Photography For Dummies

Photography For Dummies

by Russell Hart
     
 

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Your personal photographs have a worth that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. They’re likely the one thing you would grab on the way out of a burning house – an irreplaceable record of the life you lead, of friends and family, and of the occasions with which you mark passing years.

The funny thing is, most people aren’t

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Your personal photographs have a worth that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. They’re likely the one thing you would grab on the way out of a burning house – an irreplaceable record of the life you lead, of friends and family, and of the occasions with which you mark passing years.

The funny thing is, most people aren’t entirely happy with their photographs. And that's where Photography For Dummies comes in. You don't need a fancy camera with multiple, removable lenses to get good pictures. The problem is, nearly every book on photography assumes that you're using one. But this book assumes that you're using a point-and-shoot camera for all your pictures. In fact, this may be the most complete guide available for taking pictures with a modern point-and-shoot camera.

This revised edition of Photography For Dummies helps you choose film (much simpler than you’d think), load film into the camera (no big sweat), and understand how to hold the camera (yes, there are right and wrong ways). You'll also discover tips about dealing with your photofinisher – a far more important factor in getting good results than most people realize, especially in the digital age. What's more, you'll gain insight into

  • Working with your camera, and how different settings make your camera do different things
  • Understanding the importance of light in a photograph, and applying design strategies that make your subjects stand out
  • Getting shots that both flatter people and capture their personalities
  • Shooting landscapes, and the special considerations of travel photography
  • Taking pictures filmlessly, and the pleasures and pitfalls of digital photography
  • Troubleshooting your camera, and discovering what do try if it won't shoot

Today’s point-and-shoot cameras are remarkably reliable devices. So why aren’t your pictures better? The main secret to better photographs is knowing what to shoot, when to shoot it, and how to shoot it. You need Photography For Dummies, because it lets you in on this secret.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In an approach typical of other titles in the "Dummies" series, this book provides a straightforward, fairly comprehensive review of amateur photography with a point-and-shoot camera. Award-winning photographer Hart begins by advising novice photographers that they do not need a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to take good photographs. He correctly assumes that most amateur photographers use these small cameras rather than SLR cameras, and his book's strength lies in the depth and breadth of its coverage of point-and-shoot cameras. Hart defines the types of point-and-shoots available today, then discusses their parts and operation. Excellent chapters cover lighting, composition, and technique as well as digital photography with advanced photo systems. Finally, Hart offers sound advice on purchasing cameras, along with helpful information on web sites, troubleshooting, manufacturers, retailers, and a glossary of jargon. One of the few manuals for amateurs who simply want to improve the quality of their photographs, this book will be a solid addition to most collections of popular photography in public libraries.--Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764541162
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/13/2003
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Technology Editor at American Photo magazine and a contributing editor to Popular Photography, Russell Hart has written about photography for The New York Times, Mens Journal, and Us magazines, and is the author of a number of books on photographic subjects.

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