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David Busch's Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Guide to Digital Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) [Paperback]

David Busch

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20 Dec 2012 1285426274 978-1285426273
"David Busch's Sony Alpha Nex-F3 Guide To Digital Photography" is your best resource and reference for the Sony Alpha NEX-F3, the newest model in the Sony compact mirrorless model line. The Alpha NEX-F3 features a high-resolution 16MP sensor, professional HD movie-making with a built-in stereo microphone, tilting screen, and built-in flash plus hotshoe. With this book in hand, you will explore the world of digital photography, learn to flex your creativity, and take great photographs with the Sony Alpha NEX-F3. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, "David Busch's Sony Alpha Nex-F3 Guide To Digital Photography" covers all the features of this extraordinary camera in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lenses, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy Sony NEX-F3 "roadmap," an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera's features and controls. With David Busch as your guide, you'll be in full creative control, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced hobbyist, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge, creativity, and confidence with the Sony Alpha NEX-F3 today.

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With more than a million copies of his 100-plus books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Quick Snap Guides, and David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography.

His twelve hugely successful books for Nikon digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. He has also written the most comprehensive and best-selling guides for many different models from Canon, Sony, Pentax, and other vendors.

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include Digital SLR Cameras and Photography for Dummies, David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college.

The graduate of Kent State University in Ohio operated his own photo studio and was a principal in one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, California, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles for clients including Eastman Kodak Company and Hewlett-Packard. Busch has published more than 2000 photography articles under his by-line in more than 100 different publications. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors worldwide. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show, has been a call-in guest for more than two dozen radio shows in major US markets, and his advice has been featured in the United States' National Public Radio's All Things Considered programme. His work has been translated into Arabic, Czech, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. Busch's web site is http://www.dbusch.com, and his blog can be found at http://www.dslrguides.com/blog.

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Introduction. 1: Quick Tour: Shooting Your First Sony NEX-F3 Picture. Selecting Shooting Mode. Focusing. Taking the Picture. Depth of Field Preview. Releasing the Shutter. Using the Self-Timer. Using Sequence Shooting. Reviewing the Image. Trashing the Duds. Transferring Images to Your Computer. Choosing an Image Format. 2: The Sony NEX-F3 Roadmap. Front of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Back of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Top of the Camera Controls (picture + callouts). Viewfinder Display (picture + callouts). LCD Display. View and Playback Images. Activating the Onboard Flash. Basic Control Layout. Exposure Modes. Focus Modes. Shooting Modes. 3: Setting Up Your Sony NEX-F3. The Setup Menu. Date, Time, and Language. Setting LCD Brightness. Specifying Image Quality. Setting Autofocus Options. Choosing Drive Mode. Using Custom Settings Banks. Setting Your Viewfinder's Diopter Adjustment. Resetting the Camera. Updating Your Firmware. 4: Shooting Basics. Metering Modes. Metering Techniques. Interpreting Histograms. Adjusting Exposures with EV. Bracketing Exposures and other Parameters. ISO Sensitivity. Setting White Balance. Working with High Speed Continuous Shooting Modes. Focus Modes. Image Parameters. 5: Photography with your Sony NEX-F3. Understanding Exposure. ISO and Noise Control. Using Apertures. Controlling Depth of Field. Motion and Shutter Speed. 6: Advanced Shooting and Movie Making. Shooting Full HDTV D-Movies. Editing Movies. Enhancing Sound. Capturing Continuous Sequences. Freezing Action. 7: Working with Lenses. Sony lenses. Third-Party lenses. Lens compatibility. Using Zooms. Working with Prime Lenses. Applying the Lens Crop Factor to Your Pictures. Using a Wide-Angle Lens. Using Telephoto Lenses. Using Normal Lenses. Using Macro Lenses. Cool Special Features. Extending the Range of Any Lens with a Converter. Working with Autofocus. 8: Working with Light. Sony NEX-F3 Flash Basics. The Built-In Flash. Flash Modes. Using Manual Flash. Flash Exposure Compensation. External Flash Units. Sony Flash. Third Party Flash. Using Studio Flash. Using Modeling Lights. Conquering Available Light. Incandescent Lighting Dealing with Fluorescents Infrared and UV. 9: Downloading and Editing. Software Utilities. Sony Software. Third Party Software. Noise Reduction Software. RAW converters. 10: Troubleshooting Your Sony NEX-F3. Charging and Maintaining Batteries. Battery Life. Using Alternate Power Sources. Checking your Internal Clock Battery. Cleaning the CCD. Troubleshooting. Glossary. Index.

