O'Reilly logo

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

David Busch’s Sony® α SLT-A77 Guide to Digital Photography

Book Description

The Sony a SLT-A77 is one of the most innovative cameras Sony has ever introduced, with sensational features like a full-time, real-time preview system called Live View, GPS logging, and an amazing 12 frames-per-second shooting rate. The camera boasts 24 megapixels of resolution, blazing-fast automatic focus, a full high-definition movie making mode, and a pioneering transparent mirror that allows light to pass to the sensor at all times. As the owner of a Sony a SLT-A77, you demand the ability to take outstanding pictures with your new camera. David Busch's Sony a SLT-A77 Guide to Digital Photography shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the Sony a SLT-A77 to take great photographs. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply file formats, resolution, and exposure. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use the Sony a SLT-A77, and use it like a pro! With David Busch's Sony a SLT-A77 Guide to Digital Photography, you'll learn: How to select the best autofocus mode, shutter speed, f/stop, and flash capability to take great pictures under any conditions. Troubleshooting and prevention tips to keep your camera and media operating smoothly. The basics of good photography as you master your camera's operation!

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Introduction
  9. 1 Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha SLT-A77
    1. Your Out-of-Box Experience
    2. Initial Setup
    3. Choosing a Metering Mode
    4. Choosing a Focus Mode
    5. Selecting a Focus Point
    6. Other Settings
    7. An Introduction to Movie Making
    8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  10. 2 Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Sony Alpha’s Business End
    3. What You See, and What You Get
    4. Going Topside
    5. Underneath Your Sony Alpha
    6. Lens Components
  11. 3 Setting Up Your Sony Alpha SLT-A77
    1. Anatomy of the Sony Alpha’s Menus
    2. Still Shooting 1/2/3 Menu
    3. Movie Menu
    4. Custom 1/2/3/4 Menu
    5. Playback 1/2 Menu
    6. Memory Card Tool Menu
    7. Clock Setup Menu
    8. Setup 1/2/3 Menus
    9. Function Menu
  12. 4 Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Sony Alpha Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Bracketing
    7. Dealing with Noise
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    9. Automatic and Specialized Shooting Modes
  13. 5 Mastering Autofocus Options
    1. Getting into Focus
    2. Focus Pocus
    3. Manual Focus
    4. Still Shooting Menu Focus Options
  14. 6 Advanced Techniques for Your Sony Alpha SLT
    1. Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
    3. Delayed Exposures
    4. Continuous Shooting
    5. Setting Image Parameters
    6. Image Processing
    7. Picture Effects
    8. Working with GPS
    9. Wi-Fi
    10. Tablets, Smart Phones, and the Sony SLT-A77
  15. 7 Shooting Movies
    1. Preparing to Shoot Video
    2. Recording Video
    3. Steps During Movie Making
    4. Tips for Shooting Better Video
  16. 8 Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Your First Lens
    3. Your Second (and Third…) Lens
    4. Categories of Lenses
    5. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
    6. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
    7. Add-ons and Special Features
    8. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
  17. 9 Making Light Work for You
    1. The Elements of Light
    2. Continuous Lighting—or Electronic Flash?
    3. Continuous Lighting Basics
    4. Electronic Flash Basics
    5. Using the Built-In Flash
    6. Using the External Electronic Flash
    7. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
  18. 10 Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
    2. Transferring Your Photos
    3. Editing Your Photos
  19. 11 Sony Alpha SLT-A77: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Updating Your Firmware
    2. Protecting Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
    4. Cleaning Your Sensor
  20. Glossary
  21. Index