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David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses

Book Description

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!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Who Am I?
    2. Contents
      1. Chapter 1: A World of Lenses
      2. Chapter 2: Lens Controls and Features
      3. Chapter 3: Filters and Lens Attachments
      4. Chapter 4: Improving the Image Quality of Your Lens
      5. Chapter 5: Using Telephoto Lenses
      6. Chapter 6: Using Wide-Angle Lenses
      7. Chapter 7: Using Macro Lenses
      8. Glossary
  6. 1. A World of Lenses
    1. How a Lens Works
    2. How a Lens Is Made
    3. What Is Focal Length?
    4. What Are f/stops?
    5. How the Aperture Affects Your Photos
      1. Exposure
      2. Overall Sharpness
      3. Depth-of-Field
      4. Bokeh
    6. Zoom or Fixed Focal Length?
    7. Lens Crop Factors
  7. 2. Lens Controls and Features
    1. Autofocus
    2. Manual Focus
    3. Zoom Controls
    4. Image Stabilization Controls
    5. Tripod Collars
    6. Filter Threads
      1. Lenses without Filter Threads
    7. Other Controls
  8. 3. Filters and Lens Attachments
    1. Attaching Filters and Accessories to Your Lens
      1. Other Attachment Options
    2. Using Cokin and Similar Filter Systems
      1. Cooking with Cokin
    3. Polarizing Filters
      1. Danger, Will Robinson!
    4. Color Correction and Adjustment Filters
    5. Neutral Density Filters
    6. Split Density and Graduated Filters
    7. Infrared Filters
    8. Special Effects Filters
    9. Protective Filters—Or Not?
    10. Fisheye Attachments
    11. Lens Replacements
  9. 4. Improving the Image Quality of Your Lens
    1. What Is Image Sharpness?
      1. Resolution vs. Acutance
    2. Lens Sharpness
    3. Testing Your Lenses for Sharpness
    4. Choosing the Right Aperture for Sharpness
    5. Shutter Speed and Lens Sharpness
    6. Countering Camera Motion Blur
    7. Image Stabilization/Vibration Reduction
    8. Tripods and Monopods
      1. Support Options
    9. Achieving Correct Focus
    10. Back Focus and Front Focus
  10. 5. Using Telephoto Lenses
    1. What Telephoto Lenses Can Do
    2. How a Telephoto Lens Works
    3. Choosing a Telephoto Lens
    4. Compressing Distances
    5. Isolating Subjects
    6. Closing in on Sports
    7. Getting Close to Nature
    8. Teleconverters
    9. Telephoto Aberrations
  11. 6. Using Wide-Angle Lenses
    1. What Wide-Angle Lenses Can Do
      1. Wide-Angle Pitfalls
    2. How a Wide-Angle Lens Works
    3. Choosing a Wide-Angle Lens
    4. Using Size Distortion
    5. Emphasizing the Foreground
    6. Working with Perspective Distortion
    7. Using Depth-of-Field
    8. Fisheye Lenses
  12. 7. Using Macro Lenses
    1. Magnification
    2. Perspective and Subject Distance
    3. Depth-of-Field
    4. Using Your Existing Lenses
    5. Using Macro Lenses
    6. Close-up Attachments
    7. Extension Tubes
    8. Bellows
    9. Reversing Rings
  13. Glossary