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Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies [Paperback]

David D. Busch
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2011 For Dummies
The perennial digital photography bestseller, now updated to cover the hottest topics

Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies has been a bestseller since it first came into the picture, and this new edition gets you up to (shutter) speed on the latest technologies available. Veteran author David Busch walks you through new camera models from the leading manufacturers, WiFi and GPS options, full HD moviemaking, and the latest dSLR features. He also provides you with a solid foundation of knowledge about exposure, composition, and lighting that any new dSLR user needs to know to get great results from the camera.

The straightforward-but-friendly coverage offers tips for choosing a camera and accessories, using different controls, maximizing lighting and exposure, and editing your photos. With this helpful book by your side, you'll learn your way around shutter speed, aperture, and ISO so that you can get a handle on the big picture while you take pictures!

  • Introduces you to all the features common to dSLR cameras, whether it's Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, or another digital SLR camera
  • Shares tips on composition, lighting and exposure controls, and file formats
  • Shows you how to get photos from your camera to a computer and then how to manage, edit, and share your pics
  • Offers hints on improving your skills, online resources, and the jargon of the pros

If you're ready to get in the dSLR picture, then this is the book you need.

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'The combination of experienced author David Busch and the bright yellow friendliness of the Dummies series is promising, and indeed there is a lot of useful information packed in here.' (Digital Photography Enthusiast, Janueary 2012)

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Getting up to speed on dSLRs is a snap with this fully updated guide!

You've decided to move up to a dSLR and start taking more control over your photography. Terrific! Today's dSLRs are better than ever, and this book teaches you about both the technology and the techniques that help you get fantastic photos. Tour your camera's features, master the controls, compose great shots, and edit to perfection — here's how!

  • Not your father's SLR — explore the newest features of dSLRs from all leading dSLR makers

  • Special stuff — learn to shoot movies with your dSLR, make the most of exposure controls, and use various lenses

  • The format formula — find out about JPEG, RAW, NEF, EXIF, CRW, and proprietary formats such as PSD and DNG

  • Better than great — compare image-editing software and learn to manipulate backgrounds, patch and clone defects, and create composites

  • When only a print will do — decide whether to buy a photo printer, order prints online, or use a photo lab

Open the book and find:

  • Special camera features like HDR and anti-shake

  • Gear you'll want to own

  • Focus and exposure secrets

  • Creative ways to use telephoto and wide-angle lenses

  • Cool tips for night and infrared photography

  • When to shoot RAW and JPEG at once

  • Hints for getting perfect flash photos

  • Ten places to showcase your photos online

Learn to:

  • Take control of your camera's exposure settings for better pictures

  • Choose the right lens for your photo shoot

  • Edit photos to remove mistakes and enhance color


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Beginner DSLR Bible! March 16 2012
Just a great book overall. I wont spend much time writing this, but only because the 'Dummies' series has enough credibility on its own.

I have only read the first 7 chapters but the layout, pictures, terms, and general tone of the book is great. Would highly recommend this to anyone JUST entering the pro-hobbyist DSLR scene. Covers everything from basics, to exposure, to composition, to tips and tricks of the trade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book, Camera, Action! Oct. 27 2012
By Ned Middleton - Published on
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.

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those making the leap from point and shoot Nov. 21 2011
By Scott - Published on
I just upgraded from a point and shoot to a dSLR. Like most amateurs making this leap, I needed something more than the owner's manual, so I searched through all the dSLR books and found this to be leaps and bounds better than the rest. This Dummies book covers dSLRs in full. It has all the info I needed to get started and its begun functioning as a reference when I'm ready to do new things. The book is very informative. I would recommend buying this prior to even purchasing your camera, as it explains all that is good and bad about digital SLRs. It's the ideal book for people in my situation, who are true amateurs of photography, as it not only covers functionality, it also explains how to take GREAT photos.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was looking for April 17 2012
By JDoG - Published on
The book is well written and I enjoyed the author's sense of humor. However, I was hoping for less of an examination of the technical and historical aspects of the technology and more of a hands on explanation of how to utilize the technology to improve my photography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for a beginner Dec 22 2012
By Vimal Varghese - Published on
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If you are new to the world of photography, then this book is a must in your cup-board. It tells you exactly what is photography and what is Digital photography and how one can improve their photography skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for rusty DSLR users like myself July 5 2014
By Brandi Stewart - Published on
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This book has definitely helped this lady, who hasn't picked up a DSLR in many years, relearn the basics I had largely forgotten.
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