Gary Friedmans a77 Handbook

Started Jul 31, 2013 | Questions thread
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Re: David Busch v Gary Friedman's Table of Contents give any insight?
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According to Amazon, Busch has written 27 Sony books, not two.  And to be fair, that's not Busch's table of contents; that's a list of the chapter titles. While tables of contents might not be an effective way of judging a book's quality, apples to oranges is even less so.

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha SLT-A77

  • Your Out-of-Box Experience
  • Initial Setup
  • Battery Included
  • Final Steps
  • Formatting a Memory Card
  • Choosing a Metering Mode
  • Choosing a Focus Mode
  • Selecting a Focus Point
  • Other Settings
  • Adjusting White Balance and ISO
  • Using the Self-Timer
  • Using the Alpha SLT’s Flash
  • An Introduction to Movie Making
  • Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
  • Transferring Photos to Your Computer

Chapter 2: Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Roadmap

  • Front View
  • The Sony Alpha’s Business End
  • What You See, and What You Get
  • LCD vs . EVF
  • Choosing Your View
  • Swiveling the Screen
  • Going Topside
  • Underneath Your Sony Alpha
  • Lens Components

Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Sony Alpha SLT-A77

  • Anatomy of the Sony Alpha’s Menus
  • Still Shooting 1/2/3 Menu
  • Image: Size
  • Image: Aspect Ratio
  • Image: Quality
  • Panorama: Size
  • Panorama: Direction
  • 3D Pan .: Image Size
  • 3D Pan .: Direction
  • Long Exposure NR/High ISO NR
  • Flash Control
  • Power Ratio
  • AF Illuminator
  • Color Space
  • SteadyShot
  • Exposure Step
  • AF-A Setup
  • Priority Setup
  • AF w/ Shutter
  • Memory
  • Movie Menu
  • File Format
  • Record Setting
  • Audio Recording
  • Wind Noise Reduct
  • SteadyShot
  • Custom 1/2/3/4 Menu
  • Eye-Start AF
  • FINDER/LCD Setting
  • Red Eye Reduction
  • Release w/o Lens
  • Auto+ Cont . Advance
  • Auto+ Image Extract
  • Grid Line
  • Auto Review
  • DISP Button (Monitor)
  • DISP Button (Finder)
  • Peaking Level
  • Peaking Color
  • Live View Display
  • Func . of AEL Button
  • ISO Button
  • AF/MF Button
  • Preview Button
  • Focus Hold Button
  • Smart Telecon . Button
  • Ctrl Dial Setup
  • Dial Exp . Comp
  • Exp . Comp . Set
  • Bracket Order
  • AF Drive Speed
  • Lens Comp: Shading/Chro . Aber/Distortion
  • Front Curtain Shutter
  • Face Registration
  • Playback 1/2 Menu
  • Delete
  • View Mode
  • Slide Show
  • 3D Viewing
  • Protect
  • Specify Printing
  • Volume Settings
  • Playback Display
  • Memory Card Tool Menu
  • Format
  • File Number
  • Folder Name
  • Select REC Folder
  • New Folder
  • Recover Image DB
  • Display Card Space
  • Clock Setup Menu
  • Date/Time Setup
  • Area Setting
  • Setup 1/2/3 Menus
  • Menu Start
  • LCD Brightness
  • Viewfinder Bright
  • GPS Settings
  • Power Save
  • HDMI Resolution
  • CTRL for HDMI
  • Upload Settings
  • USB Connection
  • Audio Signals
  • Cleaning Mode
  • Delete Confirm
  • AF Micro Adj
  • Version
  • Language
  • Mode Dial Guide
  • Demo Mode
  • Initialize
  • Function Menu

