- Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 3 edition (January 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143545832X
- ISBN-13: 978-1435458321
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Busch’s Mastering Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 3rd Edition
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Part I: BASIC DIGITAL SLR TECHNOLOGY. 1. Inside a Digital SLR Camera. 2. Mastering Your dLSR's Controls. 3. DSLR Quirks and Strengths. 4. Understanding Exposure. 5. Working with Lenses. 6. Using Light. Part II: NEW TOOLS. 7. Live View and MovieMaking. 8. Exploring with WiFi and GPS. 9. Using iPhone/iPad/iPod Apps. 10. Digital SLR Photography Now and in the Future. Part III: EXPAND YOUR SHOOTING WORLD. 11. Travel and Street Photography. 12. Portraits and Glamour. 13. Photographing Concerts and Performances. 14. Wildlife and Nature. 15. Freezing Action. 16. Mastering Close-Up Photography.
From the Author
The world of digital SLR photography has changed incredibly in the six years since I wrote the first version of this book in 2005. So, this Third Edition for 2011 is virtually a ground-up overhaul, with six new chapters and a stem-to-stern refreshing of every other topic I covered the last time around. There are now full chapters on Travel shooting, People/Portrait Photography (with lighting diagrams), Photographing Concerts and Performances, Scenic, Wildlife, and Nature Photography, Action Photography, and Macro work.
In the past few years, the dSLR camera has grown from being simply an upgrade from point-and-shoot and advanced non-SLR cameras to the predominant platform for serious photographers. Today, anyone who is an avid photographer can afford a digital SLR camera, and lenses and other accessories for it. Those who need basic instruction for the most popular cameras can find the get-started information they need in one of the David Busch's Guides series. But those of you who are looking for a deeper grounding in dSLR concepts and techniques, the information you need is between these covers.
If you're looking for less digital history, and more digital future, here are some of the latest innovations I explore:
- The advantages and quirks of full frame cameras.
- Secrets of the bewildering worlds of autofocus, lenses, and flash photography.
- Tips for using storyboards, establishing shots, and other techniques when shooting HDTV movies.
- How to use features like Live View, image stabilization, and sensor cleaning, all completely unknown when the last edition was published.
- Wireless links to Flickr, Facebook, and other web sites are available using WiFi accessories like the Eye-Fi card to link your dSLR directly to the outside world.
- Why owners of dSLR cameras must consider the rise of EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder - Interchangeable Lens) cameras like the Olympus, Panasonic, and upcoming Nikon mirrorless models.
- Uses for GPS tagging you might not have thought of.
- How iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch apps help owners of dSLR cameras on-the-go.
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This book gave me the necessary depth to buy with confidence. The application information invaluable--how to use what settings/modes, and WHY! While my camera's manual is great at telling where all of the features and buttons are located, its application information is limited. (And really, it is quite good for a manual, but still very limited.)
Before making my final purchase decisions, I read through this book to understand what my options were. I ended up with a Canon Rebel T5i and an upgraded lens (one intended for a full frame body.) Initially i was going to buy the 6D, but realized my money would be better spent on better lenses today, then upgrade to a "better" body later.
Example topics I learned:
1. How SLRs actually work. I didn't understand the mirror concept until this book.
2. Why focusing works differently when in "Live Mode".
3. How to calculate focal lengths for "full frame" and "cropped" sensors.
4. What to look for in a lens, and considerations for the future.
5. Difference between Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and Automatic modes.
FYI, I bought the Kindle version.
Overall, I am very happy with the book.
However, i did feel like he was yelling at me a little...