DSLR eBook


From Point and Shoot to DSLR: A Compact Guide to Transitioning to an Interchangeable-Lens Camera

by Bob Gallimore


With DSLR cameras going mainstream over the last few years and the increasing number of “mom-togs,” DSLR hobbyists, and others new to the world of DSLR photography, there’s a gap in educational material available to these new DSLR photographers. Camera manuals are often poorly written and can be difficult to navigate. While popular “how-to” guides can be helpful, their length can make them less useful for new DSLR owners who just want to quickly begin using their new camera. What seems to be needed is a short guide that highlights the essentials and helps new DSLR users to hit the ground running–like the DSLR-savvy relative who can show you how to use that camera in 10 minutes.

That’s what From Point & Shoot to DSLR is designed to do. Only 25 pages long in PDF format, this ebook is easier to understand than a camera manual and shorter than a 400-page how-to book. It assumes its readers have previous experience using point-and-shoot cameras, and quickly introduces, in plain English, the various modes available on your DSLR so that you can begin using each one as soon as possible. There are sections introducing Auto, Scene, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual modes. The basics of concepts like ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation are also explained, with tips on using these settings, selecting lenses, and choosing the right file type.


Where to Buy

The ebook is now available from the following retailers:

Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)

iTunes (Apple iPad/iPhone)

Smashwords (Various formats, including PDF,  Sony Reader, and iBooks.  For Kindle, Nook, and iPad, I would recommend buying through those sites directly instead of through Smashwords.)

The ebook will be available soon on  Sony, Kobo, and Diesel.

[Updated 2/22/2012.]


Section Listing

1.  Auto / Scene Modes: “Just like my point-and-shoot!”
2.  Program Mode: First step toward freedom.
3.  ISO / White Balance / Exposure Compensation / Flash Compensation: Minding the details.
4.  Shutter/Aperture Priority Modes: Learning to control light.
5.  Manual Mode & Manual Focus: Flying solo.
6.  Post-processing: Raw? JPEG? What?
7.  Lenses: Bending the light.
8.  Flash: Beyond red-eye.
9.  Accessories: Serve and protect.
10.  Taking The Next Step.