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David Busch’s Sony® α DSLR-A390/A290: Guide to Digital Photography

Book Description

DAVID BUSCH'S SONY ALPHA DSLR-A390/290 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of Sony's newest advanced digital SLR cameras to take great photographs of anything. Though smaller in size than their predecessors, the A390 and A290 boast a robust feature set including 14.2 megapixels of resolution and blazing fast automatic focus, and the A390 offers cool new features like the real-time preview system called Live View, as well as amazing new features including support for SD cards, HDTV connections, and improved image quality. You'll learn how, when, and, most importantly, why to use all the cool features and functions of your camera to take eye-popping photographs. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera, and beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, and tips and techniques that can be applied to any type of photography will help you take better pictures with your new camera. This book will show discriminating digital photographers how to maximize your camera's capabilities so you'll quickly learn how to use your new Sony Alpha, and use it well.

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-A390/A290
    1. Differences Between the A390 and A290 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-A390/A290 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-A390/A290
    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 A390 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 A390 Only)
      15. Cleaning Mode
      16. Version
      17. 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-A390/A290
    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
      2. Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. Using the 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-A390/A290: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Updating Your Firmware
    2. Protecting Your LCD
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    3. Cleaning 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