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David Busch’s Sony® α SLT-A57

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DAVID BUSCH'S SONY ALPHA SLT-A57 GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY will help you get the most out of your Alpha SLT-A57. The A57 is the latest camera to feature Sony's successful "translucent mirror technology," which allows for simultaneous focusing and shooting–at an amazing twelve frames per second. It also features 16.7 megapixel resolution and full HDTV movie-making with continuous autofocus. With David Busch as your guide, all the unique powers of the Sony Alpha SLT-A57 will be at your command, so you'll always be in full creative control, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced hobbyist, or are just out for fun. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, DAVID BUSCH'S SONY ALPHA SLT-A57 GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY covers all the features of this remarkable camera in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lenses, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Start building your knowledge, creativity, and confidence with the Alpha SLT-A57 today.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Introduction
  9. 1 Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha SLT-A57
    1. Your Out-of-Box Experience
    2. Initial Setup
    3. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
    6. Selecting a Focus Point
    7. Other Settings
    8. An Introduction to Movie Making
    9. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    10. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  10. 2 Sony Alpha SLT-A57 Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Sony Alpha’s Business End
    3. What You See, and What You Get
    4. Going Topside
    5. Underneath Your Sony Alpha
    6. Lens Components
  11. 3 Setting Up Your Sony Alpha SLT-A57
    1. Anatomy of the Sony Alpha’s Menus
    2. Still Shooting 1/2/3 Menu
    3. Movie Menu
    4. Custom 1/2/3/4 Menu
    5. Playback 1/2 Menu
    6. Memory Card Tool Menu
    7. Clock Setup Menu
    8. Setup 1/2/3 Menus
    9. Function Menu
  12. 4 Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Sony Alpha Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Bracketing
    7. Dealing with Noise
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    9. Automatic and Specialized Shooting Modes
  13. 5 Mastering Autofocus Options
    1. Getting into Focus
    2. Focus Pocus
    3. Manual Focus
  14. 6 Advanced Techniques for Your Sony Alpha SLT-A57
    1. Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
    3. Delayed Exposures
    4. Continuous Shooting
    5. Setting Image Parameters
    6. Image Processing
    7. Picture Effects
    8. Wi-Fi
    9. Tablets, Smart Phones, and the Sony SLT-A57
  15. 7 Shooting Movies
    1. Some Fundamentals
    2. Preparing to Shoot Video
    3. Recording Video
    4. Steps During Movie Making
    5. Tips for Shooting Better Video
  16. 8 Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Your First Lens
    3. Your Second (and Third…) Lens
    4. Categories of Lenses
    5. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
    6. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
    7. Add-ons and Special Features
  17. 9 Making Light Work for You
    1. The Elements of Light
    2. Continuous Lighting—or Electronic Flash?
    3. Continuous Lighting Basics
    4. Electronic Flash Basics
    5. Using the Built-In Flash
    6. Using the External Electronic Flash
    7. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
  18. 10 Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
    2. Transferring Your Photos
    3. Editing Your Photos
  19. 11 Sony Alpha SLT-A57: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Updating Your Firmware
    2. Protecting Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
    4. Cleaning Your Sensor
  20. Glossary
  21. Index