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Digital Photography For Dummies Paperback – 23 Mar 2012
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From the Back Cover
Get going with your digital camera and start taking great photos right away!
Whether you′re considering your first digital camera, planning to graduate from point–and–shoot to dSLR, or wondering about your camera′s features, you need this bestselling guide! It tells you things you won′t find in the camera manual, like time–honored photographic techniques, tips for certain types of photography, printing options, and much more.
What you need learn what the different camera features do and determine what works for the way you take pictures
Ready, aim, shoot set up your camera and learn how to get the best shots in any mode
Take control explore your camera′s setting options and apply them to get better photos
Learn from the pros experiment with recommended settings and techniques for portraits, close–ups, action shots, and landscapes
Bring them to life review photos using your camera′s playback features, then download and share them
Open the book and find:
Advice on choosing the camera that best suits your needs
Set–up options that produce better photos
Accessories your digital studio should have
How to get better action shots
When to shift your dSLR out of auto mode for better results
All about using (and not using) flash
How to diagnose and fix focus problems
Ten essential camera care tips
Take better pictures with your point–and–shoot camera or dSLR
Set your camera to improve color, focus, and lighting
Upload, edit, and share your great photos
IN FULL COLOR!
About the Author
Julie Adair King has been writing about digital cameras and photography since 1997. Julie′s current bestsellers include several guides on Nikon and Canon cameras.
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While it provides a lot of information, I wouldn't say that this is a good book if you want a 'text-book/reference' style book. Like, if you want to talk about one aspect of dig-photography, then you can turn to this section etc. I felt as though the book did touch on most photographic subjects, but I prefer a more ordered book. This came across as more of a 'chat between friends' kind of book which I have found in many dummies book (so my fault really.)
It is indeed a 'for dummies' book, but I should have bought one specifically for dslr photography, and not just a generic 'digital photography' book, as I found a lot of the content was geared towards camera users who wanted to use automatic modes on their cameras (and not always want to set things like aperture, ISO and shutter speed, manually.) Unfortunately for me, this meant I had to skip through pages and pages of material, to reach sections about using fully 'manual' mode. It felt bad having 1cm chunks of pages in this book unread and not fit for my purposes. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend this for beginner students of photography who want an entry-level book. This is more of a 'So, you've never picked up ANY digital camera before' type of book, which assumes you'll probably want to use the types of settings that colleges and places of learning do not recommend (Example: Fully automatic/semi automatic modes.)
On the plus-side, this book does seem to recommend that users choose from a DSLR or compact systems camera. This is a good thing, as some very entry-level digital photography books, might be afraid to do this, and focus instead on getting the best from a point-and-shoot compact camera.
I am giving this book 4 stars, as it is a really comprehensive book on digital photography, but with one caveat: If you are a student, like me, who has never studied digital photography before, then this book might be a little too disorganised, with too much focus on amateur/consumer features on digital cameras (whole sections), and this means there is more limited content on the types of knowledge that you might want to know.
So it IS an excellent guide for anyone who is completely new to digital photography, but I'd say it's not the best reference/textbook out there. I recently bought a book called 'DSLR in Easy Steps' and if you compare the layout/content, it's very different. The pages are also presented differently, with much more simplicity in the DSLR Easy Steps book, whereas I find the dummies books have pages that are more jumbled, where you have to dig-around to find the information you need. Then on top of this, there is a lot of 'chat' in dummies book. I'm not quoting exactly, but phrases like "Between you and me, setting 'x' is best, but here's a picture of my Daughter and doesn't setting 'y' look superb, really highlighting the bow in her hair." I usually like this sort of 'informal' dialogue, but it's a pain when I was trying to learn the basics of photography from this book, and had to 'read between the lines' of this sort of dialogue to actually find the technical point the author was trying to make.
So I'm not saying this is a bad digital photography book, on the contrary, its very thorough. But please look elsewhere if you're looking for something that is concise and too the point, without too much 'rambling' and that focuses on the kinds of camera-modes you will need to learn for photography courses.
Gives examples of utilizing the inbuilt automatic settings then also
experiments with changing some things like shutter speed, exposure
time etc. Suitable for more advanced consumer cameras which also
have a dial on top to change these settings. Discusses differences
, advantages and disadvantages of compact, compact system camera
and the Digital SLR from Canon and Nikon. Provides links to other sources.
An easy, understandable read but with plenty of detail.
Important to consider not downloading the book as your never sure what you will get, as in this case (not the whole book). Buy the book itself if you must.
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