Shot Doctor,The: The Amateur's Guide to Taking Great Digital Photos

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The Shot Doctor is a new kind of digital photography book that focuses on the “how-to” and less on the “how it works” or the technology behind the camera. This book is designed to be small enough to fit in your back pocket or in a camera bag. It is aimed at everyday parents, students, sporting enthusiasts, and average joes who just want to take decent pictures at their kids’ soccer games and dance recitals and who don’t aspire to make digital photography a hobby.

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Overview

The Shot Doctor is a new kind of digital photography book that focuses on the “how-to” and less on the “how it works” or the technology behind the camera. This book is designed to be small enough to fit in your back pocket or in a camera bag. It is aimed at everyday parents, students, sporting enthusiasts, and average joes who just want to take decent pictures at their kids’ soccer games and dance recitals and who don’t aspire to make digital photography a hobby.

• Easy-to-follow when-why-how “recipes” help you set your camera to get great shots right away

• Beautiful full-color interior

• Step-by-step instructions for conquering everyday photography challenges, including sporting events, school recitals and performances, vacations, babies, children, and special events

• Simple explanations of camera controls help you understand when to use them, why they work, and how to use them

• Compact, stays-open design means you can carry it everywhere and refer to it while you’re taking pictures

• Visual before and after examples of common photography problems help you choose the right solution for your photography challenges

Mark Edward Soper has been using adjustable cameras since 1971 and digital cameras since 2000, for a total of more than 37 years as an enthusiastic and serious amateur photographer. Mr. Soper’s when-why-how approach to photography, which combines picture-based methods (take a picture, change settings, see how the picture improves), has been tested through years of teaching photography as well as by the hundreds of photographs he has taken for many of his books. Mark is the author of Easy Digital Cameras and Unleashing Windows Vista Media Center, as well as books on corporate and home networking, PC upgrades, home automation, and PC troubleshooting.

Category: Digital Photography

Covers: Digital Cameras

User Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789739483
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 6/4/2009
  • Edition description: Spiral-bound
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 956,607
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Edward Soper has been using adjustable cameras since 1971 and digital cameras since early this decade, for a total of more than 37 years as an enthusiastic and serious amateur photographer. Mr. Soper’s when-why-how approach to photography, which combines picture-based methods (take a picture, change settings, see how the picture improves) with just enough photographic theory to help users understand why as well as what to change, has been tested through years of teaching photography to enthusiastic adults and senior adults, as well as by the hundreds of photographs he has taken for many of his books. Mark is the author and co-author of many other technology books, including Easy Digital Cameras and Unleashing Windows Vista Media Center, as well as books on corporate and home networking, PC upgrades, home automation, and PC troubleshooting.

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IntroductionIntroductionA Better Book for Everyday Photography

Lots of photography books include beautiful photos of exotic locations and scenery. Not this one. I hope you’ll enjoy the photos, of course, but I also hope you’ll see that the photos included in this book are similar to the ones you’ve been taking—or would like to take. Graduations, babies, weddings, vacations...the list of photography possibilities goes on—and so do the frustrations.

If you have a digital camera and you’re frustrated with your photos, you’ve opened the right book—I wrote it just for you. Whether you have a modest digital point-and-shoot camera or have laid out the big bucks for a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses (DSLR), you’ve been taking photos of the most important events in your life—and you’ve probably been disappointed by the results.

Believe me, I understand. This book was conceived as a result of conversations I had with friends and family who’d gotten new cameras, taken them to special events, and been frustrated by the poor-quality photos they’d taken. I want to help you stop being frustrated with your camera and start enjoying it.

This book is the end result of more than 35 years as a photographer and more than 6 years as a digital camera user. During that time, I’ve developed a series of recipes I use in different situations to help ensure better photos. And while I prefer to do most of my “serious” shooting with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi DSLR camera, the majority of the photos in this book were shot with various point-and-shoot cameras made by Canon, Nikon, and Kodak; the same types of cameras you use for family, everyday, and vacation photos. In most cases, I provide methods that can be used either with scene-driven cameras or cameras with traditional aperture, shutter, and manual exposure control.

