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Extend the capabilities of your digital camera with 99 thoroughly explained helpful pointers. Organized into easy-to-navigate chapters, this handy resource will help you fully utilize your camera's features, perform digital darkroom magic, and manage, print, and publish your images on the Web. Learn photographic techniques such as lighting problem shadows, taking extreme close-ups, capturing motion, and more. Plus -- supplement your photographic expeditions with darkroom tricks and magic, including correcting the...
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Overview

Extend the capabilities of your digital camera with 99 thoroughly explained helpful pointers. Organized into easy-to-navigate chapters, this handy resource will help you fully utilize your camera's features, perform digital darkroom magic, and manage, print, and publish your images on the Web. Learn photographic techniques such as lighting problem shadows, taking extreme close-ups, capturing motion, and more. Plus -- supplement your photographic expeditions with darkroom tricks and magic, including correcting the color and brightness of your images, sharpening the focus, and eliminating imperfections. Read this book and discover why digital photography is fast becoming the leading method of capturing life's most important moments.
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Pointers collected here will help readers extend the capabilities of their digital cameras. Step-by-step instructions in a question-and- answer format show how to use the camera's features, correct and enhance digital photos, create special effects, and manage, print, and publish images on the Web. Milburn is a digital artist, photographer, and author who has been writing about computer graphics, design, and multimedia since 1981. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072225822
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia
  • Publication date: 6/25/2002
  • Series: Consumer Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part I Taking Full Advantage of Your Camera
Chapter 1 How Does a Digital Camera Work? 3
1. The Basic Parts of a Digital Camera 4
2. The Basic Differences Between Conventional and Digital Cameras 7
3. Know Your Resolution 8
Chapter 2 Taking Care of Your Camera 15
4. Keep Your Camera Handy--Safely 16
5. Keep It Dry, Cool, and Clean 17
6. Make a Raincoat for Your Camera 18
7. Take Care of the LCD 20
8. Keep the Lens Covered 21
9. Keep Fresh, Quality Batteries on Hand 22
10. Using and Caring for Memory Cards 25
Chapter 3 Understanding Shooting Modes 31
11. Understand the Shutter Release Button 32
12. Get the Correct Color Balance 35
13. Use Automatic and Programmed Modes 36
14. Use Manual Mode 39
15. Set Aperture Priority 42
16. Set Shutter Priority 45
17. Use Macro Mode for a Closer Look 46
18. Use Burst Mode to Capture the Moment 48
19. Use Time-Lapse Modes 50
20. Use Video and Audio Modes 52
21. Photograph Documents and Artwork 54
Chapter 4 Composing, Focusing, and Metering 57
22. Understand How Good Composition Holds Viewer Interest 58
23. Understand Focus 62
24. Use the Two Viewfinders 67
25. Using the LCD in Bright Sunlight 70
26. Understand Metering Options 71
27. Keep It Steady 74
28. Make Test Shots 75
Chapter 5 Lighting Techniques 77
29. Use the Built-in Flash 78
30. Use an External Flash 84
31. Keep the Background Bright and Naturally Lit with Slow Sync Flash 86
32. Lighting Portraits 87
33. Control Red Eye 89
34. Use Reflectors to Fill in Shadows in Sunlight 90
35. Use Inexpensive Lighting for Extreme Close-ups (Macros) 91
Chapter 6 Overcoming Difficult Situations 93
36. Freeze Fast Action 94
37. Follow Motion to Blur the Background 96
38. Take Night Shots 97
39. Steady Handheld Shots in Dim Light 101
Chapter 7 Things You Don't Do with Your Film Camera 103
40. Make Panoramas 104
41. Shoot Movies 108
42. Shoot Animation for the Web 110
Part II Digital Darkroom Magic
Chapter 8 Moving and Managing Your Pictures 115
43. Transfer Images Directly from Camera to Computer 116
44. Use a Card Reader to Transfer Images to a Computer 119
45. Move Images from One Computer to Another 121
46. Sort Images by Category on the Computer 123
47. Manage Images with Windows XP 125
48. Use Your Camera's Image Catalog Software 129
49. Rotate Images 131
50. Archive Images to CD-R and CD-RW 133
51. Create Wallpaper from Your Images 134
Chapter 9 Correcting Images with the Computer 137
52. Rotate an Image to Correct Alignment 138
53. Frame Your Shot with Cropping 139
54. Use Quick Fix 142
55. Alter the Color Balance 144
56. Eliminate Color Cast 146
57. Get a Visual Fix on Corrections with the Color Variations Command 147
58. Create a Perfectly Exposed Image 149
59. Create Instant Effects 152
60. Use Recipes for 31 Complex Solutions 153
61. Draw Details Out of the Shadows and Highlights 154
62. Open Up Shadows with the Dodge Tool 156
63. Use a Soft Light Blend Mode Layer 158
64. Create Your Own Shallow Depth-of-Field 159
Chapter 10 Retouching Your Images 161
65. Fix Red Eye in Your Image Editor 162
66. Eliminate Small Annoyances with the Clone Stamp Tool 163
67. Smooth Out the Wrinkles 165
68. Draw Attention to the Eyes 166
69. Sharpen Eyes and Other Specific Areas of the Image 168
70. Spread Highlights to Achieve Glamour Blurring 169
71. Convert Color Photos to Black-and-White 171
72. Color Tone Black-and-White Photos 172
73. Hand Color Black-and-White Photos 173
74. Correct Perspective Distortion 175
Chapter 11 Creating a New Reality with Composites 179
75. Stack Components on Layers 180
76. Make Collages Using Layer Transparency 182
77. Make Use of the Power of Selections 185
78. Blend Selections with Feathering 187
79. Select Complex Areas with the Magic Wand 188
80. Incorporate New Skies 190
81. Add Texture to Your Photos 192
82. Match Grain 194
Chapter 12 Special Effects 197
83. Create Lighting Effects 198
84. Use Blend Modes for a Million Special Effects 201
85. Make Your Own Weather 203
86. Combine Hand-Drawn Art with Photos 205
87. Combine Vector Art and Text with Photos 207
Part III Managing, Publishing, Printing, and Accessorizing
Chapter 13 Managing and Publishing Photos an the Web 213
88. Optimize Images for the Web 214
89. E-mail Your Photos 216
90. Turn Still Photos into Web Animation 218
91. Make an Instant Web Portfolio with Elements 221
92. Caption and Frame Web Photos 223
Chapter 14 Printing Pictures that Look Good and Last 227
93. Choose the Right Printer, Paper, and Ink 228
94. Create and Print Projects 233
95. Calculate Resolution Needed for Printed Publication 236
96. Make Your Photos into Gifts 237
97. Archive Printing Techniques 240
98. Print Without a Computer 242
99. Print Without a Printer (Online) 242
Chapter 15 Handy, Affordable Accessories 245
Close-up Lenses 246
Extension Lenses 247
Filters 247
Tripods 249
Other Devices to Steady Your Camera 250
Cases 251
External Flash 251
LCD Hoods 253
Be Prepared 255
Index 257
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