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David Busch’s Sony® α DSLR-A380/A330/A230: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

"David Busch's Sony Alpha DSLR-A380/A330/A230 Guide to Digital SLR Photography" is perfect for those new to digital photography or those who just want to make sure they get the most out of their Sony Alpha DSLR-A380/A330/A230. The book is a complete guide to this digital SLR camera, including how to utilize the 10.2 megapixel sensors (14 megapixels in the dSLR-A380), Live View, and automatic dust removal, as well as the HDTV connections and improved image quality that are new to this generation of cameras. After the introductory chapters designed to create familiarity with the camera, the book delves into various shooting situations and recommendations on how to get the best possible shots with full-color photos to illustrate each. Readers will discover a wealth of tips and information not found in the user's manual, so new users and pros alike will find David Busch's Sony Alpha DSLR-A380/A330/A230 Guide to Digital SLR Photography an indispensable tool for achieving the best possible photographs.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Sony Alpha dSLR Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Are You?
    3. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha dSLR
    1. Differences Between the A380, A330, and A230 Models
    2. Your Out-of-Box Experience
    3. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
        1. Charging the Battery
      2. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
        3. Inserting a Memory Card
        4. Turn on the Power
      3. Formatting a Memory Card
    4. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing a Focus Mode
    7. Selecting a Focus Point
    8. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    9. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    10. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Sony Alpha DSLR-A380/A330/A230 Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Sony Alpha’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. Underneath Your Sony Alpha
    5. Lens Components
    6. LCD Panel Readouts
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Sony Alpha dSLR
    1. Anatomy of the Sony Alpha’s Menus
    2. Recording 1/2 Menu
      1. Image Size
      2. Aspect Ratio
      3. Quality
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      4. Flash Compensation
      5. AF Illuminator
      6. SteadyShot
      7. Color Space
      8. Long Exp. NR/High ISO NR
    3. Custom Menu
      1. Eye-Start AF
      2. Ctrl Dial Setup
      3. Red-Eye Reduction
      4. Auto Review
      5. Auto Off w/VF
    4. Playback Menu
      1. Delete
      2. Format
      3. Slide Show Interval
      4. Protect
      5. Specify Printing
      6. Playback Display
    5. Setup 1/2/3 Menus
      1. LCD Brightness
      2. Power Save (Live View) (Alpha A380/A330 Only)
      3. Power Save (Optical Viewfinder)
      4. CTRL for HDMI
      5. Help Guide Display
      6. Display Color
      7. Date/Time Setup
      8. Language
      9. File Number
      10. Folder Name
      11. Select Folder/New Folder
      12. USB Connection
      13. Audio Signals
      14. Pixel Mapping (Alpha A380/A330 Only)
      15. Cleaning Mode
      16. Reset Default
    6. Function Menus
      1. Shooting Function Menu
      2. Playback Function Menu
  9. 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
      1. Aperture Priority
      2. Shutter Priority
      3. Program Auto Mode
      4. Making Exposure Value Changes
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Bracketing
    7. Dealing with Noise
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    9. Scene Modes
  10. 5. Advanced Techniques for Your Sony Alpha dSLR
    1. Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    3. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
    4. Getting into Focus
      1. Phase Detection
        1. Improved Cross-Type Focus Point
      2. Contrast Detection
      3. Focus Modes
    5. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Making Sense of Focus Sensors
      3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
        1. Single Shot AF
        2. Continuous AF
        3. Automatic AF
      4. Setting the AF Area
    6. Continuous Shooting
    7. Setting Image Parameters
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Setting a Custom White Balance
    8. Image Processing
      1. D-Range Optimizer
      2. Using Creative Styles
    9. Working with Live View
      1. What You Can/Cannot Do with Live View
  11. 6. Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    3. Your Second (and Third…) Lens
      1. What Lenses Can Do for You
      2. Zoom or Prime?
    4. Categories of Lenses
    5. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    6. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    7. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Extenders
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. SteadyShot and Your Lenses
  12. 7. Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
        1. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
        2. Ghost Images
        3. Determining Exposure
        4. Guide Numbers
    4. Using the Built-In Flash
      1. Setting Flash Modes
        1. Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. HVL-F58AM Flash Unit
      2. HVL-F42AM Flash Unit
      3. HVL-F36AM Flash Unit
      4. HVL-F20AM Flash Unit
    6. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
        1. Basic Flash Setups
        2. Studio Flash
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. 8. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. Picture Motion Browser
      2. Image Data Lightbox SR
      3. Image Data Converter SR
    2. Transferring Your Photos
      1. Using a Card Reader and Software
      2. Dragging and Dropping
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
      2. RAW Utilities
  14. 9. Sony Alpha DSLR-A380/A330/A230: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
    2. Protect Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. Clean Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Stubborn Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Placing the Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
        2. Air Cleaning
        3. Brush Cleaning
        4. Liquid Cleaning
        5. Tape Cleaning
  15. Glossary