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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Learning; 3 edition (Jan. 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143545832X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435458321
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of David Busch's Mastering Digital SLR Photography Feb. 2 2012
By samuelkirkpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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David Busch's Mastering Digital SLR Photography is the best book I have ever read on all aspects of photography with primary emphasis on digital photography. It covers every subject on photography in addition to digital photography. It is like taking a class in photography in written easy to understand language. I have owned numerous books on digital photography and manuals for my camera, but this is the best book that I have owned. I highly recommend it and it is a keeper for my library.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insight for DSLR Photography July 7 2012
By Benji - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an aspiring self-taught photographer, this book was super helpful. I already knew a lot about my DSLR and its settings, but this book is a brilliant missing piece to my education. Busch takes the time to explain the technological gaps in understanding the DSLR, which was critically important for me to understand the fundamentals of photography and light. Definitely a must read and a comprehensive guide to the DSLR. It has already helped me reach a more thorough understanding of my camera. This book is PACKED with so much useful insight. It is very much worth the read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chock Full of Useful Info for Beginner or Moderately Skilled DSLR Photographer Oct. 6 2013
By Jill Clardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own David Busch's guide for the Canon 7D camera, so I was already familiar with his thorough but approachable writing style. Though I've been a DSLR photographer for over 5 years, and am on my 3rd camera, a full frame Canon 5D Mark III, I always feel that there is more that I can learn. I have always found it useful to read a section of such a manual, then put it down, pick up the camera and start practicing. Once you think you've understood the relationship between f-stop, shutter speed and ISO, then come back and read about it again. The constant reinforcement of theoretical knowledge, coupled with extensive practice, will truly allow you to master the concepts.

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best introductory to intermediate photography book currently on the market Nov. 30 2013
By Jeri Zerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
David Busch has done it with this 3rd version, updated to cover new topics previously not even known in the photography realm just a few short years ago. This book remains prominent with me, so I can reference it time and time again. Initially borrowed from the library, it's a must have my own copy of this book, type of reference book.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real educational book June 21 2013
By Judith Tuttle - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the information is very challenging to me; that said, it is so well written that the information does sink in!