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Beyond Point-and-Shoot by Darrell Young is a new title from Rocky Nook. Assuming little to no knowledge of photographic terms, techniques, or technology, this book is intended to help smooth the transition from photographic newbie to “real” photographer who is experienced, in-control, and passionate about their craft. Additionally, the author takes an in-depth look at camera types, lenses, aperture, shutter speed, sensitivity, metering and shooting controls, colour spaces, interpreting histograms and more. You can pre-order the print edition for $29.95 or buy the electronic version now for $13.95.
O’reilly Press Release
Beyond Point-and-Shoot — New from Rocky Nook
Learning to Use a Digital SLR or Interchangeable-Lens Camera
Santa Barbara, CA — 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 (Rocky Nook, $29.95 USD) 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.
Additional topics include:
· Camera types
· Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
· Metering and shooting controls
· Lens focal lengths and angles of view
· The histogram
· Color spaces
· Image file formats
· Managing digital noise
· And much more!
About the Author
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera. Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrom (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon’s newest digital cameras. Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography.
Darrell loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the Nikonians.org community. He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to an invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.