Digital Photography Hacks

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Your digital camera is more than new incarnation of your old film camera. Yes, it still produces photos, but it also offers new outlets for creativity, including instant gratification of seeing your photos now, the ability to experiment without worrying about expense, the technology to fine-tune your photos with advanced professional techniques, and the means to share your work instantaneously with anyone, anyplace in the world. It's no wonder that digital cameras are outselling traditional cameras for the first ...

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Your digital camera is more than new incarnation of your old film camera. Yes, it still produces photos, but it also offers new outlets for creativity, including instant gratification of seeing your photos now, the ability to experiment without worrying about expense, the technology to fine-tune your photos with advanced professional techniques, and the means to share your work instantaneously with anyone, anyplace in the world. It's no wonder that digital cameras are outselling traditional cameras for the first time ever. But the question most digital camera users ask is this, "How do I get from taking 'decent' photos to doing the things I'd really like to do? How do I tap into that potential?"Digital Photography Hacks is your passport to taking the kind of digital photos you've always aspired to. Written by Derrick Story, photographer and author of Digital Photography Pocket Guide and other books, it goes beyond the standard fare of most digital photography books—such as camera basics, understanding memory cards, and when to use a flash—to the things that professional photographers have learned through thousands of shots' worth of experience, years of experimentation, and fiddling and hacking. The book includes a foreword by photographer Rick Smolan, author of America 24/7.With exquisite, full-color photos throughout, the book presents a collection of tips, tricks, and techniques for photographers ready to move beyond the basics. And if you don't have the latest in digital camera photography, this book will show you how to extend the life and functionality of your existing camera. All the hacks in the book are platform-agnostic, designed for use on both Mac on Windows-based computers. You'll find 100 proven techniques in the areas of:

  • Daytime and nighttime photo secrets
  • Flash magic
  • Digital camera attachments
  • The computer connection
  • Photoshop magic
  • Fun photo projects
  • Camera phone tricks
This book is for the photographer you are now, and the one you want to be. Digital Photography Hacks is for the creative adventurer who resides in each of us.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596006662
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Derrick has been interested in photography since age 11, and a computer nut for decades. He's been waiting for years for these two passions to converge, and now that they have, it's everything he thought it would be. Managing editor of O'Reilly Network, Derrick focuses on Web authoring, digital media, and mobile computing. Favorite projects include O'Reilly DevCenters for Web Development and for the Mac. Derrick's experience includes more than 15 years as a photojournalist, a stint as the managing editor for Web Review, and a speaker for CMP's Web conferences. He is the coauthor of iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual and author of the Digital Photography and Digital Video Pocket Guides. Derrick also manages his online photo business, Story Photography.

