Digital Photography Pocket Guide

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Digital Photography Pocket Guide by Derrick Story

Today's digital cameras are affordable and provide quality images that rival their traditional film counterparts. Because digital images are easier to share, and because you only have to print the pictures you need, this new medium is both cost effective and environmentally friendly. Best of all, it's fun! With a digital camera, you can set free your creative spirit and take risks you never would with a film camera. The only obstacle is learning how to unlock all or this power and pleasure packed into these pocket-sized picture takers.

Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition expands on the basic photography techniques introduced in the bestselling first edition to help you take the kind of pictures you've always wanted to—and now in full color! This book is the photo mentor you've always wanted: it explains each of the camera's components, shows you what they do, and then helps you choose the right settings. When you ask, "How can I get that picture?", simply pull this small guide out of your camera bag, backpack, or back pocket and find the answer quickly.

This fully illustrated book covers everything from image resolution, shooting sports action, close ups and night shots, to memory cards, transferring images, archiving, making QuickTime movies, and much more. Topics in the guide's three main sections on "Digital Camera Components", "Standard Camera Functions", and "How Do I?" are labeled A to Z for quick reference. Or if you prefer, use the comprehensive index or table of contents to find the information you need. There's even an entire section of easy to read reference tables for quick look up of white balance settings, exposure compensation, camera mode explanations, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596006273
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/12/2003
Series: O'Reilly Digital Studio Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 6.42(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Derrick has been interested in photography since age 11, and a computer nut for decades. He's been waiting for years for these two passions to converge, and now that they have, it's everything he thought it would be. Managing editor of O'Reilly Network, Derrick focuses on Web authoring, digital media, and mobile computing. Favorite projects include O'Reilly DevCenters for Web Development and for the Mac. Derrick's experience includes more than 15 years as a photojournalist, a stint as the managing editor for Web Review, and a speaker for CMP's Web conferences. He is the coauthor of iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual and author of the Digital Photography and Digital Video Pocket Guides. Derrick also manages his online photo business, Story Photography.

Table of Contents

Who's in Charge?xiii
1What Is It?1
Overview of Camera Categories2
Feature and Component Comparisons5
Anatomy of a Compact Camera5
Focus assist light7
Microphone port8
Optical viewfinder lens8
Picture-taking lens8
Confirmation light8
Display control button9
LCD monitor9
Menu button10
Mode dial10
Multifunctional jog dial10
Set/OK button11
Trash button11
Computer connection11
Shutter button11
Tripod socket12
Video out connection12
Zoom/magnify lever12
Direct Print13
Image sensor13
Memory card14
RAM buffer15
USB Mass Storage15
Advanced Amateur Cameras15
Battery types16
Diopter adjustment17
Exposure metering options17
Image stabilizer18
Infrared sensor19
LCD viewfinders that swivel19
Memory card options19
Remote release20
Zoom lenses20
Professional Cameras22
Electronic flashes23
Image sensors24
WiFi image transfer27
Hybrid Devices28
DV Camcorders That Capture Stills30
Still Cameras That Record High-Quality Movies31
Putting It All Together32
2What Does It Do?33
Digital Camera Controls A-Z33
Aperture Value (Av) Mode34
Burst/Continuous Shooting Mode36
Compression and Image Quality43
Continuous Shooting Mode45
Deleting Images45
Digital Zoom45
Erasing Images46
Exposure Compensation48
Exposure Lock52
Exposure Metering53
File Formats (Still Images)54
Film Speed56
Flash Compensation56
Flash Modes56
Focus Lock59
Format Card60
Infinity Lock60
ISO Speed61
Macro Mode62
Magnify Control62
Manual Exposure Mode62
Movie Mode64
MPEG-4 Movie Format66
Panorama Mode66
Partial Metering Area70
Photo Effects70
Programmed Autoexposure73
Protect Images73
Sequence Shooting76
Shutter Priority Mode77
Spot Meter77
Timed Value (Tv) Mode77
White Balance80
Zoom/Magnify Control84
Putting It All Together85
3How Do I...?87
Shooting Tips and Tricks: How Do I...87
Take Great Outdoor Portraits88
Set Up Group Shots93
Capture Existing-Light Portraits95
Take Passport Photos and Self-Portraits96
Take Interesting Kid Shots99
Capture Engaging Travel Locations100
Take Pictures at Weddings103
Prevent Red Eye105
Take Pictures from the Stands at Sporting Events106
Capture Action Shots107
Shoot in Museums110
Shoot Architecture Like a Pro112
Shoot Items Using Tabletop Photography114
Create Powerful Landscape Images115
Shoot Infrared Images118
Take Flash Pictures of People Who Blink at Flash120
Computer Tips and Tricks: How Do I...120
Send Pictures via Email121
Share Pictures on the Web125
Get Photo-Quality Prints126
Present a Digital Slideshow128
Work with RAW Files130
Archive Images for Future Use131
Manage Movies Made with a Digital Camera133
Stitch Together Video Clips into Short Movies134
Where to Go from Here138

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Digital Photography Pocket Guide 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are among the many millions who has purchased a new digital camera recently, this book is for you! Author Derrick Story, has done an outstanding job of writing a great book (3rd edition) on how to use your digital camera, by making you aware of every available feature and how they can help you make some excellent images. Story begins by teaching you about every nook and cranny on your camera. Next, the author will help you answer the following questions about your camera: When do you use fill flash and slow synchro (?) when do you use fill flash (?) and, what is slow synchro good for? Finally, he explains more than a dozen important camera techniques. In this excellent book, Story reveals how your digital camera is actually an extension of your vision. In other words, you're the one making the decisions, not the camera!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago