Through the Safari Jungle
April 13, 2014
[possible tags: digital photography, Safari Technical Books]
I bought a used Digital SLR camera. The owner’s manual was not included. Manufacturer’s manuals available online have the word “copy” emblazoned across each page. A search through the MCPL catalogue quickly introduced me to three books available on Safari Technical Books:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch
The Digital SLR Guide to the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D by Laurence Chen
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie
These books are provided in an easy to read online format. A search function and the table of contents are prominently displayed and easy to access. A print option is available for each page. All that is needed (besides a computer, tablet, or Smartphone) is Internet access and a library card.
Taking my search one step further, I decided to investigate for books on how to take good digital photos. I found Beyond Auto Mode: A Guide to Taking Control of Your Photography by Jennifer Bebb. What caught my eye was the following sentence: “When using automatic camera modes you give a black box the power to choose how to use light and how your photographs look. It makes no sense to give that control to a box that cannot see what you see or know what kind of photograph you wish to make.” I knew I had found a good source to begin my quest.
First though, I was curious about Safari Books Technical Books. When reading the description of the site, programing, java and Linux/Unix were mentioned. Was it possible that digital photography appeared to be well represented but the rest of the site contained books way beyond my capacity for understanding?The site is divided into several categories. Most are well beyond my expertise. However, I did find books written in layperson’s language covering such topics as my computer’s operating system, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and Apple’s IPod.
I appreciate having Safari Technical Books available to learn how to use my camera. I am thankful it contains books about my electronic hardware and software. Out of the 32,555 titles it contains, that would amount to perhaps 555 or so. I am grateful I don’t need to understand the remaining 32,000!