Faster Smarter Digital Photography

Faster Smarter Digital Photography

by M. David Stone, Ron Gladis


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"Faster Smarter Digital Photography" shows you how to produce high-quality digital stills — faster, smarter, and easier! You get practical, concise guidance for selecting the right digital camera for your needs; composing better shots; editing and manipulating your photos; using the digital media capabilities in the Microsoft "RM" Windows "RM" XP operating system; and preparing images for print or online delivery. "Faster Smarter Digital Photography" delivers accurate, how-to information that's easy to absorb and apply. The language is friendly and down-to-earth, with no jargon or silly chatter. Use the concise explanations, easy numbered steps, and visual examples that help you get great-looking results for home or office.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735618725
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Publication date: 11/13/2002
Series: Bpg-Other Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.34(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
The part title says it all: the chapters in this part will tell you everything you need to know, whether it’s what you need to know to pick the right camera, understand the features in the camera you picked, or take better pictures. They’ll also cover such practical issues as how to take best advantage of your camera’s memory and how to make your batteries last longer. Armed with the knowledge in these chapters, you’ll be all set to take great pictures. 
CHAPTER 1:   Everything’s Coming Up Digital3
    Digital Cameras: The Professional Photographer’s Choice (at Least Sometimes)4
        You’ve Got to See Your Pictures After You Take Them5
        A Bit about the Digital World7
        About Color13
    How Digital Is Better Than Film and Film Is Better Than Digital31
        Why Film Wins on Quality32
        Why Digital Photography Wins on Convenience36
        Other Advantages: A Point-by-Point Comparison37
        Digital Photography Versus Film for What You Want to Do 39
CHAPTER 2:   Knowing (and Choosing) Your Camera 41
    Categories of Cameras42
    What Kind of Photographer Are You?43
    What Kind of Photographs Do You Want?44
        Medium-Range Snapshots45
        Indoor Shot 46
        Closing in from a Distance 48
        Extreme Close-Ups 49
        Photos That Need Special Lenses or Filters49
        Panoramas 51
        Stitched Panoramas 52
        Rapid-Fire Stills for Capturing Action 53
        Full-Motion Video 54
    How Easy Is the Camera to Carry? 55
    Choose a Resolution: How Much Do You Need? 56
        What the Minimum Resolutions Are Based On 57
        If You’re Picky, You Need More 60
    Choosing a Lens System 60
        Quality of the Optics61
        Changing the Lens63
        What Lenses Are Available? 66
        How Easy Is It to Change the Lens? 67
        Adding Filters67
        The Need for Zoom68
        Macro Mode: How Close Do You Want to Go?70
        What’s SLR, and Why Does It Matter (But Maybe Not as Much as You Think)? 70
    Choosing a Level of Control 73
    Other Features to Consider75
CHAPTER 3:   Getting Started with Digital Photography81
    Common Features and How to Use Them82
        First Things First82
        A Step Beyond Basics92
        Getting into the Deep End103
    Choosing Resolution and Compression Settings105
        Compression: Lossless and Lossy 106
        JPEG Format 107
        About Resolution110
        Resolution and Compression Together112
    What to Do with Your Photos After You Take Them 115
CHAPTER 4:   Is That a Snapshot in Your Camera, or Did You Take a Photograph?119
    Basic Rules of Thumb for Taking Better Pictures120
        Decide What You’re Taking a Picture Of122
        Get in Close125
        Anticipate the Action 128
        Anticipate the Shot 130
        Quick Rules132
    Choosing a Composition136
        Rule of Thirds137
        Watch Out for Unwanted Elements 139
    Black and White Versus Color141
    One Last Thing 143
CHAPTER 5:   Special Issues for Digital Photography145
    Getting the Photos Out of Your Camera146
        The Connection Choices: Cable, Docking Station, or Moving a Storage Card 146
        More Choices: Moving Photos Versus Moving Files153
    Storing Your Photos155
        The Hard Disk Option156
        The Removable Disk (or Disc) Option157
        The Third Way 158
    There’s Something about Printers 158
        What Makes a Printer a Photo Printer158
        About General-Purpose Printers161
        Printer Limitations 161
