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Beyond Point-and-Shoot: Learning to Use a Digital SLR or Interchangeable-Lens Camera [Kindle Edition]

Darrell Young
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Book Description

There are two types of new photographers: those satisfied with their low-cost point-and-shoot cameras, and those more enthusiastic photographers who recognize the limitations of low-cost equipment and want to improve their pictures. No longer satisfied with simple snapshots, the enthusiast moves up to a more complex digital camera-one with interchangeable lenses and manual controls-to satisfy their artistic urge.

Assuming little to no knowledge of photographic terms, techniques, or technology, Beyond Point-And-Shoot is intended to help smooth the transition from photographic newbie to "real" photographer who is experienced, in-control, and passionate about their craft. Author Darrell Young explores various types of interchangeable-lens cameras, focusing on those with larger imaging sensors, such as digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

Learn how to get the most out of your camera's automatic and semi-automatic exposure modes, as well as how to move beyond those modes and take full, manual control of your camera. Watch your photography improve as you discover how to apply important photographic principles, such as depth of field, white balance, and metering. With this newfound knowledge you'll move beyond point-and-shoot and begin taking truly great photographs.

Other topics include:

  • Camera types
  • Lenses
  • Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Metering and shooting controls
  • Lens focal lengths and angles of view
  • The histogram
  • Color spaces
  • Sensors
  • Filters
  • Image file formats
  • Managing digital noise
  • And much more!

Editorial Reviews


"The discussion of DSLR versus MILC is worth the price of admission alone. Because of the guidance Mr. Young offers on photography overall, I likely will find a spot in my camera bag for this book. For the aspiring photographer, it's a title I highly recommend." - Mark Kellner, Washington Times.

"If you have been afraid to take your new camera out of AUTO mode, you won't be after reading this book." - Just in Time Book Reviews

"I have been a photographer for over fifty years and I have taught photography for about fifteen years; take it from me that this is a must read. [Young] writes in a format that is easy to understand and has the ability to take extremely complex concepts and technical issues down to a level that is easy to comprehend ..." - Jeff Ornstein

About the Author

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He's been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrom (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon's newest digital cameras.

Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography.

He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the community. He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to an invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4280 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081RSWPE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I have been a photographer for over fifty years and I have taught photography for about fifteen years; take it from me that this is a must read.

Darrell Young writes in a format that is easy to understand and has the ability to take extremely complex concepts and technical issues down to a level that is easy to comprehend and makes it even easier to put them to practical use.

The book is seperated into three areas. The first is equipment, cameras, lenses; and there uses and differences. This should be a first read for any level of photographer. The second area deals with exposure, probably the most important area to get great pictures. The third areas deals with all the other controls on a camera (any camera).

This book will really enhance your knowledge of digital camers and their peripherals. Even though I am a committed, dedicated Canon user, I am looking forward to reading Mr. Young's books on the Nikon camera line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The right level and content for me December 29, 2012
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Although, I have a digital SLR Canon Rebel T1i, I'm essentially a "point and shoot" person. For Christmas, my husband bought me a new macro lens and this book. In the days before the New year, I read through this book while practicing with my new lens. I was really surprised how well this book kept my attention and increased my confidence in shooting. Learning the basics of how to interpret the histogram was huge for me. I think this book is great for a anyone who is ready to wade just a bit deeper than "point and shoot" and really piqued my interest to learn more.

My photography "background": I got a film SLR camera about 11 years ago and a digital SLR Canon Rebel T1i about 5 years ago. I used the Sports, Portrait or Landscape modes when needed but that is about it. I'm not a particularly "artsy" person, but I love capturing memories with a camera. I'm a person/event picture taker. I first got into carrying a camera around to get better pictures of my infant kids (I'm so glad I did). Then I got a nice 70-200 telephoto lens as they began playing more and more sports. I have and love making photobooks (which make GREAT coach gifts BTW). As my oldest son gets ready to go into high-school, I would like to be able to contribute pictures to the school yearbook if I can.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enhance your knowledge of photography August 18, 2012
By HarryS
Beyond Point-and-Shoot by Darrell Young is a book that any camera owner who wants to improve their approach to photography should read. Mr. Young has drawn upon his experience as a professional photographer to explain the advantages of a Digital SLR or other interchangeable-lens camera over a simpler point-and-shoot model.
A major advantage of the more advanced type camera is the control available to the user in capturing an image. The book progresses through a virtual menu of camera features. With each feature, the function is explained in terms that a novice can appreciate and understand. As an enhancement to learning, the author includes numerous example photographs that illustrate the current feature. The reader can use these techniques to enhance their own creativity. An excellent point that Mr. Young raises is the cost of shooting digital: it's essentially free so experimenting is the best way to learn.
The print version of the book is printed on a heavy grade paper that enhances the illustrations and gives the impression of an actual photograph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocking a code. May 21, 2012
After reading the first chapter I have learned more than any other book I've read on the subject.
Darrel Young explains hard to understand concepts with ease. I had never really understood Digital cameras till I read his book and now it's so clear in my mind I can explain it to others. He doesn't assume that you know anything about cameras, digital or otherwise but he doesn't talk down to his readers.
Reading this book was like unlocking a code. I now feel confident that I can find the right camera for me and use it without any problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Point-and-Shoot May 16, 2012
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Darrell Young's Beyond Point-and-Shoot is a book targeted to the aspiring photographer who is moving from a point-and-shoot camera to either a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) or an ILC (interchangeable lens camera). That be me.

