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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (8 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764598031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764598036
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of 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, and his blog can be found at

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“This book is split into clear sections and interspersed with photographs and bullet points, which along with the friendly language makes it an enjoyable read…” (What Digital Camera? 1st March 2006)

"excellent choice" (Amateur Photographer, Saturday 22nd September 2007)

From the Back Cover

Get the lowdown on megapixels, lenses, and filters

Choose the right camera and accessories, get perfect shots, and edit like a pro

Excited about that new digital SLR and eager to find inventive ways to put all its features to work? This book will help! It shows you (in rich, full color) exactly what you and your camera can do together. Discover the performance and creative advantages at your fingertips, sidestep hidden pitfalls, conquer the controls, produce perfect output, and uncover the secrets to terrific digital photos.

Discover how to

  • Explore dSLR creative controls and options
  • Improve quality with RAW, TIFF, or JPEG formats
  • Change perspective with lenses
  • Use histograms to optimize exposure
  • Apply depth–of–field effectively

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Today, the digital SLR (or dSLR) has become such a hot item among people m who take pictures that virtually everyone, including your grandmother, probably knows that SLR stands for single lens reflex. Read the first page
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Jun. 2009
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First off, if you don't know anything about photography don't think this book will be easy to understand. This is a book for Dummies with some camera skills. That said people who know their way around a DSLR will find very little here of use and the book is definitely written for the middle ground.

It does a reasonably solid job, in good conversational english, of taking the reader through the various parts of digital photography covering what affects a photograph, the hardware and add-ons (such as lenses) and what you can do in photoshop. If you want a good place to start your new digital hobby then I would recommend you at least taking a look.

But for me it falls for a few reasons. First off, it is a big book that really could be covered in half the time; it's a bit too padded out without getting to the core stuff that budding photographers are really after. Once read through you'll find yourself having to go back and search a bit to find the useful stuff. Secondly whilst you have tips like 'this photo would have benefitted from a larger aperture' it is all too generic. Thanks David, but what I really need is more useful detail like what aperture should I use with what shutter speed and white noise and exposure adjustments etc. With a mass of things to think about in a modern DSLR I would have liked something a bit more concrete. So if I want to do landscapes or potraits or close ups or night shots or whatever how about giving me the settings I need and then suggestions of how to tweak this for various different results so that I can see what effect this will have and pick up some good tips along the way.
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142 of 149 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 16 April 2007
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Excellent book. Covers all the basics and also goes more in depth. The chapters explore the technical side of digital SLRs in a easy going well paced text. The illustrations and photos serve to enhance the understanding, rather than the author showing how totally amazing they are at taking photos and leaving you wondering. The last few chapters move from the technical side of photography, into the artistic side of composition and editing.

This book would suit someone completely new to photography, through to the person making the move from film to digital.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2008
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The big attraction of this series of "for Dummies" books is that we who buy these products have little respect for our own knowledge and plenty of respect for those who do and are able to write books like this.

I am currently converting from film photography to digital photography and some aspects are quite daunting. I have, therefore, purchased several books and tutorial DVDs on the subject and am working my way through them all. The title of this product suggests it is the right place to start and, on reflection, is exactly where I should have started. For those of you, who like me, are converting to digital for the first time, grab your camera and a copy of this book and work your way through from cover to cover until you are conversant with the new technology. It really will give you a good grounding.

That, however, will only work very well if you are already conversant with photography. If you are new to photography altogether and a digital SLR camera is your very first camera, you may have to learn a few basic lessons of, for example, the correlation between film speeds, shutter speeds and aperture settings - which really do need to be understood, before you study this book.

David Busch clearly knows what he is talking about and is able to put that knowledge into an easy-to-follow format for us Dummies to read and, as I say, I wish I had read this book before getting into some of the more technical tomes I also purchased.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Leigh on 25 Oct. 2009
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The writing style is conversational and long winded. If you want to delight in the author's whimsical witticisms then fine. I didn't; I wanted information and advice, and I couldn't find much of it in this book. It could have been written in about a quarter of the number of pages.

Some basics are completely omitted - eg nowhere does the author bother to explain to you what 'WB' ar 'AWB' are. The general map of your camera is unhelpful and will not actually help you to navigate your camera any better.

Get the Collins Complete Photography Course, which is a genuine dummies' guide and which contains practical lessons and projects for you to undertake in order to use and understand the information given. It takes you quite a way beyond the dummies level too. And it lacks the patronising condescension of this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By paul VINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2008
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Bought the book on the strength of the previous two reviews as I've not really been keen on the "dummies" books previously.
This one, though, is excellent. If you've spent a chunk of money on a new digital camera (like my EOS 40d!) you really should spend another £10 and read this, and actually start to understand how it all works! (If you're already expert then you won't be needing this, but understanding even how the digital sensor works is really interesting)
It's printed on good quality glossy paper (unlike some of the dummies books) and includes some really nice images.
Well worth it
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