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Digital Photography Visual Quick Steps

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Follow these clear-cut steps and start taking better photos

If you want to get more out of your digital camera and start taking better photographs, this easy-to-follow guide is for you. Designed for visual learners who'd rather see how to do something quickly instead of wading through paragraphs of text, this useful book offers highly visual tutorials and full-color screen shots on every page. You'll see just how to compose and light pictures using professional techniques, learn...

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Overview

Follow these clear-cut steps and start taking better photos

If you want to get more out of your digital camera and start taking better photographs, this easy-to-follow guide is for you. Designed for visual learners who'd rather see how to do something quickly instead of wading through paragraphs of text, this useful book offers highly visual tutorials and full-color screen shots on every page. You'll see just how to compose and light pictures using professional techniques, learn how to mix and match focus and lens settings, and find great ways to enhance your photos with digital imaging software.

  • Helps digital camera users capture, produce, and print better photos
  • Teaches practical techniques using easy-to-follow, step-by-step visuals and brief explanations
  • Features full-color screen shots on every page to clearly illustrate techniques and steps
  • Covers composing and lighting techniques, setting focus and lenses, enhancing photos with software, and more

Digital Photography Visual Quick Steps is packed with full-color quick steps to help you improve your digital photography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118338797
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Bucher (Indianapolis, IN) is a professional photographer whose work can be found in everything from corporate annual reports to national ad campaigns and regional publications, such as Home Trends. Chris predominately works in advertising and marketing but has a strong affinity for simple family portraiture and landscapes. He is the author of Lighting Photo Workshop.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Understanding Digital Photography

Why Go Digital? 4

Discover Digital Cameras 6

From Start to Finish: The Digital Workflow 8

Chapter 2 What You Need to Get Started

Choose a Digital Camera 14

Consider Digital Camera Accessories 16

Build a Digital Darkroom 20

Choose a Photo Printer 22

Chapter 3 Controlling Exposure and Focal Length

Learn About ISO 26

Learn About Aperture 27

Control Depth of Field 28

Understanding Shutter Speed 29

Discover Exposure Modes 30

Learn About Focal Length 32

Use a Wide-Angle Lens 33

Use a Telephoto Lens 34

Use a Zoom Lens 35

Learn About Digital Camera Lenses 36

Chapter 4 Understanding Light

Learn About the Color of Light 42

Measure and Correct Light for Color 44

Learn About Light Quality 46

Use a Flash 50

Chapter 5 Learning About Focus

Understanding Focus Systems 54

Focus on an Off-Center Subject 56

Use Focus Modes 58

Discover Focus Techniques 59

Chapter 6 Composing Pictures like a Pro

Visualize Composition 62

Consider Design Principles 64

Discover Rules of Composition 66

Learn to Control Composition 68

Chapter 7 Putting It All Together

Experiment with Depth of Field 72

Mix and Match Settings 74

Change Shutter Speed for Effect 76

Focus Selectively 77

Compose Creatively 78

Explore Different Lighting Options 80

Try Creative Techniques 82

Chapter 8 Taking Your First Digital Photos

Set Up a Digital Camera 86

Take Test Pictures 88

Troubleshoot Problems 90

Transfer Pictures to Your Computer 92

Evaluate Your Photos 94

Fine-Tune Camera Settings 96

Chapter 9 Taking Advantage of Your Camera’s Settings

Match the Scene to the Setting 100

Be Aware of In-Camera Settings 101

How Do the Scene Settings Change the Images? 102

Use the Settings Creatively 104

Evaluate Your Photos 106

Better to Change Things Later? 107

Chapter 10 Avoiding Digital Photography Pitfalls

Avoid Taking Unfixable Pictures 110

What Is a Histogram? 111

Use a Histogram as You Take Pictures 112

Compensate for Shutter Lag 114

Avoid Blowouts 115

Keep Your Camera Steady 116

Avoid Undesirable Colorcasts 117

Never Use Digital Zoom 118

Reduce Digital Noise 119

Chapter 11 Capturing Unique Photo Opportunities

Photograph Products to Sell on eBay 122

Take Great Close-Up Photos 124

Take Photos at Night without a Flash 126

Capture Firework Displays 127

Chapter 12 Organizing Your Photos

Why Use Image Editing Programs? 130

What Is a Digital Editing Workflow? 132

Photo Editing Options 134

Understanding Metadata in Your Photos 136

What Are RAW Digital Photos? 137

Import Photos to Your Browser 138

Review, Sort, and Tag Your Photos 140

Tag Photos 142

Find Images Using Tags 146

Use Tags to Sort 148

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