I've tried learning photography basics from other books, but always walked away somewhgat fuzzy-headed. Not so here. By my experience and in my opinion, Beyond Point-and-Shoot is the photography book that should be read before all other photography books.

Young's effort shines in both the ease with which be writes and the clarity he brings to his subject. Beyond Point-and-Shoot is a camera-centric, image-oriented book that is both easy to understand and a delight to read.

Beyond Point-and-Shoot is a good book at a fair price. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful way to learn October 24, 2013
What I like best about this book is the abundance of photographic examples to illustrate each concept. For example, to understand depth of field as influenced by aperture, study the photos along with the text and you'll get the idea. To understand the effects of various lenses, there are striking photographs that show what to expect. There are also assignments to help you learn by using your camera. Every term is defined so you don't feel lost in a sea of abbreviations and jargon. And the text is well written so you can relax with it--perfect for re-reading when you need to absorb a little more. I highly recommend this book for your transition from point-and-shoot to a DSLR or interchangeable lens camera.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book teaches everything from the to basics up to pro shooting.
Published 1 hour ago by Isaac C.
2.0 out of 5 stars would not recommend
very basic found it not to be worth the money, can find most of the information in this book , with a fast google search.
Published 5 days ago by gary wisniewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy to read and understand. Great help to get great photos.
Published 25 days ago by Irene Grabenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful book which is really well written.
Published 28 days ago by H. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great help.
This book has help me learn a lot about I camera I knew nothing about. I jumped in and got a D 7100 and there was a lot of setting to figure out. This was a great help.
Published 1 month ago by Robby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner book!
I acquired a perfect foundation for the basics of photography from this book. I would highly recommend for those buying their first dslr or for those who want to understand, not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amber Wunderlich
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book. For someone who is just transitioning from ...
Excellent Book. For someone who is just transitioning from a point and shoot to a a full DSLR this book has been and continues to be an excellent resource. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Glen Kugler
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for anyone "moving up" to a DSLR or ...
This is a great book for anyone "moving up" to a DSLR or who wants to learn more about how to more effectively use it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it to anyway that wants to learn more
Very helpful book. I highly recommend it to anyway that wants to learn more, simply.
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Unruh
5.0 out of 5 stars Although I have been involved with amateur photography for years ...
Although I have been involved with amateur photography for years, I felt the need to learn/relearn in many areas in order to fully appreciate digital photography. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Wilson
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More About the Author

I grew up looking at pictures.

Since I was a baby--way back in 1958--my mother took hundreds of photographs of our family life throughout the years, capturing small pieces of time frozen in little negative squares. Today, I can still look back with those images and they awaken memories that would be forgotten without them.

In 1968 my dear Mom gave me a Brownie Hawkeye camera and started a fire in me for taking pictures. I remember her words of instruction, "Load the film in a dark place, never open the film door until you rewind, and keep the sun behind you when you shoot."

From that day forward I carried a camera with me often. I took 13-year-old style fuzzy pictures of my hikes up Roosevelt Mountain in Rockwood, Tennessee, USA, with my brother Steven and a friend named Scott Haley. Every major event of my life has a few frames attached.

I photographed my own family starting in 1979 and documented the growth of my five children up until today. Photography has been a part of my life all the way back to my earliest memories. I'll keep on shooting until I'm unable!

The year 1980 was a milestone; the year I got my first Nikon camera. It was a nearly new Nikon FM and I reveled in its incredible build and the unbelievable images it made. Before then, I had been shooting with Kodak 110 and 126 cameras, and although the images have amazing personal value, they would win no contests. I graduated from negatives to transparencies in 1981 as I realized that even sharper and less grainy images could be created in those delightful little two-inch squares. I loved film and shot a lot of it. I wanted to shoot even more, but the cost of raising kids took precedence.

The year 2002 changed everything for me photographically. I had been playing around with a Kodak P&S digital, and finally, a Nikon Coolpix 990. While the images were fun and easy to make, they didn't equal 35mm and medium format in quality, so I viewed digital as a toy. Then Nikon released the 6MP D100® and I became Digital Darrell. Never before had I shot so many images. With no significant processing costs, I took thousands of photographs that I would never have considered taking with expensive film, and I moved to a new level of photography in the process. Digital cameras are an educational course in photography all by themselves.

Since that year my love of photography and cameras has grown tremendously. When I get a new camera, I spend a lot of time with it--getting to know its features and personality. Often, I'll be commissioned by and Rocky Nook to write a book about the latest Nikon camera. What a great way to make a living. I get to own new cameras and write books to help others enjoy their chosen brand.

I'm a full-time traditional stock photographer and have a nicely equipped studio. Between writing books you'll often find me in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina USA--capturing lots of great images. Drop me a line from the contact link of my website Thank you for buying my books on, the world's best place to buy books and camera equipment.

Keep on capturing time...
Darrell Young, a.k.a Digital Darrell

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