The Basic Book of Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Enhance, and Share Your Digital Pictures

The Basic Book of Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Enhance, and Share Your Digital Pictures

by Tom Grimm, Michele Grimm


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The ultimate, up-to-the-minute digital photography handbook-from the authors of the bestselling Basic Book of Photography.

The Basic Book of Digital Photography is the definitive guide to the expansive world of digital photography from two of the field's most established authorities. The Grimms' classic guide, The Basic Book of Photography, has sold over 400,000 copies since the first edition was published in 1974. Now they are steering photographers through the new era of digital imaging.

This comprehensive handbook covers how to compose the best shots with cameras from point-and-shoot to the increasingly popular SLR (single lens reflex) models-and even cell phone cameras- and takes readers through the steps to improve, display, and preserve their images. The guide includes over 400 photos and illustrations, an extensive glossary and addresses everything from choosing a digital camera to storing files and printing photos. An indispensable accessory for amateur shutterbugs or dedicated professionals, this is the one handbook no digital photographer will want to do without.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452289550
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Grimm is a freelance photographer based in Oregon who has spent more than 40 years behind a camera and in the darkroom. He has taught at UC Irvine and has traveled to more than 125 countries on assignment for major publications. He is the co-author of The Basic Book of Photography.

Michele and Tom Grimm are freelance photographers and writers who have written and illustrated a dozen other adult and children’s books.  They live in Oregon.

