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Digital cameras and imaging are booming but not everyone entering the market is armed with the knowledge and skill to take great pictures. Digital Photography Simplified offers techniques that can be used to make better digital photos, prints, and photo-based projects. Full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions show readers how to use their equipment , compose the best shot, and even make edits to photos to create stunning images and produce better photos. The updated design features a more ...
Digital cameras and imaging are booming but not everyone entering the market is armed with the knowledge and skill to take great pictures. Digital Photography Simplified offers techniques that can be used to make better digital photos, prints, and photo-based projects. Full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions show readers how to use their equipment , compose the best shot, and even make edits to photos to create stunning images and produce better photos. The updated design features a more sophisticated look and larger fonts and images to make this a perfect reference for all ages. Experienced author and photographer Rob Sheppard gently guides novice photographers through the sometimes confusing equipment choices, basic exposure, flash, and focus settings and offers practical instruction on how to get the best shot, simply.
1 Getting Ready to Take Pictures.
Set Up Your LCD for Optimum Use.
Viewfinder or LCD — Which to Use?
Choose a Resolution and File Type.
Choose a Memory Card.
Hold the Camera for Sharpness.
Choose a Program Mode.
Using Your Camera's Autofocus.
2 Taking a Better Picture through Composition.
Simple Pictures Work Best.
Get Close to Your Subject.
Find a Foreground.
Watch Your Background.
The Rule of Thirds.
When Centered Is Good.
Where Heads Belong.
Watch Your Edges.
Shoot Verticals and Horizontals.
3 Using Light to Your Advantage.
See the Light.
Shadows Are Important.
Light Can Hurt Your Photos (What to Avoid).
Low Front Light Can Be Beautiful.
Make Textures Show Up with Sidelight.
Separate with Backlight.
Add Impact with Spotlight.
Turn On Your Flash When the Light Is Harsh.
Time of Day Changes the Light.
4 Understanding Exposure and White Balance.
What Your Camera Meter Does.
The Problem of Underexposure.
The Problem of Overexposure.
Correct Exposure Problems.
What Is White Balance?
When to Use Auto White Balance.
When to Use Definite White Balance Settings.
Using White Balance Settings Creatively.
5 Choosing Shutter Speed and F-Stop.
Control Exposure with Shutter Speed and F-Stop.
Stop Action with Fast Shutter Speeds.
Blur Action with Slow Shutter Speeds.
Increase Depth of Field with Small F-Stops.
Create Shallow Depth of Field with Large F-Stops.
ISO Settings Affect Exposure Choices.
6 Getting Maximum Sharpness.
Minimize Camera Movement.
Focus on the Most Important Part of the Subject.
Choose F-Stop or Shutter Speed for Appropriate Sharpness.
Get Maximum Sharpness with a Tripod.
Get Sharpness with Other Camera Supports.
7 Getting the Most from a Lens.
Get a Big View with a Wide Angle.
Get a Tight View with a Telephoto.
Zoom for Best Compositions.
Choose Focal Lengths for Different Subjects.
Close-ups and Lenses.
Focal Length and People Photographs.
How to Buy New Lenses.
8 Indoor and Night Light plus Flash.
Deal with Artificial Light.
Correct Color with White Balance.
Using Appropriate Shutter Speed Technique.
Brace the Camera for Sharpness.
Understand How Flash Works.
Deal with Red Eye.
Avoid Flash Shadow Problems.
Bounce Your Flash for More Natural Light.
9 Shooting Video with a Digital Camera.
Choose the Right Shutter Speed.
Using ISO Settings to Change Exposure.
Support the Camera.
Capture a Variety of Shots.
Look for Movement.
Record Good Audio.
10 Editing and Organizing Your Photos.
Import Photos to Your Computer.
Organize Photos on a Hard Drive.
Back Up Photos on a Second Drive.
Using Photoshop Elements to Organize Photos.
Edit the Good from the Bad.
11 Basic Adjustments with Photoshop Elements.
Crop Your Photos for Better Images.
Fix Crooked Horizons.
Fix Gray Photos.
Make Dark Photos Brighter.
Correct Color Easily.
Size the Picture for Printing.
Size Photos for E-mail.
Sharpen the Image.
12 Additional Controls with Photoshop Elements.
Using Selections to Isolate Adjustments.
Modify Your Selections.
Increase Color Saturation without Problems.
Darken Specific Areas of a Photo.
Lighten Specific Areas of a Photo.
Darken Edges for a Traditional Look.
What Layers Are About.
13 Printing Photos.
Start with a Good Photo for a Good Print.
Calibrate the Monitor.
Using Photo Printers with Photoshop Elements.
Set the Printer Driver Correctly.
Make the Right Paper Choice.
Make a Good Print.
Add Text to a Print.
14 Basic Video Editing with Premiere Elements.
Review Your Shots.
Look for an Order to Shots.
Edit Clip Length.
Place Clips in Timeline.
Add Titles to Your Video.
Adjust the Sound for Your Video.
Add Special Effects to Your Video.
Add Music to Your Video.
Export Your Edited Video.
Posted January 23, 2010
If you need to know about lighting, white balance and how all of those settings on your digital camera can work to help you get a better photo, get this book. This is a step by step guide that makes everything clearer
no matter what camera you have. The illustrations in the book are very helpful and the language is not too technical.
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Posted January 18, 2010
A beginner in degital photography is akin to someone looking for the end of a circle.
Mr Sheppard has found the end of this circle, and it is well done.
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