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Collins Digital SLR Handbook [Hardcover]

John Freeman
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6 Aug 2007

This is the definitive practical guide to getting the most out of your digital SLR camera, written by top working photographer, John Freeman. Full of inspiring photography and professional tips, it is ideal for all keen amateur photographers and those aspiring to move over from using a traditional film SLR camera.

The digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is now the must-have camera for all serious amateur photographers. Whether you already own one or are thinking of making the move from a point-and-shoot digital camera or a film SLR, this practical guide will provide all the help, advice and inspiration you need.

Chapters include: understanding the DSLR system, seeing the picture, photographing landscapes, nature, people, architecture, still life, action, getting more from your DSLR and post-production techniques.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007242107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007242108
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 18.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Freeman is a highly experienced professional photographer and the author of several books on photography, including Collins Digital SLR Handbook and Need to Know? Digital SLR Photography. John has a regular column in What Digital Camera? and Digital Camera magazines, and his work can be viewed at his frequent exhibitions and on his website.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Approachable yet in-depth 18 Nov 2007
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I'm new to the DSLR world (new to photography, in fact) and I'd been struggling with putting together the scant knowledge I'd gained from various magazines or websites - I wanted something portable as a reference without it also covering the various settings of my camera (the manual does that!).

This book is ideal for such a purpose.

It starts off with an explanation of how DSLR camera's work and, while I suspect most will skip that section, it is well-worth remembering that knowing how a DSLR works is vital to understand how best to make use of your camera.

It then goes on to give a brief summary of what a photographer needs in his kitbag and the reasons why.

The next section deals with general categories of photography (people, landscapes, nature and flowers) and provides you with excellent and inspiring example images from each category. It gives you information on how your camera should be setup (aperture, iso, exposure etc) - the book doesn't provide information for your camera and you will need to refer to your camera's manual (or cheat sheet) for guidance on how to achieve each setting.

After that, the book explains how to process your images using the more popular photo editing software but I feel this information was not as helpful. It would be easier to visit photo editing tutorial websites for more detailed instructions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for me 15 April 2010
This book is one of the best as far as I am concerned really not too technical,I am just starting out in this very addictive hobby,I own other books and this one seems to be tailored for the beginner.
A good choice on my part...That makes a change !
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 24 April 2008
i bought this book about a month ago. i am a 16 year old just about to go to collage and i will be studying photography. by perchasing a canon eos 400d and this book i thought i would be able to get some beckground knowlage in before i start school in september. i am absolute beginner when it comes to photography and when i first bought this book i just had a flick through the things that appealed to me planning on revising more at a later date. what i found is that i was reading parts of it every night and trying out my new skills as soon as possible. i did not know where to start when composing a picture and what settings and skill i needed to use but this book provided me with the information and inspiration i needed to compose and capture some pretty good shots for someone with my level of expertice!
i would highly recomend this book to beginers and also to people with more knowlage of photography because the inspiration it provides is priceless. the illustrations are amazing and it really helps to understand the constructions as well as the photos. it also explains how to edit and improve photos by the use of screenshots and explinations

overall... it is a deffinate buy!
and the ones on amazon are a bargain i payed 16 from waterstones!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars could be better 8 Nov 2010
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I have just bought a DSLR and I was looking forward to receiving this book. However I read it in a couple of hours and I'm not sure it taught me anything I didn't already know. I would not even call myself a keen amateur but I guess I've always had a cameras and take a lot of photos on holiday. The photographs in this book are technically ok but not very inspirational. I wanted something to take me to a higher level and lift my photos above the norm.

If you want a basic understanding of digital SLR photography I would buy Scott Kelby's book 1 instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Digital SLR Handbook 11 Oct 2010
By Me G.
hubby found this book very useful, he has only just brought a new camera so found this book a great help.
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