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Whether you own a Digital SLR camera or are thinking of buying one, with this guide, you'll give it your best shot! It has info to help you choose the right camera and accessories, and then use them right. Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies covers the hardware, the software, and the techniques you need to take top-notch digital photos with your dSLR. This guide Whether you own a Digital SLR camera or are thinking of buying one, with this guide, you'll give it your best shot! It has info to help you choose the right camera and accessories, and then use them right. Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies covers the hardware, the software, and the techniques you need to take top-notch digital photos with your dSLR. This guide will get you clicking with information on: 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.


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Whether you own a Digital SLR camera or are thinking of buying one, with this guide, you'll give it your best shot! It has info to help you choose the right camera and accessories, and then use them right. Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies covers the hardware, the software, and the techniques you need to take top-notch digital photos with your dSLR. This guide Whether you own a Digital SLR camera or are thinking of buying one, with this guide, you'll give it your best shot! It has info to help you choose the right camera and accessories, and then use them right. Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies covers the hardware, the software, and the techniques you need to take top-notch digital photos with your dSLR. This guide will get you clicking with information on: 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.

30 review for Digital SLR Cameras & Photography for Dummies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    The eldest daughter is going to turn 21 soon and over the last while she has become increasingly interested in photography. She bought a Holga camera while away – sort of a plastic toy thing that leaks light but uses serious photographic film – all very artistic if absurdly expensive at the same time, while also being a little strange too, given the cost to quality ratio issues. Anyway, having to tape up a camera so as to cut out some of the light getting in through the case seems to have made he The eldest daughter is going to turn 21 soon and over the last while she has become increasingly interested in photography. She bought a Holga camera while away – sort of a plastic toy thing that leaks light but uses serious photographic film – all very artistic if absurdly expensive at the same time, while also being a little strange too, given the cost to quality ratio issues. Anyway, having to tape up a camera so as to cut out some of the light getting in through the case seems to have made her even more keen. Nothing like adversity to spark interest, I guess. A friend of hers, while she was in Japan, had a canon digital SLR and took really lovely photographs – strikingly good. There was little question that she would want one too sooner or later. The excuse has come with the imminent birthday. I have to confess that I’m also a bit addicted to technology and stuff with menus and dials and buttons and numbers. I can’t begin to tell you how hard it has been not buying an Ipad. Even I can see I don’t need one. But then, as my mate Shakespeare said, “O reason not the need! Our basest beggars are in the poorest thing superfluous.” The problem with a lot of this stuff is that in the olden days, when I was a lad and the world was a younger and less interesting place, the simple rule of thumb was to buy the most expensive thing you could afford. Good things are quality things and quality is (or was) directly proportional to money expended. But computers have proven that simple equation wrong now. There is only really one rule with computers – buy a Mac. Other than that , it is merely a matter of resigning yourself to having to go on buying a new one every other year. So, off we trudged into the midday sun with a distinct shortage of mad dogs and with an abundance of Englishmen slaughtering us in the cricket (here we go, here we go, here we go – did I hear you say?) and went to various shops looking for advice, if not affection. This review is my advice to anyone thinking of doing such a thing. I know it is not the same – but imagine you had never driven a car before, and never been in a car before to even know how one might drive a car, but suddenly you have taken a notion (had a rush of blood, been bitten by the bug of technological innovation, realised you have not been fulfilling your duty to our great consumerist society that asks so little of you) that you might quite like to try out for the Grand Prix. Well, Fi has the same interest in the esoteric pleasures awaiting her behind the lens of a professionalish camera. My advice is to find out something about them FIRST, you know, before you go into the shop. As with the car – find out the difference between an automatic and a manual, and a Ferrari and a VW – and then go talk to people in the shops. Otherwise, expect it all to end in tears. The first shop we went into had a young shop attendant who made no secret of the fact that he quite fancied my daughter. I’m not normally terribly observant of such things – but the fact he didn’t once make eye contact with me the whole time I was talking to him and that he was obviously drooling might have been the give away. I said to her as we left the shop that she played it all wrong. When he said, “Is there anything I can do for you?” she should have said, “Well, first you could take me out to dinner and then afterwards I expect you to decide whether we are going back to your place or mine – but in the meantime tell me about these awfully clever camera thingies. You know, we girls struggle so with the kinds of things you big strong men blah, blah, blah.” (insert sound of eyelashes batting – is that a sound?) The next place had a German guy who talked in numbers. “It’s all about the lenses and the 1000 has the 35 to 85 which of course with scaling becomes a 1.7 after 5.3 unless you need more than ISO 1600, then you’ll need the 550 which makes …” I so wanted to say Bingo! But in a life composed almost entirely of regrets that is just the latest although, perhaps, least serious. He also told me that with some lenses having a camera with more megapixels (something I always thought was like money or thinness – you couldn’t really have too much of) could mean that things are all a bit close together and you can get diffraction. Diffraction occurs when the space between two things is getting close to the wavelength of the light passing between them. I hadn’t thought this would be a problem as the wavelength of light is pretty small, but apparently it is under certain conditions. Why is this a problem? Well, the point of lots of megapixels is to have clear images and the point of diffraction is a spreading out of light and it so makes things look fuzzy. Fuzzy is the natural enemy of clear (fuzzy being to clear what hot is to cold) – and so that became but one more confusion to add to a situation that had already become richly abundant in bewilderments. The next guy wanted to be a car salesman when he grew up. He spent all of his time telling us about electric windows and Hyundai base model cars (which, I guess, unfortunately don’t come with electric windows – otherwise his metaphor makes even less sense than I thought it did). I don’t think he mentioned cameras once in the whole time we were in the shop – an interesting selling technique, but not one that worked in my case. I need to find Mr Inbetween. The person who knows lots about DSLRs but can tell me about them without talking about cars instead. So, I got hold of this book and read it (half of it, anyway) last night. I now know more about DSLRs than I probably need to and am utterly smitten. Oh god, that’s all I need, one more technological addiction. There really should be a clinic somewhere.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Iantony

