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Get the results you want from your Sony A700

With its built-in Super Steady Shot vibration reduction, 12.2 megapixel resolution, and amazingly fast focusing capability, the Sony A700 is a top-drawer camera. Make the most of it with this information-packed guide. You'll learn to use all the controls, refresh your knowledge of photography basics, explore the effects of various lenses, and get practical advice for capturing the shot you want in all sorts of situations. This is a working guide. Take it everywhere you take your A700.

  • Get the feel of your Sony A700 right away with the Quick Tour

  • Examine the effects of natural and artificial light, flash, reflectors, diffusers, and more

  • Compare prime, zoom, normal, wide, and telephoto lenses, with special emphasis on Sony lenses

  • Apply professional tips for shooting a wide variety of subjects

  • View, download, and print your photos

About the Author

Alan Hess is a professional freelance photographer. He specializes in concert and event photography, but has also done commercial photography for everything from a guitar manufacturer's brochure to a women's workout wear catalog. Alan is also a key contributor to the Lexar Pro Photography Web site.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470270314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470270318
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first 79 pages of the `Digital Field Guide' provide, in effect, an Owner's Manual for the Sony Alpha 700. A top-of-the-line digital SLR such as the Sony A700 provides a host of settings which are unknown in film cameras, and Chapters 1 and 2 of the `Digital Field Guide' give an introduction to this maze of possibilities. The explanations are much better, and far more readable, than the very terse instructions in the `User's Guide' which Sony includes with the Alpha 700. Reading and re-reading these sections made me realize how a semi-professional digital SLR such as the Sony Alpha 700 incorporates a host of choices which even professional-level film SLR's could not offer, such as adjusting sensitivity (ISO, equivalent to `film speed') for each shot, or adjusting contrast (with the DRO, Digital Range Optimizer) for an individual shot (with a film camera, such changes would require changing the film). For this reader, these explanations are the most valuable part of the book.

For the uninitiated: the Sony Alpha 700 can be used as easily as a point-and-shoot camera, using the `AUTO' setting.

From page 80 onwards, the remainder of the 279-page book gives mostly general tips on photography, which apply regardless of what camera the reader uses (the exception is Chapter 5, "All About Lenses," which in 14 pages gives some rather sketchy descriptions of the more than 24 lenses available for the A700. A reader interested in a particular lens might look on the Internet for lens tests, such as those published by `Popular Photography.' This chapter hardly mentions the wide range of Minolta AF lenses, which can be used on all Sony Alpha cameras).
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I am literally blown away by this book. I have read many books on photography in general and never got the insight that Hess provides here. Not only can I use my A700 fully now, I have a much better idea how to shoot pictures than I ever have. This is simply the best book on Photography I have ever read. Well written easy to understand and a very enjoyable read. The author uses his own photos to subsidize his points with great affect. Ebay auctions, weddings, sporting events, concerts, events, portraits....all are covered here with excellent advice that can be used by all levels of users. This book is one I will refer back to for years for tips.....highly reccomended!
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I'm very impressed by this book. Not only does it tell me how to set up, maintain, and utilize the camera, but it also offers a HUGE range of professional advice on how to take better pictures. From composition to color, technical adjustments to common sense, Alan Hess reminds us that taking better pictures is easy! Noteworthy is his obvious passion for his work, and his ability to share that enthusiasm (and lessons learned!) with others. Anyone with a camera can benefit from the easy to read tips inside this book, but those with an A700 will breeze through the set-up and immediately be able to better capture any shot. Personally, i'm impressed with the range of subjects covered that i can apply to my daily use- travel shots, candids, pets, concerts, scenery. I'd recommend it to anyone!
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Very well set up guide. Plenty of info. with out lots of techno babble. A outstanding users gude for the new DSLR user, even vetern shooters will find it handy due to the depth of features and functions of the A700. The color photos are better then black and white as in many guides. The last third of the book is broken down into sections on 22 specific styles of photography. This also includes a "on your own" practice assignment.
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I bought this book for my daughter, she has had the camera for over a year. She has found the book very useful. There were instructions on many subjects that told her many new ways to improve her pictures. She particularly liked the fact that the book is specific to her camera, and not generic.
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If you were to own just one book on photography essentials and advanced tips then this should be it. The chapter on lighting is especially valuable for those wanting to take the best photos for every type subject. And speaking of subects the chapter on that is a must.
I know this will be my photographer's bible for years to come.
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When I first purchased my new camera, I was simply overwhelmed with all that it could do... The manual that comes with it told me so very little... This field guide has been an amazing source of information~ I carry it with me in my camera bag! It's easy to read, the information I need is easy to find and it's pretty comprehensive...
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It just make it easier to quickly get to know your camera, since it gives information that the traditional manual does not include. Besides it has great photography tips.
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