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If you're even remotely serious about your digital photographs, you really ought to check out Complete Digital Photography, Second Edition.
In this full-color book, Ben Long demystifies the concepts you need to understand to create great digital photos, and offers hands-on, step-by-step coverage of the key Photoshop 7 editing techniques you'll need to know.
Long starts with issues that both film and digital photographers share: for instance, apertures, shutter speeds, and metering techniques. What you learn here will be invaluable in choosing your next digital camera, and Long offers specific guidance on this, too: everything from camera design to viewfinders, exposure controls, shooting modes, flash, and I/O.
Once your equipment's ready, he offers a superb introduction to shooting digital -- covering initial camera settings, modes, image size, compression, white balance, contrast, focusing, ISO ratings, metering, and more. There's a full chapter on taking manual exposures, plus coverage of "special" shooting, including black-and-white, panoramas, shooting for the Web, even shooting in the rain (don't, but if you must, cover everything except your lens with a Ziploc bag).
The book concludes with a thorough introduction to Photoshop 7 photo editing. Since image editing is inherently interactive, Long has included several QuickTime CD-ROM video tutorials walking you through everything from noise reduction to color correction. The CD-ROM is also packed with software demos, from Photoshop Elements 2 to PhotoRescue and Quantum Mechanic (great for removing color noise and artifacts).
If you haven't already gone digital, now's the time. As Long points out, today's 3-to-6-megapixel consumer cameras can actually deliver better images than conventional "point-and-shoot" film cameras, thanks to their superior optics. (It's far easier to engineer high-quality lenses for digital cameras than film.) Whether you're moving to digital for the first time, upgrading to a better digital camera, or simply upgrading your skills, there's no better companion than Complete Digital Photography, Second Edition. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.