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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470466065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470466063
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


‘…the ideal guide for beginner DSLR camera users, with full-colour examples of what you can achieve.' (At Home, May 2011).

From the Back Cover

New to digital SLR photography?

Here's just what you need for success and fun!

Whether you're moving from a film SLR to digital or from any point-and-shoot to SLR, there's a lot to learn. Here's the scoop on all the newest camera models, a guide to dSLR features and how to use them, tips on composing and lighting your shots, and a whole lot more. Discover what different lenses do and how to capture great images!

  • How does it do that? — learn about the workings of your camera so you can take advantage of all its featuresYou're in control — master all the dials and buttons while learning to choose and use various lensesGo RAW — improve your photography with advanced capabilities like using RAW format and sequence shootingMake the good even better — quick tips for cropping an image, improving lighting, and sharpening focus?The prints of your dreams — get advice on choosing a photo printer and tips on creating prints to keep, frame, and share

Open the book and find:

  • Translations of confusing photography terms

  • Tips on image editing

  • Ten quick and easy ways to improve your photography

  • The lowdown on camera accessories

  • How to choose an image editing program

  • Cool things you can do with a dSLR camera

  • The rules of good photo composition

  • Advice on shooting portraits, publicity photos, and landscapes

Customer Reviews

The book also gives you a good beginners primer on how to take pictures.
I found this book to be easy to read, informative, well written, and filled with photographic examples of the points being made.
Gary in Sun City, AZ
Anyone who wants to learn about digital SLR cameras and photography should have this book at their side.
Micks D

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

516 of 522 people found the following review helpful By I. Wan VINE VOICE on September 9, 2006
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Having recently decided to move to the DSLR world, I needed to learn how to shoot pictures in mode other than Full Auto.

So I purchased this book as well as

"Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition)"

While this book is good, for my specific case (I'm fairly comfortable with the digital world), the "Understanding Exposure" was a far better book for me.

I appreciate the fact that the author is trying to explain about image formats, memory cards, etc... But what I was really looking, was for a book to explain how to shoot great pictures.

I had to learn about exposures, apertures, shutter speed, ISO, etc, and this book covers it slightly, but wasn't enough for me to have a good grasp.

If you're new to the digital photography world, then yeah... go for it and buy this book, but if you've already owned a Digital Camera (and knew what you were doing) but only shot pictures in Auto Mode, then I'd suggest the "Understanding Exposure" book. Not only it explains basic and advanced concepts, but it's full of pictures so you can visually understand how each parameter affects the exposure.
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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Dandy Randy on November 5, 2005
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The Dummies people have finally recognized that books about digital photography deserve to be published in full color, and this one amply demonstrates the reason why. It's written by the leading author of DSLR books (I also own his Nikon D70 guide), and is filled from cover to cover with wonderful full color photos and shrewd advice for getting the most from your camera.

If anything, this book is even clearer than the usual Dummies book, taking you through every step in choosing, using, and accessorizing your digital SLR. It's perfect for new DSLR owners who are puzzled by the many options, features, and settings found in these cameras. It's also a good guide for those seeking to improve their skills. I now fully understand things like continuous autofocus and single autofocus, how to select lenses, when to use aperture and shutter priority, and why I should not ever use my D70's full "automatic" mode.

Unlike some other DSLR books I've seen, this one covers both cameras and photography thoroughly, so you'll learn how to use your camera as well as how to take better images.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Brion on December 10, 2005
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Like many snapshooting amateurs, I upgraded from an ordinary point/shoot digital camera to a digital SLR because I wanted to take advantage of the features these new cameras offer. Plus, a camera like my Olympus E-500 doesn't really cost much more than the high-end non-SLR cameras. However, once I got my camera, I didn't know what to do with it.

This book cleared everything up for me. It provided a clear explanation of the advantages of digital SLR cameras, plus it listed some of the drawbacks I was not aware of at first, such as the inability to shoot movies. Then it told me about all the different controls and how to use them. There were great sections in this book on how to take specific kinds of pictures and how to choose an image editor. The editing portion got me started and inspired me to buy a Dummies book on Photoshop Elements so I can learn more.

As I said, this book really told me what I could do with my new camera. There was even a section in the Parts of Tens that listed things you'd never thought of doing with a digital SLR and I certainly hadn't. Thank you for a great introduction to my new camera.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By FotoFan on November 6, 2005
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You can always count on Dummies books to present complicated information in an easy-to-absorb style, and this one is even better than most. New D-SLR owners will find everything they need to know to master their cameras. Veterans will discover new features and new techniques, too. All the illustrations are in full color, so you can see exactly what kind of results you'll get if you follow this book's advice.

There seem to be a lot of D-SLR books on the market now. Many of them concentrate on the technology or spend too much time describing how to "fix" your pictures in Photoshop. This book has exactly the right mix of nuts and bolts, tips on what you can do with image editing, and, throughout the text, lots and lots of photographic techniques of the sort you really won't find in many of the other D-SLR books.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rich Winthrop on March 8, 2006
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This book is definitely written with an eye towards those just getting their feet wet with digital SLRs. The technical portions of the book are excellent--you will have a much better understanding of the capabilities of your camera and, more importantly, harnessing those capabilities. Other non-technical sections, such as pointers on composition, are helpful as well. Finally, while not as crisply written as other sections, the book includes a decent discussion on available software and the process of editing images.

If you are buying your first digital SLR, add this book to the order. One hint--READ YOUR CAMERA'S MANUAL FIRST. It makes it much easier to digest the information provided and immediately experiment with your new understanding of your camera's functions.
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91 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on December 7, 2005
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Since I do a lot of my reading on subways, I've always felt a little embarrassed when carrying one of the books in the "For Dummies" line. At the same time, I've always found that the series really does provide a broad spectrum of knowledge for entry into a new field. This book is no exception.

Although Busch expects the reader to have some knowledge of the controls on his or her digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) and how to operate a computer, he leads the new DSLR owner by the hand to the information necessary to get good photographs. Moreover, he clearly keys this knowledge to the digital side of photography. For example, he spends several pages talking about the use of the camera's histogram (a chart of the distribution of light values in a picture) to improve exposures. He also explains the differences between camera formats like JPG and RAW, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Some of the material, like the discussion of different focal length lenses, may be applicable to film single lens reflexes as well, but if you are coming to a DSLR from a point and shoot camera, this will be useful information.

There is also information about processing your photographs in image editing software with a brief explanation of the different image editing functions. He finishes up with the "Part of Tens" which includes tips for better pictures not covered elsewhere in the book, suggested projects and even useful websites.

For someone who doesn't expect to push his or her photography skills beyond the bare minimum, this may be the only book ever needed (besides the camera manual). But DSLR's have a way of pulling you into the hobby and then this book just won't be enough.
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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 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