From the Author
When a command card doesn't provide enough information, and a small camera guide has too much padding, pull this Compact Field Guide out of your camera bag and get the advice and recommendations you need quickly.
I don't believe you can have too much of a good thing, but readers who have been using my 400-page in-depth guides (individually tailored for each camera) to master their cameras have asked me to distill the most essential information into a portable field guide for on-the-go reference. In the approximately 150 pages of this lay-flat, spiral-bound book, you'll find in-depth descriptions of every control, menu option, and capability of your camera. Each choice is accompanied by my recommendations and a description of when you should or should not use a particular setting. There are seven no-nonsense chapters:
- Quick Setup Guide. You -- or someone you loan your camera to -- can set up the key exposure, autofocus, and other settings in minutes with the step-by-step instructions in this chapter.
- Streetsmart Roadmap. Can't recall what a particular button or dial does, or don't remember how to access bracketing or another feature you seldom use? This chapter has photos of every control and a description of how to use it.
- Menu Settings (Part 1). Command cards and cheat sheets provide a menu listing and a recap of each of the menu options. This chapter explains how to use them, too.
- Menu Settings (Part 2.) Learn how to use the set-up options for your camera to configure it to operate the way you want.
- Using Flash. Reference guide to working with internal flash, and external units.
- Shooting Movies. I've managed to squeeze in instructions on using the camera's advanced movie-making capabilities, along with tips on shooting better movies in the field.
- Shooting Tips. Pages and pages of tables listing settings recommendations for a variety of situations, such as stage performances, long exposures, landscapes, and portraits.