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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118144899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118144893
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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This is the worst of the "for Dummies" book that I have come across. It is filled with lines like, "virtually everyone (including your grandmother) probably knows ..." and, "Some of the components, especially lenses, are similar for film and digital cameras ... So ... I concentrate on the pieces and parts that film and digital cameras *don't* [in italics) have in common.

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.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3b8a8f4) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bbb48c) out of 5 stars Book, Camera, Action! Oct. 27 2012
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bbb4e0) out of 5 stars Great for those making the leap from point and shoot Nov. 21 2011
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bbb918) out of 5 stars Not quite what I was looking for April 17 2012
By JDoG - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bbbcd8) out of 5 stars BIG DISAPPOINTMENT Aug. 27 2013
By Ms. E. Marie - Published on Amazon.com
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I just can't take anymore of this book. I bought this to learn the ins and outs of my SLR. Instead what I have so far after enduring 3 chapters and pages upon pages of useless words a total of 63 words that have ANY meaning towards the relevance of learning my camera.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bbbc84) out of 5 stars A must buy for a beginner Dec 22 2012
By Vimal Varghese - Published on Amazon.com
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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.