David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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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: 9780596555702
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 922,928
  • File size: 10 MB

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 ix

Introduction 1

About This Book 3

The Very Basics 5

Part 1 The Camera

Chapter 1 Camera Kinds 7

Small, Medium, or Large? 8

Cameraphones and iPhones 13

Where to Buy a Camera 14

Chapter 2 The Only Features That Matter 15

A Big Sensor 16

Stabilizer 18

Zoom Power 19

Shutter Lag 19

Optical Viewfinder 20

Manual Controls 20

Face Recognition 21

Autofocus Assist Lamp 21

Flip-Out Screen 22

Memory Card 22

Burst Mode 24

Hi-Def Jack 25

Battery 25

Movies 26

Scene Modes 27

Wireless 27

Touch Screens 27

Megapixels 28

SLR Shopping 30

Part 2 The Shoot

Chapter 3 Taking the Shot 33

Compose the Shot 34

Screen Displays 39

Take the Shot 40

Chapter 4 The Ten Decisions 45

Beep On or Off? 46

Flash On or Off? 46

Auto or Scene Mode? 53

Use a Manual Mode? 56

Burst Mode or One-Shot? 57

White Balance: Manual or Auto? 58

RAW or JPEG? 60

How Much Exposure? 62

Which Focus Mode? 67

Adjust the Light Sensitivity (ISO)? 70

Chapter 5 The Anti-Blur Chapter 71

Shutter Speed and Aperture 72

Use Stabilization 74

Speed Up the Shutter 74

Open the Aperture 76

Fire the Flash 77

Set Up a Tripod 78

Fake a Tripod 80

Use the Self-Timer 81

Goose the ISO 82

Chapter 6 How They Did That 85

The Frozen Sports Shot 85

The Speeding Vehicle 88

The Panorama 90

The Silky Brook 92

Trailing Car Lights 93

Fireworks 94

Lightning 96

The Star-Trails Shot 97

The Stunning Landscape 99

The Classic Sunset 100

The Prize-Winning Kid Shot 101

Theater Shots 103

The Undersea Stunner 104

The Not-Boring Vacation Shot 106

The Wedding Shot 109

The Ultra-Closeup 110

The Blurry-Background Portrait113

The Outdoor Portrait 116

Existing-Light Portraits 119

The Self-Portrait 122

The Indoor-Flash Portrait 123

The Nighttime Portrait 124

The Exploding Zoom 125

Chapter 7 The SLR Chapter 127

Lenses 127

Film Equivalents 132

JPEG Compression 133

Ten Accessories Worth the Weight 133

Part 3 The Lab

Chapter 8 Camera Meets Computer 139

Picasa and iPhoto 139

Transferring the Photos by USB Cable 140

Transferring Photos with a Card Reader 145

Importing Pictures on Your Hard Drive 147

The File Format Factor 149

The Post-Import Inspection 150

Instant Slideshow 153

Chapter 9 The Digital Shoebox 159

The Source List 159

Working with Thumbnails 161

Selecting Photos 163

Hiding Photos 165

Albums 166

Smart Albums 169

Photo Info 171

Keywords, Titles, and Event Info 172

Flagging Photos 173

Searching for Photos by Text 175

Searching by Calendar or Timeline 176

Keywords/Tags 177

Backing Up Your Photos 180

Chapter 10 Fixing Your Photos 185

Opening a Photo for Editing 185

Notes on Zooming and Scrolling 189

Backing Out, Undoing, and Restoring 191

Rotate 193

Cropping 193

Straightening 197

Fixing Color 199

Redeye 200

Retouching Scratches and Hairs 201

Fine-Tuning Exposure 203

Boosting Contrast 205

Color Correction 206

Automatic White-Balance Correction 208

Saturation 209

Sharpening 210

Cheesy Effects 211

Copy and Paste for Edits 213

External Editing Programs 214

Juicy Bonus Features 215

Part 4 The Audience

Chapter 11 Photos on Paper-and Everything Else 217

Making Your Own Prints 217

Resolution and Shape 219

Printing from iPhoto, Step by Step 222

Printing From Picasa, Step by Step 227

Ordering Prints Online 232

Calendars, Cards, and Books 235

Way Beyond Paper 238

Chapter 12 Electronic Photos 241

Emailing Photos 241

Publishing Photos on the Web 246

The Screen Saver 259

Photo Wallpaper 260

From Slideshow to Movie 261

Slideshow DVDs 268

Part 5 Appendixes

Appendix A Where to Go From Here 269

The Real World 271

Beyond the Software Freebies 271

Appendix B The Top Ten Tips of All Time 275

Appendix C Photo Credits 283

Index 285

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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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  • Anonymous

    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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