75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book before buying your new DSLR
Although the user-level is described as advanced, this book is accessible to anyone interested enough in photography to buy a DSLR.
Starting with an introduction to the various pieces of hardware, it progresses through to exposure, lighting and colour management.
Calibration of camera, computer monitor, scanners and printers is also covered, topics which...
Published on 7 April 2006 by dodgeman69
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
As someone relatively new to Digital SLR's (but not photography) this gave me a brief overview however I found it a bit waffley and did not really get into assisting with getting the most out of your digital SLR camera. It covered a lot of things but not in any great depth.
I would highly recommend a couple of other books to look at as well if you are looking...
Published on 27 Aug 2008 by Londoner
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to have,
A fine example of how to write a technical book for creative people - crisp, clear, and comprehensive. It's helped my transition from Kodachrome to digital immeasurably.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that can be understood by all,
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference guide,
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious reading!,
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it appears: neither a good guide to the Digital Darkroom and little or nothing about *using* your DSLR,
But be warned - this is NOT a digital SLR handbook! To illustrate with facts not just my opinion: The term 'aperture' isn't even in the index! Nor is f-stop or shutter speed (though shutter does merit 4 references) By comparison Apple Mac has 6 references and Photoshop has 24 sub-categories!!!
Reading further since I first posted this review I feel this book is BADLY unbalanced and has a lot of filler - there's very little/nothing on using an SLR or the settings but a double-page picture spread of accessories you might want, a page of pictures of flash studio accessories and a double-page on wi-fi... Filler of he worst order and of no use to anyone really. The digital darkroom guides that make up 2/3rds of the book are not version specific or step by step
There is tons of technical detail on how the camera works, the sensor array and processor, comparisons of digital compared to film and then it's straight into digital detail - compression algorithms, dynamic range... Buit nowehre does it mention and camera settings or illustrate their effects.
After 70 pages (out of 250) you're off the camera and onto the computer and the remainder of the book is a guide to the 'digital darkroom' and not the camera at all.
Fr a book targetted at pros making a transition from film to digital it may have some good things but the filler will annoy I'm sure. It's got photographic theory on 3 double-page spreads on the zone system from B&W photography... But no depth or detail on how to DO HDR - just that it exists.
In fact I'd say AVOID - I can't believe this hits any market well unless calibrating your camera and monitor are high priorities (Michael Freeman seems obsessed with calibration...6 pages on changing your camera profile) It seems targeted at professional film photographers used to the darkroom looking to switch to and understand the detail of digital but not how to use it. There is absolutely ***nothing*** about camera settings, exposure, depth of field etc. But the types of memory cards get a double-page spread and the 'how does it work' section dominates the first bit - wikipedia does a better detailed job for free on that area and it has NO IMPACT or APPLICATION for using a digital SLR... So if you're after a pretty mix of 'how does it work' and what accessories to buy + non-specific info on how to use photoshop and image databases this is a great book but if you want to know how to use your camera, or how to really get into photoshop this misses both ends of the digital photography equation and has a lot of filler in between. If that's what you're after look elsewhere or online.
One day this will help me a lot with both technical background and post-production detail but it won't help me take a single photo or adjust my ISO or depth of field in the short term.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars never judge a book by its cover!,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you want just an overview,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but boring,
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book,
This review is from: The Digital SLR Handbook (Paperback)Best for a novice. Clear and instructional. Saw it first at a friends house and decided I shd get my own copy. No regrets.
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The Digital SLR Handbook by Michael Freeman (Paperback - 7 Nov 2011)