David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual

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If you're ready to jump into digital photography or would like to increase the skills you already have, David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual is just what you need. Bestselling author David Pogue provides a no-nonsense guide to the entire process, including how to: buy and use a digital camera; get the same photographic effects as the pros; manage the results on your Mac or PC; edit photos; and, finally, share the results with your adoring fans — on paper, ...

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Overview

If you're ready to jump into digital photography or would like to increase the skills you already have, David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual is just what you need. Bestselling author David Pogue provides a no-nonsense guide to the entire process, including how to: buy and use a digital camera; get the same photographic effects as the pros; manage the results on your Mac or PC; edit photos; and, finally, share the results with your adoring fans — on paper, online, or on mugs, jigsaw puzzles, and blankets.

After reviewing hundreds of digital cameras and photo services in his weekly New York Times column, David Pogue knows digital photography. With this new Missing Manual you will:

  • Get expert advice on how to choose a digital camera, including information on the only specs that matter. (Hint: it's not about megapixels).
  • Learn the basics of lighting, composition, and shooting lots of photos
  • Understand how to choose the best camera settings for 20 different scenarios
  • Unravel the problems of correcting images and storing them
  • Learn David's tips and tricks for sharing and printing images
  • Get a special troubleshooting section you can turn to when things go wrong