To get the most out of this book, I suggest the following:

  • Read your camera’s manual—This book will tell you how and why to use particular features, but your camera manual provides the nitty-gritty details. I recommend carrying both this book and your camera manual with you.
  • Shoot, look, evaluate, and change settings—Digital cameras make seeing your work easy: Photos show up on the LCD display as soon as you take a picture, and you can play back your photos anytime you want. If you’ve been accustomed to taking a bunch of photos and then reviewing them, it’s time for a change. Take a photo or two, look over the pictures, and if you’re not satisfied, use the appropriate parts of the book for suggestions. Make those changes and reshoot. I think you’ll see a big difference.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Part I Solutions to Common Photo Problems

Chapter 1 Quick Reference to Common Photo Problems

Part II Easy Camera Settings and Their Limitations

Chapter 2 Quick Tour of Typical Digital Cameras

Nikon Coolpix L3

Canon PowerShot A580

Kodak ZD8612

Canon Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D

Chapter 3 Top Ten Problem Photo Situations—and How to Get Better Photos

Snow/Beach/Water

Graduation

Birthday Candles

Sparklers and Celebrations

Concerts and Stage Shows

Children at Play and in Groups

Sidelighting and Backlighting

Wedding Day

New Baby

Sports

Part III Recipes for Better Digital Photos

Chapter 4 What You Can (and Cannot) Do in Auto Mode

Selecting Auto Mode

What Auto Mode Does

When Auto Mode Shines

When Auto Mode Has Problems

Evaluating Your Photos

Going Beyond Auto Mode

Chapter 5 Using Scenes

Understanding Scenes

Types of Scene Settings

How to Use Scenes

Sunrise, Sunset

Night

Snow

Interiors

Other Scene Modes

What Scenes Can’t Do

Part IV Recipes for Better Digital Photos

Chapter 6 Recipes for Better Indoor and Night Pictures

Why You Need This Chapter

Choosing the Right ISO

Choosing the Right White Balance

Using Electronic Flash

Too-Dark Flash Photos

Too-Light Flash Photos

Off-Color Flash Photos

Available Light at Home

Birthday Candles

Group Activities Without Flash

Group Activities with Flash

Playtime

Window Light at Home

Dealing with “Spotlight” Effect from Direct Sun, Dark Background

Dealing with Backlit Subjects

Indoor Sporting Events

Prefocus on Where Your Subject Will Be Instead of Trying to Track Them

Use Panning If You Can’t Use a Really Fast Shutter Speed

If You Have an Add-on Flash, Put It to Work

Choose the Right Autofocus Method to Track a Moving Subject

Night Sporting Events

Look For Shots that Capture the Mood if You Can’t Capture the Action

Prefocus on the Playmaker

Use Manual Focus if Your Camera Supports It

Churches and Museums

Concerts and Performances

Fireworks

Portraits

Campfires

Pets

Mixed Lighting

Chapter 7 Recipes for Better Daytime Pictures

Why You Need This Chapter

Choosing the Right Aperture

Portraits

Landscapes

Choosing the Right ISO

When to Use a Higher (Faster) ISO

When to Use a Lower (Slower) ISO

Choosing the Right White Balance

Choosing the Right Shutter Speed

Landscapes

Directional Lighting

Buildings and Architecture

Why Details Matter

Shooting From the Inside to Capture Special Details

Children

Get Closer…and Use the Right Framing

How to Unclutter the Background

Shooting at Dawn and Dusk

Sunrise, Sunset

Buildings at Dusk

Better People Photos

Avoid Overhead Lighting

Backlight Is Flattering, But Watch the Exposure

Distracting Background? Blur It Away

Action Air-Land-Water

Using Smoke

Using Panning

Vacations

A New Take on Disney World

At the Zoo

Chapter 8 Recipes for Better Event Pictures

Weddings

Before the Wedding

Shooting the Ceremony

Shooting the Reception

Holidays, Showers, and Birthdays

New Baby in Town

Baptisms and Christenings

Reunions and Meetings

Restaurants and Dining

Chapter 9 Introduction to Creative Control Modes

