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Digital SLR Settings and Shortcuts For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-02160-6
368 pages
December 2010
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Discover the easy path to taking brilliant and memorable photos

The popularity of DSLR cameras remains on the rise, yet these digital cameras still present a challenge to novice photographers who lack a foundation in photography skills. This straightforward-but-friendly guide walks you through the 100 most common photos that amateur photographers like to include in their personal portfolios and offers specific advice on getting the correct exposure settings, composition, and lighting while sparing you the technical jargon. Seasoned author and photographer Doug Sahlin includes more than 300 full-color photos on everything from family portraits and pets to nature and sporting events, all aimed at providing you with inspiration as you work to find your own individual style. 

  • Skips the technical jargon and shows you where to start for optimal exposure settings.
  • Offers shortcuts, tips, and advice for setting the camera to make specific shots and making impromptu adjustments when needed
  • Includes more than 300 full-color photos of people, nature, sports, events, and places that serve as example and inspiration
  • Helps you get the best photographs from your DSLR while you work with movement in action photos, finicky lighting with fireworks or amusement parks at night, or distance, blur, and intricate details
  • Walks you through troubleshooting the most common digital photography problems

Digital SLR Settings & Shortcuts For Dummies delivers the starting point for getting the necessary settings so you can get great digital photos.

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Introduction.

About Digital SLR Settings & Shortcuts For Dummies.

Foolish Assumptions.

Conventions Used in This Book.

What You Don’t Have to Read.

What I Encourage You to Read.

How This Book Is Organized.

Part I: Action.

Part II: Animals.

Part III: Landscapes and Nature.

Part IV: People.

Part V: Places.

Part VI: Things.

The Appendix: Beyond Point and Shoot Photography.

Icons Used in This Book.

Where to Go from Here.

Part I: Action.

Chapter 1: Children Playing Sports.

Chapter 2: Runners.

Chapter 3: Bikers.

Chapter 4: Sporting Events.

Chapter 5: Race Car (Stop-Action).

Chapter 6: Race Car (Motion Blur).

Chapter 7: Horse Racing.

Part II: Animals.

Chapter 8: Wading Birds.

Chapter 9: Birds in Flight.

Chapter 10: Birds of Prey.

Chapter 11: Small Birds.

Chapter 12: Pet Birds.

Chapter 13: Cats Playing.

Chapter 14: Cat Portrait.

Chapter 15: Dogs Playing.

Chapter 16: Dog Portrait.    

Chapter 17: Animals at a Zoo.

Chapter 18: Animals in the Wild.

Chapter 19: Dangerous Animals in the Wild.

Chapter 20: Fish in a Public Aquarium.

Part III: Landscapes and Nature.

Chapter 21: Desert.

Chapter 22: Forest.

Chapter 23: Landscapes.

Chapter 24: Landscape Panorama.

Chapter 25: Mountains.

Chapter 26: Swamps.

Chapter 27: Sunrise.

Chapter 28: Beach at Sunset.

Chapter 29: Ocean Waves.

Chapter 30: Lakes.

Chapter 31: Rivers.

Chapter 32: Streams.

Chapter 33: Still Water (Reflections).

Chapter 34: Waterfall.

Chapter 35: Landscapes in Stormy Weather.

Chapter 36: Flower Close-Up.

Chapter 37: Insect and Other Creepy-Crawly Close-Ups.

Chapter 38: Lightning.

Chapter 39: Nature Details.

Chapter 40: Rain.

Chapter 41: Rainbows.

Chapter 42: Snow.

Chapter 43: Starry Skies.

Chapter 44: Star Trails.

Chapter 45: Nature in Foggy Weather.

Part IV: People.

Chapter 46: Children Playing.

Chapter 47: Artist Creating

Chapter 48: Adults Playing Sports.

Chapter 49: Candid Portrait.

Chapter 50: People of Other Cultures.

Chapter 51: Child’s Birthday Party. 

Chapter 52: Family Gathering.

Chapter 53: Graduation.

Chapter 54: Parades.

Chapter 55: Wedding (Journalistic).

Chapter 56: Wedding (Traditional).

Chapter 57: Wedding Formals.

Chapter 58: Wedding Reception.

Chapter 59: Backlit Portrait .

Chapter 60: Self-Portrait.

Chapter 61: Beach Portrait.

Chapter 62: Double Exposure.

Chapter 63: Candlelight Portrait.

Chapter 64: A Happy Couple.

Chapter 65: Formal Portrait.

Chapter 66: Portrait of a Person at Work.

Chapter 67: Extreme Close-Up Portrait.

Chapter 68: Head-and-Shoulders Portrait.

Chapter 69: Group Portrait.

Chapter 70: Lifestyle Portrait.

Chapter 71: Outdoor Portrait.

Chapter 72: Newborn Baby Portrait.

Chapter 73: Portrait by Window Light.

Chapter 74: Portrait of Mature Person.

Chapter 75: Musicians.

Chapter 76: Silhouette Portrait.

Chapter 77: Man and His Best Friend.

Chapter 78: High Key Portrait.

Chapter 79: Low Key Portrait.

Part V: Places.

Chapter 80: Churches.

Chapter 81: City Skyline.

Chapter 82: City at Dusk.

Chapter 83: City Streets at Night.

Chapter 84: City in Wet Weather.

Chapter 85: Street Life.

Chapter 86: Amusement Park.

Chapter 87: Marinas.

Chapter 88: Famous Places.

Chapter 89: Historical Landmarks.

Part VI: Things.

Chapter 90: Buildings.

Chapter 91: Architectural Details.

Chapter 92: Famous Buildings.

Chapter 93: Lighthouses.  

Chapter 94: Cars and Motorcycles.

Chapter 95: Boats.

Chapter 96: Ferris Wheels.

Chapter 97: Fireworks.

Chapter 98: Still Life.

Chapter 99: Flower Arrangement. 

Chapter 100: HDR Photography.

Appendix: Beyond Point and Shoot Photography.

Mastering Your Camera Controls.

Getting to know your camera.

Previewing images.

Understanding How a Picture Is Made.

Understanding how exposure works in the camera.

Controlling depth of field.

Understanding shooting modes.

Understanding focal lengths.

Using the Histogram.

Understanding ISO.

Using Fill Flash.

Composing Your Images.

Visualizing Your Photograph.

Establishing a Post Shoot Ritual.

Camera Accessories.

Choosing a camera bag.

Using filters.

Steadying the camera with a tripod.

Choosing other accessories.

Working with RAW Files.

Index.

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Doug Sahlin is a professional author and photographer. He has written numerous books, including Digital Portrait Photography For Dummies, Digital Photography Workbook For Dummies, and Canon EOS 7D For Dummies. Doug maintains a site for his photography business at dasdesigns.net.
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