With the Alpha A550 and A500, Sony has combined the high-quality attributes of more expensive and advanced digital SLR cameras with the compact body and ease of use that the Alpha models are known for. David Busch's Sony Alpha DSLR-A550/A500 Guide to Digital Photography shows discriminating photographers like you how to take outstanding pictures with these sophisticated and cutting-edge cameras that feature 12 to 14 megapixels of resolution, blazing fast automatic focus, and the real-time preview system Live View . You'll learn how, when, and, most importantly, why to use all the cool features and functions of your camera to take eye-popping photographs. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply the Sony Alpha's exposure modes, focus controls, and electronic flash options. Compatible with both the A550 and the A500, this book is chock full of hands-on tips for choosing lenses, flash units, and software products to use with your new camera. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your Sony Alpha, and use it well.