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Looking for a friendly, comprehensive primer on digital cameras that assumes you know next to nil about digital photography, yet manages not to treat you like a dummy? Look no further. In The Little Digital Camera Book, authors Cynthia Baron and Dan Peck help you go digital by providing a no-nonsense, jargon-free introduction to shooting, enhancing and sharing images from a digital camera.

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Overview

Looking for a friendly, comprehensive primer on digital cameras that assumes you know next to nil about digital photography, yet manages not to treat you like a dummy? Look no further. In The Little Digital Camera Book, authors Cynthia Baron and Dan Peck help you go digital by providing a no-nonsense, jargon-free introduction to shooting, enhancing and sharing images from a digital camera.

The Little Digital Camera Book covers everything nonprofessional photographers need to know about purchasing the right digital camera, how to get the best image that the camera and image-editing software can provide, and how to share those images in print, email, and on the Web, as well as how to turn your photos into cards, calendars, and other projects. Baron and Peck begin with an easy, conversational explanation of what digital photography is and how it works. Then they discuss how to choose the right hardware, including cameras, accessories, and printers, and how to use some of the most common features found on digital cameras. Finally, they discuss how to use image-editing software to fix typical problems such as red eye, cropping, and color correction, and the different options out there for sharing digital images. Reading The Little Digital Camera Book is like having a friend at your side to answer all your questions--you'll be teaching everyone else you know the ins and outs of digital photography in no time!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321125309
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Little Book Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia L. Baron is a contributing editor for Critique magazine, and editor of a book series for professional designers. Cyndi teaches at Northeastern University in Boston and deals daily with digital imagery and image editing. She is the co-author of Windows for Mac Users and FileMaker Pro 5/5.5 Advanced Visual QuickPro Guide, both by Peachpit Press

