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Beyond Auto Mode: A Guide to Taking Control of Your Photography

ISBN: 978-1-118-17287-2
320 pages
February 2013
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Take full advantage of your dSLR camera, and do it with confidence

Many people buy dSLR cameras for their flexibility, but find themselves so intimidated by all the options and controls that they rarely venture beyond the automatic mode. With a friendly tone and clear, understandable instruction, photographer and educator Jen Bebb introduces you to every mode and setting on your sophisticated dSLR. After thoroughly explaining shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, ISO, and basic composition, she offers direction on what each camera mode does and when it should be used. You'll gain the confidence to use the entire feature set you paid for.

  • Beginning dSLR users are often intimidated by the scene, semi-automatic, and fully manual modes on their cameras; this guide gently explains each mode and setting
  • Uses a conversational tone and liberal examples to define and explain basic concepts including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, and composition
  • Covers how each camera mode works and when to consider using it
  • Helps those new to dSLR photography to gain confidence and begin taking advantage of all the flexibility a dSLR offers

Written by a professional photographer who is also known for her skill as an instructor, Beyond Auto Mode encourages new and less experienced dSLR users to take the next step toward creative control.

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INTRODUCTION xvii

Getting Beyond Auto Mode: Making Better Pictures xix

Getting It Right in the Camera xx

Guide to Using This Book xxi

THE QUICK START GUIDE TO MANUAL MODE 1

Let There Be Light 1

Exposure Triangle 2

Stops and F/stops 6

Putting It All Together 7

PART 1: UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE 11

Chapter 1: Shutter Speed 13

Chapter 2: ISO 37

Chapter 3: Aperture and Depth of Field 53

Chapter 4: Metering + Light 73

Chapter 5: Using Light 89

PART 2: SEMI-AUTO AND MANUAL MODES 115

Chapter 6: Choosing a Camera Mode 117

Chapter 7: Aperture Priority 129

Chapter 8: Shutter Priority 143

Chapter 9: Manual Mode Basics 153

PART 3: GOING BEYOND AUTO MODE IN THE REAL WORLD 163

Chapter 10: Composing Images 165

Chapter 11: Portraits and Life Events 189

Chapter 12: Places and Things 215

Chapter 13: Adding Flash and Other Gear 241

GLOSSARY 261

APPENDIX: THE MAKING OF AN IMAGE 268

INDEX 287

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Jennifer Bebb and her husband Steve have been named among the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo magazine. Passionately creative, Jen is also a blogger, writer, and conference speaker. She added "author" to her resume with Photo Fusion, also published by Wiley.

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March 27, 2013
Beyond Auto Mode: A Guide to Taking Control of Your Photography

John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced the publication of Beyond Auto Mode: A Guide to Taking Control of Your Photography (Wiley, 978-1-118-17287-2, March 2013, US $29.99), the definitive guide that equips new and less experienced dSLR users with the knowledge and skills needed to take the next step toward creative control of their photography. Professional photographer and educator, Jennifer Bebb walks readers through every camera setting and mode, and shares the skills necessary to create truly remarkable and memorable images.

Part art and part science, digital photography records and preserves the moments of people’s lives. While most dSLR users purchase these expensive and powerful cameras for greater control and flexibility, many users are too intimidated by the complexity of the buttons and settings to move beyond the automatic approach. Using a friendly tone and providing clear and concise technical explanations, Beyond Auto Mode teaches dSLR owners how to take full advantage of the features their sophisticated camera offers. After thoroughly explaining shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, ISO, and basic composition, Bebb offers direction on what each camera mode does and when it should be used. Readers gain the confidence to use the entire feature set. Beyond Auto Mode fully explains how to:

  • Master the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture and shutter speed
  • Experiment with each setting and learn what they do
  • Practice with semi-automatic modes
  • See how different types of light affect an image
  • Understand exactly what the user controls and what the camera controls
  • Explore settings for portraits, landscapes and other common shots
  • Create the perfect image in the camera, instead of fixing a mediocre image with Photoshop

For any photographer that wants to get the most out of their dSLR, Beyond Auto Mode: A Guide to Taking Control of Your Photography provides the tools needed to move out of the comfort zone to gain control and take full advantage of everything a dSLR offers. The book is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a list of retailers, visit http://www.wiley.com/buy/9781118172872.

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