    I actually bought this book just a moment after I bought my very first DSLR camera. If you were a total newbie in photography or you were undergoing a serious upgrade from pocket point & shot cameras unto DSLR cameras, you definitely need to read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I'm a beginning DSLR photographer. This book was clear and covered a large range of topics. Anywhere from the camera features and how they work to photo storage and sharing. I'm a beginning DSLR photographer. This book was clear and covered a large range of topics. Anywhere from the camera features and how they work to photo storage and sharing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    Inhalt: Eine digitale Spiegelreflexkamera kann um einiges mehr als die typische Handkamera für den Urlaub. Doch was genau kann die DSLR eigentlich und wie kann man ihre Fähigkeiten nutzen, um gute und schöne Bilder herzustellen? Meine Meinung: Dieses Buch habe ich vor einigen Jahren gewonnen und da ich endlich etwas Zeit habe, mich mit der Kamera zu beschäftigen, habe ich im Voraus dieses Buch gelesen. Denn nur durch Rumdrücken erfährt man längst nicht alles über eine digitale Spiegelflex. Leider mu Inhalt: Eine digitale Spiegelreflexkamera kann um einiges mehr als die typische Handkamera für den Urlaub. Doch was genau kann die DSLR eigentlich und wie kann man ihre Fähigkeiten nutzen, um gute und schöne Bilder herzustellen? Meine Meinung: Dieses Buch habe ich vor einigen Jahren gewonnen und da ich endlich etwas Zeit habe, mich mit der Kamera zu beschäftigen, habe ich im Voraus dieses Buch gelesen. Denn nur durch Rumdrücken erfährt man längst nicht alles über eine digitale Spiegelflex. Leider muss ich jedoch gestehen, dass mir die Lektüre dieses Buches kaum etwas gebracht hat. Deshalb bin ich auch froh, dass ich es gewonnen habe, und kein Geld dafür ausgeben musste. Der Grund dafür liegt wohl darin, dass sich das Buch an bereits fortgeschrittene Anwender der Spiegelflex wendet und nicht an absolute Anfänger wie mich. So setzt der Autor voraus, dass man die Grundkniffe bereits kennt. Aber was nutzen mir tonnenweise Infos über Objektive und RAW-Formate, wenn ich noch immer nicht weiss, wie man die manuellen Einstellungen vornimmt? David D. Busch kennt sich sehr gut in seiner Materie aus und erklärt auch nicht schlecht. Aber wie gesagt, fehlen einem die Basics, nutzt einem dieses Buch nicht viel. Anfangs hoffte ich noch auf eine erklärung der Grundeinstellungen, doch je tiefer der Autor ins Thema vordrang, desto mehr Kapitel übersprang ich. Momentan möchte ich nämlich auch keine Videos mit meiner Kamera drehen, sondern schöne Fotos machen... Es gibt tonnenweise Tricks und Tipps, die dem Fotografen dabei helfen, unter unterschiedlichen Bedingungen schöne Fotos zu schiessen. Diese werde ich später bestimmt wieder nachschlagen, aber erst einmal werde ich mir andere Lektüre besorgen, um mich erst einmal mit der Kamera vertraut zu machen. Fazit: Für fortgeschrittene Anwender bietet "Digitale Spiegelreflex-Fotografie für Dummies" viele hilfreiche Informationen, Hinweise und Ideen. Absoluten Anfängern empfehle ich das Buch jedoch nicht, da zu wenig auf die Basisanwendungen eingegangen wird.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    If you are a "serious amateur" photographer that is "upgrading" from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR then this book would be a great starter. An even better approach would be to keep it on your shelf next to Shooting Digital and have them act as companion pieces for each other. Having read Shooting Digital last year, I would say that I find these books about equally useful and about equally executed but with different goals in mind. Whereas Shooting Digital is more technique driven, Digital SLR C If you are a "serious amateur" photographer that is "upgrading" from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR then this book would be a great starter. An even better approach would be to keep it on your shelf next to Shooting Digital and have them act as companion pieces for each other. Having read Shooting Digital last year, I would say that I find these books about equally useful and about equally executed but with different goals in mind. Whereas Shooting Digital is more technique driven, Digital SLR Cameras ... for Dummies is definitely more about gear (and to some extent software). Digital SLR Cameras ... for Dummies is a brand-agnostic text that approaches the subject of digital photography by way of digital SLR cameras, their differences from (and similarities to) point-and-shoot digitals, as well as some overviews on composition, re-touching, compositing, file formats, archiving, printing... etc. Fortunately, the first two-thirds of the text is dedicated to the cameras and equipment, so it's specific enough that it's beneficial. All of the ancillary chapters (that "breadth") is jammed into the last third; but we didn't get this book to learn about compositing in the Windows-version of Photoshop either....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judi Mckay