Chapter 4: Getting the Right Exposure

  • Getting a Handle on Exposure
  • How the Sony Alpha Calculates Exposure
  • Correctly Exposed
  • Overexposed
  • Underexposed
  • Choosing a Metering Method
  • Choosing an Exposure Method
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Program Auto Mode
  • Making Exposure Value Changes
  • Manual Exposure
  • Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
  • Multi Frame Noise Reduction
  • Bracketing
  • Dealing with Noise
  • Fixing Exposures with Histograms
  • Automatic and Specialized Shooting Modes
  • Auto and Scene Modes
  • Continuous Advance Priority AE and Panorama Modes

Chapter 5: Mastering Autofocus Options

  • Getting into Focus
  • Phase Detection
  • Contrast Detection
  • Focus Modes
  • Focus Pocus
  • Adding Circles of Confusion
  • Making Sense of Focus Sensors
  • Your Autofocus Mode Options
  • Setting the AF Area
  • Manual Focus
  • Still Shooting Menu Focus Options
  • Focus Stacking

Chapter 6: Advanced Techniques

  • Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
  • Long Exposures
  • Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
  • Working with Long Exposures
  • Delayed Exposures
  • Self-Timer
  • Continuous Shooting
  • Continuous Advance Priority AE
  • Setting Image Parameters
  • Customizing White Balance
  • Setting White Balance by Color Temperature
  • Setting a Custom White Balance
  • Image Processing
  • D-Range Optimizer
  • Using Creative Styles
  • Picture Effects
  • Working with GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tablets, Smart Phones, and the Sony SLT-A77
  • What Else Can You Do with Them?

Chapter 7: Shooting Movies

  • Preparing to Shoot Video
  • File Format
  • Record Setting
  • Understanding Interlacing and Progressive Scan
  • Audio Recording
  • Wind Noise Reduct
  • SteadyShot
  • Recording Video
  • Steps During Movie Making
  • Tips for Shooting Better Video
  • Lens Craft
  • Keep Things Stable and on the Level
  • Shooting Script
  • Storyboards
  • Storytelling in Video
  • Composition
  • Lighting for Video
  • Audio

Chapter 8: Working with Lenses

  • But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
  • Your First Lens
  • Buy Now, Expand Later
  • Your Second (and Third…) Lens
  • What Lenses Can Do for You
  • Zoom or Prime?
  • Categories of Lenses
  • Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
  • Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
  • Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
  • Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
  • Telephotos and Bokeh
  • Add-ons and Special Features
  • Lens Hoods
  • Telephoto Extenders
  • Macro Focusing
  • Using the Lensbaby
  • SteadyShot and Your Lenses
  • Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
  • Lens Tune-Up

Chapter 9: Making Light Work for You

  • The Elements of Light
  • Continuous Lighting—or Electronic Flash?
  • Continuous Lighting Basics
  • Daylight
  • Incandescent/Tungsten Light
  • Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
  • Adjusting White Balance
  • Electronic Flash Basics
  • How Electronic Flash Works
  • Using the Built-In Flash
  • Setting Flash Modes
  • Flash Exposure Compensation
  • Flash Control
  • Red Eye Reduction
  • Using the External Electronic Flash
  • HVL-F58AM Flash Unit
  • HVL-F43AM Flash Unit
  • HVL-F36AM Flash Unit
  • HVL-F20AM Flash Unit
  • More Advanced Lighting Techniques
  • Diffusing and Softening the Light
  • Using Multiple Light Sources
  • Other Lighting Accessories

Chapter 10: Downloading and Editing Your Images

  • What’s in the Box?
  • Picture Motion Browser
  • Image Data Lightbox SR
  • Image Data Converter SR
  • Transferring Your Photos
  • Using a Card Reader and Software
  • Dragging and Dropping
  • Editing Your Photos
  • Image Editors
  • RAW Utilities

Chapter 11: Troubleshooting and Prevention

  • Updating Your Firmware
  • Protecting Your LCD
  • Troubleshooting Memory Cards
  • All Your Eggs in One Basket?
  • What Can Go Wrong?
  • What Can You Do?
  • Cleaning Your Sensor
  • Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
  • Identifying and Dealing with Stubborn Dust
  • Avoiding Dust
  • Sensor Cleaning

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