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  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133597459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133597452
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction. 1. Quick Tour: Shooting Your First Sony NEX-7 Picture. 2. The Sony NEX-7 Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Sony NEX-7. 4. Shooting Basics. 5. Photography with your Sony NEX-7. 6. Advanced Shooting and Movie Making. 7. Working with Lenses. 8. Working with Light. 9. Downloading and Editing. 10. Troubleshooting Your Sony NEX-7. Glossary. Index.

From the Author

What an incredible camera the NEX-7 is!  This flagship of the Sony Alpha NEX line shares many features with earlier models, but I decided it was important to write this book exclusively for the NEX-7. Clearly, this camera is an enthusiast model, and deserves a book written for both beginners and more advanced photographers.

But what if you're not an enthusiast -- but hope to become one, or simply want to take better pictures?  In that case, you really need this book to show exactly how to use every feature and option of the NEX-7.  If you're in love with photography, but so far haven't been in love with learning to use cameras, let me help you get the most from your NEX-7.

My Sony NEX-7 Guide to Digital Photography is divided into four parts.   Part I, "Getting Started with your Sony Alpha NEX-7" includes chapters that will help you set up your camera, start shooting great pictures and movies in minutes, and explain each control, button, and dial, and how to use them. I guide you through every menu option and offer advice on what each does -- or does not do -- and when you should, or should not, use a particular setting.  Rather than simply re-hash the Sony manual, I provide a wealth of useful tips. 

Part II, "Beyond the Basics," has chapters that show you how to use the NEX-7's amazing exposure modes, including Sweep Panorama and 3D Sweep Panorama. There's an entire section on using the camera's autofocus to get sharp images every time.

In Part III, "Advanced Tools"  The NEX-7's movie-making capabilities take you to the next level, and I've written a full chapter on the camera's video features, with plenty of shooting tips for those new to movie shooting.  Another chapter shows you how to choose and use lenses, with an analysis and review of the most important lenses available for the NEX-7.  I include a full-page focus chart you can use when fine-tuning autofocus using the AF Micro Adjust feature with the LA-EA2 Mount adapter. There's a chapter on working with available light and flash, too.

Read Part IV, "Enhancing Your Experience," to pick up tips for choosing software for  your NEX-7, and a chapter on troubleshooting and maintaining your camera.  The software advice is strictly an overview; I don't pad this book out with Photoshop how-to lessons that show you how to correct mistakes you made while shooting. This entire book is dedicated to helping you get the shot you want in the camera.
 
Whether you're a dSLR owner who is switching to the Sony Alpha NEX-7, a would-be enthusiast who wants to learn all of the camera's great features, or a beginner who wants to learn the basics of photography while mastering the camera, sit down with me and we'll explore this camera together.  You're in for a great ride!

Customer Reviews

This book is very easy to follow and very informative.
NAVLE
This book really explains the hows and whys of each menu item and control when using this camera.
Mark E. Vanderlinden
This book goes far above the manual that comes with the camera.
Maurice Rybowski

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By David G. Smith on August 11, 2012
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If you purchased the NEX-7 and have previously used a Canon or Nikon SLR, then you soon realize the menu system and shortcuts are a new language from Sony. The NEX manual is quite clear, but very brief. David Busch does a great job of explaining all the little details and aspects of the camera in laymen's terms with great explanations of the HDR settings, lenses, and video that the OEM manual lacks.

However, the overall book seems to be an addendum to the Sony manual and not an everyday shooter's reference. There are nearly zero recommended settings for specific applications and this camera has an overwhelming amount of selections. I was expecting how best to set up the camera for specific scenarios in order to maximize the potential outcome. There are some recommendations, but far too little.

And the most absent part for me was the lack (or should I say mistake) of a full Custom Settings selection. Chapter 2 refers to many more "fun things you can do" in Chapter 3, but Chapter 3 has only one short paragraph which refers back to Chapter 2. And as you find on the NEX, some items are grayed out and cannot be selected to change until the prerequisite setting or mode is selected first. David missed what these prerequisites are in the description so the user must painstakingly hunt for it.

