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Are you ready to take photos that reflect your creative spirit, rather than just another set of snapshots? Then you want this book in your camera bag. Well-organized so you can look up topics quickly, The Digital Photography Companion gives you creative tips and technical advice for taking top-notch digital photos in a wide range of conditions, and for a variety of occasions. In other words, this book will help you make pictures that look better than everyone else's.

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Overview

Are you ready to take photos that reflect your creative spirit, rather than just another set of snapshots? Then you want this book in your camera bag. Well-organized so you can look up topics quickly, The Digital Photography Companion gives you creative tips and technical advice for taking top-notch digital photos in a wide range of conditions, and for a variety of occasions. In other words, this book will help you make pictures that look better than everyone else's.

Professional photographer and teacher Derrick Story, whose online tips and podcasts at The Digital Story (www.thedigitalstory.com) have made him a popular photography blogger, gives you plenty of examples of how to capture great shots of people, places, landscapes, and more. He also provides a complete summary on camera features, tips for printing, sharing your images, and an overview of photo management applications.

Chapters include:

  • What is It? — Choose the right camera (DSLRs, compact cameras, or hybrids) and get a rundown on all of the typical features they offer, such as face detection, image stabilizers, diopter adjustment, focus assist light, RAM buffer, and more.
  • How Does it Work? — This A-Z guide of digital camera controls explains everything from Aperture Value (Av) Mode and Autoexposure to White Balance, the Zoom/Magnify Control, and everything in between.
  • Shoot Like a Pro — Advice for a variety of photographic adventures, such as capturing existing light portraits, creating powerful landscape images, and shooting fireworks, underwater portraits, infrared photos, and more, along with lighting and filter tricks.
  • I've Taken Great Pictures, Now What? — You get complete advice for sharing your photos, converting from color to balck & white and more, plus an overview of photo management applications, from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to Apple iPhoto.
  • Printing Made Easy — Printing doesn't have to be a painful experience. Learn various options, including direct printing without a computer, ordering out, and selecting the right inkjet printer for home (and what to do with it once you get it there.).
You also get an appendix with Quick Reference Tables, as well as other useful tables scattered throughout the book.

The Digital Photography Companion offers you friendly advice so you can try techniques that may never have occurred to you — approaches that will bring you more of what you're looking for when you click the shutter: Great looking pictures!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596517663
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,097,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Derrick Story is the digital media evangelist for O'Reilly, as well as the author of Digital Photography Hacks and Digital Photography Pocket Guide. You can listen to his photo podcasts and read his tips at The Digital Story. Aperture fans might want to check out his co-authored video training on Lynda.com titled, Aperture 1.5 Beyond the Basics.

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Table of Contents

Preface: What Makes Your Pictures Different?

Ch. 1 What Is It? Feature and Component Comparison 1

Ch. 2 How Does It Work? Taking Control of Buttons, Dials, and Menus 37

Ch. 3 How to Shoot Like a Pro: Advice for Real-Life Scenarios 83

Ch. 4 I've Taken Great Pictures, Now What? Working in the Digital Darkroom 129

Ch. 5 Printing Made Easy: Simple Setups for Busy Photographers 169

Appendix 187

Index 205

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    Everyone will find something useful here

    Unless you¿re a professional photographer, you¿ll find something valuable in this book. The author effectively goes through everything you need to know to be an effective digital photographer. From picking out the right camera for you to how to actually use it, I found this to be a thorough guide to all typical consumer digital photography needs. Beginning photographers will appreciate the information on what to look for in a good digital camera as well as the composition tips. More advanced photographers will go for the section on setting the white balance and auto bracketing. Personally, I was really interested in the author¿s discussion on infrared photography. I used to take pictures on Kodak infrared B&W film years and years ago and didn¿t even realize you could do the same thing with a digital camera. I found the last third of the book to be particularly fascinating. In this section, the author talks about organizing your photos and basics of working with many of the leading photo editing programs. The end of the book shows all the photos that were used in the book and shows exposure information as well as the camera make and model used to capture it. I consider myself to be a pretty experienced digital photographer, yet I found many things in this book that I can immediately begin using to improve my digital pictures. Whether you¿re trying to figure out how to begin with digital photography or you¿re just looking to improve your skills, this is a recommended book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    SMILE!! YOU'RE DIGITIZED!!

    Do you want to make your digital pictures look different? If you do, then this book is for you. Author Derrick Story, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you the controls on your camera and ends by showing you how to produce beautiful prints that you can show to the rest of the world. Story, begins by showing you every nook and cranny on your camera. Then, the author shows you when to use fill flash and, what slow synchro is good for. Next, he shows you more than a dozen important camera techniques: How to take great outdoor portraits how you can shoot like a regular pro and, how you take action shots with a consumer digital camera. The author also shows you how to master your computer the same way you tamed your camera. Finally, the author takes the mystery out of printing and how to get your work on paper. By the time you¿ve experimented with the techniques contained in this most excellent book, you¿ll have journeyed well beyond your peers. But, more importantly, the pictures you take now, will not only become personal treasures, they will also be admired by others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2009

    Good general photography information

    This book begins with the very familiar digital camera coverage & buying advice. Then goes into descriptions of camera features & definitions of photo terminology & implementations. Next comes techniques for various types of photography--travel, portrait, wedding, etc. Finally, what to do with your pictures after they're taken.

    Overall, beginner's & intermediate shooters will find this book helpful. It is compact & lightweight meaning you can carry it with you for reference. The appendixes are very useful & can make great cheat sheets.

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