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Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-471-78151-6
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330 pages
November 2005
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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 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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