CHAPTER 6:   Keep Those Pictures Coming: Batteries and Digital Film165
    Batteries Included166
        Alkaline Batteries 168
        Lithium Batteries 168
        Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) Batteries 169
        Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries 169
        Lithium Ion Batteries 170
        Lithium Polymer Batteries 170
    Maximize Your Battery Life 170
        Treat Your Batteries Well 171
        Minimize the Drain on Your Batteries 172
    Making the Most of Your Digital Film 174
    Offloading Your Images on the Road 177
        Burn a CD at a Public Kiosk 177
        In Search of a Kiosk 178
        Taking Advantage of Your Computer (or Sombody Else’s)180
One of the advantages of taking pictures on a digital camera instead of using film is that they are so easy to edit, both to make them more interesting and to fix problems. The chapters in this part show how to crop and resize your photos, remove flaws, add artistic effects, adjust colors, use your photos as screen saver images, and more—including how to stitch photos together to create a panoramic image, and, more important, how to take the photos so you can stitch them together successfully. 
CHAPTER 7:   Getting Creative with Your Camera 187
    Stitching a Panorama Together 188
        Using Stitching Software189
    Storing and Using Clusters of Settings 192
        The Logic of Clusters 192
        Clusters of Settings as a Power User’s Tool 194
CHAPTER 8:   Fun with Pictures: Basic Editing199
    What’s a Photo Editor and How to Get One 200
        Types of Graphic Programs 200
        Photo Editors 202
    Photo Editing204
        Rotating an Image 205
        Rotating to Reframe an Image207
        Cropping to Clean Up Clutter 208
        Cropping Can Make a Boring Shot More Interesting 210
        Flipping 211
    Size and Resolution 212
        Sorting Out Some Tangled Threads212
        Sampling, Resampling, and Resolution213
        Size and Resize Your Photos as Needed214
        Resizing for the Screen216
        About Cropping and Resampling217
CHAPTER 9:   Advanced Editing: Fixing Flawed Photos219
    Techniques for Fixing Common Flaws220
        Red Eye220
        Adjusting Color 221
        Adjusting Brightness and Contrast226
        Fixing Specific Areas in a Photo234
    Removing Unwanted Objects238
        Cleaning Up Small Areas238
        Removing Large Objects and People 240
CHAPTER 10:   More Fun with Pictures: Special-Purpose Editing245
    Special Effects246
    Adding Graphic Elements 247
        Adding Frames and Cutouts 249
        Postcards, Greeting Cards, and Calendars 251
    From Photo to Screen Saver or Wallpaper 252
    Special-Purpose Editors254
With digital photography, you have a wide range of choices for how to share your photos. This section covers most of the possibilities, including printing your own photos, having the photos professionally printed, posting them on a Web site, and e-mailing them. It also covers such issues as inserting pictures into documents and creating a slide show to view your photos on your computer monitor or TV. It also discusses the best choices for transferring slides to videotape that you can play in your VCR, and to CD discs that you can play in your DVD player. 
CHAPTER 11:   Printing 259
    Check Your Driver 259
        Opening Your Printer Driver260
        What to Look for in Your Driver261
    Choosing the Right Paper (and Ink)267
        Paper and Ink Basics 267
        Beyond Basics 269
    No Computer? No Printer? No Problem270
    How to Print Your Photos in Wallet Size, Life-Size Blow Up, or Anything in Between 272
        Where to Find a Big Enough Printer273
CHAPTER 12:   Viewing Photos on Screen 277
    Creating a Slide Show to View on a Computer278
    Viewing Your Photos on a TV Screen280
        Connecting Your Camera to Your TV or VCR 280
        Connecting Your Computer to Your TV or VCR283
        Recording Your Slide Show on an Optical Disc286
        Putting Slide Shows on CD 287
    Putting Your Photos on Your PDA289
        Moving Photos from a Memory Card to Your PDA Memory290
    A Final Word on Viewing Photos on Screen 291
CHAPTER 13:   Sharing Your Photos: E-mail, Letters, and Web Sites 293
    E-mailing Photos 294
        What’s a Reasonable File Size? 294
        Keeping Files to a Reasonable Size for E-mail 296
        The Mechanics of E-mailing a Photo297
    Adding Photos to Documents302
    Sharing Photos on Photo Web Sites306
        How to Find More Sites for Sharing Photos 308
        Other Web Sites of Interest 308

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