About the Author

David D. Busch has nearly 1.5 million books in print to date, and 2011 opened with twelve of his books ranked in the Top 100 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Best Seller list. When Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were Busch's Course Technology book Mastering Digital Photography and his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies. Busch has combined writing and photography his entire career. A former newspaper photographer, he was invited to move to Rochester, New York, to work on the Eastman Kodak Company account, writing several thousand articles for leading photography magazines such as The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and Petersen's PhotoGraphic. He also operated his own commercial studio and photo lab and was a sports photographer/sports information director for a Rochester college. Four years later, he became a traveling photojournalist, visiting 48 of the 50 states and several foreign countries in a 20-year span, writing articles illustrated with his photographs. For the past 15 years Busch has concentrated on books and magazine articles (for publications like Popular Photography & Imaging), with a special emphasis on imaging topics. He has reviewed digital cameras for CNet Networks and Computer Shopper, in 1990 wrote one of the first books on scanners and in 1995 authored one of the earliest books on digital photography (Digital Photography, MIS Press, 1995.) Two of the 102 books Busch has written since 1983 earned "Best Book" honors at the Computer Press Awards.

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info, a few errors 1 Dec 2012
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a revised review now that I have read most of the book. I have revised my rating to 4 stars from 3 (I would probably have rated it 3 1/2 if I could, but that wasn't an option).

I purchased this for my iPad through iBooks (unfortunately a Kindle version was not available). There is a lot of valuable information in this book. The first part of the book is (probably necessarily) pretty much a laundry list of the various menus and what the items are for. There is some explanation here of the "whys", but a more thorough discussion is saved for later. The book is a combination of enhanced camera manual and a photography book. It provides a walk through of the features of the camera in a way that is more helpful than the manual and then provides dedicated chapters on things like exposure, lenses, lighting, etc.

It is pretty clear that another NEX book written by the author (probably the 5N book) was used as a template for this and no doubt in a rush to meet a publishing deadline a few things were not caught in proofreading. Here are a few of the errors noticed (and no, I didn't buy the book with the intention of hunting for errors :-)) : (1) In discussing drive mode, the book incorrectly notes that in speed priority the camera is capable of up to 10 frames per second. The 5N is capable of this speed, but the F3 is only capable of 5.5 frames per second, which is properly noted elsewhere in the book; (2) In one section it says that you can't connect the F-3 to a PictBridge printer because the camera isn't compatible with that system. Later when discussing transferring files to the computer it says "your Alpha Nex allows you to print directly to PictBridge compatible printers." There is also a discussion of using the camera with a PictBridge printer in the section discussing the Setup menu; (3) There are a few spots where the book talks about needing to attach a flash or refers to "when the flash is attached", but unlike some other NEX cameras the F-3 has a built in flash; (4) several spots refer to setting up or using an infrared remote and the Remote Commander option, but to the best of my knowledge the F-3 doesn't have the ability to use an infrared remote or have a Remote Commander option; (5) The book says the ISO settings available are from 100 - 16000, but the minimum ISO on the F3 is 200, not 100.

My initial review perhaps focused more on these errors than on the value of the information in the book, which is why I have decided to revise it. I do believe that these errors and inconsistencies can be unnecessarily confusing. However, if you get past that, there is much more information to benefit from than things to complain about. The author covers a lot of ground and tries to appeal to a wide variety of users, from beginners to pros using the camera as a backup to a more professional setup. This is a difficult thing to do and, indeed, there are sections that I found either too simplistic or much more detailed than I preferred on topics that I had little interest in. Nonetheless, I believe the author did strike a good balance overall and I appreciate the diversity of the potential readers of a book like this and the need for such an approach.

I would expect that most readers will find more than enough information of value to them to make the cost of this book worthwhile. I did. Just note that, at least in this first printing as found in the electronic version, there were several errors (which perhaps will be corrected in an errata list on the author's website at a later date).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Assist In Learning About My F3 8 Mar 2013
By Bruce Shindel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very logically laid out, readable, book which details the functions and features, and how to access and use them, of this camera. High quality paper and images.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 20 Jun 2013
By Connie J Topping - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My book came ahead of schedule and I read it from cover to cover as soon as I received it. I have tried to learn more about cameras in the past, but gave up when I could not adapt the information to the camera that I was using in a way that made sense to me. I always ended up using the Auto setting and giving up. When I decided to purchase the Sony NEX F3, I knew that I did not want to continue that trend. I loved having a book that is all about my camera! I could follow along easily and feel as though I know how to use my camera so much better. I know there is much more to learn but being able to confidently use my camera's settings is a great start. I hope to learn more by using all these features and I am sure I will be referencing the book often for some time to come. Thanks for a great book, your autograph and the great service.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for this camera 15 Sep 2013
By Douglas G. Rohrer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always been a point and shoot guy and this has helped me transition to the world of Digital Photography that
I can control Good book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have! 5 April 2013
By Raymond C. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book with lots of easy to understand detail. Glad I bought it. Clearly illustrated and a great reference. This is the owners guide that should automatically come with the camera!
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