Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies

Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies

by Robert Correll


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The complete beginner's guide to DSLR photography

It doesn't matter if your camera says Canon, Nikon, or Sony on the outside. If a passion for photography is on your inside, this all-encompassing guide will be your new best friend. Packed with instruction on how to take your photos from so-so to stunning, Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies gives you all the easy-to-follow guidance you need to capture stills, portraits, action shots, and moments in time you'll be proud to share.

Clocking in at over 600 pages, this no-nonsense guide covers it all! From controlling light, color, focus, and exposure to editing images to improve the final product—and everything in between—it's the only guide to DSLR photography you need. If you've caught the photography bug but aren't sure where to turn to improve your skills, you can bank on building an impressive portfolio with the simple tips and tricks provided inside!

  • Set the right exposure in any situation
  • Know when to use flash and when to turn it off
  • Edit your images into masterpieces
  • Take better photos of people and places

Get ready to develop your photographer's eye and start snapping shots like the pros.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119291398
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 408,468
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert Correll is an expert in digital SLR Photography. A creative photographer, author, and communicator, he has written and co-authored numerous books on photography and photo editing, including Canon EOS 5D Mark III For Dummies as well as books on Sony dSLR cameras.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book 1: Pursuing Digital SLR Photography 5

Chapter 1: Embracing Digital SLRs 7

Introducing the Digital SLR 7

Naming and Classifying Digital SLRs 9

Pricing Digital SLRs 15

Delving into Camera Specifications 18

Following Recent dSLR Developments 27

Shopping for a dSLR 29

Embracing dSLRs 34

Chapter 2: Handling, Cleaning, and Protecting Your Camera 37

Anatomy of a dSLR 37

Working the Controls 43

Gripping the Camera 45

Providing Additional Support 48

Handling an Articulated Monitor 50

Using a Touchscreen 51

Changing Batteries 52

Inserting and Removing Memory Cards 55

Cleaning Your Camera 57

Protecting Your Camera 61

Chapter 3: Learning about Lenses 67

Identifying and Naming Lenses 67

Categorizing Lenses 75

Looking at Lens Anatomy 82

Working with Lenses 86

Cleaning Lenses 96

Chapter 4: Exploring Menus and Camera Settings 99

Understanding How Menus Are Organized 99

Opening and Using the Menu 100

Setting Up Your Camera 104

Setting Typical Shooting Options 106

Making Other Choices 111

Controlling Playback 115

Keeping Everything Running Smoothly 117

Exploring Advanced Options 120

Chapter 5: Taking Pictures with Your dSLR 123

Seeing the Big Picture 123

Planning Ahead 124

Unpacking and Readying Your Gear 125

Setting Up Your Camera 127

Taking and Reviewing Photos 150

Book 2: Looking Through Lenses 155

Chapter 1: Appreciating Standard Zoom Lenses 157

Embodying Versatility 157

Taking Wide-Angle Shots 159

Working with Normal Focal Lengths 161

Zooming In 164

Chapter 2: Enjoying Wide-Angle Lenses 169

Wide-Angle Whatzit 169

Looking at Landscapes 171

Capturing Wide-Angle Cityscapes 172

Focusing on Single Buildings 174

Photographing Interiors 176

Shooting Wide-Angle Portraits 177

Improving Your Wide-Angle Shots 178

Chapter 3: Capturing Macros and Close-ups 183

Defining Macro and Close-up Photography 183

Shooting at Close Ranges 184

Managing Depth of Field 185

Shooting Handheld (with a Flash) 186

Maximizing Shutter Speed 188

Shooting in Controlled Conditions 188

Relaxing Your Angle of View 191

Shooting Close-ups with Everyday Lenses 191

Using Telephoto Lenses 192

