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David Busch's Sony Alpha NEX-5/NEX-3 Guide to Digital Photography [Paperback]

David D. Busch , Alexander S. White
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December 22, 2010 1435459180 978-1435459182 1
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 are the world's smallest and lightest advanced interchangeable lens digital cameras. These affordable new models are Sony's first Electronic Viewfinder/Interchangeable Lens (EVIL) cameras, featuring 14.2-megapixels, an array of interchangeable lenses, 1080i HD movie recording with stereo sound, fast and silent autofocus, a new Sweep Panorama feature with 3D capability, and a high-speed burst mode of 7fps. David Busch's Sony Alpha NEX-5/NEX-3 Guide to Digital Photography shows readers how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of both models to take great photographs of anything. Introductory chapters will help readers get comfortable with the basics of their camera before they dive right into exploring creative ways to apply the NEX-5 and NEX-3 file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, automatic exposure features, and additional lenses. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so they'll quickly learn how to use their NEX-5 or NEX-3, and use it like a pro!

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Editorial Reviews


Introduction. 1. Shooting Your First Sony Alpha NEX-5/NEX-3Picture. 2. The Sony Alpha NEX-5/NEX-3Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Sony Alpha NEX-5/NEX-3. 4. Optimizing Exposure. 5. Advanced Techniques. 6. Working with Lenses. 7. Working with Light. 8. Downloading and Editing. 9. Troubleshooting Your Sony Alpha NEX-5/NEX-3. Glossary. Index.

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 Sony and Sony Digital models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital Photography, Second Edition, and Digital 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's 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 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'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 Lenses. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (December 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435459180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435459182
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew my camera March 30, 2011
I am a long time SONY Alpha girl and I've had my latest the a55 for a couple months, I read the manual. I *thought* I knew the camera pretty well already. We (the camera and I) are taking the best pictures of my life.

I cracked open the book yesterday. As soon as I got past set-up, around page 20 I could no longer just read. I needed my camera in hand. I was being told things I didn't know about.

The big color pictures are really nice. While the words are in a conversational easy to understand form, the pictures drive the point home. It's impossible to not understand what the author is telling me about my camera.

So much better than what is in the manual. I am looking forward to getting out and shooting some more. "We" are going to be taking even better pictures:)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners January 14, 2011
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I had the NEX-5 about a month before picking this book up. I am new to photography and just have a basic idea of the exposure, aperture, etc. This book walks you through just about every aspect of the camera. The very best part of this book is the large screenshots from the actual camera (even larger than the actual camera).

The one negative thing I can say is that it seems that a lot of the book was written with templates from all the other books they churn out, so it doesnt always all flow together.

Do not buy this for the kindle as you won't see any detail (or color) in the pictures, or differences on comparison shots.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!! April 12, 2011
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I am the first to admit I am very much the novice photographer. I've always used Sony point and shoots over the years and each time I got a little braver about moving up in quality. When my daughter moved into Junior High sports and cheerleading, I developed a serious case of camera envy from everyone who could get that perfect action shot so I took a leap and got the Alpha 55. The camera itself is an absolute wonder and extremely easy to use right out of the box but I quickly realized if I wanted to use it for its intended purpose rather than just a nicer point and shoot, I needed help the manual just couldn't provide. Therefore, I bought this book and have been thankful ever since. I literally sat down and read it cover to cover the first weekend I got it. It is very simple to understand, extremely thorough in its descriptions of camera functions and most of all, user friendly. I refer back to it often and can't imagine not having it handy to help me continue to make the most out of my camera purchase. I now understand the concepts of aperture, ISO and shutter speed and their effects on achieving the pictures I've been longing for. I move around the camera dial like a pro and am composing shots I never even thought of before. Had I not had this book, I would still be lost and most likely frustrated. I highly recommend this for anyone who owns or plans to purchase an Alpha 55, especially if you are just an average Joe like me wanting to get some really cool pictures of your kids. You will not regret purchasing it and for the price, it can't be beat. In fact, I am now looking at some of Mr. Busch's other books to help me hone my photography skills in general. I am very, very pleased with the purchase.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sony a55 book March 23, 2011
By cloud
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great book well written easy to understand and follow will recomend anyone who buys the camera please do youself a favor and buy this book
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony Nex-5/3 April 3, 2011
By Kay
I already have one of Davd Busch's books on the original Alpha and that was great too. This book is very easy to read - good simple explanations and enough depth of complexity to help really understand the power of this little camera. The photos in the book make it pleasant and easy to read. My favorite camera book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book. April 3, 2011
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Love my new Nex 5 and having just read a few chapters, already can see how heplful this book has been and will be. Highly recommend. Marty
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible April 2, 2011
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Lots of praise for this well written book on the Sony A33/55 Camera. Best $20 I have ever spent. Thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONY SLT-a55/a33 Guide review August 13, 2011
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This book is well written, illustrated in color and easy to understand. It is a great improvement over the manual that came with my SONY a55. I would recommend this book to anybody buying a SONY SLT-a55/a33 camera. This is the manual that should come with the camera.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony A33 Guide
Way easier to read than instructions that came with camera. Have had camera for over 3 yrs now, this book has helped me navigate through all this fantastic technology that came... Read more
Published 4 months ago by photo fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Camera Book
This book has been such a help. The user guide that comes with the camera is just not comparable to this book. I have many pages flagged & I reefer to it anytime for help.
Published 6 months ago by Linda Brandlein
4.0 out of 5 stars Virtually the only manual for the Sony A55 camera
Mr. Busch's style is diminished by his obviously great expertise as a professional photographer. Sony does not write manuals of any use for any of its products so what is one to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by rhodoguru
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it very much.
I was not familiar at all with my new camera. The teaches very clear and I can take beautiful pictures thanks to the tips I have learned.
Published 6 months ago by maria lozano
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Reviewer Bad Camera
David Busch is a great reviewer! I have all of his books for the cameras I own! I guess I was so disappointed in the camera itself thar I gave this book a bad rating!
Published 7 months ago by Albert C. Marth
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Digital Photography
David Busch writes some of the best manuals aroung. This one is no exception. It gives a new user an in-depth understanding of the camera
Published 13 months ago by Giles Warren-Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This book is an excellent manual for the Sony SLT-A55/A33. Explanations are clear and easy to understand, and the information is current.
Published 15 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I bought this book to learn all of my cameras functions, and while it may be good for a person who had never used a DSLR before, it didn't provide much additional info for me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by B. Devero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is a must have for A-55 owners. It gives you detailed information on all the questions you will have. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ronald Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative!
This book explained my camera in much more detail than the manual and put it in everyday terms. A great book for learning to use my SLR.
Published 19 months ago by Mike D
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