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David Busch’s Sony® Alpha Nex-7: Guide to Digital Photography

Book Description

The Sony NEX-7 is one of the most innovative cameras Sony has ever introduced. It is the flagship of Sony's NEX product line, a whole new type of picture-taking machine, combining a tiny, mirrorless body with the same large sensor found in bulky digital "mirrored" models, and offers the kind of full control over settings and features that serious photographers demand. It boasts 24 megapixels of resolution, blazing-fast automatic focus, and full high-definition movie making capabilities. As the owner of a Sony NEX-7, you demand the ability to take outstanding pictures with your new camera. David Busch's Sony a NEX-7 Guide to Digital Photography shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the Sony NEX-7 to take great photographs and movies. 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 NEX-7, and use it like a pro! With David Busch's Sony a NEX-7 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. Advanced shooting techniques, including HDTV movie making. 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 NEX-7
    1. Your Out-of-Box Experience
    2. Initial Setup
    3. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
    6. Selecting a Focus Point
    7. Other Settings
    8. An Introduction to Movie Making
    9. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    10. Transferring Files to Your Computer
  10. 2 Sony Alpha NEX-7 Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Sony Alpha’s Business End
    3. LCD Panel Readouts
    4. Going Topside
    5. Working with Triple-Dial-Control
    6. Underneath Your Sony Alpha
    7. Lens Components
  11. 3 Setting Up Your Sony Alpha NEX-7
    1. Anatomy of the Sony Alpha NEX’s Menus
    2. Camera Menu
    3. Image Size Menu
    4. Brightness/Color Menu
    5. Playback Menu
    6. Setup Menu
  12. 4 Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Sony Alpha NEX 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 the Mysteries of Autofocus
    1. Getting into Focus
    2. Focus Pocus
  14. 6 Advanced Shooting with Your Sony Alpha NEX-7
    1. Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
    3. Delayed Exposures
    4. Continuous Shooting
    5. Setting Image Parameters
    6. Image Processing
    7. Wi-Fi
    8. Tablets, Smart Phones, and the NEX-7
  15. 7 Movie Making with Your Sony Alpha NEX-7
    1. Some Fundamentals
    2. Preparing to Shoot Video
    3. Tips for Shooting Better Video
  16. 8 Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Choosing a Lens
    3. What Lenses Can Do for You
    4. Categories of Lenses
    5. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
    6. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
    7. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
  17. 9 Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
    4. Using the Built-in Flash
    5. Using the External Electronic Flash
    6. 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 NEX-7: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Updating Your Firmware
    2. Protecting Your LCD
    3. Cleaning Your Sensor
  20. Glossary
  21. Index