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Basic Book of Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Enhance, and Share Your Digital Pictures 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
VickiLN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for anyone learning to use a digital camera. It is a very in-depth guide that has step by step directions to get the most out of your photos. There are many photos and guides. My only complaint is that most of the photos are b&w and I'd loved to have seen them in color. It's a thick book at 528 pages, but it is so worth every word. I just recently bought my first "professional" camera and still haven't learned to use all the features. The cd's that came with it are not much good since they don't clearly show what they are talking about. If you take your time reading this, practicing as you go, it doesn't seem so daunting. I would recommend this book to anyone who has just bought or is thinking about buying a camera.
AuthorLyndaCoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts:I was so excited to get this book in my hands. Why you ask? Well, I¿m the proud owner of a new digital camera of which I know nothing about. I¿m sure there are more like me out there. Now you¿ve got that new camera, what do you do with it. Tom Grimm and Michele Grimm¿s book, The Basic Book of Digital Photography, is a great place to start. I must confess, when I saw how thick the book was, it felt a little overwhelming. But the interesting and easily understood narrative kept me speedily reading. At first, I skipped around and read the sections I was most interested in learning. Like what was I supposed to do with my flash besides bounce light all over the place, or, was there really a way to know what options to choose from all the operational settings on my camera? I loved the chapter on Special Shooting Techniques With Digital Cameras and Shooting Video Clips, Recording Sound, Using Camera Phones, and Scanning Photos.I am a retired `Print Artist¿, which means that I have 30 years of experience in the professional photo finishing business. I know what needs doing to enhance a photo and how to get it done. So I was glad to see that the book addresses these techniques in a reader-friendly approach. The authors cover their subject thoroughly from point A to Z, including many illustrations that help clarify what may be new concepts to many. For anyone who reads my reviews, you know I¿m an illustration junkie. If anyone expects me to reach point Z, they better give me a way to identify when I¿ve reached it. Favorite Quote:¿Among the many joys of our digital age is the discovery that there seems to be no limit to the world of photography. Pick up your digital camera and join in the fun.¿*Acknowledgement: I thank FSB Associates for the complimentary review copy of this book.Rating: 4/5
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Are you still using an ¿old style¿ camera, but want to switch to digital photography? Have you recently bought a digital camera, but find yourself overwhelmed with the new terminology and all the things it can do? Have you had your digital camera for awhile, but want to get more out of it including better photos? If your answer is ¿yes¿ to any of these questions, then you might want to pick up a copy of Tom and Michele Grimm¿s latest book.The Grimms, both veteran photographers and authors, have been recognized for their classic guide to photography (The Basic Book of Photography) for more than 30 years. Now they¿ve written the ultimate guide to digital photography with 400 illustrative photos and organized into eighteen easy to read sections and two appendices.I resisted buying a digital camera for a long time ¿ instead relying on my reliable 35mm Minolta which my dad gave me for my sixteenth birthday. But when that camera broke and I found I could not get the parts to fix it, I was forced to reconsider my options. My purchase of a Nikon digital camera was one of the best decisions I¿ve made¿but I quickly discovered that the amount of knowledge I needed to use it to its fullest capacity was a bit overwhelming. I could have used the Grimm¿s guide!The Basic Book of Digital Photography covers the most elemental aspects of the craft up to the more complex ideas. Whether you have a simple point and shoot or a more complicated SLR model, the book provides easy to access guidelines. Individuals who are considering purchasing a digital camera will find the section on choosing the right camera helpful. There are also sections which deal with lenses, accessories, and settings; as well as teaching you the best way to use the settings on your camera, special techniques for shooting, creative composition, and even transferring your images from camera to computer, organizing them, editing them, and finally printing them. I found the section on shooting video the most helpful as that is one aspect of my camera I have neglected to learn.I can recommend this book for beginning digital photographers, as well as those who are comfortable with their cameras, but want to improve on their photography. I know I will continue to reference this helpful guide as I grow more and more comfortable with my camera.
buddymays More than 1 year ago
Tom and Michele Grimm were way ahead of the pack when they wrote the Basic Book of Digital Photography! This beautifully-illustrated handbook is filled with information that every modern photographer--amateur or professional--needs to know, about the ins and outs and ups and downs of shooting and processing digital images. It's all here, from how to choose the right digital camera to editing and improving your images to how to organize and store your output. I've used it more times than I can count, and every other professional photographer I know has used it. Anything you want to know about digital photography, you'll find it here.
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Chris_Phillips More than 1 year ago
The Basic Book of Digital Photography by Tom and Michelle Grimm ISBN 978-0-452-28955-0 Review by Chris Phillips Michelle & Tom Grimm have put together a great introduction to Digital Photography. With copious photographs to illustrate many of the discussed topics, the book is a reference useful to the beginner and the professional alike. Even if the photographer only wants to touchup photos that they have already taken, this is a step-by-step guide of what works and what does not. Following a logical progression, the first section introduces style, format, and purpose. This is followed by a concise, but thorough, treatment of cameras and accessories. It discusses that advantages and disadvantages of many types. The main goal is to provide the new user with an overview of what is available, what is reasonable to expect and how much time and other resources the user wishes to invest. Following these initial sections, the Grimm's lead the reader through the process of photo clean-up (including retouching) and the use of photo-editing software. Outputting images to print, disk, or to a web site is an extensive discussion, techniques and problems with storage are discovered, including what different types are available and what are the most useful for which purpose, completes the book. The table of contents contains helpful descriptions of each section. A glossary of terms with excellent definitions is appended, followed by a website list and finally includes an index. These combine to make a great reference manual for the most expert photographer. The illustrative photos reference both the related passage near their placement, but also any other sections pertinent to the discussion. With description sections, technique sections and then external references the Grimm's have created a general coverage of all the topics related to this. However, it is not purported to be complete and is not for people who are more experienced with photography. However, the amount of information provided is much greater than would initially appear from the book's outer appearance. As shown above, it is inclusive and thorough enough to help a user create really good photographs. I recommend that this be read by anyone considering the purchase of a digital camera. Professionals should keep a copy nearby for reference purposes. Published by Penguin Group, 2009. ($24.00 USD SRP/Amazon $16.32 USD) Reviewer received book from FSB Associates, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
brizmus More than 1 year ago
What a cool book! I was so excited to receive this book for review because, as hard as I try, I'm really just a terrible photographer. I'm hoping that, with all of the fantastic tips I've read in this book, all that's about to change. I think this review is best done with tabs! - It was very well-organized, meaning that it was incredibly easy to find anything specific one might be looking for. - It has lots of helpful illustrations that complement the ideas being written about. It's just a pity more of them couldn't have been in color. - It's got tips and ideas for everyone, from the immediate beginner (seriously, even for those that may not even know how to turn on a camera) to the more advanced photographer just looking for a new way of thinking about something. - I think it's a fantastic gift idea for those who love taking pictures or even for someone starting off with a digital camera. - It's even great for someone thinking about purchasing a digital camera, as it starts off with some great buying strategies. - Literally every single thing I could think to look up I found in this all-inclusive book. - At the end of the book, there was a glossary of digital photography terms with clear, concise definitions of next to every possible word one might have trouble with. - This book serves as a great reference guide. I know I for one will be happy to have it around. - My two biggest complaints were the lack of color photos (which I understood, as I know they can get VERY expensive) and that it sometimes felt a little bit TOO elementary. So there you have it. I, for one, thought this book was fantab! My night time photographs have already improved thanks to one small tip from this book.
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What are the best ways to shoot, enhance, and share your digital pictures? The answers are found in a brand-new handbook, THE BASIC BOOK OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, which is filled with 400 illustrative photos and lively text. It follows the format of the authors' best-selling classic, The Basic Book of Photography, now in its fifth edition, which has guided earlier generations of film photographers for more than 35 years. Whether using a simple point-and-shoot camera or an advanced SLR (single lens reflex) model, the new book takes you through the steps to improve, display, print, and preserve your digital images. Michele & Tom Grimm answer all your questions about the mechanics of digital cameras - including shooting modes, exposure settings, and flash use - so you can become more creative and have pride in all your pictures. The authors also explain everything from megapixels to memory cards, image sensors, white balance, ISO, shutter delay, file formats, scene modes, burst rate, face detection, optical zoom, live view, image stabilization and much more. All the terms that are unique to digital photography are defined in an extensive glossary. You'll learn how to print your own photos, put together a snazzy slideshow, show off your pictures on the Internet, shoot successfully with a cell phone camera, and back-up favorite images for posterity. In addition to guidelines for creative composition, the Grimms give special shooting techniques for making panoramic pictures, photographing fireworks, capturing infrared images, getting great close-up shots, and taking your digital camera underwater. Whether you are new to digital photography or have been shooting for several years, you'll discover THE BASIC BOOK OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY is the most comprehensive and readable reference for all your photographic pursuits.