A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Astrophotography
is a unique book that is not actually a traditional paper printed book at all. It is an HTML format CD-ROM that contains a profusely-illustrated and practical guide to digital single lens reflex astrophotography. The CD-ROM can be opened and read on your computer using any web browser – such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Opera – without having to connect to the Internet. The CD-ROM is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Low-noise digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras have opened up an exciting new world of astrophotography for backyard astronomers. These cameras are capable of taking remarkably beautiful images of celestial objects. With this new book on CD-ROM you can become a master of astrophotography with a DSLR camera, using simple step-by-step methods that anyone can learn. The author, Jerry Lodriguss, uses very basic equipment and techniques to illustrate the images in the CD-ROM book and show the kind of astrophotos that a beginner can produce.
The CD-ROM explains everything you need to know about how to get started taking astrophotos with a DSLR camera. It also tells you how to process the images after you have shot them, with step-by-step directions that will produce beautiful results. The instructions are specific to DSLR cameras with removable lenses – such as those from Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. It is not designed for use with fixed-or zoom-lens “point and shoot” cameras.
With this book on a CD-ROM you will discover how easy it is to take beautiful astrophotos with just your camera on a tripod; how to take time exposures using a simple, homemade, barn-door tracker; and how to use your camera to shoot through a telescope installed on a motorized altazimuth or German equatorial mount. It shows you how to focus your camera for razor-sharp images, and how to determine the correct exposure to use. You will learn which lenses, telescopes, and mounts work best for astrophotography. After you take your pictures, it shows you how to improve them by cropping, rotating, and adjusting the color brightness and contrast of your images. You will learn how to diagnose and correct problems and mistakes.
The author’s previous CD-ROM book ( #9730, A Guide to Astrophotography with Digital SLR Cameras ) was named a “Hot Product" by Sky & Telescope magazine and has sold thousands of copies to advanced astrophotographers. This book, A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Astrophotography, is designed for the amateur astronomer who is just starting to get the imaging bug. It doesn’t guarantee to make you a published or award-winning astrophotographer like Jerry Lodriguss . . . but it will get you well on your way to achieving that kind of success.
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