Teach Yourself VISUALLY Digital Photography

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Updated to cover the latest photo editing software, this Visual guide makes it even easier for readers to develop their digital photography skills

With more than 500 step-by-step screen shots to demonstrate each task, this full-color guide teaches the essentials that make good photos–lighting, composition, exposure, shutter speed, and focus–along with must-know digital details like retouching, cropping, and printing.

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Updated to cover the latest photo editing software, this Visual guide makes it even easier for readers to develop their digital photography skills

With more than 500 step-by-step screen shots to demonstrate each task, this full-color guide teaches the essentials that make good photos–lighting, composition, exposure, shutter speed, and focus–along with must-know digital details like retouching, cropping, and printing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764599415
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Series: Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech) Series
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 293
  • Sales rank: 1,371,275
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Huss is a photographer with 40 years of experience. He has taught classes in digital photography and photo editing in the U.S. and Europe, and his numerous books on these topics have been translated into six languages. He has been honored frequently for his photo work, receiving awards in international competitions including the Grand Prize for his photomontage work at the Corel International Design Contest. A contributing editor for Photoshop User magazine, he has also appeared on CNN and TechTV.

Lynette Kent studied art and French at Stanford University. After completing her master’s degree, she taught at both the high school and community college level. In addition to writing books and magazine articles, Lynette works as a demo artist for computer hardware and software companies, and helps lead the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California, a professional organization for designers, photographers, and artists. She spends her free time painting, both with the computer and with traditional media, and shooting photos.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Digital Photography.

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: Understanding Light.

Learn About the Color of Light.

Measure and Correct Light for Color.

Photograph in Varied Lighting.

Use a Flash.

Chapter 4: 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 5: Learning About Focus.

Understanding Focus Systems.

Focus on a Still Subject.

Use Focus Modes.

Discover Focus Techniques.

Chapter 6: Composing Pictures Like a Pro.

Visualize Composition.

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.

Focus Selectively.

Compose Creatively.

Explore Different Lighting Options.

Try Creative Techniques.

Chapter 8: Taking Your First Digital Photo.

Set Up a Digital Camera.

Take Test Pictures.

Troubleshoot Problems.

Transfer Pictures to Your Computer.

Evaluate Your Photos.

Fine-Tune Camera Settings.

Chapter 9: Avoiding Digital Photography Pitfalls.

Avoid Taking Unfixable Pictures.

What Is a Histogram?

Use a Histogram as You Take Pictures.

Compensate for Shutter Lag.

Avoid Blowouts.

Keep Your Camera Steady.

Avoid Undesirable Color Casts.

Never Use Digital Zoom.

Reduce Digital Noise.

Avoid In-Camera Adjustments.

Become Comfortable with Your Digital Camera’s Settings.

Chapter 10: 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 11: Organizing Photos in Photoshop Elements.

Why Use Image Editing Programs?

What Is a Digital Editing Workflow?

The Welcome Screen Choices in Photoshop Elements.

Understanding the Organizer Workspace.

Understanding Metadata in Your Photos.

What Are Raw Digital Photos?

Create a New Catalog and Import Photos.

Review, Compare, and Sort Your Photos.

Organize with Tags.

Organize with Collections.

Chapter 12: Fixing Photos.

Why Calibrate and Profile Your Monitor?

Calibrate and Profile with Adobe Gamma.

Open the Photoshop Elements Quick Fix Workspace.

Get Familiar with the Quick Fix Workspace.

Open a Photo to Fix.

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.

Undo Changes.

Convert a Color Photo to Black and White.

Add a Colored Filter Effect to Any Photo.

Chapter 13: Enhancing Photos.

What Are Layers and Why Use Them?

Find Your Way Around the Layers Palette.

Straighten a Crooked Photo.

Add a Quick Colored Matte.

Make a Creative Crop.

Select an Area of a Photo.

Whiten Teeth Digitally.

What Are Photoshop Elements Filters?

Duplicate the Background Layer.

Reduce Digital Noise.

Use Special Effect Lighting.

Liquify a Photo for Effect.

Add Motion Blur.

Colorize a Black-and-White Photo.

Create a Sepia-Toned Photo.

Understanding Styles and Effects.

Customize the Palette View.

Add a Quick Vignette.

Add Digital Photo Corners.

Turn a Photo into a Drawing.

Frame a Photo with a Background Layer.

Remove Blemishes with One Click.

Fix Skin Tone.

Chapter 14: Getting Creative with Photoshop Elements.

Create a Digital Photo Collage.

What Is the Filter Gallery?

Adjust a Photo Before Applying Filters for Artistic Effects.

Convert a Photo into a Sketch.

Convert a Photo into a Painting.

Finish a Painting with an Artistic Border.

Understanding a Type Layer.

Add and Edit Text.

Move and Resize Type to Fit.

Add Text and Match the Color to the Photo.

Rotate Text.

Warp Text.

Stylize Text.

Simplify a Type Layer.

Put Text into Perspective.

Make a Photo-Filled Text Title.

Create a Digital Panorama.

Chapter 15: Printing Photos and Other Projects.

Archive Your Photos to CD or DVD Media.

Print a Contact Sheet .

Understanding Resolution.

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.

Print a Package with Multiple Photos.

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.

Save a GIF for the Web.

Preview an Image in a Browser.

Create a Web Photo Gallery.

Send an Image with E-mail.

Export Images.

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