Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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Your digital darkroom awaits! Now in its second edition, this one-stop guide offers great tips and techniques for taking memorable digital pictures and getting the most from your equipment. Find out how to build your own digital photography studio, take vivid shots, add special effects, restore vintage photos, and much more.
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Overview

Your digital darkroom awaits! Now in its second edition, this one-stop guide offers great tips and techniques for taking memorable digital pictures and getting the most from your equipment. Find out how to build your own digital photography studio, take vivid shots, add special effects, restore vintage photos, and much more.
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“…a weighty tome that provides a very comprehensive look at almost all areas of the subject…” (PC How To Digital Photography, May 2004)

“…layout is clear…language is never confusing…”(Computer Active, 17 April 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470037430
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
About This Book 2
What's in This Book 2
Conventions Used in This Book 5
Icons Used in This Book 6
Where To Go From Here 6
Book I Digital Photography Overview 7
Chapter 1 The Essentials of Good Digital Photography 9
Knowing What Equipment You Need 10
Minimum and Maximum Specs 12
Taking Great Digital Shots 14
Making Any Photo Digital 16
Printing Your Final Pictures 17
Chapter 2 Basics of Equipment 19
Deciding What You Need 20
Defining Categories 24
Checking for Key Camera Features 30
Chapter 3 Acquiring Your Digital Pictures 33
From Camera to PC 33
Grabbing Images of Hard Copies 35
Letting the Other Guy Do It 39
Chapter 4 Electronically Editing or Restoring a Photo 41
Choosing an Image Editing Program 42
Performing Photographic Triage 47
Making Quick Fixes 48
Restoring, Replacing, and Removing Photographic Content 55
Chapter 5 Storing and Organizing Your Digital Photos 65
Organizing Your Photos 65
Archiving and Backing Up Photos 76
Chapter 6 Printing and Sharing Your Pictures 81
Creating Prints on Demand 81
Getting the Most from Your Printer and Supplies 83
Sharing Your Photos 83
Book II Building Your Digital Photography Studio 85
Chapter 1 Choosing the Right Camera 87
Choosing a Camera Category 88
Parts of a Digital Camera 90
Evaluating Your Lens Requirements 93
Understanding How Lenses Work 94
Choosing Your Resolution 105
Choosing Your View 109
Considering Your Storage Options 116
No Flash in the Pan: Determining Your Lighting Needs 118
The Digital SLR Revolution 119
A Dozen Exotic Digital Camera Features 122
Checking Out Ease of Use 123
Chapter 2 Setting Up a Computer for Digital Photography 125
Hardware Wars Revisited 126
What Equipment Do You Need? 130
Determining How Much Memory You Need 131
Choosing Local Storage 132
Archiving and Backing Up 134
Avoiding Microprocessor No-brainers 136
Determining What's Most Important 137
Choosing Pointing Devices 139
Chapter 3 Getting Your Picture from the Camera to the Digital Darkroom 141
Making the Connection between Camera and Computer 142
Transferring Images from Camera to Computer 156
Chapter 4 Adding a Printer and Scanner 163
Why You Want Prints 164
Choosing a Printer for Digital Photography 165
Choosing a Scanner 168
Chapter 5 Picking Up Some Accessories 179
Getting Support from Tripods 180
Making Good Use of an Electronic Flash 186
Choosing a Camera Bag 192
Acquiring Other Useful Devices 192
Book III Taking Great Pictures 197
Chapter 1 Tools and Techniques of Composition 199
Photo Composition: The Big Picture 199
Visualizing a Concept for Your Picture 201
Selecting a Subject and a Center of Interest 203
Choosing an Orientation 206
Arranging Your Subjects 209
The Rule of Thirds 212
Some Compositional Guidelines 215
Using Straight Lines and Curves 216
Balancing an Image 219
Framing an Image 219
What's That Tree Doing Growing Out of My Head? 221
Chapter 2 Close-Up Photography 225
Defining Macro Photography 226
Why Digital Macro Photography Is Cool 228