Why You Need This Chapter

Benefits of Creative Control Modes

Better Colors in Any Light

Just-Right Exposures in Tricky Lighting

Control What’s in Focus

Control How Action Is Captured

Control How Photos Are Stored

Using Program Mode

When to Use Program Mode—and Why

How Program Mode Works

How to Use Program Mode

Program Mode Photos

Using Shutter Priority Mode

When to Use Shutter Priority Mode—and Why

How to Use Shutter Priority Mode

Shutter Priority Mode Photos

Using Aperture Priority Mode

When to Use Aperture Priority Mode—and Why

How to Use Aperture Priority Mode

Aperture Priority Mode Photos

Using Manual Mode

When to Use Manual Mode—and Why

How to Use Manual Mode

Manual Mode Photos

Viewing Photos

Photo Viewing Modes

Why Use Different Viewing Modes?

Using Standard Viewing Mode

Viewing Photos in Other Modes

Storing Photos in JPEG Format

When to Use JPEG Format—and Why

Selecting JPEG Size Settings

Selecting Quality Settings

Comparing JPEG Image Size and Quality Settings

Storing Photos in RAW Format

When to Use RAW Format—and Why

How to Use RAW Format

RAW Format Photos

Chapter 10 Improving Exposure

Why You Need This Chapter

Using Exposure Lock

When to Use Exposure Lock—and Why

How Exposure Lock Works

How to Use Exposure Lock

Before and After Exposure Lock

Using EV Adjustment

When to Use EV Adjustment—and Why

How EV Adjustment Works

How to Use EV Adjustment

Before and After EV Adjustment

Using Spot Metering

When to Use Spot Metering

Why Use Spot Metering?

How to Use Spot Metering

Before and After Spot Metering

Using ISO Adjustments

When to Use ISO Adjustments

Why Use ISO Adjustments?

How to Use ISO Adjustments

Before and After ISO Adjustments

Don’t Use Too High an ISO Setting

Improving Exposure in Histogram View

Chapter 11 Improving Color

Why You Need This Chapter

Why Use White Balance Settings?

How to Change White Balance Settings

Using Daylight White Balance

When to Use Daylight White Balance—and Why

How to Use Daylight White Balance

Before and After Daylight White Balance

When to Use Incandescent White Balance—and Why

How to Use Incandescent White Balance

Before and After Incandescent White Balance

Using Fluorescent White Balance

When to Use Fluorescent White Balance—and Why

How to Use Fluorescent White Balance

Before and After Fluorescent White Balance

Using Cloudy/Open Shade White Balance

When to Use Cloudy/Open Shade White Balance—and Why

How to Use Cloudy/Open Shade White Balance

Comparing Daylight, Cloudy, and Open Shade White Balance

Using Custom White Balance

When to Use Custom White Balance—and Why

How to Use Custom White Balance

Before and After Custom White Balance

Using Color Settings

When to Use Color Settings—and Why

How to Use Color Settings

Color Settings Compared

Chapter 12 Stopping Action

Why You Need This Chapter

Shutter Speeds 101

Avoiding Camera Shake

Selecting the “Right” Shutter Speed

Candids and Portraits

Sports and Action

Water and Rain

Ice and Snow

Children Playing

Amusement and Theme Parks

Selective Blur

Panning

Capturing Peaks of Action

Using Continuous Shooting/Burst Mode

Chapter 13 Using Electronic Flash

Why You Need This Chapter

Using Built-in Flash

When to Use Built-in Flash

Controlling Built-in Flash

Why Use Built-in Flash?

How to Use Built-in Flash

Using Fill Flash

When to Use Fill Flash

Why Use Fill Flash?

How to Use Fill Flash

Before and After Fill Flash

Using Add-on Flash

How to Use Add-on Flash

Using Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options

When to Use Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options

Why Use Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options?

How to Use Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options

Before and After Photos (Bounce, Swivel, Diffuser)

Using Flash Exposure Compensation (EV)

When to Use Flash Exposure Compensation

Why Use Flash Exposure Compensation?

