Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies Paperback – Nov 1 2011
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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)
From the Back Cover
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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Well, I guess my grandmother knows more than I do, then. Also, I expect a book on photography for dummies to be just that - not gloss over areas of photography that are common to all platforms - assuming that, naturally, I should already know that. This is the kind of natural assumption that, in my mind, makes this a poor book.
I could not understand the author's explanation and application for ISO, aperture or shutter speed - in a book on photography for dummies! After a quick Google search I figured it out, then went back to the book ... and still could not understand what the author if this book was trying to say.
For those who gave it 5 stars, I'm glad it worked for them. For me, it was a waste of a purchase.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
I got an entire page of 'everyone from your grandmother knows what SLR stands for but I'm going to tell you anyway' AN ENTIRE PAGE!
Then we come on things like SLR is great because.... Or the difference between point and shoot and SLR is faster picture taking and this and that and WTF. I don't need to be stroked for buying an SLR. I also don't need a history lesson. I don't need to know how many lenses you have though you keep wanting to tell me and I certainly don't want to read another one of your 'I think this is funny/interesting stories. I want to learn my camera. I've read the manual and it's as clear as mud. Now I'm reading this because once upon a time a long long time ago ....for dummies was a good instructional tool. NOW!!!???.....
USELESS WORDS that make you want to throw the book at the wall.
I have put it down for the past three days and don't know if I will pick it up again. I can't take the rambling. After three chapters there is still no instruction, Not even a simple getting to know the parts of the camera. Nothing but a captive-against-their-will- audience for this authors tangents.
Really wish I had taken the advice of the negative reviews instead of the gushes of obvious family members reviews. The only people who would give this book a plus is family and friends. So far it is tedious and useless as an instructional guide.
I feel cheated.
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