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Digital SLR Masterclass (Handbook Series) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Photographers' Institute Press (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861083580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861083586
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Rouse is one of the World's top wildlife photographers, capturing some of the most exciting and evocative images seen today. His reputation is built on taking unusual,captivating and intimate photographs of some of the world's most beautiful, exotic and sometimes dangerous animals. He has won several awards in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and is an inspiration to amateur wildlife photographers everywhere.

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From the Author

When I first picked up a DSLR (a Canon D30) I was faced with a steep learning curve. And I am not alone - most of my friends and colleagues face the same learning curve. So I decided to write down my experiences of using a DSLR in the field over the past few years. Hence DSLR Masterclass was born. It is not intended to be the bible, or the complete guide, just the way that a working pro uses a DSLR in his everyday life. I am not a technical guru, nor do I need to be, and have tried to make DSLR Masterclass completely free from jargon. And so I hope that you find the book useful and that it gets you started with your digital photography.

Kind Regards

Andy Rouse

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "smartin586" on 11 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book initially because after a few years of using a small digital camera I felt ready to move up to a D-SLR and perhaps get a little more seriously into photography as a hobby.
I was frustrated at the sheer number of books available that cover digital photography. I'd bought a few previously, and although not disappointed with any of them I was disatisfied that they really didn't tell me exactly what I should be doing with my camera to get the best out of it or how to approach certain shots.
I had read some of Andy's reviews on the Warehouse Express website and thought them both interesting and informative. I thought that this might be what I was looking for - simple effective instructions without all the unnecessary froth.
Andy's book does exactly that for you. It tells you precisely how to set up your camera to take certain shots and does it in basic language. Aperture this, shutter speed that, etc. He gives you the bottom line. He also shares with you all the professional tips that he has learnt the hard way - so that you don't have to.
If you, like me, are a hobby photographer and either have, or are considering getting into, digital photography then this book will genuinely help you take better photographs more often. It's a lovely book to read, well written and beautifully illustrated.
I thoroughly recommend it!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jp Rossouw on 27 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just completed reading this book for a second time. Here is who I think should read this book:
1) New D-SLR owners
2) Anyone thinking of moving to digital from 35mm SLR's
3) Amateur D-SLR owners
I rate myself as an armature photographer. I do it for fun, but also to pleasure of getting that good shot now and then. I've been using 35mm film SLR for some time now and when the digital SLR's dropped in price I thought about getting into the world of Digital SLR's.
BUT this opens a new can of worms... no film, how will the quality compare, what software do I need etc etc.
Andy is a professional photographer. He shares his personal experiences AND includes some GREAT pictures of wildlife he took. (At this price the quality of the pictures on glossy paper makes this book 1st class even if you only buy it for some great shots).
Andy gives you the low-down on digital vs. film. For this reason I recommend that any 35mm SLR user thinking of moving BUT not yet sure why read this book 1st. He also gives really good tips for using your D-SLR.
Most importantly with digital is your post picture taking workflow. To me this was really handy and I used this as a template to start my own digital workflow process.
Another thing that some authors tend to do is write about "products" and never tell you what they actually use, Andy actually tells you what software & hardware he uses.
I can probably write loads more about the book but I believe this book should part of your collection if you fall into the top 3 categories! Excellent quality (glossy) pages with great pictures all included makes this a bargain book! A must buy!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By N. Bunton on 24 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have had a 35mm SLR for some years now but have only used it on special occasions and Motor Sport. I recently purchased the Canon 300D DSLR and wanted to do some research into digital photography. I got this book and have read it within a week and can say it was a very enjoyable read and I have certainly gained confidence out of the book. Andy talks through the transition from film camera to digital and shows a lot of examples of his work, some even using compact digital cameras that are excellent quality. The book is full of great tips along the way, which should pay dividend in the future, it has just given me a great insight to how the professionals think and work.
Andy takes you through an introduction to digital cameras right through to archiving your images and printing the results including some helpful digital darkroom examples and information.
I am looking forward to my next outing with the camera and the knowledge I have gained from this book and see if I can improve my results and tryout some of the ideas I have picked up from this book.
If you have bought a DSLR camera I recommend you read this book it's great value and I am sure you will get a lot out of it.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Haygarth on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've been a 35mm photographer for about 25 years and made the leap to digital about 6 months ago. I consider myself as an experienced photographer and fairly computer literate and have been managing fine with the conversion to digital but decided to buy this book to fill any gaps in my knowledge.
The book is very well written in a language to suit normal people with Andy Rouse's sense of humour springing up which makes the reading easier. It covers all the topics that you may need including whether to use JPEG or RAW, how to set up your digital SLR for the best results, managing the camera in the field, image storage and the digital darkroom. Although it is a reference book it is a book that you will want to read from cover to cover and it's packed with fantastic wildlife shots. It has been invaluable to me and I'd recommend that anyone who owns a digital SLR what ever their skill level, should buy and read this book.
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