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David Busch’s Point-and-Shoot Compact Field Guide

Book Description

DAVID BUSCH'S POINT-AND-SHOOT COMPACT FIELD GUIDE will help you get the most from your non-dSLR camera, with clear, concise tips and techniques you can use with any compact camera. This guide begins where most manuals end: You'll learn about all of your camera's functions and features-from file formats and resolution to aperture/priority exposure, autofocus, and more-and you'll understand how and when to use them. This book's seven information-packed chapters include a wealth of tables, charts, graphs, lists, and plenty of full-color illustrations to show the results you can expect by using the recommended settings. This on-the-go reference cuts through the confusion and gives you the information you need when you need it, whether you're shooting around the house or in the field.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. About the Authors
  6. Chapter 1 Your Point-and-Shoot Camera
    1. What’s Important/What’s Not?
    2. Megapixels—or Other Concerns?
    3. Types of Point-and-Shoot Cameras
    4. Camera Buying Considerations—Price Ranges
  7. Chapter 2 Quick Setup Guide
    1. What’s in the Box?
    2. Essential Add-Ons
    3. Useful Accessories
    4. Putting Everything Together
  8. Chapter 3 Taking Control
    1. Key Controls
    2. Other Important Controls
    3. Ports and Connections
    4. Understanding Menus
    5. Shooting Menu
    6. Playback Menu
    7. Setup Menu
    8. Using Display Information
    9. Exposure Information While Shooting
    10. Exposure Information During Playback
    11. Basic Camera Techniques
    12. Holding the Camera
    13. Pressing the Shutter
    14. Vertical Versus Horizontal Composition
  9. Chapter 4 Exploring Key Features
    1. Controlling Exposure
    2. Using Scene Modes
    3. Semi-Automatic/Manual Exposure Modes
    4. Understanding the Exposure Triangle
    5. Shutter Speed
    6. Lens Opening/Aperture/f/stop
    7. ISO Sensitivity
    8. Metering Modes
    9. Autofocus
    10. Configuring Your Camera’s Autofocus System
    11. Using Your Zoom Lens
    12. Optical Zoom
    13. Digital Zoom
    14. Exploring Drive Modes
    15. Flash Controls
    16. Built-In Flash Controls
    17. White Balance/Color Adjustments
  10. Chapter 5 Special Features
    1. Multi-Image Special Features
    2. Color Effects
    3. Shooting Video
    4. Use a Shooting Script/Storyboards
    5. Advance a Story
    6. Keep Transitions Basic
    7. Composition
  11. Chapter 6 Playback and Review
    1. Reviewing Images
    2. Making Sense of Histograms
    3. Zooming in on Your Image
    4. Playing Back Images on a Television Display
    5. Editing
    6. Image Processing
    7. Image Sizing Options
    8. Exposure and Contrast Correction Options
    9. Retouching and Color Manipulation Options
    10. Printing Images
    11. Wi-Fi and Geotagging
  12. Chapter 7 Shooting Tips
    1. Lighting Tricks
    2. Light Quantity
    3. Light Quality
    4. Available Light
    5. Filters and Digital Cameras
    6. Video
    7. Audio
  13. Index