This unique manual is better than the manual that comes with yourcamera in several important ways:
It's organized according to efficient workflow, so you can get the most outof your Sony A100 quickly and with the least amount of bother.You can find what you're looking for interactively: by using the interactiveTable of Contents, choosing one of the questions in the Quick Answerssection, or by following any of the convenient links we've placed throughoutthe document.
It's not a book (unless you want it to be). It's a PDF that you can read onyour computer or on a PDA that fits into your camera bag. It is laid out onan 8.5 x 11-inch "page" so if you want to print, you won't have to wastepaper or spend time configuring your printer.
Because it's a PDF, you can find subjects you're looking for by searchingelectronically. Typing Cmd/Ctrl-F brings up the familiar search dialog. So allyou have to do to jump straight to all the references to a particular part orfeature is to enter its name. (No reliance on a mindreading indexer.)
The PDF is photographically illustrated so you can see exactly whichcombination of buttons, knobs, wheels, and menu choices will help youmake the magic you are hoping for.
In addition to teaching technically correct procedures, this documentoffers valuable hints for taking photographs in some of the toughestsituations.
Ken Milburn's background in digital photography is founded in an earlier career of fifteen years as a nationally published advertising and editorial shooter. His photographs have appeared in TV Guide, Look Magazine, and The Los Angeles Sunday Times Magazine. He has done publicity photography for Universal Pictures. His advertising clients have included Southern California Gas, Cole of California, Universal Pictures, Capitol Records, Strega Liquer, and the Fluer Corporation. Milburn is also the two-time winner of Sunshine Artist Magazine's Best Poster of the Year Award for outdoor art festivals for his posters for the 1998 and 2005 Sausalito Art Festival. Design Graphics Magazine has featured Ken Milburn's work in multiple-page full-color in two of its issues. Computer Artist and Digital Video Magazine have also featured his work. Milburn's work has been featured in the 1999 American President Lines Calendar, on book and record album covers and the promotional art for the Multimedia Live! conference and in ten one-man shows around the bay area and several of his own open studios.Ken Milburn has been consulting on and writing about personal computer based graphics, design and multimedia since 1981. He has been a contributing editor to the Microsoft MSN-PictureIt! site.Milburn has written twenty seven computer books in the past five years. His most recent includes O' Reilly's Digital Photography: Expert Techniques-currently one of the top-selling books on professional techniques in digital photography. He has just completed the second edition, which should reach bookstores in the summer of '06. A complete listing of Milburn's books-in-print can be found at www.amazon.com Use the Search dialog to look up Books and Ken Milburn. Milburn's other books include The Digital Photography Bible, 99 Tips and Tricks to Make you Look Like a Pro, and Photoshop Elements Complete.
Comments about oreilly Sony Alpha DSLR A100: A Better Manual:
Very useful addition to your camera's manual. Clear instructions on how to set up pretty much everything on the camera itself, as well as a more detailed discussion of more advanced topics such as aperture/shutter priorities, ISO etc.
Good for the beginner just starting out with their new DSLR and wanting to know what's what with their new shiny, but also has some more in-depth information for the more experienced photographer.
One feature I loved about this was the hyperlinks scattered liberally through the PDF, combined with the ease of search for a particular topic.
Well worth a look, especially as it's less than ten dollars! Bargain.