    A good intro to using a DSLR and makes some of the confusing terms used in other books much clearer. if you want just one book for your new DSLR, try this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Malvin

    A comprehensive introduction for absolute beginners, covering shooting techniques, gears, accessories and image editing. Naturally not suited for advanced level photographers, it should provide a few pointers to even intermediate levels, offering some interesting techniques including infrared, pinhole, time-lapse, very low/high speed and baroque photography. Dedicating a chapter to top online resources, it thoughtfully caters for amateurs by using the final chapter to introduce various advanced A comprehensive introduction for absolute beginners, covering shooting techniques, gears, accessories and image editing. Naturally not suited for advanced level photographers, it should provide a few pointers to even intermediate levels, offering some interesting techniques including infrared, pinhole, time-lapse, very low/high speed and baroque photography. Dedicating a chapter to top online resources, it thoughtfully caters for amateurs by using the final chapter to introduce various advanced photographic terms and concepts.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    This book is a must read if you are just learning about digital SLR cameras and photography...i have some knowledge about photography and started my passion and love affair when i was 12 years young...very easy to understand and explains each step simply and just enough information to be able to retain in the grey matter at once...a must read...i borrowed this book from the libraby to see it i want to buy it...it is now on my Santa list along side my new digital SLR camera...yes...i have been a This book is a must read if you are just learning about digital SLR cameras and photography...i have some knowledge about photography and started my passion and love affair when i was 12 years young...very easy to understand and explains each step simply and just enough information to be able to retain in the grey matter at once...a must read...i borrowed this book from the libraby to see it i want to buy it...it is now on my Santa list along side my new digital SLR camera...yes...i have been a very good girl Santa...well this hour anyway!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vinit

    The book presents nice overview of various functionalities that modern day digital cameras provide. It is more like a reference book for newbies who need to check what settings result in what change in the photograph. It also compares few other accessories which goes with photography and camera like lenses, tools for editing, SD cards etc. Great book for people who want to start photography as a hobby. For more advanced learning, I would suggest to go for some advanced book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    As an amateur photographer trying to improve my skills, this was a good overview of techniques I can utilize to improve my photos. It was a good refresher on topics I've already learned plus a few new ones. I've been working towards using the manual settings on my DSLR and may use this book as a reference guide. As an amateur photographer trying to improve my skills, this was a good overview of techniques I can utilize to improve my photos. It was a good refresher on topics I've already learned plus a few new ones. I've been working towards using the manual settings on my DSLR and may use this book as a reference guide.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Not what I was hoping for. This book spent a lot of time telling me why I was glad I have the camera that I do but not a whole lot of time talking about how to use it. It did, however, have a useful tutorial on photoshop.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I think I was hoping for something that was a little more in depth on photography rather than an overview of various DSLRs, storage media, and basic concepts (such as composition). However, this did get me interested in learning more and delving deeper.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott Kennedy

    I'm new to DSLRs and photography in general and I found this a very helpful introduction. I'm new to DSLRs and photography in general and I found this a very helpful introduction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Great tips. Very helpful!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Great DSLR basics book for beginners - explains with clarity the settings and the mechanics behind them so someone new to DSLRs can understand and take better photos.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Just got a new Olympus E-410...and trying to figure out all the neat features!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yousef

    Great Book about Photography in General, and "Easy to understand" Reference to deal with Digital SLR Great Book about Photography in General, and "Easy to understand" Reference to deal with Digital SLR

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Nasmith

    Did not find this helpful --- way too technical and dry for a beginner level book. Tried skipping to another section, not any better.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellinnur Totcupcakes

    super-helping me!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Looks fasinating so far.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I need to figure out how to use my new camera!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Raphael Chang

    Perfect!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linette

    Chapters 3 and 7 were the most useful. Good read, but I skipped around.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patience

    I feel like I'm reading a textbook, but I'm learning I feel like I'm reading a textbook, but I'm learning

  25. 4 out of 5

    Muthu Arumugam

    Really had a head start. Author covered several things about Camera as well as photography. I recommend a quick read and photograph to make learning faster and better.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    outdated

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ye

    bought my first dslr, read this and now i can take pro shots bought my first dslr, read this and now i can take pro shots

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Fabian

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aditi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

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