The Basic Book of Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Enhance, and Share Your Digital Pictures (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 27, 2009 - Photography - 528 pages
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The ultimate, up-to-the-minute digital photography handbook-from the authors of the bestselling Basic Book of Photography.

The Basic Book of Digital Photography is the definitive guide to the expansive world of digital photography from two of the field's most established authorities. The Grimms' classic guide, The Basic Book of Photography, has sold over 400,000 copies since the first edition was published in 1974. Now they are steering photographers through the new era of digital imaging.

This comprehensive handbook covers how to compose the best shots with cameras from point-and-shoot to the increasingly popular SLR (single lens reflex) models-and even cell phone cameras- and takes readers through the steps to improve, display, and preserve their images. The guide includes over 400 photos and illustrations, an extensive glossary and addresses everything from choosing a digital camera to storing files and printing photos. An indispensable accessory for amateur shutterbugs or dedicated professionals, this is the one handbook no digital photographer will want to do without.




  

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User Review  - AuthorLyndaCoker - LibraryThing

My Thoughts: I was so excited to get this book in my hands. Why you ask? Well, Iím the proud owner of a new digital camera of which I know nothing about. Iím sure there are more like me out there. Now ... Read full review

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User Review  - VickiLN - LibraryThing

This is a must have for anyone learning to use a digital camera. It is a very in-depth guide that has step by step directions to get the most out of your photos. There are many photos and guides. My ... Read full review

Contents

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL CAMERAS
2-1
ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM
2-5
THE RANGE OF ZOOM LENSES
2-7
OPTICAL ZOOM VERSUS DIGITAL ZOOM
2-8
WHATS THIS 35MM EQUIVALENT?
2-10
BIGGER LCD MONITORS ARE BETTER
2-15
OPTICAL ELECTRONIC OR SLR THROUGHTHELENS
2-19
MORE INSIGHT ABOUT IMAGE SENSORS
2-25
TRY SELECTIVE FOCUS
8-60
CHANGE THE CAMERA ANGLE
8-62
CHANGE THE CAMERA FORMAT
8-65
USE LEADING LINES
8-68
LEVEL THE HORIZON
8-70
CAPTURE THE ACTION
8-72
PAY ATTENTION TO TIMING
8-78
CONSIDER THE TIME OF DAY
8-80

