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David Busch's Mastering Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 143545832X
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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.
All these exciting advances will appeal to those of you who want to expand your knowledge through this book. This Third Edition will be compelling for anyone new to the world of digital photography, who wants to exercise their creativity, enrich their lives, or do their jobs better.
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Product Details

  • 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: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Busch's Mastering Digital SLR Photography is the best book I have ever read on all aspects of photography with primary emphasis on digital photography. It covers every subject on photography in addition to digital photography. It is like taking a class in photography in written easy to understand language. I have owned numerous books on digital photography and manuals for my camera, but this is the best book that I have owned. I highly recommend it and it is a keeper for my library.
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As an aspiring self-taught photographer, this book was super helpful. I already knew a lot about my DSLR and its settings, but this book is a brilliant missing piece to my education. Busch takes the time to explain the technological gaps in understanding the DSLR, which was critically important for me to understand the fundamentals of photography and light. Definitely a must read and a comprehensive guide to the DSLR. It has already helped me reach a more thorough understanding of my camera. This book is PACKED with so much useful insight. It is very much worth the read.
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I was reading reviews for different Digital SLRs and one caught my eye: "I was hoping this camera would never let me take a bad picture, boy was I wrong!" It made me realize, I knew nothing about SLRs and was about to spend almost $2000. I thought it might make sense to understand them first.

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.
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I own David Busch's guide for the Canon 7D camera, so I was already familiar with his thorough but approachable writing style. Though I've been a DSLR photographer for over 5 years, and am on my 3rd camera, a full frame Canon 5D Mark III, I always feel that there is more that I can learn. I have always found it useful to read a section of such a manual, then put it down, pick up the camera and start practicing. Once you think you've understood the relationship between f-stop, shutter speed and ISO, then come back and read about it again. The constant reinforcement of theoretical knowledge, coupled with extensive practice, will truly allow you to master the concepts.

Busch's book has recently been updated to keep up with some of the advances in dSLR technology (such as the addition of GPS and WiFi). The text proceeds from the basics on cameras, exposure, focus, lenses, etc. to putting it all to work in chapters on travel photography, macros, portraits, etc. Whether you read the book from cover to cover or dive into a specific section, you will find what you're looking for in clear, approachable language, not too technical, but not glossing over important technical details. I'm not interested in the inner workings of lenses, so I glossed over that section, but I may come back to it again later when making my next lens purchase decisions.
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David Busch has done it with this 3rd version, updated to cover new topics previously not even known in the photography realm just a few short years ago. This book remains prominent with me, so I can reference it time and time again. Initially borrowed from the library, it's a must have my own copy of this book, type of reference book.

I highly recommend starting with David Busch and John Freeman's books, then migrating onward to Michael Freeman and Scott Kelby's books. That path will lead to a terrific understanding of digital SLR with a solid foundation from which to build a skilled hobby or professional new career.
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It's a great book for newbies who need a quick overview of how digital cameras function, although there were numerous typographical errors in this edition. Would have preferred acquiring a book specific to the DSLR camera that I own.
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