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Photography for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764541161
ISBN-13: 9780764541162
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Russell Hart
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List price: $22.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 9.50" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

"Go ahead, open to any page! You'll see that learning to take good pictures couldn't be easier or more fun." -John Owens, Editor in Chief, Popular Photography & Imaging Choose the right film and photofinisher From sporting events to holidays to vacations - take the best pictures of your life! Want to master photography? It's a snap with this plain-English guide, which features updated information for beginners and professionals alike on taking great pictures with a film or digital camera. You get step-by-step instructions in using modes, zoom settings, autofocus, and flash, as well as special techniques for taking action shots and photographing people. Praise for Photography For Dummies "Russell Hart makes it easier than ever for picture-takers - 35mm and digital - to turn their snapshots into great shots. I recommend this book for all beginners." - Rick Sammon, Associated Press "Whether you're a complete novice or advanced amateur, you'll find this book to be a great resource, one that will result in more enjoyment and less hassle, not to mention better pictures!" - Bob Krist, contributing photographer and columnist for National Geographic Traveler Discover how to: Create striking, original photos Work with your point-and-shoot Get pictures in and out of your computer Take great photos with disposable cameras Shoot in special kinds of light

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
What You Can Skip
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
What You Need to Take Pictures
Ladies and Gentlemen: Start Your Point-and-Shoots!
The Four Types of Point-and-Shoot Cameras
The Parts of Your Camera
Getting a Charge: The Pluses and Minuses of Batteries
Loading Film--the Painless Way!
Turning the Camera On--and Off Again
Get a Grip: Holding Your Camera
Rewinding Film (Congratulations!)
How to Pick the Best Film
Finding a Film That's Your Type
A Question of Speed
How Long a Roll Should You Buy?
Which Brand Should You Buy?
Making Your Photofinisher Work for You
Some Day My Prints Will Come
Types of Photofinishers
How to Get Good Prints
Finding a Good Photofinisher
Photo Communications 101
Things That Can Go Wrong--and Do
Second Time Around: Getting Reprints
The Match Game: Finding the Right Negative for a Reprint
Getting Enlargements
The Electronic Photofinishing Revolution
Print Vending: The Photo Kiosk
Working with Your Point-and-Shoot
Pictures a la Mode
Button, Button, Where is the Button?
Mastering Your Camera's Modes
Merrily We Toggle Along
Millions of Modes?
Getting in the Mode
Seeing through Your Camera
Changing the Picture
Angling for Better Pictures
Going Wide--and Long
The Four Types of Point-and-Shoot Cameras--This Time by Their Lenses!
Focus Pocus: The Lens and Optical Magic
The Sharper Image: How Autofocus Works
Autofocus versus Fixed-Focus
Advanced Placement: Using the Focus Point
Far and Away: When to Use Infinity Lock
Extra Points: Widening Your Autofocus Horizon
The Commandments of Good Autofocusing
A Flash of Inspiration
Autoflash Mode: No-Fault Photo Insurance
Buttoning Down Flash
Fill-Flash Mode: Out of the Shadows
Flash-Off Mode: To Flash or Not to Flash
Slow-Sync Mode: The Flashiest Kind of Flash
Red-Eye Reduction: Getting the Red Out
Simplifying the Advanced Photo System
Advanced Photo System Advantages
Shape Shifter: APS Print Formats
Artistic License: APS Printing and Reprinting
Dropping In: How to Load APS Film
Conscious Choice: Types of APS Film
Information, Please: APS Printing Refinements
The Art Part
Seeing the Light
How Light Creates Mood and Atmosphere
Brilliant Strategies: Coping with Hard Light
Moment by Moment: Waiting for the Right Light
Case by Case: Working with Specific Kinds of Light
Suitable for Framing: How to Compose a Good Photograph
Composition Rules!
Aiming versus Framing
