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Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
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“This book is split into clear sections and interspersed with photographs and bullet points, which along with the friendly language makes it an enjoyable read…” (What Digital Camera? 1st March 2006)
"excellent choice" (Amateur Photographer, Saturday 22nd September 2007)
From the Back Cover
Get the lowdown on megapixels, lenses, and filters
Choose the right camera and accessories, get perfect shots, and edit like a pro
Excited about that new digital SLR and eager to find inventive ways to put all its features to work? This book will help! It shows you (in rich, full color) exactly what you and your camera can do together. Discover the performance and creative advantages at your fingertips, sidestep hidden pitfalls, conquer the controls, produce perfect output, and uncover the secrets to terrific digital photos.
Discover how to
- Explore dSLR creative controls and options
- Improve quality with RAW, TIFF, or JPEG formats
- Change perspective with lenses
- Use histograms to optimize exposure
- Apply depth-of-field effectively
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So I purchased this book as well as
"Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition)"
While this book is good, for my specific case (I'm fairly comfortable with the digital world), the "Understanding Exposure" was a far better book for me.
I appreciate the fact that the author is trying to explain about image formats, memory cards, etc... But what I was really looking, was for a book to explain how to shoot great pictures.
I had to learn about exposures, apertures, shutter speed, ISO, etc, and this book covers it slightly, but wasn't enough for me to have a good grasp.
If you're new to the digital photography world, then yeah... go for it and buy this book, but if you've already owned a Digital Camera (and knew what you were doing) but only shot pictures in Auto Mode, then I'd suggest the "Understanding Exposure" book. Not only it explains basic and advanced concepts, but it's full of pictures so you can visually understand how each parameter affects the exposure.
If anything, this book is even clearer than the usual Dummies book, taking you through every step in choosing, using, and accessorizing your digital SLR. It's perfect for new DSLR owners who are puzzled by the many options, features, and settings found in these cameras. It's also a good guide for those seeking to improve their skills. I now fully understand things like continuous autofocus and single autofocus, how to select lenses, when to use aperture and shutter priority, and why I should not ever use my D70's full "automatic" mode.
Unlike some other DSLR books I've seen, this one covers both cameras and photography thoroughly, so you'll learn how to use your camera as well as how to take better images.
This book cleared everything up for me. It provided a clear explanation of the advantages of digital SLR cameras, plus it listed some of the drawbacks I was not aware of at first, such as the inability to shoot movies. Then it told me about all the different controls and how to use them. There were great sections in this book on how to take specific kinds of pictures and how to choose an image editor. The editing portion got me started and inspired me to buy a Dummies book on Photoshop Elements so I can learn more.
As I said, this book really told me what I could do with my new camera. There was even a section in the Parts of Tens that listed things you'd never thought of doing with a digital SLR and I certainly hadn't. Thank you for a great introduction to my new camera.
There seem to be a lot of D-SLR books on the market now. Many of them concentrate on the technology or spend too much time describing how to "fix" your pictures in Photoshop. This book has exactly the right mix of nuts and bolts, tips on what you can do with image editing, and, throughout the text, lots and lots of photographic techniques of the sort you really won't find in many of the other D-SLR books.
A really good book is "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson - it's taught me the most about how to take a good picture.
If you are buying your first digital SLR, add this book to the order. One hint--READ YOUR CAMERA'S MANUAL FIRST. It makes it much easier to digest the information provided and immediately experiment with your new understanding of your camera's functions.