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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Digital Photography, Fourth Edition is a brand new take by a brand new author and professional photographer, who packs this book with heaps of essential tasks and new photos. Step-by-step screen shots show you best practices for completing more than 125 digital photography activities, including composing and lighting pictures; mixing and matching focus and lens ...
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Digital Photography, Fourth Edition is a brand new take by a brand new author and professional photographer, who packs this book with heaps of essential tasks and new photos. Step-by-step screen shots show you best practices for completing more than 125 digital photography activities, including composing and lighting pictures; mixing and matching focus and lens settings; cropping, resizing, and sharpening photos; and enhancing photos with software. You'll find great tips and tricks for capturing your best photos and turning them into impressive prints and photo-based projects.
See how to produce your best digital photographs ever with this easy-to-follow visual guide!
Why Go Digital?
Discover Digital Cameras.
From Start to Finish: The Digital Workflow.
Chapter 2: What You Need to Get Started.
Choose a Digital Camera.
Consider Digital Camera Accessories.
Build a Digital Darkroom.
Choose a Photo Printer.
Chapter 3: Controlling Exposure and Focal Length.
Learn About ISO.
Learn About Aperture.
Control Depth of Field.
Understanding Shutter Speed.
Discover Exposure Modes.
Learn About Focal Length.
Use a Wide-Angle Lens.
Use a Telephoto Lens.
Use a Zoom Lens.
Learn About Digital Camera Lenses.
Chapter 4: Understanding Light.
Learn About the Color of Light.
Measure and Correct Light for Color.
Learn About Light Quality.
Use a Flash.
Chapter 5: Learning About Focus.
Understanding Focus Systems.
Focus on an Off-Center Subject.
Use Focus Modes.
Discover Focus Techniques.
Chapter 6: Composing Pictures like a Pro.
Consider Design Principles.
Discover Rules of Composition.
Learn to Control Composition.
Chapter 7: Putting It All Together.
Experiment with Depth of Field.
Mix and Match Settings.
Change Shutter Speed for Effect.
Explore Different Lighting Options.
Try Creative Techniques.
Chapter 8: Taking Your First Digital Photos.
Set Up a Digital Camera.
Take Test Pictures.
Transfer Pictures to Your Computer.
Evaluate Your Photos.
Fine-Tune Camera Settings.
Chapter 9: Taking Advantage of Your Camera's Settings.
Match the Scene to the Setting.
Be Aware of In-Camera Settings.
How Do the Scene Settings Change the Images?
Use the Settings Creatively.
Evaluate Your Photos.
Better to Change Things Later?
Chapter 10: Avoiding Digital Photography Pitfalls.
Avoid Taking Unfixable Pictures.
What Is a Histogram?
Use a Histogram as You Take Pictures.
Compensate for Shutter Lag.
Keep Your Camera Steady.
Avoid Undesirable Colorcasts.
Never Use Digital Zoom.
Reduce Digital Noise.
Chapter 11: Capturing Unique Photo Opportunities.
Photograph Products to Sell on eBay.
Take Great Close-Up Photos.
Take Photos at Night without a Flash.
Capture Firework Displays.
Chapter 12: Organizing Your Photos
Why Use Image Editing Programs?
What Is a Digital Editing Workflow?
Photo Editing Options.
Understanding Metadata in Your Photos.
What Are RAW Digital Photos?
Import Photos to Your Browser.
Review, Sort, and Tag Your Photos.
Find Images Using Tags.
Use Tags to Sort.
Chapter 13: Enhance Your Photos with Basic Photo Editing.
Learn about Global and Local Changes.
Zoom In with the Zoom Tool.
Rotate an Image.
Straighten an Image.
Crop an Image.
Adjust the Exposure.
Adjust the Color Temperature.
Adjust the Tint.
Adjust the Saturation.
Adjust Noise and Sharpness.
Remove Red Eye.
Retouch Spots on Your Photos.
Retouch Spots on Your Subjects.
Apply Photo Effects.
Use the Auto Enhance Button.
Chapter 14: Advanced Photo Editing with Photoshop Elements.
Why Calibrate and Profile Your Monitor?
Open the Photoshop Elements Quick Fix Workspace.
Get Familiar with the Quick Fix Workspace.
Open a Photo to Fix in the Quick Fix Workspace.
Open a RAW Photo File.
Zoom In and Out.
Move Around the Image.
Rotate an Image.
Select a Comparative View.
Improve Composition by Cropping.
Use the Quick Fix Auto Buttons.
Try an Auto Fix for a Quick Improvement.
Remove Red Eye with One Click.
Convert a Color Photo to Black and White.
Add a Colored Filter Effect to Any Photo.
Chapter 15: Printing Photos and Other Projects
Archive Your Photos to CD or DVD Media.
Create a Contact Sheet.
Digital Photo Printing Options.
Get the Best Prints.
Choose a Photo Printer.
Match Prints to Monitor Display.
Optimize Printer Settings and Print a Photo.
Print One Photo as a Traditional Picture Package.
Use the Create Tab for Fun Photo Options.
Create a Greeting Card.
Print to an Online Photo Service.
Chapter 16: Sharing Photos Electronically
Add a Personal Copyright to Protect a Photo.
Save a JPEG for the Web.
Preview an Image in a Web Browser.
Create a Web Photo Gallery.
Send an Image with E-mail.
Chapter 17: Special Projects for Photoshop Elements.
Customize the Panel View.
What Are Layers and Why Use Them?
Find Your Way Around the Layers Panel.
Straighten a Crooked Photo.
Make a Creative Crop.
Select an Area of a Photo.
Whiten Teeth Digitally.
Duplicate the Background Layer.
What Are Photoshop Elements Filters?
What Is the Filter Gallery?
Understanding Styles and Effects.
Colorize a Black-and-White Photo.
Create a Sepia-Toned Photo.
Remove Blemishes with One Click.
Fix Skin Tone.
Adjust a Photo before Applying Filters.
Convert a Photo into a Sketch.
Convert a Photo into a Painting.
Create a Digital Photo Collage.
Create a Digital Panorama.
Understanding Type Layers.
Add and Edit Text.
Move and Resize Type to Fit a Photo.
Add Text and Match the Color to the Photo.
Posted March 28, 2011
Teach Yourself Visually - Digital Photography by Chris Bucher / Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Helpful illustrations and so much more!
From the title you would expect to find a simple overview of the ins & outs of digital photography. This book does not disappoint in that regard. What took me by surprise, however, was just how much useful information is packed into this book.
At first glance I thought the colorful clip art meant that the book would be only for beginners, but Teach Yourself Visually - Digital Photography is packed with a wide-range of comprehensive information.
Here are just a few of the topics covered:
Helpful accessories & equipment
Camera Controls and how they function
Lighting situations, basic composition and creative effects
How to organize your digital photo collection
My favorite part of the book was the extensive chapters on enhancing your digital images with post processing. Chris Bucher, uses helpful step-by-step screen shots to walk readers through editing from basic changes to more difficult exercises using Photoshop Elements.
This book seems to be an all-around great value for beginners and more experienced photographers alike. Whether you are a hobby photographer or shooting for stock you will find helpful tips in Teach Yourself Visually - Digital Photography.
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Posted February 11, 2012
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