Dan Peck has been in the computer business for twenty years, serving graphic design industry and non-profit community as a systems consultant and Filemaker Pro developer. As a photographer, his work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, as well as album covers and publicity stills. He is the co-author of FileMaker Pro 5/5.5 Advanced Visual QuickPro Guide by Peachpit Press.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Digital Photography? 3
A Brief History of Photography 2
How Film Photography Works 3
Inside a Digital Camera 4
Film Photography Advantages 5
How Digital Photography Differs 6
Digital Photography Advantages 7
Preparing Your Computer 8
RAM 9
Storage 10
USB 10
CD Recorder 12
Chapter 2 Buy Your Camera Gear 13
Resolution and Megapixels 13
1 Megapixel 14
2 Megapixels 14
3 Megapixels 14
4+ Megapixels 14
Optical vs. Digital Zoom 15
Auto and Manual Modes 15
Price Comparison Shopping 16
Basic (under $500) 16
Deluxe ($500 to $800) 16
Professional (over $800) 17
Mail Order 17
Retail Store 18
Comparing Battery Types 18
Batteries 18
Battery Packs 20
Adapters 20
Comparing Storage Media 20
SmartMedia 21
CompactFlash 21
Memory Stick 22
Card Readers 22
Do You Need the Extras? 23
Camera Bags 23
Lenses 23
Filters 24
Tripods 24
Odd and Ends 25
Chapter 3 Compose a Good Photo 27
Setting Up a Shot 27
Framing the Shot 29
Avoiding Framing Problems (Parallax) 30
Choosing the Optimum Distance 32
Determining What's in Focus 33
Working with the Light 34
Gauging the Light Source 35
Shooting Against the Light 36
F-Stop and Shutter Speed 38
Shooting Motion 39
Chapter 4 Set the Camera Options 43
Resolution 43
Choosing the Right Resolution for Your Purpose 43
Setting Resolution on the Camera 44
Focus 44
Using Autofocus 46
Using Manual Focus 47
Using Macro Focus 47
Exposure 47
What Does Autoexposure Do? 48
Setting Shutter Priority 48
Setting Aperture Priority 49
Using Manual Exposure 49
Setting Exposure Compensation 50
Setting White Balance 50
Zoom 51
Using Optical Zoom 52
Using Digital Zoom 52
Flash 52
Reducing Red Eye 53
Using the Flash to Fill In Light 53
Shooting without the Flash 54
Shooting at Night 54
Flash Correction 55
Self-Timer/Remote Control 57
Chapter 5 Store and Transfer Your Photos 59
Choose Your Images 59
Viewing Stored Images 60
Deleting an Unwanted Shot 61
Connect to Your Computer 61
Connecting Directly to Your Computer 62
Connecting a Card Reader to Your Computer 63
Organize Your Computer for Images 64
Transfer Your Photos 64
Transferring Photos from Flash Card to Computer 64
Transferring Photos with Infrared Connection 66
Erasing Your Flash Card 66
Swapping Flash Cards 67
View Your Transferred Photos 68
Viewing Your Photos on a Computer 68
Viewing Your Photos on a TV 70
Save and Organize Photos 70
Renaming Transferred Photos 71
Saving Your Originals 71
Organizing Your Photos 72
Burning a CD of Your Images 73
Recording Your Images on a VCR 74
Organize with iPhoto 74
Chapter 6 Choosing Editing Software 77
Why Do You Need Software? 77
Choosing Software 78
Freeware and Shareware vs. Commercial Software 79
Types of Editing Software 80
Drop and Crop 84
Image Editors 86
Freeware Image Editors 88
Commercial Image Editors 90
Photo Editors 92
Professional Editing Software 94
Chapter 7 Photos and File Types 95
Choosing an Image File Type 95
JPEG 96
TIFF 98
RAW 98
System File Types 100
Web Graphics Formats 100
Proprietary File Formats 101
Changing an Image File Format 102
TIFF Options 104
JPEG Options 105
Quality 105
Standard or Optimized Options 107
Progressive Option 107
Chapter 8 Image-Editing Basics 109
Knowing What to Fix 109
Image-Editing Tools 111
Selection Tools 112
Red-Eye Reduction 112
Hue, Contrast, and Brightness 114
Levels 117
Curves 119
Dodge and Burn 119
Layers 120
Masks 123
Cloning 124
Cropping 126
Sharpening 127
Changing Resolution and Size 130
Changing Print Resolution and Size 130
Changing Image Resolution and Size 132
Proportions and Aspect Ratio 133
Final Touches 134
Adding a Border 134
Adding a Caption 135
Chapter 9 Improve Your Photos 137
Fixing Brightness and Contrast 138
Using Brightness and Contrast Sliders 138
Using Levels 140
Correcting Color Shifts 141
Using Hue/Saturation 141
Using Levels 142
Altering and Editing Images 144
Making People Look Better 144
Erasing Large Objects 148
Creating a Mask 151
Chapter 10 Print Your Images 153
Why Print at Home? 153
Inkjet Printers and Cartridges 154
General-Purpose vs. Photo 155
Types of Cartridges 157
Maintaining Your Printer 159
Choosing Your Paper 160
Paper Types 160
Special Papers 162
Setting Up Your Image 164
Printing Several Images on One Page 164
Having Professionals Do It 167
Local Printing Services 168
Online Photo Printing Services 169
Uploading and Ordering Photos 170
Prints from iPhoto 171
iPhoto Printed Albums 173
Chapter 11 Share Your Photos 175
Sharing without a Computer 175
Emailing Your Images 177
Preparing a File for Emailing 177
Why do you need compression? 178
Compressing files 179
Attaching an Image to Email 180
Sending and receiving attachments in AOL 181
Online Photo Services 181
Using Photo Service Pages 182
Selecting an Online Service 183
Using iPhoto to Share Online 185
Creating a Personal Web Page 186
Displaying Photos on PDAs 187
Making a Digital Slide Show 188
Chapter 12 Photo Projects 191
Make a Picture T-Shirt 191
Create Photo Greeting Cards 193
Make a Photo Panorama 194
Use Your Photos for Auctions 197
Customize Your Computer Desktop 198
Create Desktop Backgrounds 198
Create Your Own Screensaver 201
Shoot Movies with Your Camera 203
Make a Movie with iPhoto 204
Add Sound to Your Images 205
Appendix A Digital Camera Troubleshooting 207
Appendix B Image Editing Troubleshooting 211
Appendix C Online Resources 215
Index 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    Ideal for digital camera beginners

    If you are a newcomer to digital photography, this inexpensive book is for you. The Little Digital Camera book covers the gamut of your needs: How to use your camera; share pictures with friends and family; organize and protect your digital files; find a photo editor that suits your skill level and needs; along with digital photo creative projects. The writing is thorough, clear and informative, without being overwhelming. Thankfully, the content is truly cross-platform, viable for both Mac and PC owners. Overall, excellent value for your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Where was this book when I bought My Digital Camera??

    This is a great book for people who only have rudimentary knowledge of digital cameras. I wish I' d had this book when I bought my camera two years ago. It has answered so many questions that I had about both taking photos on a digital camera, and then editing them on the computer and using online. Highly recommended! This will make a great holiday gift!

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