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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470879505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470879504
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a valuable resource that will help budding photographers learn more about their PEN E-PL1 .' ( PhotographyBlog.com, 16th August 2010).

From the Back Cover

Unpack big photo power from this little camera and show off your creativity!

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

Learn to:

  • 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!


More About the Author

Julie Adair King is the best-selling author of many books about digital imaging, including Digital Photography For Dummies and For Dummies guides to Nikon, Canon, and Olympus digital cameras. When not writing, she teaches at various locations, including such noted photography schools as the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
A native of Ohio and a graduate of Purdue University, King now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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It is very well written and very understandable to follow!
Bonlee
This camera was my first step up from a point-and-shoot and this book is very helpful.
Sam Asher
The book goes through step by step and explains the use of each feature of the camera.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gadget Hound on December 31, 2011
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After purchasing my Olympus E-PL1 and reading the included user guide several times over, as an experienced semi-pro photographer with a wide-range of camera experiences, ranging from the all-manual ones (circa 1956) through today's modern full-auto DSLR's (Canon 40D, etc.), I came away still having a few vague misgivings and uncertainties which left me uncomfortable.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Cutler on September 7, 2010
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The menu system of the Olympus PEN E-PL1 is many layered, complex and confusing. The manual Olympus provides is not the greatest. A friend recommended this book to me and I ordered it in the Kindle version for reading on my PC. It is the first Kindle book that I've ever used on the computer. I don't have a Kindle. The content is very well written and helpful and I like the fact that I can use the search function in the Kindle PC software to find answers to specific questions. This book is excellent and I highly recommend it for people who have this camera.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MT C on January 12, 2011
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As an ebook this is not the way to go. I'm finding that reference materials do not make very good ebooks.

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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonlee on February 9, 2011
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This is a "SIMPLY" wonderful book to have for the already WONDERFUL Olympus Pen E- PL1 camera! It is very well written and very understandable to follow! I'm not a super technical person, so this book has been an enormous help to me.... I highly recommend the camera AND the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janice Lee Corey on October 13, 2012
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This is a very handy book if you want to get the most from your Pen E-PL 1 camera. I was amazed at all the hidden features. I bring this book out before shooting and concentrate on one thing at a time to get the best from the camera. It has made all the difference in getting more subtle shots. We can all use editing software, but this book has taken my shots to the next level. Probably not the book for point and shoot photographers. That's the best thing about this camera. It can really be an ameture camera as well as intrigue the professional looking for a compact camera. This book takes the camera out of the point and shoot mode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StrawberryJoe on May 9, 2013
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Forget the factory manual, unless you enjoy figuring out puzzles, and reading mice-type. This book is loaded with pictures and lots of helpful information, and is written in the kind of vernacular normal peopleuse and understand. I recommend this book highly for any E-PL1 owner, novice or expert.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2012
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This book is a must. The EPL1 is a wonderful camera and with this book you really get to know it and enjoy it.
The way things are presented is very pleasant, easy to read and very clear. It has lots of photographs to show how to do it.
you will not regret buying this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert on August 2, 2012
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This guide explains all the features of the camera with great detail. It also acts as an introduction to digital photography book, giving good explanations on many photography concepts. I highly recommend it for anyone who has purchased the PEN E-PL1.
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