Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies
- The advantages of a dSLR camera: more control over what portions of your images are in sharp focus; a more accurate viewfinder; lower levels of the annoying grain effect called noise; ability to capture the most fleeting action; more control over depth-of-field; ability to review your image immediately, upload the photo to your computer, make adjustments, and print a full-color print in minutes
- Choosing the accessories that will take your dSLR to the next level, depending on the type of photography you do and your current and future needs
- Megapixels, and matching pixels to print sizes and printers
- The components of a dSLR: lens; viewing system, aperture, shutter, light-sensitive component; medium for storing the captured image
- Accessorizing your dSLR with memory cards, filter add-ons (infrared, polarizers, neutral density, and special effects), electronic flash, tripods, and more
Once you get your hands on a dSLR camera (literally), this reference helps you use its features and controls to take great pictures. Complete with more than 300 color photos, lots of tables, and clear, step-by-step instructions for various situations, subjects, and calculations, Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies helps you refine your techniques with info on:
- Getting the exposure right with the histogram, the metering system, or Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual Exposure modes
- Achieving the right focus with manual focus or autofocus
- The scoop on lenses—prime, zoom, and special—and using them appropriately and creatively
- How to use interchangeable lenses, set up speedy continuous-shooting burst modes, apply selective focus, and shoot under the lowest light levels
- Special features of dSLR to reduce noise, cancel camera shake, do time-lapse photography, and shoot infrared photos
- Working with the RAW format, JPEG, or both
- Taking action, flash, or sequence photos or freezing the action
- Composition basics, including the Rule of Thirds, tips for shooting portraits or group photos, and more
- Using image editors to fix-up your photos (with cropping, tonal adjustments, color correction, spot removal, sharpening/blurring, and more), with step-by-step instructions for using Photoshop
- Compositing images
- Choosing your printer and evaluating your output options
With Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies, you won’t only get the how-to for various types of shots, you’ll see the results with great color photos. In no time, you’ll be taking great photos of your own.
Part I: Digital SLRs and You.
Chapter 1: The Digital SLR Difference.
Chapter 2: Safari Inside a dSLR.
Chapter 3: Tracking the Ideal dSLR.
Chapter 4: Accessorizing Your dSLR.
Part II: Oh, Shoot!
Chapter 5: Taking Control of Your dSLR.
Chapter 6: Mastering the Multi-Lens Reflex.
Chapter 7: Special Features of dSLRs.
Part III: Beyond the Basics.
Chapter 8: Working with RAW and Other Formats.
Chapter 9: Action, Flash, and Other Challenges.
Chapter 10: Composition and dSLRs.
Part IV: Fine-Tuning Your Output.
Chapter 11: Fixing Up Your Images.
Chapter 12: Combining and Reorganizing Your Images.
Chapter 13: Hard Copies Aren’t Hard.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 14: Ten Ways to Improve Your dSLR Photography.
Chapter 15: Ten Things You Never Thought of Doing with Your Digital SLR.
Chapter 16: Ten Online Resources for Digital SLR Photography.
When About.com recently named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, occupying the number one and two slots were Busch’s Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, and Mastering Digital Photography. His 80 other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like The Nikon D70 Digital Field Guide, The Official Hewlett-Packard Scanner Handbook, and Digital Photography For Dummies Quick Reference.
Busch earned top category honors in the Computer Press Awards the first two years they were given (for Sorry About the Explosion and Secrets of MacPaint, MacWrite, and MacDraw), and later served as Master of Ceremonies for the awards.