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:
- 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!
Table of contents
- Cover Page
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. Camera Types: Making a Choice
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
Chapter 3. Understanding Exposure Controls
- What Is a Good Exposure?
Three Controls for a Good Exposure
- Learning about the Three Exposure Controls
- Understanding the Camera’s Limitations
- Camera Exposure Control Relationship Illustrated
- Understanding Stops, F-Stops, and EV Steps
- What Is ISO Sensitivity?
- What Is Aperture?
- What Is Shutter Speed?
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
- Selecting a Light Meter Type
- Why So Many Scene Modes?
- What about Auto Exposure Mode?
- Exploring Semiautomation for More Control
- Chapter 6. Understanding Image Formats
Chapter 7. Histogram, Color Space, and White Balance
Section One: Histogram
- RGB Histograms
- Luminance Histogram
- Understanding a Histogram
- Section Two: Color Space
- Section Three: White Balance
- Section One: Histogram
- Title: Beyond Point-and-Shoot
- Release date: April 2012
- Publisher(s): Rocky Nook
- ISBN: 9781457165177
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