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Imagine your family getting to see your baby's first picture-in real time from the delivery room! Or imagine capturing a cool shot of a street vendor in Venice while you are on vacation and uploading the image to instantly share with your friends back home. Camera phones are quickly taking over the world, and users are in need of a guide that shows them not only how to take great pictures but how to share them in different ways.

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Imagine your family getting to see your baby's first picture-in real time from the delivery room! Or imagine capturing a cool shot of a street vendor in Venice while you are on vacation and uploading the image to instantly share with your friends back home. Camera phones are quickly taking over the world, and users are in need of a guide that shows them not only how to take great pictures but how to share them in different ways.

Camera Phone Obsession is a unique guide that marries the technology of camera phones with the emerging culture. Author Peter Aitken shows you how to purchase the best camera phones, how to best shoot and print photos, what the best services are for sharing photos, and how to use your camera phones with your PCs. This book shows how camera phones are a breed apart from digital or film cameras. The book discusses the dos and don'ts of camera phone etiquette and privacy and legal concerns for camera phone users. The author expertly guides you through the basics of camera phone photography so you take the sharpest pictures, navigate through the technology maze of sending and storing photos, and save money and time with this emerging technology. The book features numerous hands-on projects and tips and techniques to create art and have lots of fun with camera phones.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then camera phones are worth their weight in gold, allowing users to capture special images and moments to instantly share with family and friends. In "Camera Phone Obsession," bestselling author Aitken shows how to get the most out of camera phones and make the notion of Rwishing you were hereS a reality in words and pictures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932111965
  • Publisher: Paraglyph Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Aitken was writing about computers and software before the first version of Excel was released. Since then he has written more than 40 books and innumerable magazine and Web articles on topics ranging from office applications and personal finance to application development and digital photography. Peter is also the proprietor of PGA Consulting, providing application development and technical writing services to clients since 1996. You can learn more about Peter's books at http: //www.pgacon.com/books.htm.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii
Chapter 1 The Camera Phone Revolution 1
Digital Photos for the Masses 3
Hey, You're a Photographer! 6
But Is It Art? 9
Bad Specs = Art? 10
In the Field: Is It Art? The SixSpace Gallery Says Yes 11
Join the Avant-Garde 12
Artistic Journalism 13
The Camera Phone Culture 14
Digital Shopping (and Shoplifting) 14
Moblogs 16
Camera Phone Postcards 16
Cellcerts 17
News Photos 18
Fighting Crime 18
Scavenger Hunts 19
Invasion of Privacy 19
Your First Projects 20
Wrapping It Up 22
Chapter 2 Getting the Camera Phone Setup That Meets Your Needs 23
Not Your Father's Digital Camera 23
Pixel Resolution 24
Display 27
Video Clips 28
Zooming 29
Flash 29
Night Mode 30
Picture Capacity 31
Form Factor 32
Connectivity Options 32
Service Providers and Plans 33
Making Your Decision 35
Coverage 40
Service Plans 42
In the Field: Camera Phones--A Threat to National Security? 43
Going Shopping 45
Wrapping it Up 46
Chapter 3 Photography Basics for Camera Phone Users 47
Simple Is Good When It Comes to Phone Camera Photography 47
Features You Can Use 48
Focus 48
Exposure 50
Blur and Motion Effects 52
In the Field: Is There a Doctor on the Camera Phone? 53
Camera Phone Photography Dos and Don'ts 54
Move In Close 55
Watch the Lighting 56
Use Your Zoom--Not! 57
Movement and Blurry Photos 57
Pay Attention to Composition 58
Use the Highest Resolution and Quality 61
Avoid Backlight 62
Wrapping It Up 64
Chapter 4 Processing Your Photos with Software 65
Manipulating Your Photos 65
File Formats 69
Understanding Resolution and Image Size 71
Changing Image Size 73
Resizing by Resampling 74
Resizing without Resampling 76
To Resample or Not--That Is the Question 77
Cropping 78
Color Balance 80
Brightness and Contrast 83
In the Field: Camera Phones and Barcodes 84
Other Adjustments and Manipulations 85
Converting an Image to Monochrome 86
Rotating Images 87
Framing a Photograph 88
Special Effects 90
Specialized Graphics Programs 95
Wrapping It Up 96
Chapter 5 Printing Your Photos 97
The Do It Yourself Approach 97
Selecting a Printer 97
The Printer Buyer's Checklist 102
Paper 103
Settings for Printing 106
In the Field: Camera Phone Photos Used in Racism Charges 110
Using an Online Print Service 111
Using Ofoto 112
Using Shutterfly 113
Other Print Services 114
What, No Computer? 115
Wrapping It Up 116
Chapter 6 Sharing Your Photos 117
Sharing Photos from Your Phone 117
In the Field: Calling all Paranoids 120
Moving Photos to Your PC 121
Sharing Photos from Your PC 123
Email 124
Websites and Online Albums 126
Distribute Your Photos on a CD 132
Online Photo Sharing Services 133
An Online Sharing Tutorial 134
Specialty Sharing Software 139
Wrapping It Up 140
Chapter 7 Moblog Madness 141
Why a Moblog? 141
The Culture of Moblogging 144
How Do Moblogs Work? 144
Public versus Private 145
In the Field: Moblogs and Activism 146
Choosing a Moblog Service 147
Roll Your Own? 150
Wrapping It Up 153
Chapter 8 Moblogs Step-by-Step 155
Using Textamerica 155
Creating Your Basic Moblog with Textamerica 157
Customizing Your Moblog with the Control Panel 162
Interacting with Other Users 164
Working with Favorites 165
Using Templates 167
In the Field: Receiving Webcam Pictures on Your Handset 169
Using Yafro 169
Using Mlogs 173
Using Flickr 178
Setting Up Your Own Moblog System 180
Promoting Your Moblog 181
Wrapping It Up 182
Chapter 9 Camera Phone Legal Concerns and Etiquette 183
What Are the Legal Concerns? 183
Where Can You Take Photos? 184
What (and Who) Can I Photograph? 186
What Can I Do with My Photos? 189
Private Use 189
First Amendment Use of Images 190
What about Model Releases? 190
In the Field: The Ban Marches On 191
Camera Phone Etiquette 192
Privacy Concerns 194
Digital Stealing 197
Wrapping It Up 198
Chapter 10 Cool Projects You Can Do with Your Camera Phone 199
Camera Phone 199
Personalized T-Shirts 201
Using a Commercial Printer 203
Using Transfer Paper 203
Panorama Shots 204
Framing the Photos 205
Using Panorama Factory 206
Creating a Panorama with Paint Shop Pro 208
Refrigerator Magnets 213
Fund-Raising 216
Create a Photo Diary 217
Greeting Cards 218
Wrapping It Up 224
Appendix Camera Phone Resources 225
Index 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    Cutting edge aura

    The ubiquity of cell phones has led to changing social situations and mores throughout the developed world. Then, in just the last year, cell phones have started to be commonly equipped with cameras, giving rise to the phenomenon of camera phones. Aitken gives us many ideas about their usage. Still a feeling of novelty. Just as cell phones did in the mid 90s. The book has the expected tips for actual optimal photo taking. Experienced photographers may well wince at the current limitations, like no zoom lens, or low resolution. All of these are valid critiques of camera phones. Yet, as the book shows, the sheer utility of a camera phone outweighs all these. Like the fact that the device is primarily for communication, so the camera is in some sense a bonus, without you have to lug around an extra device. Then, the all-digital aspect of the images is far more convenient than traditional wet film. Instant feedback. So you can make your own blog or website with photos you took. The book goes into extensive detail on these ideas. A nice, cutting edge aura.

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