The DSLR Handbook (3rd Edition) Paperback – 7 Nov 2011
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"What Freeman doesn't tell you about digital SLR in this
book probably isn't worth knowing" -- ephotozine.com
"A true guru of digital photography, Michael Freeman has mastered all the principles he teaches." -- Digital Photographer Magazine
"Clear, comprehensive and intelligent. At last a book that
covers all the digital bases." -- Digital Photographer Magazine
"Michael Freeman is a leading light in photography and the use of digital techniques" -- Digit Magazine
Clear, comprehensive and intelligent. At last a book that covers all the digital bases. -- Digital Photographer Magazine
What Freeman doesn't tell you about digital SLR in this book probably isn't worth knowing -- ephotozine.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Clear, comprehensive and intelligent. At last a book that covers all the digital bases. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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For example, I now understand what the histogram display is telling me and what I can do with that information, why I may want White Balance Bracketing and what to watch out for when using my 35mm camera lenses on my digital SLR.
It does not just give details of the SLR itself, but proceeds in great detail on other associated subjects - Colour Calibration, editing, optimising, distribution and storage. It gives advice on accessories (flashguns, tripods, backup storage etc), hardware (laptops, wi-fi, printers) and probably every aspect of photgraphy that a professional would need to consider as far as 'tools of the trade' are concerned.
This book refers to Adobe Photoshop CS3 in detail, but does also give examples of other alternatives for editing and archiving your photos.
It is not a light read, but goes into a large amount of technical detail in several areas (it has the best article I've read on the differences between the various sensors used by different manufacturers).
If you just bought your digital SLR for a bit of light relief and aren't really concerned with how it does what it does then this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you are interested in getting the most from your camera and really want it to produce the picture your mind thought it had taken, then this gives the information and guidance that you wil need.
I have a couple of minor issues, relating to the sequence of the articles and the examples shown.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Disappointed no real substance to the book missing areas like exposure, shutter speed etc..Published 17 months ago by Mr. B. White
I thought if I bought the book I would become a professional photographer and maybe I would if I could be bother to sit down and read it.Published on 6 Feb. 2014 by Mr. E. Goody
I love this book, seen many gripes about in reviews being too technical not enough on cameras, but I like the fact that it covers most aspects of digital photography which isn't... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2013 by Antar
Best for a novice. Clear and instructional. Saw it first at a friends house and decided I shd get my own copy. No regrets.Published on 19 Jun. 2013 by Anu Nathan
A great book to have on your bookshelf.
Michael Freeman has produced an easy to read book, useful for tutorial and reference purposes. Read more
If you want more out of photography than just point, shoot & print then this is a perfect book. It answers questions in a clear, easy to understand way and for each topic, you... Read morePublished on 2 July 2012 by Billy's Grandad
Very thorough technical description of how the DSLR works. I think it's more for reference, when you have got over the initial learning stages than as a guide to using your DSLR... Read morePublished on 30 May 2011 by G
For people like myself moving on from 'point and shoot' cameras to entry level DSLR ( In my case Nikon D3000 )this helped immensely in the changeover. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2010 by Alan King
A must for anyone entering the field of digital photography on a serious basis. A concise,easy to understand book covering the important areas of Colour Management,RAW Images,... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2009 by John B. O. Sullivan
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