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David Busch’s Sony α NEX-5/NEX-3 Guide to Digital Photography

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The Sony Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 are the world's smallest and lightest advanced interchangeable lens digital cameras. These affordable new models are Sony's first Electronic Viewfinder/Interchangeable Lens (EVIL) cameras, featuring 14.2-megapixels, an array of interchangeable lenses, 1080i HD movie recording with stereo sound, fast and silent autofocus, a new Sweep Panorama feature with 3D capability, and a high-speed burst mode of 7fps. David Busch's Sony Alpha NEX-5/NEX-3 Guide to Digital Photography shows readers how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of both models to take great photographs of anything. Introductory chapters will help readers get comfortable with the basics of their camera before they dive right into exploring creative ways to apply the NEX-5 and NEX-3 file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, automatic exposure features, and additional lenses. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so they'll quickly learn how to use their NEX-5 or NEX-3, and use it like a pro!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Sony Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 Need Special Coverage
    2. Who Are You?
    3. Who Am I?
    4. Meet My Co-Author, Alex
  6. 1. Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha NEX-3 or NEX-5
    1. Differences Between the NEX-3 and NEX-5 Models
    2. Your Out-of-Box Experience
    3. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
        1. Charging the Battery
      2. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Inserting a Memory Card
        3. Turn on the Power
    4. Formatting a Memory Card
    5. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    6. Choosing a Metering Mode
    7. Choosing a Focus Mode
    8. Selecting a Focus Point
    9. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
      3. Using the NEX’s Flash
    10. An Introduction to Movie Making
    11. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    12. Transferring Files to Your Computer
    13. One Final Step—Check Your Firmware Version
  7. 2. Sony Alpha NEX-3/NEX-5 Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Sony Alpha’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. Underneath Your Sony Alpha
    5. Lens Components
    6. LCD Panel Readouts
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Sony Alpha NEX
    1. Anatomy of the Sony Alpha NEX’s Menus
    2. Camera Menu
      1. Drive Mode
    3. Flash Mode
      1. AF/MF Select
      2. Autofocus Area
      3. Autofocus Mode
      4. Precision Digital Zoom
      5. Face Detection
      6. Smile Shutter
      7. Smile Detection
      8. 3D Panorama Direction
      9. Panorama Direction
      10. Shooting Tip List
      11. Display Contents
    4. Image Size Menu
      1. Image Size (Still)
      2. Aspect Ratio
      3. Quality
      4. JPEG vs. RAW
      5. Image Size (3D Panorama)
      6. Image Size (Panorama)
      7. File Format (Movie) (NEX-5 only)
      8. Image Size (Movie) (NEX-5)
      9. Image Size (Movie) (NEX-3)
    5. Brightness/Color Menu
      1. Exposure Compensation
      2. ISO
      3. White Balance
      4. Metering Mode
      5. Flash Compensation
      6. DRO/Auto HDR
      7. Creative Style
    6. Playback Menu
      1. Delete
      2. Slide Show
      3. Still/Movie Select
      4. Image Index
      5. Select Folder
      6. Select Date
      7. Rotate
      8. Protect
      9. 3D Viewing
      10. Enlarge Image
      11. Volume Settings
      12. Specify Printing
      13. Display Contents
    7. Setup Menu
      1. AF Illuminator
      2. Red Eye Reduction
      3. Auto Review
      4. Grid Line
      5. Histogram
      6. MF Assist
      7. Color Space
      8. SteadyShot
      9. Release w/o Lens
      10. Long Exp. NR/High ISO NR
      11. Movie Audio Recording
      12. Soft Key B Setting
      13. Soft Key C Setting
      14. Menu Start
      15. Beep
      16. Language
      17. Date/Time Setup
      18. Area Setting
      19. Help Guide Display
      20. Power Save
      21. LCD Brightness
      22. Display Color
      23. Wide Image
      24. Playback Display
      25. CTRL for HDMI
      26. USB Connection
      27. Cleaning Mode
      28. Version
      29. Demo Mode
      30. Reset Default
      31. Format
      32. File Number
      33. Folder Name
      34. Select Shooting Folder
      35. Recover Image DB
      36. Display Card Space
      37. Upload Settings
  9. 4. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Sony Alpha NEX Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture Priority
      2. Shutter Priority
      3. Program Auto Mode
      4. Making Exposure Value Changes
    5. Manual Exposure
    6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    7. Bracketing
    8. Dealing with Noise
    9. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    10. Automatic and Specialized Shooting Modes
      1. Intelligent Auto and Scene Modes
      2. Anti Motion Blur and Panorama Modes
        1. Anti Motion Blur
        2. Sweep Panorama
        3. 3D Sweep Panorama
  10. 5. Advanced Shooting and Movie-Making with Your Sony Alpha NEX
    1. Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    3. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
    4. Getting into Focus
      1. Focus Modes and Options
    5. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Making Sense of Sensors and Autofocus Points
      3. Using Manual Focus
      4. Your Autofocus Mode Options
        1. Single-Shot AF
        2. Continuous AF
      5. Setting the AF Area
        1. Face Detection
      6. AF Lock
    6. Continuous Shooting
    7. Setting Image Parameters
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Setting White Balance by Color Temperature
      3. Setting a Custom White Balance
    8. Image Processing
      1. D-Range Optimizer
      2. Using Creative Styles
    9. Making Movies
      1. Preparing to Shoot Video
      2. Steps During Movie Making
    10. Tips for Shooting Better Video
      1. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
      2. Shooting Script
      3. Storyboards
      4. Storytelling in Video
      5. Composition
      6. Lighting for Video
        1. Illumination
      7. Creative Lighting
        1. Lighting Styles
  11. 6. Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Your First Lens
    3. What Lenses Can Do for You
    4. Categories of Lenses
    5. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    6. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
  12. 7. Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
      2. Ghost Images
    4. Using the Clip-on Flash
  13. 8. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. Picture Motion Browser
      2. Image Data Lightbox SR
      3. Image Data Converter SR
    2. Transferring Your Photos
      1. Using a Card Reader and Software
      2. Dragging and Dropping
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
      2. RAW Utilities
  14. 9. Sony Alpha NEX-3/NEX-5: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Updating Your Firmware
    2. Protecting Your LCD
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    3. Cleaning Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Stubborn Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Getting Started
        2. Air Cleaning
        3. Brush Cleaning
        4. Liquid Cleaning
        5. Tape Cleaning
  15. Glossary