I want a book that can provide an expert photographer's thoughts on how best to set up the camera to perform best in various shots but also improve on the user's interface with the camera and minimize hunting for the setting that is needed. Suggest that a section be devoted to the optimum setup for the everyday family shooter, the naturalist photographer, the street shot addict, the serious photographer, etc. Each setup would be most ideal and quick access to the settings they require most.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Claudine Govier on June 19, 2012
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This is the BEST camera book if you have a NEX-7. It is very detailed and covers the NEX-7 completely. I studied Sony's handbook and could basically operate the camera but knew I wasn't getting its full potential. Also, there is not one word in the Handbook about the "why" of the settings. David Busch's book not only covers the mechanics of operating the NEX-7 but also when and why one might want to use a particular setting. For example, David discusses RAW vs. JPEG and why you would want to use one over the other. He explains in detail how each of the functions works. Also, before I even got 50 pages into the book, I learned of several operations that were not covered in Sony's Handbook. If you want to get the most out of your NEX-7, this is the book to read.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Rybowski on July 6, 2012
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Expected little from this book except for a reworking of the original manual. I was wrong. This book goes far above the manual that comes with the camera. It's a clear, well organized tome, in English, that goes far beyond the usual explanations. I am unusually impressed. I actually found the camera book enlightening. Best of all, it didn't put me to sleep. That's the highest compliment you can give a tech manual.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nadia K. on August 3, 2012
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Unless you are an advanced professional photographer, this book is a must. I am not a professonal photographer, although I have some experience with digital cameras and owned a Canon digital SLR for many years, but needed an upgrade for my professional work (which is not photography -- I needed to take sharp photos from ancient manuscripts in low-light library reading rooms where flash is not allowed). Sony Alpha Nex-7 camera seemed like a very good choice, so I got one. But when I received a package and opened it, I was quite intimidated by this high-tech camera. I figured out its point-and-shoot capabilities on my own, but realized that I needed a good guide book to navigate all the available features of this camera. So, I bought David Busch's Guide and found it VERY useful. It is not for a light reading, though -- you will need to use your brain and it will take time to study the book in depth, and I am still working on it, but I definitely progressed to better understanding of my new "toy" and improved my photographic skills. Bottom line: if you invested money in Nex-7 upscale camera, you should invest very modest amount of money to buy this book -- you won't regret.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sjs on September 7, 2012
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This is a very clear and complete guide to use of this fantastic camera as well as an excellent presentation of the aspects of digital photography available with this camera. Because it is printed on glossy stock paper which make the many color photographs much more accessible and useful, this manual is rather heavy and not something you are likely to carry around in your camera bag. It would be nice to have had a pull-out menu that you could carry around more easily, but that is not really the function of this guide. It is meant to take you into a much deeper understanding of the camera and its functionality as digital image processor. I'm very happy with this purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MollyJ on August 29, 2012
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This is one the best manuals I've read. It covers it all. At first I thought I wouldn't like it because it goes over the basics of digital photography along the step-by-step feature functions. And true, I found myself skipping over a segment or two; but I also found some gems that I didn't know and few things that sparked some creative ideas. All-in-all, the book provides a practical context for each feature of the camera and covers accessories as well. And right now, it's the only game in town. Particularly since Sony itself puts out a fairly pathetic manual.
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More About the Author

With more than 2 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.

Most of his hugely successful books for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. His advice has been featured on NPR's "All Tech Considered."

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he has illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has 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 photographs and articles have been published in magazines as diverse as PhotoGraphic, Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed digital cameras for CNet Networks and Computer Shopper.

As a writer, photographer, and contributing editor for ten magazines, he has more than 130 books and 2500 articles to his credit. A PR consultant for Eastman Kodak Company's photography divisions for nearly 20 years, Busch has published photography articles under his by-line in Popular Photography & Imaging, PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer and other photo magazines. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

The graduate of Kent State University operated his own photo studio and was a principal in CCS/PR, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles. In addition to Kodak, CCS photography clients included Hewlett-Packard. He sold his interest in CCS in 1992 to become a full-time author, photographer, and reporter.

Since then, Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors in the United States. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. Several of his digital imaging books have sold in excess of 50,000 copies.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show in 2005, was the keynote speaker at the Dayton Computerfest, and has been a call-in guest for 22 different radio shows nationally and in major markets, including WTOP-AM (Washington), KYW-AM (Philadelphia), USA Network (Daybreak USA), WPHM-AM (Detroit), KMJE-FM (Sacramento), CJAD-AM (Montreal), WBIX-AM (Boston), ABC Radio Network (Jonathan & Mary Show).

His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. his web site is http://www.dbusch.com.

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