Learning to Use a Digital SLR or Interchangeable-Lens Camera
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- Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Camera Types: Making a Choice
- This Book Assumes No Previous Knowledge
- Is Camera Brand Important?
- What Is a DSLR?
- What Is an ILC?
- Should I Choose a DSLR or an ILC?
- + What Is an Imaging Sensor?
- Choosing a Camera System
- + Buy One Camera Instead of Three!
Chapter 2: Choosing and Using Lenses
- How Does a Lens Work?
- + Focal Length: Wide Angle, Normal, and Telephoto Settings
- Lens Aperture
- Zoom Lenses versus Prime Lenses
- + Macro Lenses and Closeup Filters
- Autofocus vs. Manual Focus Lenses
- Basic Three-Lens Kit
- Lens vs. Sensor Image Stabilization
- Autofocus Motor Types
- + Lens Concerns
- + Filters
Chapter 3: Understanding Exposure Controls
Chapter 4: Taking Control of Exposure
Using the Three Exposure Controls Together
- Understanding Depth of Field
- Using the Depth of Field Preview Button
- Capturing the Star Effect with a Small Aperture
- Large and Small Aperture Consideration
- Motion Control
- Final Thoughts on ISO Sensitivity
- Shutter Speed and Aperture Relationship
- + Using the Three Exposure Controls Together
Chapter 5: Camera Modes and Controls
- + Chapter 6: Understanding Image Formats
Chapter 7: Histogram, Color Space, and White Balance
- + Index
There are two types of new photographers: those satisfied with their low-cost point-and-shoot cameras, and those more enthusiastic photographers who recognize the limitations of low-cost equipment and want to improve their pictures. No longer satisfied with simple snapshots, the enthusiast moves up to a more complex digital camera-one with interchangeable lenses and manual controls-to satisfy their artistic urge.
Assuming little to no knowledge of photographic terms, techniques, or technology, Beyond Point-And-Shoot is intended to help smooth the transition from photographic newbie to "real" photographer who is experienced, in- control, and passionate about their craft. Author Darrell Young explores various types of interchangeable-lens cameras, focusing on those with larger imaging sensors, such as digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.
Learn how to get the most out of your camera's automatic and semi- automatic exposure modes, as well as how to move beyond those modes and take full, manual control of your camera. Watch your photography improve as you discover how to apply important photographic principles, such as depth of field, white balance, and metering. With this newfound knowledge you'll move beyond point-and-shoot and begin taking truly great photographs.
Other topics include:
Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
Metering and shooting controls
Lens focal lengths and angles of view
Image file formats
Managing digital noise
And much more!