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Table of Contents

About the Author;
Why Push the Envelope?;
Why Digital Photography Hacks?;
How to Use This Book;
How This Book Is Organized;
Conventions Used in This Book;
How to Contact O’Reilly;
Got a Hack?;
Chapter 1: Digital Camera Attachments;
1.1 Introduction;
1.2 Pocket Tripods on the Go;
1.3 Travel Tripod: A Happy Compromise;
1.4 Walking-Stick Mount;
1.5 Convert Your Monopod into a Makeshift Tripod;
1.6 Steady Shots from the Comfort of Your Car;
1.7 Attach Your Camera to Bicycle Handlebars;
1.8 Flash Brackets for Pro Lighting;
1.9 A Flexible Arm to Hold Accessories;
1.10 Bubble Levels to Keep Things Straight;
1.11 Battle the Sun with an LCD Hood;
1.12 Convert Your Digicam to a Digital SLR;
1.13 T-Mounts and Other Threaded Tricks;
1.14 Double-Strapping on the Trail;
1.15 Stay in Charge of Your Batteries;
1.16 Gaffer’s Tape When All Else Fails;
Chapter 2: Daytime Photo Secrets;
2.1 Introduction;
2.2 Pantyhose Diffusion Filter for Flattering Portraits;
2.3 Capture Kids Without Going Crazy;
2.4 Use Sunglasses as a Polarizing Filter;
2.5 Get the Big Picture with a Panorama;
2.6 Secrets of Whiteboard Photography;
2.7 Make Your Own Passport Photo;
2.8 Get Super Close;
2.9 Multiple Exposures, Digital Style;
2.10 Go Low-Rez;
2.11 Painless Infrared Photography;
2.12 Create the Maximum Depth of Field;
2.13 Create Soft Background Portraits;
2.14 Analyze Metadata to Improve Your Shots;
Chapter 3: Nighttime Photo Hacks;
3.1 Introduction;
3.2 Nighttime Portraits with Scenic Backgrounds;
3.3 Street Shooting at Night;
3.4 Capture the Nighttime Mood and Leave the Red Eye at Home;
3.5 Take Flash Shots of People Who Blink;
3.6 Auto Headlamps and Other Streaming Lights;
3.7 Starlight Effects for Candles and Lights;
3.8 Light Painting and Colored Gels;
3.9 Secrets of Fireworks Photography;
3.10 Night Landscapes and the Moon;
3.11 Colorful Star Trails;
Chapter 4: Magic with Flash;
4.1 Introduction;
4.2 Outdoor Fill Flash;
4.3 Prevent Red Eye;
4.4 Add External Flash to Point and Shoots;
4.5 Bounce Flash for Softer Light;
4.6 Pro Portraits with Just Two Flashes;
4.7 Eliminate Glare in Reflective Surfaces;
4.8 Freeze Action with Electronic Flash;
4.9 Second-Curtain Flash for Cool Effects;
Chapter 5: The Computer Connection;
5.1 Introduction;
5.2 Judge Image Sharpness by File Size;
5.3 Unerase the Lost;
5.4 Name Folders to Organize Your Images;
5.5 Create a Web Photo Gallery;
5.6 Amazing B&W Prints from Your Inkjet Printer;
5.7 Great Color Prints from Your Inkjet Printer;
5.8 Pro-Quality Prints from Your Digicam;
5.9 Take Your Slideshow on the Road;
5.10 Virtual-Reality Movies from Your Digicam;
5.11 Digicam Movie Editing Made Easy;
5.12 Rotate Your Movie from Horizontal to Vertical;
5.13 Create a Rolling Movie Title;
5.14 Add Music to Movies and Slideshows;
5.15 Voiceovers for That Professional Touch;
5.16 Store Pictures and Movies on an iPod;
Chapter 6: Photoshop Magic;
6.1 Introduction;
6.2 Match Resolution to Output;
6.3 Secrets of Sharpening;
6.4 Sample Down for Email Attachments;
6.5 Crop and Resample in One Step;
6.6 Level That Dipping Horizon;
6.7 Power-Line Vanishing Trick;
6.8 Combine Two Pictures;
6.9 Sponge Out Red Eye;
6.10 Brighten Teeth;
6.11 Intelligent Auto Color Correction;
6.12 Soften Facial Lines;
6.13 Fix Flash Falloff;
6.14 Hand-Color with the History Brush;
Chapter 7: Camera-Phone Tricks;
7.1 Introduction;
7.2 Live with a Less-Than-Perfect Camera;
7.3 Send Snapshots to the Desktop;
7.4 Transfer Images Via Email;
7.5 Send a Paper Text Message;
7.6 Communicate in a Foreign Country;
7.7 Create a Home Inventory;
7.8 Rental-Car Tips and Other Auto Hacks;
7.9 Get the Big Picture with a Little Camera Phone;
7.10 Photo Moblogging;
7.11 Capture Life’s Little Moments with Camera-Phone Video;
7.12 Use Your Camera Phone as a Slideshow Viewer;
Chapter 8: Weekend Photo Projects;
8.1 Introduction;
8.2 Create a Coffeetable Photo Book;
8.3 Create Custom Greeting Cards;
8.4 Keep a Digital Diary;
8.5 Capture Pictures of Your TV Screen;
8.6 Fax from Your Digital Camera;
8.7 Copy Slides with Your Digicam;
8.8 Preview Film Pictures with Your Digital Camera;
8.9 Photograph Zoo Animals Without Bars;
8.10 Get Close with Digiscoping;
8.11 Advanced Panorama Technique;
8.12 Shoot the Moon;
8.13 Remote-Control Camera;
8.14 Show Who’s Who in Group Shots;
8.15 Rename Photos Automatically in Windows XP;
8.16 Stack Images to Remove Noise;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Check out the chapter on camera phones

    When I first looked at this book, I assumed it was a hundred nifty tricks in Photoshop. Because that is the standard digital image editing tool. But in actuality, only 13 of the hacks involve it. Because digital photography is more than just editing an image. First and foremost, it involves capturing an image, and all that this entails. From what I can tell, over half the hacks discuss this. Several are independent of whether you might be using a digital or analog camera. Like creating a maximum depth of field. The techniques for this probably predate Ansel Adams. Story makes a good overall point in his book. Digital photography is more than bit editing of an image. Many ideas learnt over decades of photography are still applicable. Ideally, you would use Photoshop only as a last resort. But there are some hacks about the latest hot thing. Camera phones. What these lack in resolution, they make up for in other dimensions of ubiquity and ease of use. Because of their increasing importance, Story devotes an entire chapter to them. Some of you will head straight here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Very useful and fun to read

    If you haven¿t picked up a book from the O¿Reilly ¿Hacks¿ line, then you¿re doing yourself a disservice. Each book contains 100 or so tips on the subject of the book. Depending on the subject matter, some of these are actual hacks, while others are simply really cool tips. Like the other ¿Hacks¿ book, this one is not only fun to read but very well worth the tips it provides. In what I found to be a very welcome step, the authors have provided only a few Photoshop hacks. Instead they have opted to concentrate on the many various other issues involved in digital photography. Some of the hacks you might find interesting include how to un-erase an erased CF card, how to use various filters and gels to make photos with impact, and how to use your iPod to store your photographs. While there are a couple of hacks involving Photoshop, they are totally appropriate for this type of book (which include tips for resampling and sharpening) and are not simply a rehash of what you might read in other digital photography books. The hack I most enjoyed reading was #25 (Painless Infrared Photography). Having done a fair amount of traditional infrared photography (it¿s a pain), I was pleased to read just how easy it is to do with a digital camera. Some other hacks I enjoyed include #74 (Hand Color with the History Brush) and #55 (Virtual-Reality Movies from Your Digicam). This is a really fun book to read and has a lot of very useful and interesting digital photography information that I haven¿t seen in other books. This is definitely a book that digital photography enthusiasts and traditional photographers who are turning to digital will enjoy.

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