David Pogue's witty, authoritative voice has demystified the Mac, Windows, iPods and iPhones for millions of readers. Now, he offers step-by-step instructions and plenty of friendly advice to help you join in the fun and get real satisfaction from digital photography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596154035
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 929,783
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 30 titles.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
Acknowledgments;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Part I: The Camera;
Chapter 1: Camera Kinds;
1.1 Small, Medium, or Large?;
1.2 Cameraphones and iPhones;
1.3 Where to Buy a Camera;
Chapter 2: The Only Features That Matter;
2.1 A Big Sensor;
2.2 Stabilizer;
2.3 Zoom Power;
2.4 Shutter Lag;
2.5 Optical Viewfinder;
2.6 Manual Controls;
2.7 Face Recognition;
2.8 Autofocus Assist Lamp;
2.9 Flip-Out Screen;
2.10 Memory Card;
2.11 Burst Mode;
2.12 Hi-Def Jack;
2.13 Battery;
2.14 Movies;
2.15 Scene Modes;
2.16 Wireless;
2.17 Touch Screens;
2.18 Megapixels;
2.19 SLR Shopping;
Part II: The Shoot;
Chapter 3: Taking the Shot;
3.1 Compose the Shot;
3.2 Screen Displays;
3.3 Take the Shot;
Chapter 4: The Ten Decisions;
4.1 Beep On or Off?;
4.2 Flash On or Off?;
4.3 Auto or Scene Mode?;
4.4 Use a Manual Mode?;
4.5 Burst Mode or One-Shot?;
4.6 White Balance: Manual or Auto?;
4.7 RAW or JPEG?;
4.8 How Much Exposure?;
4.9 Which Focus Mode?;
4.10 Adjust the Light Sensitivity (ISO)?;
Chapter 5: The Anti-Blur Chapter;
5.1 Shutter Speed and Aperture;
5.2 Use Stabilization;
5.3 Speed Up the Shutter;
5.4 Open the Aperture;
5.5 Fire the Flash;
5.6 Set Up a Tripod;
5.7 Fake a Tripod;
5.8 Use the Self-Timer;
5.9 Goose the ISO;
Chapter 6: How They Did That;
6.1 The Frozen Sports Shot;
6.2 The Speeding Vehicle;
6.3 The Panorama;
6.4 The Silky Brook;
6.5 Trailing Car Lights;
6.6 Fireworks;
6.7 Lightning;
6.8 The Star-Trails Shot;
6.9 The Stunning Landscape;
6.10 The Classic Sunset;
6.11 The Prize-Winning Kid Shot;
6.12 Theater Shots;
6.13 The Undersea Stunner;
6.14 The Not-Boring Vacation Shot;
6.15 The Wedding Shot;
6.16 The Ultra-Closeup;
6.17 The Blurry-Background Portrait;
6.18 The Outdoor Portrait;
6.19 Existing-Light Portraits;
6.20 The Self-Portrait;
6.21 The Indoor-Flash Portrait;
6.22 The Nighttime Portrait;
6.23 The Exploding Zoom;
Chapter 7: The SLR Chapter;
7.1 Lenses;
7.2 Film Equivalents;
7.3 JPEG Compression;
7.4 Ten Accessories Worth the Weight;
Part III: The Lab;
Chapter 8: Camera Meets Computer;
8.1 Picasa and iPhoto;
8.2 Transferring the Photos by USB Cable;
8.3 Transferring Photos with a Card Reader;
8.4 Importing Pictures on Your Hard Drive;
8.5 The File Format Factor;
8.6 The Post-Import Inspection;
8.7 Instant Slideshow;
Chapter 9: The Digital Shoebox;
9.1 The Source List;
9.2 Working with Thumbnails;
9.3 Selecting Photos;
9.4 Hiding Photos;
9.5 Albums;
9.6 Smart Albums;
9.7 Photo Info;
9.8 Keywords, Titles, and Event Info;
9.9 Flagging Photos;
9.10 Searching for Photos by Text;
9.11 Searching by Calendar or Timeline;
9.12 Keywords/Tags;
9.13 Backing Up Your Photos;
Chapter 10: Fixing Your Photos;
10.1 Opening a Photo for Editing;
10.2 Notes on Zooming and Scrolling;
10.3 Backing Out, Undoing, and Restoring;
10.4 Rotate;
10.5 Cropping;
10.6 Straightening;
10.7 Fixing Color;
10.8 Redeye;
10.9 Retouching Scratches and Hairs;
10.10 Fine-Tuning Exposure;
10.11 Boosting Contrast;
10.12 Color Correction;
10.13 Automatic White-Balance Correction;
10.14 Saturation;
10.15 Sharpening;
10.16 Cheesy Effects;
10.17 Copy and Paste for Edits;
10.18 External Editing Programs;
10.19 Juicy Bonus Features;
Part IV: The Audience;
Chapter 11: Photos on Paper—and Everything Else;
11.1 Making Your Own Prints;
11.2 Resolution and Shape;
11.3 Printing from iPhoto, Step by Step;
11.4 Printing From Picasa, Step by Step;
11.5 Ordering Prints Online;
11.6 Calendars, Cards, and Books;
11.7 Way Beyond Paper;
Chapter 12: Electronic Photos;
12.1 Emailing Photos;
12.2 Publishing Photos on the Web;
12.3 The Screen Saver;
12.4 Photo Wallpaper;
12.5 From Slideshow to Movie;
12.6 Slideshow DVDs;
Part V: Appendixes;
Where to Go From Here;
Camera Reviews;
The Real World;
Beyond the Software Freebies;
The Top Ten Tips of All Time;
Take a lot of shots.;
Photo Credits;
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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Indeed, the missing manual!

    Wonderfully written, easy to understand, concise, great for everyone especially newbies like myself. Most photo books assume you know everything and write accordingly. This book breaks it down the way it should be broken down. I found myself wanting more after reading Pogue's book. Pogue understands the universal self-help truth about communication. K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 7, 2010

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    Where has this book been hiding

    I found this book at the B&N store this week. It is answering questions that have puzzled me this past year. This information is not in the manual with the cameras. I am finally understanding ISO on the digital camera which I had understood on the film camera and I think I can actually use the setting on the camera thanks to this book. Maybe, now I can take pictures without flashes.

    This book has information useful for all cameras whether they are SLR's or the small basic one. Until I remember everything the camera can do, unlikely, I will make sure this book is available to use any time I have the camera.

    The books I recommended are also available for other cameras.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Great Book

    This is a book that should be included with every digital camera. Not only is it informative; but well written and David uses his usual humor to get a point across.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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