Big and Bigger: Filling the Frame
Zooming versus Moving
Near and Far: Balancing Foreground and Background
Dynamic Imbalance: Composing Off-Center
Low and High: Changing Your Angle
Creative Shuffle: Shifting Sideways for Clarity
Rotating the Frame: Horizontals versus Verticals
Working the Subject
Shoot to Thrill
Capturing Your Life: How to Keep a Photographic Diary
Why Take Pictures?
Sharing Pictures Is Half the Fun
Film Is Cheap, and Digital Photos Are Cheaper
A Time and Place: When to Shoot
What You Need for Great People Photos
From Candid to Formal: Expression and Gesture
Instant Light: Using Flash for People Pictures
Pretty as a Picture: Zoom Settings for Portraits
Love at First Shot: Photographing Children
The Cat in the Hat: Photographing Pets
Visual Heirlooms: Photos as Family History
Ten Lame Excuses for Not Taking Along Your Camera (And Why They're Lame)
Capture the Action
You Don't Need Fancy Equipment to Shoot Action
Your Dawdling Point-and-Shoot
Anticipating Action: The Art of Prefocusing
Different Strokes: Frozen or Blurred Action?
Tips for Better Action-Freezing
Beyond Sports: Be a Clutch Photographer
Scene Stealing: Making Effective Landscape Photos
Finding Landscapes Close to Home
Taking in the View: The Lens and Landscapes
Mastering the View: Landscapes and Composition
Shaping Your Print to the Landscape
People Power: Adding a Sense of Scale
Finding the Right Light
Exploring Seasonal Changes
The Urban Scene: Cityscapes are Landscapes
Have Camera, Will Travel
Planning Your Trip with Pictures in Mind
Weather, Light, and Sites: Researching Your Destination
Packing for Pictures: What to Bring
Scenes from a Voyage: What to Shoot, and How
The Digital Domain
Getting to Know Your Digital Point-and-Shoot
The Digital Details
How Many Megapixels Do You Really Need?
Setting the Resolution
The Viewing Screen
Viewfinder versus Viewing Screen
The Viewing Screen and Your Camera's Battery Life
What's on the Menu?
Using the Menu to Change Settings and Choose Modes
Taking Pictures with Your Digital Point-and-Shoot
When to Erase Pictures?
Downloading from a Digital Point-and-Shoot
What to Do with Digital Pictures?
Getting Pictures into Your Computer--Without a Digital Camera
Imaging Software: Digital Magic
Getting Prints from Your Digital Picture Files
Archiving Pictures from Your Digital Point-and-Shoot
The Part of Tens
Ten Things to Think about When Buying a Point-and-Shoot Camera
Don't Buy More Camera Than You Need
How Much Do You Want to Spend?
Who Will Be Using the Camera?
What Subjects Will the User Be Shooting?
Do You Want a Digital Camera or a Film Camera?
Do You Want a 35mm Point-and-Shoot or an APS Point-and-Shoot?
Do You Want a Zooming or Nonzooming Model?
What Zoom Range Do You Need?
What Features Do You Want?
Is the Camera Comfortable to Hold and Operate?
Is the Viewfinder Easy to Look Through?
How About the Viewing Screen?
Ten Simple Ways to Make Your Pictures Better
Capture the Moment
Don't Use the Viewfinder like a Gun Sight
Get Close
Shoot from a Low or High Angle
Use Flash Outdoors
Use a Fast Film
Place the Main Subject Off-Center
Move from Side to Side
Experiment with the Horizon Line
Take Lots of Pictures
Ten Great Places to Take Pictures
Chincoteague Island, Eastern Shore, Virginia
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Las Vegas, Nevada
White Birch Forest, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
The Staten Island Ferry, Battery Park, New York
Paradise Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Lucy the Elephant, Margate City, New Jersey
The Santuario de Nuestra Senor de Esquipulas, Chimayo, New Mexico
Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida
Ten Things to Try If Your Camera Won't Shoot
Turn the Camera On Correctly
Reload the Film
Insert to Replace the Memory Card
Replace or Recharge the Battery
Make Sure the Battery Is Correctly Installed
Clean the Battery Contacts
Check the Flash-Ready Lamp
Step Back from the Subject
Make Sure Your Digital Camera Has Finished Saving the Previous Picture
Rewind the Film and Insert a New Roll
Photospeak: A Short Glossary
Manufacturers, Distributors, and Retailers
Index

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