Picking a Place to Shoot 229
Setting Up Your Macro Studio 230
Shooting Tips for Macro Photography 240
Digital SLRs and Close-Up Photography 246
Chapter 3 Photographing People 249
Capturing Satisfying Portraits 250
Shooting in the Studio or on Location 252
Setting Up an Informal Portrait Studio 254
Lighting Basics 268
Basic Lighting Techniques 277
Advanced Lighting Techniques 278
Taking Your First Portraits 285
Shooting the Portrait 288
Advantages of Digital Cameras 294
Chapter 4 Shooting for Publication 297
Finding Outlets for Print Publication 298
Working as a Professional Newspaper Photographer 302
Magazines and Magazine-Like Markets 306
Shooting for Publication 313
PR Photography 317
Product Photography 326
Chapter 5 Sports and Action Photography 331
Choosing Your Weapons 331
Taking Great Sports Photos 341
Taking Your First Action Photo 352
Taking the Picture 360
Chapter 6 Travel Photography 365
Choosing Equipment 365
Getting Ready to Go on the Road 378
Meeting Your Storage Requirements 379
Tried-and-True Travel Photography Techniques 380
Documenting Your Trip 393
Book IV Basics of Image Editing 401
Chapter 1 What You Can and Can't Do with Image Editing Tools 403
Correcting Colors 403
Adjusting Brightness and Contrast 408
Using Blurring and Sharpening Tools 416
Repairing Damage, Small and Large 421
Removing Unwanted Image Content 429
Combining Pictures 434
Chapter 2 Common Editing Options 441
Checking Out Your Editing Toolkit 441
Painting Tools 444
Selection Tools 456
Blending Tools 469
Correction Tools 473
Chapter 3 Choosing the Right Image Editor for You 479
Looking at Popular Image Editors: The Basics 479
Adobe Photoshop - Alone at the Top 481
Second-Tier Image Editors 485
Third-Tier Image Editors 502
Deciding Whether You Need More Than One Image Editor 506
Book V Editing with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements 509
Chapter 1 Latest Features of Photoshop Elements 3.0 and Photoshop cs 511
The Relationship between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements 511
What's New in Photoshop cs and Elements 512
What's New in Elments 3.0 514
What's New in Photoshop cs 516
Chapter 2 Making Selections 517
Making Simple Selections with the Marquee Tools 517
Snagging Irregular Shapes with the Lasso Tools 523
The Magic Wand Tool's Digital Prestidigitation 527
Specialized Selection Tools 529
Using the Select Menu 532
Chapter 3 Brushing Away Problems with Digital Photos 535
Photoshop and Photoshop Elements' Painting and Drawing Tools 535
Working with Brushes and Pencils 536
Customizing Your Brushes and Pencils 539
Chapter 4 Restoring Images 547
Adding Light and Shadows 548
Using Smudging, Sharpening, and Blurring Tools 551
Finding Relief with the Healing Tools 559
Chapter 5 Correcting Faded, Funny, and Funky Colors 571
Using Automated Tools in Photoshop and Elements 571
Adjusting Color Balance 573
Working with Color Intensity and Quality 580
Chapter 6 Restoring and Enhancing Photos with Filters and Special Effects 585
Working with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements' Filters 586
The Photoshop Elements' Effects Tab Palette 601
Getting Your Hands on Third-Party Filters 604
Book VI Restoring Old Photos 607
Chapter 1 Scanning Print Images 609
Prepping an Image for a Scan 609
Working with Scanner Settings 611
Chapter 2 Restoring Images Captured from Slides, Negatives, and Other Formats 623
Film and Photography 624
Scanning Options 626
Types of Originals 629
Scanning Film 633
Chapter 3 Some Common Fixes for Vintage Photos 637
Repairing Vintage Photos: The Basics 638
Replacing Depth and Detail 640
Correcting Faded Colors 645
Getting Nostalgic with Sepia Tones 649
Rip! Replacing Torn or Missing Content 652
Book VII Printing and Sharing Your Digital Images 655
Chapter 1 Printing Your Final Result 657
Why Do You Need Prints? 657
Evaluating Your Printing Options 659
Touring the Print Process 660
Using Professional Printing Services 664
Chapter 2 Sharing Pictures on the Web 667
Appreciating the Advantages of Web Sharing 667
Choosing a Sharing System 671
Glossary 681
Index 703
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