Sending the newborn's pictures to Grandma? Posting an image of that Corvair you've been trying to sell for 10 years now? Found your true love over the Internet and realize it's time you see each other's faces? Keep looking through those rose-colored lenses by picking up The Complete Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography.
|Publisher:||Macmillan Computer Publishing Software/Interactive Products|
|Series:||Complete Idiot's Guide Series|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.31(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.93(d)|
About the Author
Steve Greenberg has been a commercial photographer in Boston for over 15 years. He is a 1979 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1991 he started using electronic imaging to increase his design capabilities. He received additional advanced training at the Kodak Center for Creative Imaging and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. A member of the International Design by Electronics Association, Steve has lectured at ad agencies and spoken at the AIGA symposium on electronic imaging, the Apple Computer conference on new media and technology, and has guest lectured at the New England School of Photography. Steve has produced award-winning photography and photo-illustrations for advertising, design and editorial clients.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book for my son, who has no experience and has expressed an interest in digital photography. I used to be into SLR photography and developing, so I thought that I would flip through the book, with my new digital camera in hand. Instead, I found myself reading it cover to cover. And now that I have taken my first 200 pictures, I am going back in for a second reading. The book is easy to read and funny like most Idiot's guides. It is full of a lot of useful details about using the camera, and taking effective pictures. Rather than reviewing cameras (which would be obsolete by the time it was printed) the book focuses on principles and features. The sections on composition are particularly helpful for those who come from the point and shoot world. The most surprising section dealt with the software (mostly Adobe PhotoDeluxe that comes with many cameras) and monitors/printers. I thought that my general knowledge of software and image editing programs meant that I would gain little from reading this section. Far from it. I learned a great deal, in a step by step fashion about how to clean up a photograph. When I got the camera I assumed I would print each picture 'non-retouched'. After experience and reading the book, I am retouching every picture before I print it, changing brightness, sharpness, colors, cropping, and even some editing. In fact, the book gave me the courage to use the cloning tools (a feature that some experienced PhotoShop users are unaware of) to remove unwanted features from some photos. The sections on monitors and printers is essential in clearing up the confusion of 'Why doesn't my printed picture look like the one on my computer screen'. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering buying a digital camera, whether you are an experienced amateur or beginner.
this is a good book for those who know nothing about photography (thus, the 'idiot's guide'). and i gave it four stars for that reason. but, for the amateur or student photographer, this book is worthless. the author covers the basics, and will give the reader a good idea of what photography is and how to take pictures. he gives a great intro to the digital world (this was the first book i bought, but quickly moved on to better, more specific books). i gave the book four stars because it is what it is supposed to be, an introduction to digital photography (you can't fault the author because the reader has some basic knowledge). i would have given him five stars, but, he didn't use photoshop as his program. adobe photoshop is the most widely used digital photography program. most people have it or will get it. so after you learn his tips, you have to relearn or adjust them to photoshop. still, i recommend this to those who don't know anything about digital photography.