Using Holga Lenses 193

Shooting with Special Accessories 194

Chapter 4: Reaching Out with Telephoto Lenses 201

Learning the Lingo 201

Using a Super Telephoto Lens 203

Capturing Action with Telephoto Lenses 206

Using Telephoto Lenses for Close-ups 209

Capturing Portraits 211

Photographing Animals 213

Chapter 5: Exploring Other Lenses 215

Fisheye Lenses 215

Tilt-Shift Lenses 219

Holga Lenses 222

Lensbaby Lenses 225

Pinhole Lenses 227

Diana F+ Lenses 228

Book 3: Taking Creative Control 231

Chapter 1: Making Sense of Exposure 233

Understanding Exposure 233

Keeping an Eye on Exposure Information 237

Measuring Light by Metering 241

Reviewing and Analyzing Your Photos 245

Troubleshooting Exposure 253

Chapter 2: Setting the Aperture 261

Investigating f-numbers and Apertures 261

Setting the Aperture 265

Digging into Depth of Field 267

Designing with Depth of Field 272

Chapter 3: Choosing a Shutter Speed 281

Decoding Shutter Speed 281

Setting the Shutter Speed 287

Combating Blur and Noise 288

Designing with Shutter Speed 294

Chapter 4: Selecting an ISO 303

Understanding ISO 303

Setting ISO 309

Using High ISO Noise Reduction 313

Managing ISO 314

ISO Gallery 315

Chapter 5: Using Filters 323

Learning about Filters 323

Taking Shape with Filter Systems 328

Using Filters for Different Purposes 332

Book 4: Lighting the Scene 341

Chapter 1: Working with Ambient Light 343

Working in Natural Light 343

Dealing with Weather 350

Shooting Inside 352

Coping with Different Situations 355

Chapter 2: Exploring Basic Flash Photography 361

Finding the Flash 361

Using the Flash Automatically 363

Manually Activating the Built-in Flash 365

Tips on Using the Built-in Flash 370

Getting Fancy with the Flash 372

Chapter 3: Using an External Flash and Accessories 379

Getting to Know External Flash Units 379

Handling an External Flash 387

Configuring Your External Flash 392

Trying Different Techniques 393

Book 5: Managing and Processing Your Shots 403

Chapter 1: Transferring and Managing Photos 405

Getting a Workflow 405

Early Decisions 407

Transferring Photos 408

Getting a Grip on Your Pictures 414

Managing Photos 419

Quickly Processing the Good Ones 420

Advanced Editing When Desired 420

Publishing 421

Archiving 425

Chapter 2: Quickly Sprucing Up Shots 429

Software for Sprucing Up Photos 429

Deciding on an Image Quality 430

Getting Started 432

Setting Brightness and Contrast 438

Correcting and Improving Color 443

Making Additional Improvements 445

Finishing Up 447

Processing Photos In-Camera 449

Chapter 3: Digging Deeper into Photo Editing 453

Software for Editing Photos 453

Dealing with the Mundane Stuff 454

Dodging and Burning 458

Using High Pass to Sharpen 459

Making Minor Adjustments 461

Applying Changes Selectively with Masks 462

Mashing Up Versions of the Same Shot 463

Stamping Out Imperfections and Distractions 465

Adjusting Final Composition 470

Words of Caution and Encouragement 471

Chapter 4: Expressing Your Artistry 473

Why Be Creative? 473

Software for Your Artistic Endeavors 475

Converting to Black and White 475

Colorizing Your Photos 480

Experimenting with Artistic Filters 490

Using In-Camera Creative Styles and Filters 496

Chapter 5: Creating Panoramas 499

Shooting Pan-tastic Panoramas 499

Stitching Photos Together 503

Stepping Up Your Game 509

Shooting Automatic Panoramas 513

Chapter 6: Enjoying HDR Photography 515

HDR Software 516

Learning about HDR 516

Shooting Exposure Brackets for HDR 518

Tone Mapping in Photomatix Pro 521

Trying Alternate Techniques 529

Book 6: Showcasing Different Scenes 535

Chapter 1: Portraits 537

Chapter 2: Landscapes 543

Chapter 3: Action 549

Chapter 4: Close-ups 555

Chapter 5: Odds and Ends 561

Index 567

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What an excellent resource for anyone with some very basic understanding of digital cameras who wants to upgrade to a digital SLR!
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