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Are you new to digital cameras? Does new technology make you nervous? Relax! Here is te easiest guide ever to digital photography.

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Are you new to digital cameras? Does new technology make you nervous? Relax! You're holding in your hands the easiest guide ever to digital photography - a book that skips the long-winded explanations and shows you how things work. All you have to do is open the book and discover just how easy it is to get up to speed.
  • Set up your camera and learn program modes
  • Understand good composition and exposure
  • Experiment with lenses and focal length
  • Download and organize your images
  • Fine-tune your photos with Photoshop(r) Elements
  • Select paper and printers to make quality prints
  • "Simplify It" sidebars offer real-world advice
  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
  • Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
  • Self-contained, two-page lessons make learning a snap

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1 Getting Ready to Take Pictures
    Set Up Your LCD for Optimum Use
    Viewfinder or LCD Which to Use? Choose a Resolution and File Type
    Choose a Memory Card
    Hold the Camera for Sharpness
    Choose a Program Mode
    Using Your Camera's Autofocus

    2 Taking a Better Picture through Composition
    Simple Pictures Work Best
    Get Close to Your Subject
    Find a Foreground
    Watch Your Background
    The Rule of Thirds
    When Centered Is Good
    Where Heads Belong
    Watch Your Edges
    Shoot Verticals and Horizontals

    3 Using Light to Your Advantage
    See the Light
    Shadows Are Important
    Light Can Hurt Your Photos (What to Avoid)
    Low Front Light Can Be Beautiful
    Make Textures Show Up with Sidelight
    Separate with Backlight
    Add Impact with Spotlight
    Turn On Your Flash When the Light Is Harsh
    Time of Day Changes the Light
    Try Out Night Light

    4 Understanding Exposure and White Balance
    What Your Camera Meter Does
    The Problem of Underexposure
    The Problem of Overexposure
    Correct Exposure Problems
    What Is White Balance? When to Use Auto White Balance
    When to Use Definite White Balance Settings
    Using White Balance Settings Creatively

    5 Choosing Shutter Speed and F-Stop
    Control Exposure with Shutter Speed and F-Stop
    Stop Action with Fast Shutter Speeds
    Blur Action with Slow Shutter Speeds
    Increase Depth-of-Field with Small F-Stops
    Create Shallow Depth-of-Field with Large F-Stops
    ISO Settings Affect Exposure Choices

    6 Getting Maximum Sharpness
    Minimize Camera Movement
    Focus on the Most Important Part of the Subject
    Choose F-Stop or Shutter Speed for Appropriate Sharpness
    Get Maximum Sharpness with a Tripod
    Get Sharpness with Other Camera Supports

    7 Getting the Most from a Lens
    Get a Big View with a Wide Angle
    Get a Tight View with a Telephoto
    Zoom for Best Compositions
    Choose Focal Lengths for Different Subjects
    Closeups and Lenses
    Focal Length and People Photographs
    How to Buy New Lenses

    8 Indoor and Night Light Plus Flash
    Deal with Artificial Light
    Correct Color with White Balance
    Using Appropriate Shutter Speed Technique
    Brace the Camera for Sharpness
    Understand How Flash Works
    Dealing with Red-Eye
    Avoid Flash Shadow Problems
    Bounce Your Flash for More Natural Light

    9 Editing and Organizing Your Photos
    Import Photos to Your Computer
    Organize Photos on a Hard Drive
    Back Up Photos on a Second Drive
    Using Photoshop Elements to Organize Photos
    Using ACDSee to Browse and Edit Photos
    Using ACDSee to Organize Photos
    Edit the Good from the Bad
    Using ACDSee to Rename Your Photos
    Create Quick Slide Shows with ACDSee

    10 Basic Adjustments with Photoshop Elements
    How Elements Is Arranged
    You Cannot Hurt Your Photos
    Crop Your Photos for Better Images
    Fix Crooked Horizons
    Fix Gray Photos
    Make Dark Photos Brighter
    Correct Color Easily
    Try Black-and-White
    Size the Picture for Printing
    Size Photos for E-mail
    Sharpen the Image

    11 Additional Controls with Photoshop Elements
    Using Selections to Isolate Adjustments
    Modify Your Selections
    Increase Color Saturation without Problems
    Darken Specific Areas of a Photo
    Lighten Specific Areas of a Photo
    Darken Edges for a Traditional Look
    Clone Effectively
    What Layers Are About

    12 Printing Photos
    Start with a Good Photo for a Good Print
    Calibrate the Monitor
    Using Photo Printers with Elements
    Set the Printer Driver Correctly
    Make the Right Paper Choice
    Make a Good Print
    Add Text to a Print
  • Additional Information

    Item Code JW-9780470380253
    Weight 0.8100
    ISBN 978-0470380253
    Author Rob Sheppard
    Publisher Visual
    Published Aug-08
    Format Soft Cover
    Number of Pages 240
    Size 21.59 x 25.40 cm.

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