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Digital Photography for Dummies�

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ISBN-10: 0764516647

ISBN-13: 9780764516641

Edition: 4th 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Julie Adair King

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The market for digital imaging is expanding as prices for digital cameras continue to fall. 'Digital Photography for Dummies' provides a one-stop reference for users at any level of skill or experience.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496

Why a Book for Dummies?
What's in This Book?
Icons Used in This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What Do I Read First?
Peering through the Digital Viewfinder
Filmless Fun, Facts, and Fiction
Film? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Film!
Fine, but Why Do I Want Digital Images?
But Can't I Do All This with a Scanner?
Now Tell Me the Downside
Just Tell Me Where to Send the Check
Memory cards
Hardware, software, and other accessories
Mr. Science Explains It All
From Your Eyes to the Camera's Memory
The Secret to Living Color
Resolution Rules
Pixels: Building blocks of digital photos
Pixels and print quality
Pixels and screen images
Pixels and file size
How many pixels are enough?
Can't I add pixels later?
More mind-boggling resolution stuff
What all this resolution stuff means to you
Lights, Camera, Exposure!
Aperture, f-stops, and shutter speeds: The traditional way
Aperture, shutter speed, and f-stops: The digital way
ISO ratings and chip sensitivity
RGB, CMYK, and Other Colorful Acronyms
In Search of the Perfect Camera
Mac or Windows - Does It Matter?
Picture Quality Options
You say you want a resolution
File format flexibility
Memory Matters
Monitor, Viewfinder, or Both?
SLR or Point-and-Shoot?
Hybrid Cameras
Flash Fundamentals
Through a Lens, Clearly
Fun facts about focal length
Optical versus digital zoom
Focusing aids
Lens adaptability
Exposure Exposed
Still More Features to Consider
Now playing, on your big-screen TV
Self-timer and remote control
There's a computer in that camera!
Action-oriented options
Little things that mean a lot
Sources for More Shopping Guidance
Extra Goodies for Extra Fun
Memory Cards and Other Camera Media
Memory shopping tips
Care and feeding of memory cards
Download Devices
Storing Your Picture Files
On-the-Go Storage and Viewing
Software Solution
Image-editing software
Specialty software
Camera Accessories
Mouse Replacement Therapy: The Drawing Tablet
Ready, Set, Shoot!
Choosing the Right Camera Settings
Getting Started: Basic Camera Settings
Selecting a File Format
Camera Raw
Setting the Pixel Count (Resolution)
Balancing Your Whites and Colors
Tweaking Picture "Processing"
Controlling Exposure and Focus
Setting Light Sensitivity: ISO
Automatic Exposure: Making It Work
Choosing an autoexposure metering mode
Going semi-automatic
Applying exposure compensation (EV)
Taking Flash Photos
Fill flash (or force flash)
No flash
Flash with red-eye reduction
Slow-sync flash
External flash
Switching on Additional Lights
Lighting Shiny Objects
Compensating for Backlighting
Focus on Focus
Working with fixed-focus cameras
Taking advantage of autofocus
Focusing manually
Shifting Depth of Field
Taking Advantage of Scene Modes
Take Your Best Shot
Composition 101
A Parallax! A Parallax!
Composing for Compositing
Zooming In without Losing Out
Shooting with an optical (real) zoom
Using a digital zoom
Catching a Moving Target
Shooting Pieces of a Panoramic Quilt
Avoiding the Digital Measles
From Camera to Computer and Beyond
Building Your Image Warehouse
Downloading Your Images
A trio of downloading options
Using a card reader or adapter
Cable transfer how-tos
Take the bullet TWAIN
Camera as hard drive
Tips for trouble-free downloads
Translating Camera Raw Files
Converting Proprietary Camera Files
Photo Organization Tools
Can I Get a Hard Copy, Please?
Fast and Easy: Prints from a Lab
Buying a Photo Printer
Inkjet printers
Laser printers
Dye-sub (thermal dye) printers
Thermo-Autochrome printers
How Long Will They Last?
So Which Printer Should You Buy?
Comparison Shopping
Does the Paper Really Matter?
Setting Print Size and Resolution
Sending Your Image to the Dance
Getting better results from your printer
These colors don't match!
Preparing a TIFF Copy for Publication
On-Screen, Mr. Sulu!
Step into the Screening Room
That's About the Size of It
Understanding monitor resolution and picture size
Sizing images for the screen
Sizing screen images in inches
Nothing but Net: Photos on the Web
Basic rules for Web pictures
JPEG: The photographer's friend
Drop Me a Picture Sometime, Won't You?
Viewing Your Photos on a TV
Tricks of the Digital Trade
Making Your Image Look Presentable
What Software Do You Need?
Opening Your Photos
Editing Rules for All Seasons
Save now! Save often!
Editing safety nets
Straightening a Tilting Horizon
Cream of the Crop
Fixing Exposure and Contrast
Basic brightness/contrast controls
Brightness adjustments at higher Levels
Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
Give Your Colors More Oomph
Help for Unbalanced Colors
Focus Adjustments (Sharpen and Blur)
Applying sharpening filters
Blur to sharpen?
Out, Out, Darned Spots!
Cut, Paste, and Cover Up
Why (And When) Do I Select Stuff?
What selection tools should I use?
Working with Elements tools
Brushing on a selection outline
Selecting (and deselecting) everything
Reversing a selection outline
Refining your selection outline
Selection Moves, Copies, and Pastes
Cut, Copy, Paste: The old reliables
Adjusting a pasted object
Deleting Selected Areas
Pasting Good Pixels Over Bad
Enlarging the Image Canvas
Amazing Stuff Even You Can Do
Giving Your Image a Paint Job
What's in your paint box?
Setting the paint color
Exploring Brush and Pencil options
Painting away red-eye
Painting large areas
Smudging Paint
Spinning Pixels around the Color Wheel
Creating a Tinted or Grayscale Photo
Uncovering Layers of Possibility
Working with Elements layers
Building a multilayered collage
Turning Garbage into Art
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Improve Your Digital Images
Remember the Resolution!
Don't Overcompress Your Images
Look for the Unexpected Angle
Turn Down the Noise
Press the Shutter Button Correctly
Turn Off Digital Zoom
Take Advantage of Your Photo Editor
Print Your Images on Good Paper
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Read the Manual (Gasp!)
Ten Great Uses for Digital Images
Creating Online Photo Albums
Putting Together a Screen Saver
Hanging Photo Wallpaper
Giving Photos an Artistic Twist
Putting Your Mug on a Mug
Printing Photo Calendars and Cards
Including Visual Information in Databases
Putting a Name with the Face
Exchanging a Picture for a Thousand Words
Hanging a Masterpiece on Your Wall
Ten Great Online Resources for Digital Photographers
Digital Photography Review
Imaging Resource
PCPhoto Magazine
Digital Photography Newsgroup
Printing Newsgroup
Manufacturer Web Sites
This Book's Companion Site