COMBATING THE DUST DILEMMA IN SLR CAMERAS
3-2
MORE DETAILS ABOUT MEMORY CARDS
3-5
MORE POWER TO YOUR BATTERIES
3-10
ADD PUNCH TO YOUR PICTURES WITH FLASH
3-14
ANTISHAKE FEATURES IN LENSES AND DIGITAL CAMERAS
4-3
LENS APERTURES AND DEPTH OF FIELD
4-7
WIDEANGLE AND TELEPHOTO LENS CONVERTERS FOR BUILTIN ZOOM LENSES
4-11
LENS EXTENDERS FOR SLR LENSES
4-13
MAKING IT BIG WITH SLR MACRO LENSES
4-14
CLOSEUP LENSES AS A LESSEXPENSIVE OPTION
4-17
COVERS AND HOODS FOR YOUR LENSES
4-18
CAMERA CASES AND BAGS PROTECT YOUR GEAR
4-22
TRIPODS PROMISE BLURFREE PHOTOS
5-2
LENS FILTERS OFFER SPECIAL EFFECTS
5-15
LED FLASHLIGHT TO THE RESCUE
5-20
SELECTING AN IMAGE FILE FORMAT
5-22
CHOOSING THE RESOLUTION AND COMPRESSION FOR IDEAL IMAGE QUALITY
5-25
SETTING THE ISO FOR IMAGE SENSOR SENSITIVITY
5-28
WONDERING WHAT WHITE BALANCE IS ALL ABOUT?
5-30
MAKING SURE YOUR CAMERAS FILE NUMBERING IS SET TO CONTINUOUS
5-32
DO NOT FORGET THE DATE AND TIME SETTINGS
5-34
SELECTING EXPOSURE MODES ON YOUR CAMERA
5-35
UNDERSTANDING LENS APERTURES AND SHUTTER SPEEDS
5-39
PICKING A PRESET SCENE PICTURE OR SHOOTING MODE
5-43
CHOOSING AN EXPOSURE METERING MODE
5-45
FINETUNING WITH EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
5-48
PLAYING IT SAFE WITH AUTOEXPOSURE BRACKETING
5-50
AUTOMATIC AND MANUAL
5-52
BE AWARE OF THE AUTOFOCUS AREA
5-53
AVOID AUTOFOCUSING PROBLEMS
8-3
KNOW THE MINIMUM FOCUSING DISTANCE OF YOUR CAMERA LENS
8-5
DEPTH OF FIELD CONCERNS
8-7
SELFTIMER MODE CAN PREVENT CAMERA SHAKE
8-9
SPECIAL EFFECTS MODE TO ALTER IMAGES
8-10
ERASE MODE TO DELETE PICTURES
8-11
MAGNIFY MODE TO SEE IMAGE DETAILS
8-13
INDEX MODE TO VIEW MULTIPLE IMAGES
8-14
CAMERA SOUND MODE
8-15
BEWARE THE PROBLEM OF SHUTTER DELAY
8-16
USING THE CONTINUOUS MODE FOR RAPIDFIRE EXPOSURES
8-19
MAKING TIME EXPOSURES
8-20
PHOTOGRAPHING FIREWORKS
8-26
TIMELAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY
8-30
CREATING PANORAMIC PICTURES
8-33
TAKING YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA UNDERWATER
8-38
CAPTURING INFRARED IMAGES
8-42
MAKING CLOSEUP SHOTS
8-47
EMPHASIZE YOUR SUBJECT
8-53
GET CLOSER TO YOUR SUBJECT
8-54
APPLY THE RULE OF THIRDS
8-57
BEWARE THE BACKGROUND
8-59
STUDY THE LIGHTING
8-82
LOOK FOR COLOR
8-89
BE IMAGINATIVE
8-90
YOUR DIGITAL WORK FLOW BEGINS WITH DOWNLOADING IMAGES
8-91
SELECTING A PROGRAM FOR DOWNLOADING IMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER
8-93
TRANSFER OF DIGITAL IMAGE FILES TO YOUR COMPUTER VIA A USB OR FIREWIRE CABLE
8-94
TRANSFER OF DIGITAL IMAGE FILES TO YOUR COMPUTER WITH A CARD READER
8-96
STEPS TO TAKE AFTER IMAGE FILES HAVE BEEN DOWNLOADED TO YOUR COMPUTER
8-98
CHOOSING A PROGRAM FOR FILE MANAGEMENT
8-100
ORGANIZING YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS IN FOLDERS
12-2
NAMING YOUR IMAGE FILES WITH CARE
12-4
ADDING METADATA TO HELP FIND YOUR PHOTOS
12-6
BACKING UP YOUR DIGITAL PHOTO FILES ON AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
12-10
BACKING UP YOUR DIGITAL PHOTO FILES ON DVDS OR CDS
12-12
STORE A SET OF YOUR BACKUP PHOTO FILES OFFSITE
12-18
RECOPY YOUR IMAGES TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARCHIVAL STORAGE
12-20
CONVERT YOUR CAMERAS RAW IMAGES TO THE DIGITAL NEGATIVE DNG FORMAT NOW
12-21
CHOOSING AN IMAGEEDITING PROGRAM
12-25
MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER IS READY FOR IMAGE EDITING
12-27
PRESS THE DELETE KEY TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
12-28
BE CERTAIN TO USE SAVE AS WHEN MAKING A COPY OF ANY ORIGINAL IMAGE
12-29
LEARNING ABOUT IMAGEEDITING SOFTWARE PROGRAMS
12-30
SIMPLE CHANGES TO MAKE FIRST TO DIGITAL IMAGES
12-32
OTHER BASIC FIXES TO ENHANCE YOUR PICTURES
12-38
APPLYING SPECIAL EFFECTS TO YOUR PHOTOS
12-42
MORE OPTIONS WITH ADVANCED IMAGEEDITING PROGRAMS
12-44
RESIZING AND SHARPENING
12-49
CHANGING THE IMAGE FILE FORMAT WHEN SAVING AN IMAGE
12-52
THREE TYPES OF DESKTOP PRINTERS FOR MAKING PHOTO PRINTS
12-56
PRINTER COSTS BRANDS SIZES AND SPEEDS
12-59
ALL ABOUT INKS FOR PRINTERS
12-61
ALL ABOUT PAPERS FOR PRINTERS
12-63
GETTING CONNECTED TO A PRINTER
12-66
SETTING THE PRINTER TO MAKE PRINTS OF YOUR PHOTOS
12-69
ANALYZING PRINTS AND MAKING IMPROVEMENTS
12-77
MOUNTING AND FRAMING PRINTS FOR LONGER LIFE
12-81
INSTANT PRINTS FROM STANDALONE PHOTO KIOSKS
12-83
OVERTHECOUNTER PRINTS IN ONE HOUR
16-4
PRINTS AND GIFTS GALORE FROM ONLINE PHOTO SERVICES
16-7
EMAILING YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS
16-13
SENDING PHOTOS IN INSTANT MESSAGES
16-17
SHARING YOUR PHOTOS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB
16-18
SHOWING OFF YOUR PHOTOS IN A DIGITAL PICTURE FRAME
16-21
DISPLAYING YOUR PHOTOS ON TELEVISION
16-24
LETTING YOUR PHOTOS STAR IN A SLIDESHOW
16-25
EXHIBITING PHOTOS ON IPODS AND OTHER PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYERS
16-29
SHOOTING VIDEO CLIPS WITH YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA
16-30
RECORDING SOUND WITH YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA
18-4
USING CAMERA PHONES
18-6
SCANNING PHOTO PRINTS AND FILMS TO DIGITIZE THEM
18-10
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About the author (2009)

Tom Grimm is a freelance photographer based in Oregon who has spent more than 40 years behind a camera and in the darkroom. He has taught at UC Irvine and has traveled to more than 125 countries on assignment for major publications. He is the co-author of The Basic Book of Photography.

Michele and Tom Grimm are freelance photographers and writers who have written and illustrated a dozen other adult and childrenís books.† They live in Oregon.

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