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Preface

Preface

You purchased your Sony Alpha NEX-5 or NEX-3 camera because you wanted a camera that was special, and could do things beyond the capabilities of other models in its class. This book will help you create photos that are as spectacular as the camera itself. After all, these two Alpha models pioneer a whole new type of picture-taking machine, combining a tiny, mirrorless body with the same large 14.2-megapixel sensor found in bulky digital SLR models, interchangeable lenses, and the kind of full control over settings and features that serious photographers demand.

But your gateway to pixel proficiency is dragged down by the slim little book included in the box as a manual. You know everything you need to know is in there, somewhere, but you don’t know where to start. In addition, the camera manual doesn’t offer much information on photography or digital photography. Nor are you interested in spending hours or days studying a comprehensive book on digital photography that doesn’t necessarily apply directly to your NEX-5 or NEX-3.

What you need is a guide that explains the purpose and function of your Alpha’s basic controls, how you should use them, and why. Ideally, there should be information about file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, and special autofocus modes available, but you’d prefer to read about those topics only after you’ve had the chance to go out and take a few hundred great pictures with your new camera. Why isn’t there a book that summarizes the most important information in its first two or three chapters, with lots of full-color illustrations showing what your results will look like when you use this setting or that?

Now there is such a book. If you want a quick introduction to the Alpha’s focus controls, flash options, how to choose lenses, or which exposure modes are best, this book is for you. If you can’t decide on what basic settings to use with your camera because you can’t figure out how changing ISO or white balance or focus defaults will affect your pictures, you need this guide.

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