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Geeks Guide2 Christmas 2009 - Part I
Christmas Savings at Reg Books
Welcome to the first part of our trilogy of Christmas 2009 goodies! If he hasn't made too many elves redundant, St Nick should be with us in four weeks' time, and for those of you who have yet to begin shopping we'll have 40 per cent savings each week on a range of books from dSLR cameras to iPhones, dragons to zombies, and other splendidness. This week it's cameras to start.
If you have thought of buying a camera guide, there is a good chance you'll have come across The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. Volume 1 is still one of the best-selling digital photography books, and volume 3 picks up straight from Volume 2, capturing the same straight-to-the-point, humorous and jargon-free approach of old.
Presented in full colour, each turn of the page discusses a new pro setting, tool or trick. Kelby doesn't dwell on theory - it's a practical which-button-to-click, what-setting-to-use and when-to-use-it guide. With almost 200 'tricks of the trade', the book promises you'll be shooting better-looking pictures with that new camera in no time.
This guide is suited to those of you who are looking to move to a Nikon this Christmas from a traditional point-and-shoot camera. The book offers nine chapters, each either helping you choose, customise, or get the best out of your camera's hardware and software. Presented in a very accessible form, each page is wonderfully accompanied by great selection of photos with detailed demonstrations of the functions used to capture them.
Indeed this is not a book for those of you who have tried and tested dSLR cameras over the years, but for somebody new to the whole concept, it's an excellent way to enhance your hobby and get the best out of your Christmas purchase.
Portable enough to be taken on any trip, this D90 specific guide quickly gets you up to speed on how to use your camera, covering the fundamentals (where that zoom button is), the essential features and how to use the D90 menus.
Once that's out the way, Part II of the book focuses on capturing great shots. The guide discusses when to use what lenses, essential photography concepts such as exposure, how to work with light (including every possible flash setting known to humankind), and advanced shooting techniques which allows you to take great photos when you're at a gig. The book also analyses the In-Camera Editing suite and D-Movie functionality.
Canon's XS/1000D has been a popular entry-level dSLR camera for some time now and this guide covers all the basic functions of the camera and beyond.
Highly visual and accessible to a new photographer, the book by Christopher Grey gets you up and running in five minutes with a quick start guide, and then begins helping you to master the camera's many features and controls. Using hundreds of photos he successfully shows you first-hand how each setting affects your photos, how to refine and manage your portfolio using the Canon software, and provides tips on how to get the best pictures from your location.
From veteran Michael Freeman, this book delves into the traditional approaches to composition, design, and digital techniques such as stitching and High Dynamic Range imaging. The bulk of the book covers the aspects of designing an image, including the image frame, design basics, graphic and photographic elements, and composing with light and colour. It closes by discussing importance of the message in an image and the photographer's intent.
While lavishly presented with a series of stunning photographs, the book is a significant read with each topic discussed in reasonable length, supported with illustrations and a case study. It may not be one for the hobbyists, but The Photographer's Eye provides the knowledge that enables you to develop the photographs that speak for themselves.
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