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Olympus PEN E-PL1 For Dummies Paperback – August 9, 2010
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From the Back Cover
The Olympus PEN E-PL1 offers the tools to capture great photos in automatic mode, or you can take full control of the camera's settings, switch lenses, and shoot like the pros. This friendly, full-color guide helps you get great photos whether you're shooting a kids' birthday party, capturing HD movies, or creating a photo worthy of framing.
Go live — explore the Live Guide feature and make creative adjustments in color, focus, and brightness before you shoot
Make friends with your lens — get acquainted with the kit lens and learn your way around the Micro Four Thirds lens system
Stop and go action — learn to switch instantly from shooting stills to movies and back again
Save, print, and share — protect images you want, delete those you don't, transfer photos to your PC, and prepare them for e-mail or printing
Take control — explore manual settings and master exposure, color, and depth of field
Open the book and find:
Insight into controlling the exposure trio: f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO
How to use "almost automatic" modes like iAuto
Ways to add special effects in ART mode
Tips for shooting memorable landscapes
Steps for capturing portraits, close-ups, and action shots
Secrets for overriding auto-exposure
Cool ways to control color
How to make audio notes on still images
Understand and use all the camera'scontrols
Manipulate focus, color, and exposure for great shots in any setting
Expand your creativity with special-purpose features
IN FULL COLOR!
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A native of Ohio and a graduate of Purdue University, King now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
Even though the manual is technical and not a tutorial, I felt that I should have been able to easily glean the most important necessary information on how to set up and customize the camera's menu system and understand and use the camera's subtleties effectively - in fact, I thought I had.
Nevertheless, I felt that there was a chance that I had overlooked or misunderstood some important menu settings, given the shear complexity and extensive customization the camera is capable of and so I ordered this book after seeing the excellent reviews and high opinions submitted by other readers.
After it arrived I immediately read it from cover to cover with camera in hand and was amazed and shocked as to the level and degree of misinformation I had come away with by only studying the user manual cold. I say shocked, because, with my level of experience and equipment understanding, one would naturally assume that even the most obtuse manual would not be that difficult for both basic and critical settings to be mastered. Was I wrong!
After reading this book for only a few minutes, it became obvious to me that I had completely overlooked many of the co-dependent and subtle modes of advanced operation the many menu settings can employ, none of which were clearly spelled out in the highly condensed manual.Read more ›
I would not advise buying this as a reference manual for the camera, unless it is purchased as a 'real' book.
Actually the contents of this is very good, it was just poor judgement on my part to purchase as an ebook
I bought the Olympus camera to enable me to manually control the aperature and shutter speed for capturing higher qualitly photos of my art work. Before I had the book I spent five hours shooting my work and was still not very pleased with the results. The book helped me learn more about special options on the camera and with these options I was able to very quickly resolve the issues I had been having and get exceptional photo's of my art work. For me it was a matter of over riding the image stabelizer feature. Something that didn't occur to me, even though I was using a tripod. This made all the difference and was information I would never have gleaned from the manual.
So yeah, I now own a book for Dummies and I am pleased.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
SO much here, that I don't think I'll ever get to completely read it. It far beats out the manufacturer's manual though!Published 1 month ago by Thalia Garcia
Book is new, arrived on time and just as described. Will start reading it soon but skimming through the book - it looks like it is filled with great information. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Germond13
Many good tips and instructions for the beginner and advanced amateur.Published 19 months ago by K. M. Hicken
I bought both the hard copy and the kindle copy.
I carry the kindle copy with my camera and it is easy to look things up when I need the info. Read more
this guide made it more enjoyable to take pictures, even a dummies like me understand it. It opened a new
window to the picture taking experience.
I am a busy guy and enjoy using the camera. The book was used to learn how to do a couple of things. I am sure that reading the entire book will be very helpful. Read morePublished 21 months ago by William Lane
This book arrived in unusable condition and was put in the recycle bin. so I have no way to give a proper review. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Amazon Customer