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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435457404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435457409
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction. 1. Shooting Your First Olympus PEN EP-2 Picture. 2. The Canon Olympus PEN EP-2 Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Olympus PEN EP-2. 4. Optimizing Exposure. 5. Advanced Techniques. 6. Working with Lenses. 7. Working with Light. 8. Downloading and Editing. 9. Troubleshooting Your Olympus PEN EP-2. 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 About.com 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 Amazon.com'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 http://www.dslrguides.com.

Dan Simon is an adjunct professor in the Culture and Communications Department at the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University. He teaches courses on a wide variety of topics including online journalism, fundamentals of journalism, public relations, public speaking, desktop publishing, business and technical communications, and communication theory. He has also taught courses in camera techniques and digital photography for East Stroudsburg University and desktop publishing for Gloucester County College. Dan also has more than 30 years of experience as a writer and photographer. He is currently working on a doctorate in culture and communication at Drexel University. His published works include the Digital Photography Bible Desktop Edition (John Wiley and Sons Publishing), Digital Photography All-in-One, (Wiley), and Digital Photos, Movies, & Music Gigabook for Dummies (Wiley). He is also a regular contributor to the Growing Edge Magazine (hydroponics) and Pennsylvania Magazine (regional, travel).

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I would seriously recommend this book to those contemplating buying into this camera system.
Alan Briggs
My main problem was that the authors don't seem very familiar with the product itself and labelled certain parts wrongly and not ever labelling the speakers at all.
S-Ann
This book is a good comprehensive, well written supplement to the 'brochure' that comes with the camera.
KENNETH M REIFF

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Busy Reader on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very helpful book. It is much clearer than the Olympus manual, which contains a lot of information but is marred by tiny type and imperfect English grammar. Rather than simply repeat what the manual says -- and there are several long tables in the manual that are quite reasonably referred to by cross reference -- the authors try to explain how and when various camera features are most useful. Some of this explanation occurs in the chapters on general photographic technique in the second half of the book. More experienced readers may be tempted to skip over these chapters, but I'd advise reading or at least skimming the entire book. An avid amateur, I've owned a variety of Olympus cameras before the PEN E-P2, starting with my beloved OM-1 some 35 years ago as well as several compacts and two Olympus DSLRs, and I still learned more than expected from this book. Yes, novice and intermediate users will gain the most, but IMHO this book is a worthwhile read for all but the more seasoned pro. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Briggs on March 16, 2011
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This book is essential for any EP-2 owner and generally excellent.

There is so much to the EP-2 that it is almost impossible to fully grasp all the camera can do without reading this book first.

I would seriously recommend this book to those contemplating buying into this camera system. I would have bought the camera as soon as it came out if I had seen this book.

The photos in there help you grasp what the options can do; many options are near impossible to grasp without this photo visualization.

The flash section is particularly informative.

This book resolved practically every question I had.

Olympus should put the book on the CD that came with camera.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Devine on June 22, 2012
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Well, I kinda goofed in my haste to buy a book for my new e-pl2 camera. I did not realize this book was for the e-p2. Consequently it does not correspond exactly. Fortunately I am one of those old-time SLR users so I can figure things out ok however it is a bit inconvenient. The buttons are moved/changed from the ep2 and some things just appear to not work the same. Amazon has books for the pl1 and p2 but not the pl2. There is no doubt there is alot of good information you do not get in the manual in this book and I do feel it is worth my $19.99 but I just wanted to be specific. Reviewers had stated the book was not correct on certain things but I did not realize they probably had a different camera as I do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kara Shallenberg on May 19, 2011
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This book is exactly what I was wishing for. I'm a relatively experienced photographer, but the many options on my Olympus PEN E-P2 had me rather mystified. This book explains everything and tells me WHY I might want to use all the various settings. I've learned a ton!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William S. on August 15, 2010
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I purchased three of David Busch's books over the years - Nikon D-200 (hardcover) and the Nikon D-90 and Olympus PEN E-P2 for my Kindle. They are very elementary books with about 80% of the material basic, first-time digital user dialog. The balance improves on the users manuals for these cameras, but only slightly. Touted as books to teach you "why" certain settings should be used, they lack any real substance in this regard with the majority of text devoted to lengthy passages devoted to step-by-step instructions to activate certain features; i.e. such as which direction to press the multi-selector to move through menus. I'm not certain, but I could swear these three books are "cut and paste" copies of each other with the names changed to sell more books. I am also disappointed that some of the instructions are just wrong. For example, in the chapter on using flash by "Connecting Multiple Non-dedicated Units to Your Olympus PEN E-P2", Mr. Busch says, "Finally some flash units have an optical slave trigger built-in, or can be fitted with one, so that they fire automatically when another flash, INCLUDING YOUR CAMERA'S BUILT-IN UNIT, fires. The E-P2 does not have a built-in flash.
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