it is the right place to start and, on reflection, is exactly where I should have started. For those of you, who like me, are converting to digital for the first time, grab your camera and a copy of this book and work your way through from cover to cover until you are conversant with the new technology. It really will give you a good grounding.

That, however, will only work very well if you are already conversant with photography. If you are new to photography altogether and a digital SLR camera is your very first camera, you may have to learn a few basic lessons of, for example, the correlation between film speeds, shutter speeds and aperture settings - which really do need to be understood, before you study this book.

David Busch clearly knows what he is talking about and is able to put that knowledge into an easy-to-follow format for us Dummies to read and, as I say, I wish I had read this book before getting into some of the more technical tomes I also purchased.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good easy to understand explanations Oct. 16 2009
This book is easy to read and can be read in any order, but I decided to start at the beginning and read chapter to chapter. A lot of good things, but basics in the first 3-4 chapters, but then it get into the real meat and potato's of the how and what, but the good things is it tells you why. I find it easier to understand something if I know the why part. I am sure I will refer back to this book for sometime as I get more involved in taking pictures, because if you really want to use this book and learn, you need to drive your family nuts and take pictures, and lot's of them to make sure you understand the how and why of this book.

would buy again
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book Oct. 14 2010
By tasham
Good book for those switching from pocket digital to the monster SLR. Really helps describe how to get better pictures with tips and hints in different settings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, but... Sept. 9 2006
By I. Wan - Published on
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Having recently decided to move to the DSLR world, I needed to learn how to shoot pictures in mode other than Full Auto.

So I purchased this book as well as

"Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition)"

While this book is good, for my specific case (I'm fairly comfortable with the digital world), the "Understanding Exposure" was a far better book for me.

I appreciate the fact that the author is trying to explain about image formats, memory cards, etc... But what I was really looking, was for a book to explain how to shoot great pictures.

I had to learn about exposures, apertures, shutter speed, ISO, etc, and this book covers it slightly, but wasn't enough for me to have a good grasp.

If you're new to the digital photography world, then yeah... go for it and buy this book, but if you've already owned a Digital Camera (and knew what you were doing) but only shot pictures in Auto Mode, then I'd suggest the "Understanding Exposure" book. Not only it explains basic and advanced concepts, but it's full of pictures so you can visually understand how each parameter affects the exposure.
105 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic for digital SLR owners Nov. 5 2005
By Dandy Randy - Published on
The Dummies people have finally recognized that books about digital photography deserve to be published in full color, and this one amply demonstrates the reason why. It's written by the leading author of DSLR books (I also own his Nikon D70 guide), and is filled from cover to cover with wonderful full color photos and shrewd advice for getting the most from your camera.

If anything, this book is even clearer than the usual Dummies book, taking you through every step in choosing, using, and accessorizing your digital SLR. It's perfect for new DSLR owners who are puzzled by the many options, features, and settings found in these cameras. It's also a good guide for those seeking to improve their skills. I now fully understand things like continuous autofocus and single autofocus, how to select lenses, when to use aperture and shutter priority, and why I should not ever use my D70's full "automatic" mode.

Unlike some other DSLR books I've seen, this one covers both cameras and photography thoroughly, so you'll learn how to use your camera as well as how to take better images.
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Explains Digital SLRS Fully and Clearly Dec 10 2005
By Brion - Published on
Like many snapshooting amateurs, I upgraded from an ordinary point/shoot digital camera to a digital SLR because I wanted to take advantage of the features these new cameras offer. Plus, a camera like my Olympus E-500 doesn't really cost much more than the high-end non-SLR cameras. However, once I got my camera, I didn't know what to do with it.

This book cleared everything up for me. It provided a clear explanation of the advantages of digital SLR cameras, plus it listed some of the drawbacks I was not aware of at first, such as the inability to shoot movies. Then it told me about all the different controls and how to use them. There were great sections in this book on how to take specific kinds of pictures and how to choose an image editor. The editing portion got me started and inspired me to buy a Dummies book on Photoshop Elements so I can learn more.

As I said, this book really told me what I could do with my new camera. There was even a section in the Parts of Tens that listed things you'd never thought of doing with a digital SLR and I certainly hadn't. Thank you for a great introduction to my new camera.
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide to D-SLRs in Friendly Style Nov. 6 2005
By FotoFan - Published on
You can always count on Dummies books to present complicated information in an easy-to-absorb style, and this one is even better than most. New D-SLR owners will find everything they need to know to master their cameras. Veterans will discover new features and new techniques, too. All the illustrations are in full color, so you can see exactly what kind of results you'll get if you follow this book's advice.

There seem to be a lot of D-SLR books on the market now. Many of them concentrate on the technology or spend too much time describing how to "fix" your pictures in Photoshop. This book has exactly the right mix of nuts and bolts, tips on what you can do with image editing, and, throughout the text, lots and lots of photographic techniques of the sort you really won't find in many of the other D-SLR books.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for beginners and low level amateurs March 8 2006
By Rich Winthrop - Published on
This book is definitely written with an eye towards those just getting their feet wet with digital SLRs. The technical portions of the book are excellent--you will have a much better understanding of the capabilities of your camera and, more importantly, harnessing those capabilities. Other non-technical sections, such as pointers on composition, are helpful as well. Finally, while not as crisply written as other sections, the book includes a decent discussion on available software and the process of editing images.

If you are buying your first digital SLR, add this book to the order. One hint--READ YOUR CAMERA'S MANUAL FIRST. It makes it much easier to digest the information provided and immediately experiment with your new understanding of your camera's functions.
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