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David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses, 1st Edition

  • David D. Busch
  • ISBN-10: 1598634550  |  ISBN-13: 9781598634556
  • 192 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • List Price = $ 29.99
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About

Overview

Are you ready to go beyond the basics with your digital SLR camera but are unsure which interchangeable lens or two to buy and more importantly, how and when to use each lens? "David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses" offers focused, concise information and techniques on how to use different lenses to take great photographs. You’ll begin with a quick overview of how lenses work and the types of lenses available, including normal, telephoto, wide-angle, prime, and zoom. Then you’ll explore typical lens controls and features such as focus rings, depth-of-field scales, and image stabilization, and how particular settings can help improve your photography. Once you have the basics down you’ll learn how to create cool effects using lens filters and accessories, and how to select the best lens aperture for particular types of photos. Finally, you’ll go in-depth with telephoto, wide-angle, and macro lenses. Each topic or concept is explained using a clear, two- or fourpage spread, and beautiful, full-color images illustrate the results of photographing with each setting, technique, or lens. A mini-glossary will help you define unfamiliar terms as you go. Get ready to enhance your photographs using the versatility of interchangeable lenses on your digital SLR!

Features and Benefits

  • Covers lenses for all dSLR models
  • Laid out in two-and four-page spreads with full-color illustrations
  • The first book to specifically cover selection and use of digital SLR lenses
  • Covers the latest lenses for the hottest cameras

Table of Contents

Introduction
CHAPTER 1: A WORLD OF LENSES
How a lens works
What “normal” lenses do
What telephoto lenses do
What wide-angle lenses do
Zooming with multi-focal-length lenses
Prime lenses
How F/stops work
Variable and Constant f/stops
Sharpness, Resolution and Acutance
The Need for Speed
The Ubiquitous Crop Factor
CHAPTER 2: TYPICAL LENS CONTROLS AND FEATURES
Focus rings
Focus limiters
Depth-of-field scales
Hyperfocal indicators
Zoom controls
Filter threads and why you need them
Do filters “protect” your lens?
Lens hoods and why you must use them
Vibration Reduction/Image Stabilization controls
CHAPTER 3: FILTERS AND LENS ATTACHMENTS
Using Polarizing Filters
Using Neutral Density Filters
Working with Color Correction Filters
Special Effects filters
Split Density Filters
Close-Up Filters
Fish-eye Attachments
CHAPTER 4: RAISING THE BAR ON QUALITY
Your lens’ best aperture
Depth-of-field tradeoffs
Diffraction
Testing your lens for sharpness
Shutter speed and lens sharpness
Testing for motion blur
Tripods and monopods to optimize lens sharpness
Optimizing your lens’ focus
Focus modes
Autofocus assist
Mirror lockup
Backfocus/front focus
CHAPTER 5: USING TELEPHOTO LENSES
Long lenses vs. true telephotos
What’s magnification?
Importance of telephoto aperture range
Autofocus glitches
Using selective focus
Avoiding telephoto distortion
Pincushion distortion
Compressing distances
Zoom or prime?
What’s bokeh?
CHAPTER 6: USING WIDE ANGLE LENSES
Telephotos vs. wide angles
How wide angles work
Choosing a wide angle
Chromatic aberration
Barrel distortion
Perspective distortion
Making size distortion work for you
Emphasizing the foreground
Wide angles and flash
Wide angle depth-of-field
Wide angles and polarizers
Avoid vignetting
Zoom or prime?
CHAPTER 7: ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM
Pros and cons of zooms
Typical zoom ranges
Using wide angle zooms
Using long telephoto zooms
Superzooms
Varifocal vs. true zoom
CHAPTER 8: MACRO LENSES AND PRIME LENSES
Magnification vs. focal length
Choosing a prime lens
Perspective considerations
Depth-of-field up close
Specialized macro lenses vs. general purpose lenses
Close-Up Attachments
Using extension tubes
Using a bellows
Using a reversing ring

Mini-Glossary
Index

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

David Busch's Quick Snap Guide To Lighting  (ISBN-10: 1598635484 | ISBN-13: 9781598635485)

Have you mastered the essentials of your digital SLR camera and now want to learn how to use light as a tool to enhance your photographs? David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Lighting provides a concise introduction to working with light and exposure, improving your photos with filters and reflectors, and transforming good lighting into great lighting, all in a simple-tobrowse book. This guide offers focused information that explains the purpose and function of each type of lighting, how to use it effectively to take compelling photos, and how to improve the lighting you find in a scene. You’ll learn how to create and work with diffused light, tame daylight so your pictures don’t look overexposed, the secret to multiple light sources, how to use light creatively, techniques for action shots, lighting for travel and architecture, and much more. Each topic and concept introduced is condensed into a two- to fourpage spread, illustrated with striking full-color photographs, and all the basics of light and lighting are presented. The book is designed so you can thumb through it and easily find exactly the chapter and information you are looking for. And a mini-glossary helps by defining unfamiliar terms as you go. Get ready to conquer the mysteries of light to take better and more beautiful photographs.

List Price = $29.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

Student Supplements

David Busch's Quick Snap Guide To Lighting  (ISBN-10: 1598635484 | ISBN-13: 9781598635485)

Have you mastered the essentials of your digital SLR camera and now want to learn how to use light as a tool to enhance your photographs? David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Lighting provides a concise introduction to working with light and exposure, improving your photos with filters and reflectors, and transforming good lighting into great lighting, all in a simple-tobrowse book. This guide offers focused information that explains the purpose and function of each type of lighting, how to use it effectively to take compelling photos, and how to improve the lighting you find in a scene. You’ll learn how to create and work with diffused light, tame daylight so your pictures don’t look overexposed, the secret to multiple light sources, how to use light creatively, techniques for action shots, lighting for travel and architecture, and much more. Each topic and concept introduced is condensed into a two- to fourpage spread, illustrated with striking full-color photographs, and all the basics of light and lighting are presented. The book is designed so you can thumb through it and easily find exactly the chapter and information you are looking for. And a mini-glossary helps by defining unfamiliar terms as you go. Get ready to conquer the mysteries of light to take better and more beautiful photographs.

List Price = $29.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David D. Busch

With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list—simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.