40 Digital Photography Techniques
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Publisher: Sybex (August, 2003)
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GREAT book on using a digital camera!
40 Digital Photography Techniques is a great book for the beginning digital photographer. Even though this book is written for the photographer using a digital camera, someone using one with film would get some great tips on how to take better pictures. The Introduction chapter has 23 pages explaining the terms used in digital photography from CCD - Charge-Coupled Device - to a comparison chart of the pros and cons between a digital camera and ones that use film. This chapter also contains all the accessories that are available as add-ons to digital cameras.
The size of the book is easy to take along in a camera bag at approximately 7" square. The inside of the cover has a bend over that acts as a bookmark and, of course, there are lots of photos to show what is being described.
Do you know how much light you should have in a picture or how to set up the best shot? These are some of the things Chapter 1 has to offer. It also talks about the basics, a good place to start in a new hobby. Such things as keeping the lens clean, preventing shake and blurring, how to hold the camera and stance, and using a tripod or other objects for support are described. Image size, the quality of the photo, using the focus lock and different type of lenses are discussed as well.
Chapter 2 provides more information on lighting your pictures as well as other things you need to consider when taking photos such as weather, time of day and when and how to use a flash. Remember those old photos that your grandmother had that were that weird brown color? It is called sepia and Chapter 2 tells you how to achieve such pictures with your digital camera. And what about those really close up pictures of such things as flowers or a butterfly? Do you know what white balance is or what is does for your pictures? How is a continuous shot accomplished? These questions are answered in Chapter 2.
Chapter 3 is all about shooting people. Things like close ups, backgrounds, groups of people, camera angle, and filters are all things that are necessary to think about when working with people as your photo subject. How do you get children to be good subject matter? What do I do if I want a self-portrait and how do I do it? Check out this chapter for the answers.
We all love those wonderful countryside pictures of fall trees and waterfalls or that special place we want to remember from our once in a lifetime trip. Chapter 4 talks about the people, places and things that will keep our memories of this trip and the best way to save them in print. But the weather is not always sunny, what happens when it rains or snows or after the sun has set? Several pages have suggestions on how to handle these quirks.
Angle, composition, light and exposure are all things that need to be thought about in order to achieve good photos as well as distortion, glare, reflection and use of a tripod. Chapter 5 explains these and the use of a computer program called PhotoStitch to create a panoramic shot. Did you know your digital camera is able to make movies? No, then read on in Chapter 5 for the how-to of doing this.
The final chapter tells what you can do with the photos now that you have taken them. You have the pictures on the camera, what is the next step? There is that weird name your camera gives each picture. Will you remember even by the next day what picture 000046.jpg is all about? Most of us won't so they need to be renamed for easier organization. What are the different ways of getting your pictures from the computer and into a printed format? What type of computer programs are available for manipulating the photos - from just getting them from the camera into the computer to making color corrections or even doing some cropping? Can you put your photos onto the web so they can be shared with others? Reading this last chapter will answer all of these questions.
Finally, 40 Digital Photography Techniques comes with a CD loaded with helpful software. Trial version of the following can be accessed from this CD: ACDSee 5.0, Photoshop Album, Photoshop Elements 2.0, Print Pilot 1.31 and Screen Saver Builder 3.22. A full version of Coverxp 1.61, a shareware program, will allow the user to create CD covers and is the final program available on the CD.
In less than 200 pages and in an easy to use format, you will be up and running with your new digital camera. If you are new to the digital age of photography, this book will give you a good understanding of how to take and process pictures without the use of film.
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