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David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Photo Gear

Book Description

Digital SLR cameras are currently the fastest growing segment of digital camera sales. As digital photography hobbyists and professionals become more skilled at using SLR cameras they will be looking for a book that will help them choose the gear and equipment to take their photography to the next level. "David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Photo Gear" shows avid photographers all the advanced gear they need-from tripods to photo bags to memory cards-and explains how to use each piece of equipment. The book also includes a chapter with do-it-yourself instructions on how to make your own digital SLR camera accessories.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
  6. Who Are We?
  7. 1. Tripods and Other Camera Supports
    1. Why a Tripod?
    2. Essential Tripod Features
    3. Materials
      1. Aluminum
      2. Carbon Fiber
      3. Titanium/Magnesium
      4. Basalt
      5. Wood
    4. Construction Concerns
      1. Center Column Choices
      2. Leg Deployment
      3. Feet
      4. Leg Range of Motion
      5. Leg Wraps
    5. Tripod Heads
    6. Ball and Gimbal Heads
      1. Gimbal Heads
    7. Quick Release Systems
      1. Quick Release Considerations
    8. Monopods
    9. Clamping Devices and Tripod Alternatives
    10. Other Tripod Alternatives and Accessories
    11. Shooting Long Exposures
      1. Cityscapes
    12. Shooting Panoramas
  8. 2. Toting Your Stuff
    1. Camera Bag Basics
    2. Size Considerations
    3. Traditional Shoulder Camera Bag
    4. Photographic Backpacks
      1. Backpack Accessories
      2. Waterproof Camera Packs
    5. Modular Systems, Belts, and Harnesses
    6. Sling Bags and Fanny Packs
    7. Fanny Pack Camera Bags
    8. Travel Cases
      1. Hard Cases
      2. Waterproof Camera Hard Cases
      3. Rolling Cases
    9. Camera Vests and Chest Pouches
    10. Chest Pouches
  9. 3. Choosing Lenses
    1. Choosing the Right Lens
    2. The “Crop” Factor
    3. Prime Lens Versus Zoom
      1. Prime Lenses
      2. Zoom Lenses
    4. Wide-Angle Lenses
      1. Wide-Angle Choices
      2. Extreme Wide-Angle Lenses
      3. Working with a Fisheye Lens
    5. Mid-Range Lenses
    6. Telephoto Primes and Zooms
    7. Image Stabilization/Vibration Reduction
    8. Specialized Features and Accessories
      1. Fast Glass (sic)
    9. Teleconverters
    10. Specialized Lenses
      1. Perspective Control (PC) Lenses
      2. Focus Control Lenses
      3. Soft Focus Lenses
    11. Distortion Lenses
    12. Digiscoping—The Marriage of Spotting Scope and Digital Camera
  10. 4. Gear for Getting Up Close and Personal
    1. What’s Close-Up Photography?
      1. Magnification
      2. Perspective/Subject Distance
      3. Depth-of-Field
      4. Lighting
    2. Close-up Attachments
    3. Ready for Your Close-up? Macro Lenses Are the Answer
    4. Bellows
    5. Bellows—On the Cheap
    6. Extension Tubes and Other Accessories
    7. Focusing Rails
      1. Macro Couplers and Their Lens Mates
    8. Teleconverters for Macro Photography
    9. Using Your Camera on a Microscope
    10. Lighting for Macro Photography
  11. 5. Altering Reality with Filters
    1. The Three Qs of Filter Buying: Quality, Quality, Quality
    2. Filters to Protect Your Lenses
    3. Polarizing Filters, the Photographer’s Friend
    4. Polarizing Filters—with Special “Extras”
    5. Neutral Density Filters
    6. Graduated Neutral Density Filters
    7. Color Control and Special Effects Filters
      1. Special Effects Filters
    8. Cokin Filter System
      1. Cokin Recipes
    9. Filters and Flash
    10. Filter Accessories
  12. 6. Keeping Clean
    1. Caring for Your Lenses
      1. Cleaning Lenses
    2. Introduction to Sensor Cleaning
      1. Identifying Sensor Specks
      2. Avoiding Dust
    3. Simple Sensor Cleaning Procedures
      1. Air Cleaning
      2. Brush Cleaning
    4. More Cleaning Tools
      1. MAC (Magnifier Assisted Cleaning)
    5. Liquid Cleaning
  13. 7. Memory and Storage Options
    1. Memory Cards
      1. Cost
      2. Write Speed
      3. Camera to Computer Transfer Times
      4. Capacity
    2. Portable Storage: You Can Take It with You
    3. Memory Card Readers
    4. Portable CD and DVD Burners
    5. Look Ma, No Cords! WiFi Memory Cards
  14. 8. Don’t Fear the Shadows
    1. Lighting Basics
    2. Modifying Light
    3. Other Studio Lighting Tools
    4. Light Tents and Other Tools
    5. Backgrounds and Other Studio Gear
    6. Portability—Taking the Show on the Road
    7. Special-Purpose Strobes
    8. Light Modifiers: Diffusers and Bouncers
    9. Other Light Modifiers
      1. Snoots
      2. Grids, Gobos, and Barn Doors
    10. Off-Camera Lighting
    11. Wireless Flash
    12. Infrared Flash Controllers
    13. Radio Signal Based Flash Controllers
    14. Portable Power—You Can Take It with You
  15. 9. Add-Ons: Exotic and Mundane
    1. Taking Pictures by Remote Control
    2. Putting Things on Auto—Time-Lapse Remotes and Intervalometers
    3. GPS—Or, Where Did I Take This Picture?
    4. Underwater Housings
    5. Improving Your View
    6. Screen Accessories
    7. Vertical Grips
    8. Electronic Viewfinders
    9. Memory Card Safes and Wallets
    10. Batteries and Battery Chargers
    11. Battery Chargers
    12. Camera Straps
    13. Light and Measuring Aids
    14. Dealing with Weather
      1. Camera Protection
    15. Camera Blinds
    16. Other Bad-Weather Aids
  16. Glossary