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Complete Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography

ISBN-10: 0028644530
ISBN-13: 9780028644530
Edition: 3rd 2003
Authors: Steven Greenberg
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Description: This guide helps you buy a camera and an appropriate computer system and lets you decide which features are must-haves and which features are glorified options.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

This guide helps you buy a camera and an appropriate computer system and lets you decide which features are must-haves and which features are glorified options.

Digital Capture: The Future Is Now
Look, Ma, No Film: Why Digital Photography?
Painting with Light: A Brief History of Photography
Fast Forward: Digital Cameras
First, the Good News: The Advantages of Digital Photography
Now for the Bad News ...
Go for It!
Pixel, Pixel, Little Star, How I Wonder What You Are!
It's a Three-Color World (RGB)
Eye to Eye: How the Camera Mimics Your Eye
In the Beginning ... There Was Film
Pixel Schtick: How Digital Cameras Work
Cameras, Computer Hardware, and Software for Digital Capture
So Many Choices: Camera Models That Show Off Their Style
Research, Research, Research
Narrowing It Down: Camera Types
Types of Digital Cameras
Attention to Details: Features You Need to Know to Get the Camera You Want
Camera Design
Battery Life
Lenses
Flash
Viewfinders
Onboard Storage
Downloading Options: Kodak DOCK
Burst Exposures
Metering
Resolution
Speed and Sensitivity
Extras
Bundled Software
A Final Word ...
Mac Versus Windows: System Requirements for Digital Capture
Windows or Mac?
General Requirements
Peripherals
Software: What You Want to See Is What You Get
Improving Composition and Image Quality
Proprietary and Third-Party Software
Managing Your Images
Let's Take Pictures
Exposure Made Simple
The Lens
The Shutter
F/Stops
Shutter Speed
Putting It All Together: The Relationship Between f/Stops and Shutter Speed
ISO/ASA
Creative Control
Depth of Field
Manual or Automatic Exposure
I Can See Clearly Now: Lenses
Types of Lenses
Focal Length
Composition: No Snapshots Here!
Not in the Center, If You Please!
Balance
Horizon
Cropping: Be Frugal!
Color
Contrast
Negative and Positive Space: The Final Frontier
Movement
Viewpoint: Low, Different, or Political
Perspective
Foreground/Background
Line and Imaginary Line
Watch Your Background
Texture
Scale
Lighting: It Makes or Breaks a Shot!
Using Available Light
Flash
Adding Lights
Resolution: Is Bigger Better?
Image Resolution/Monitor Resolution
Printer Resolution
How Big a File Do You Need?
Learning Compression Helps Avoid Image Depression!
Getting Quality Images
Lossy Versus Lossless Compression
Archiving Programs
File Formats: Acrimonious Acronyms
Let's See It: Imaging Techniques
Go Get It: Downloading Your Images
Hooking Up the Camera
Downloading Via the Camera Manufacturer's Software
Downloading Via Image-Editing Software
The Fastest Way: Downloading Directly from Disk
Improving Your Images
Getting Started
Shaping Your Image
Orientation
Crop
Correction of Photos
From Darkness to Light
The Wonderful World of Color
Viva Color!
Other Color Worlds
What Is Bit Depth?
A Sharper Image
It's All a Blur
Despeckle
Eeney, Meeny, Miney, Mo: Selections
Getting Started
Why Use Selections?
Selection Tools
A Selection Saved Is a Selection Earned: Saving Selections
Addition and Subtraction, All Without a Calculator!
Color Me Beautiful: Adding Fills and Color
Fills
Paint Tools
The Pencil Tool
The Airbrush Tool
The Clone Tool, Pattern Stamp Tool, and Dust and Scratch Filter: The Ultimate Retouching Tools
Getting Started
Demo: Removing Distracting Portions of an Image Using the Clone Tool
Cloning Between Two Photos
Cloning Patterns with the Pattern Clone Tool
Fixing Minor Blemishes with the Dust and Scratches Filter
Yadda Yadda Yadda: The Text Tool
Adding Text
Demo: Applying a Drop Shadow
Changing the Opacity of Your Type in Photoshop Elements
Demo: Making Your Type Glow
Vectors to the Rescue
Layer Cake: Adding Elements
What's a Layer?
Lemme See One
Using Layers: The Basics
Understanding Layer Hierarchy
Working with Layers
Soft Edges Make Pleasing Pictures
Filters and Effects: Funky and Fun
Daddy, What's a Filter?
Whoa, There!
Obtaining Filters
Let's Go
Demo: Applying Multiple Filters
Effects Make Quick Work of Photo Transformations
What You See Is What You Get: Calibration
How the Pros Do It
Calibrating Monitors and Printers
Output
Print It Out
Get Connected
Resolution: One More Time
Let's Print!
Photo-Quality Papers: Suitable for Framing
Third-Party Inks
Showing Your Pictures to Mom and Other Cool Tricks
Preparing Your Images
Sending Digital Photos via E-Mail: Attaching and Embedding
What's Your URL?
Hi, Mom! I'm on TV!
Sprucing Up Your Screen with Wallpaper
Using AOL's You've Got Pictures
Sending iPhotos to Get Booked
Other Cool Things You Can Do with a Digital Camera
Some Helpful Websites
Appendixes
Speak Like a Geek: Digital Photography Words
Putting It All Together: Panoramas
Index

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