How to Use Flash Exposure Compensation

Before and After Flash Exposure Compensation

Chapter 14 Controlling What’s in Focus

Why You Need This Chapter

Understanding Depth of Field

Using Tripod or Tripod Substitutes

Using a Self Timer

Using Focus Lock

When to Use Focus Lock

How to Use Focus Lock

Focus Lock Photos

Using Different Autofocus Methods

How to Use Face Detection

How to Use Multiple Area Focus Selection

Using User-Selectable Focusing Zones/Points

Different Autofocus Modes

Controlling Focus with Aperture Selections

When to Use Wide Apertures

When to Use Narrow Apertures

Selecting Apertures

Wide Aperture (Selective Focus) Photos

Narrow Aperture (Deep Focus) Photos

Using Depth-of-Field Preview

When to Use Depth-of-Field Preview

How to Use Depth-of-Field Preview

Using Manual Focus

When to Use Manual Focus

How to Use Manual Focus

Preventing Camera Shake

When to Use a Tripod or Tripod Substitute

Using Tripod or Tripod Substitutes

Using a Self Timer

Chapter 15 Using Zoom and Interchangeable Lenses

Why You Need This Chapter

Zoom Lenses

Zoom Ratios

Optical Versus Digital Zoom

Zoom Lenses with Variable Apertures

Using “Normal” Zoom Lenses

Using Medium Zoom Lenses

Using Long Zoom Lenses

Shooting Portraits with Zoom Lenses

Using Fast Lenses

Shooting Ultra Close-ups in Macro Mode

Using Filters

When to Use UV and Skylight Filters—and Why

When to Use a Polarizing Filter—and Why

When to Use Neutral Density (ND) Filters—and Why

Adapting Filters to Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

Using Anti-Shake Technologies

Part V: Appendixes (on the Book's Website)

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: FAQs

9780789739482 TOC 4/23/2009

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Preface

IntroductionIntroductionA Better Book for Everyday Photography

Lots of photography books include beautiful photos of exotic locations and scenery. Not this one. I hope you’ll enjoy the photos, of course, but I also hope you’ll see that the photos included in this book are similar to the ones you’ve been taking—or would like to take. Graduations, babies, weddings, vacations...the list of photography possibilities goes on—and so do the frustrations.

If you have a digital camera and you’re frustrated with your photos, you’ve opened the right book—I wrote it just for you. Whether you have a modest digital point-and-shoot camera or have laid out the big bucks for a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses (DSLR), you’ve been taking photos of the most important events in your life—and you’ve probably been disappointed by the results.

Believe me, I understand. This book was conceived as a result of conversations I had with friends and family who’d gotten new cameras, taken them to special events, and been frustrated by the poor-quality photos they’d taken. I want to help you stop being frustrated with your camera and start enjoying it.

This book is the end result of more than 35 years as a photographer and more than 6 years as a digital camera user. During that time, I’ve developed a series of recipes I use in different situations to help ensure better photos. And while I prefer to do most of my “serious” shooting with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi DSLR camera, the majority of the photos in this book were shot with various point-and-shoot cameras made by Canon,Nikon, and Kodak; the same types of cameras you use for family, everyday, and vacation photos. In most cases, I provide methods that can be used either with scene-driven cameras or cameras with traditional aperture, shutter, and manual exposure control.

To get the most out of this book, I suggest the following:


  • Read your camera’s manual—This book will tell you how and why to use particular features, but your camera manual provides the nitty-gritty details. I recommend carrying both this book and your camera manual with you.
  • Shoot, look, evaluate, and change settings—Digital cameras make seeing your work easy: Photos show up on the LCD display as soon as you take a picture, and you can play back your photos anytime you want. If you’ve been accustomed to taking a bunch of photos and then reviewing them, it’s time for a change. Take a photo or two, look over the pictures, and if you’re not satisfied, use the appropriate parts of the book for suggestions. Make those changes and reshoot. I think you’ll see a big difference.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2010

    Just what the Doctor ordered!

    If your new to digital photography this is great book to get you stated understanding how your DSLR works. Easy to understand for the beginner and covers all you need to know to get great pictures quickly. The recipes sections (the best part of the book) of the book saves you a lot of time and aggravation giving you the basic setting needed to take very good pictures in all type settings. Mark shows you a bad picture and its settings... then how the camera should be set for a great picture. If your like me I would take bad pictures and not know why. This books answers your question and you will want it in your camera bag.

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