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David Busch’s Mastering Digital SLR Photography

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This completely updated fourth edition of DAVID BUSCH'S MASTERING DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY is a comprehensive guide to taking great photos with digital SLR cameras. Today's digital SLRs are more affordable-and more powerful-than ever, letting you create stunning images with technology that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. If you're comfortable with the basic operations of your digital SLR camera and are eager to explore more advanced creative concepts, this book will help you expand your knowledge of the many new capabilities and improvements that are now standard on today's cameras. Suitable for pros and hobbyists alike, this book takes you beyond the coverage found in most general camera books and includes helpful how-to info on new technologies such as autofocus innovations, HDTV movie-making, and new tools from Wi-Fi to GPS. This fully-illustrated, full-color guide also covers the basics, including file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, and much more. Master the art of digital photography, with DAVID BUSCH'S MASTERING DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY, FOURTH EDITION.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contributor Bio
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Introduction
  10. Part I Basic Digital SLR Technology
    1. 1 The Incredible Transformation
      1. Amazing New Features
    2. 2 Inside Your Digital SLR
      1. Key Components of Your dSLR
      2. Sensors Up Close
      3. Controlling Exposure Time
      4. How We Get Color
      5. Using Interchangeable Lenses
      6. Viewfinders
      7. Storage
      8. Choosing the dSLR That’s Right for You
    3. 3 dSLR Foibles
      1. It’s Done with Mirrors
      2. Protecting the Sensor from Dust
      3. Secrets of dSLR Image Storage
      4. Working with RAW and Other File Formats
      5. JPEG, RAW, or TIFF?
    4. 4 Mastering Your Exposure Controls
      1. Exposure Basics
      2. Introducing Histograms
      3. What Affects Exposure
      4. Choosing an Exposure Mode
      5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      6. Semi-Automatic and Manual Exposure Modes
      7. Exposure Metering
      8. Bracketing
    5. 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Focus
      1. Manual Focus
      2. Autofocus
      3. How Focus Works
      4. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
    6. 6 Working with Lenses
      1. Welcome to Lens Lust
      2. Lenses and dSLRs
      3. Understanding Lens Requirements
      4. What Lenses Can Do for You
      5. Wide-Angle/Wide-Zoom Lenses
      6. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      7. Typical Upgrade Paths
      8. Image Stabilization
    7. 7 Working with Light
      1. Two Types of Light
      2. Lighting Equipment
      3. Painting with Light
  11. Part II Exploring New Tools
    1. 8 Live View and Movies
      1. Live View Features
      2. Shooting Movies
      3. Tips for Shooting Better Video
    2. 9 Exploring GPS and Wi-Fi
      1. What’s Geotagging?
      2. Eye-Fi Upload
      3. Built-in Wi-Fi
    3. 10 Using Apps
      1. Smart Platforms
      2. What Can They Do?
    4. 11 Great Gadgets
      1. Taking Pictures by Remote Control
      2. Underwater Housings
      3. Improving Your View
      4. Vertical Grips
      5. Light and Measuring Aids
      6. The Three Qs of Filter Buying: Quality, Quality, Quality
      7. Filters to Protect Your Lenses
      8. Polarizing Filters
      9. Neutral Density Filters
      10. Graduated Neutral Density Filters
      11. Color Control and Special Effects Filters
  12. Part III Expand Your Shooting World
    1. 12 Travel Photography
      1. Foreign Photography Field Trips—Fun and Affordable
      2. What to Take
      3. Tips for Getting Great Travel Images
      4. Photographing Monuments and Architecture
      5. Have Fun!
    2. 13 People Photography
      1. Home Studio—or Nature’s Studio?
      2. Setting Up Your Studio
      3. What You Need
      4. Portrait Basics
      5. Using Multiple Light Sources
      6. Lighting Techniques
      7. A Touch of Glamour
      8. Portraits on the Street
    3. 14 Photographing Concerts and Performances
      1. Brushes with Greatness
      2. Arming for Battle
      3. Getting Into Position
      4. Interesting People
      5. Techniques
    4. 15 Scenic, Wildlife, and Nature Photography
      1. Scenic Photography
      2. Scenic Essentials
      3. Key Types of Landscapes
      4. Infrared Landscape Photography
      5. Wildlife Photography
    5. 16 Capturing Action
      1. Sports in a Nutshell
      2. Continuous Shooting Basics
      3. Choosing Your Lenses
      4. Action Exposure Concerns
      5. Attaining Focus
      6. Selecting an ISO Speed
      7. Using a Tripod or Monopod
      8. Basics of Freezing Action
      9. Action Stopping Techniques
      10. Some Final Tips
    6. 17 Close-Up Photography
      1. Macro Terminology
      2. Getting Practical
      3. Some Shooting Tips
  13. Index