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Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

David D. Busch
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Book Description

The perennial digital photography bestseller, now updated to cover the hottest topics

Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies has been a bestseller since it first came into the picture, and this new edition gets you up to (shutter) speed on the latest technologies available. Veteran author David Busch walks you through new camera models from the leading manufacturers, WiFi and GPS options, full HD moviemaking, and the latest dSLR features. He also provides you with a solid foundation of knowledge about exposure, composition, and lighting that any new dSLR user needs to know to get great results from the camera.

The straightforward-but-friendly coverage offers tips for choosing a camera and accessories, using different controls, maximizing lighting and exposure, and editing your photos. With this helpful book by your side, you'll learn your way around shutter speed, aperture, and ISO so that you can get a handle on the big picture while you take pictures!

  • Introduces you to all the features common to dSLR cameras, whether it's Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, or another digital SLR camera
  • Shares tips on composition, lighting and exposure controls, and file formats
  • Shows you how to get photos from your camera to a computer and then how to manage, edit, and share your pics
  • Offers hints on improving your skills, online resources, and the jargon of the pros

If you're ready to get in the dSLR picture, then this is the book you need.

Editorial Reviews


'The combination of experienced author David Busch and the bright yellow friendliness of the Dummies series is promising, and indeed there is a lot of useful information packed in here.' (Digital Photography Enthusiast, Janueary 2012)

From the Back Cover

Easy-to-follow instructions on getting better photos with a digital SLR camera!

Digital SLR cameras put full control over the look of a picture in the photographer's hands. You just need some basic know-how about how digital SLRs operate to get the photos you want out of your camera. This instructional video introduces you to the basics of digital SLR photography, from switching lenses to selecting exposure settings to when to use the camera's flash. It also shows you how to apply that knowledge to take great action shots, landscapes, portraits, and more.

Discover how to:

  • Choose the best exposure mode for the shot

  • Build a lens collection

  • Compose a balanced photo

  • Freeze action and control depth of field

  • Shoot personal portraits

  • Understand photography lingo

Approximate running time: 50 minutes

System requirements:

  • TV or computer DVD player

  • Windows® XP, Vista, or 7; Mac OS® X 10.4 or higher

  • 512MB RAM

Wiley, the Wiley logo, For Dummies, and all related trademarks, logos, and trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and/or its affiliates.

Product Details

  • File Size: 19403 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (September 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RBA8OU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book, Camera, Action! October 27, 2012
The big attraction of this series of "for Dummies" books is that we who buy these products have little respect for our own knowledge and plenty of respect for those who do and are able to write books like this.

I am currently converting from film photography to digital photography and some aspects are quite daunting. I have, therefore, purchased several books and tutorial DVDs on the subject and am working my way through them all. The title of this product suggests it is the right place to start and, on reflection, is exactly where I should have started. For those of you, who like me, are converting to digital for the first time, grab your camera and a copy of this book and work your way through from cover to cover until you are conversant with the new technology. It really will give you a good grounding.

That, however, will only work very well if you are already conversant with photography. If you are new to photography altogether and a digital SLR camera is your very first camera, you may have to learn a few basic lessons of, for example, the correlation between film speeds, shutter speeds and aperture settings - which really do need to be understood, before you study this book.

David Busch clearly knows what he is talking about and is able to put that knowledge into an easy-to-follow format for us Dummies to read and, as I say, I wish I had read this book before getting into some of the more technical tomes I also purchased.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those making the leap from point and shoot November 21, 2011
By Scott
I just upgraded from a point and shoot to a dSLR. Like most amateurs making this leap, I needed something more than the owner's manual, so I searched through all the dSLR books and found this to be leaps and bounds better than the rest. This Dummies book covers dSLRs in full. It has all the info I needed to get started and its begun functioning as a reference when I'm ready to do new things. The book is very informative. I would recommend buying this prior to even purchasing your camera, as it explains all that is good and bad about digital SLRs. It's the ideal book for people in my situation, who are true amateurs of photography, as it not only covers functionality, it also explains how to take GREAT photos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for a beginner December 22, 2012
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If you are new to the world of photography, then this book is a must in your cup-board. It tells you exactly what is photography and what is Digital photography and how one can improve their photography skills.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was looking for April 17, 2012
The book is well written and I enjoyed the author's sense of humor. However, I was hoping for less of an examination of the technical and historical aspects of the technology and more of a hands on explanation of how to utilize the technology to improve my photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips for digital SLR Photography March 20, 2013
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This book provided great tips for digital SLR cameras and photography. Many interesting ideas and sources to find additional info.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to learn March 6, 2012
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This book has been really helpful learning about the different settings and adjustments that can be made to enhance photo quality.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative May 17, 2012
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This book/DVD combo is great, it is very informative and easy to use. The DVD goes through each major point of the book and it gives you the visual some us need to get the concept down. I love it and I refer to both boob and DVD when ever I am going to take my camera out.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DSLR Reference Book! February 15, 2012
By Griffy
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I am new to the DSLR world, having just bought my first camera less than a month ago. I decided to do some reading to help improve my picture quality. I originally borrowed this book from my library. I decided to pony up the cash after I realized I had written down several chapters in their entirety to scan before returning. A few reasons I like it:

- It was just published this year, so it's current (it's the 4th edition, make sure to get that one if you decide to buy)

- It covers a little bit of everything DSLR related starting from picking out a DSLR to how to edit prints, even a chapter on learning how to use the video. All information is very easy to understand, balancing technical terms with laymen's terms, and it provides a lot of great color examples to help guide you through examples.

- Overall, just a great reference book to have around. I know Google has everything, but personally, I still love having a good book around for reference. I am a little surprised to find a "dummies" book helpful, but I think I just don't really like the name "dummies". After liking this one so much I am definitely going to explore other topics as my hobbies expand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
For any beginner at DSLR photography, this is a "must have." It helps one to become more familiar with all aspects of creating great images.
Published 5 days ago by G. Meredith
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony owner
In some ways it did. But others it was a little lacking. As far as set mup and operation I think it was a little lacking.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Groetsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to have it!
I have so much camera equipment that I don't know how to use. If it's not automatic, I can't do it. I want to be able to use more of my camera's capability. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cultech
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book!
Very helpful for someone buying a digital SLR for the first time. Would have liked more information on the selection of lenses.
Published 5 months ago by Winfield McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies, Book * DVD Bundle by...
You don't need to be a beginner to find this book useful. Very good instruction and information book. I recommend it to anyone.
Published 7 months ago by Grandma Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful for any beginner photographer
this book/dvd is helpful for the photographer as a beginnner or anyone that wants to learn more or rediscover any basic photography skills. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathleen M. Durst
1.0 out of 5 stars BIG DISAPPOINTMENT
I just can't take anymore of this book. I bought this to learn the ins and outs of my SLR. Instead what I have so far after enduring 3 chapters and pages upon pages of useless... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. E. Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars rnando
formation for the first book on cameras. Vast amount of information to try and get a chance to use your camera.
Published 8 months ago by Nando Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars not simple enough for me
It was not simple enough for me. Helpful in many ways. I would have liked it even more basic.. really?
Published 14 months ago by joann cullari
3.0 out of 5 stars Whoa!
A TON of info!!! I was hoping for a cliff notes type of book and this is way beyond that! I am quite overwhelmed by the book, but I am determined to learn how to use my camera.
Published 14 months ago by Angie
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More About the Author

With nearly 1.5 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 Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of 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


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