Synopses & Reviews
Digital Photography: The Missing Manual helps you to take beautiful digital pictures -- of your baby, your trip to Paris, your new pet iguana--and then share the stunning results with your friends and family. Spiked with the advice and humor that are trademarks of the Missing Manual series, this book shows you how to:
Master your digital camera.
Learn how to use those mysterious buttons and modes to improve your pictures.
Become a better photographer right away with a few simple tricks from the pros.
Edit your photos to remove red eye, or crop out extraneous buildings.
Add colors and effects not normally found in nature.
Share your pictures using the best programs and Web sites for sharing your photos-in print, online, and via ESP.
This is a great book for people who want to get started with digital photography but it's also perfect for those who need to increase the skills they already have. Intermediate digital photographers will love the tips and tricks from the pros and the helpful buying guides for those accessories they're ready to add.Note: This book is Windows-only. For Mac fans, iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual
has a whole section on digital photography.
If you want to get started with digital photography, or want to increase the skills you already have, this book is a complete guide to every step of the process. In the thoroughly engaging and entertaining style that has become a trademark of the Missing Manual series, the book's four major sections reveal methods for taking pictures, working with photo files, editing photos, and sharing the results.
The first section covers both the basics of pointing, shooting and composing, along with secrets of the pros that take you beyond the simple snapshot. Shooting is just the beginning of the process, but it's the most important part. The second section shows you how to organize your photos, with either Photoshop Elements or a file system of your own. Then it's off to the editing room. You'll learn basic photo fixes, advanced retouching techniques with Photoshop Elements, and ways to apply special effects. The fourth section reveals several creative ways to share your photos online and in print. There are also helpful appendices that cover Photoshop Elements menu by menu, as well as a digital equipment buyer's guide.
For those getting started with digital photography, this book is a complete guide to every step of the process. In the thoroughly engaging and entertaining style that has become a trademark of the Missing Manual series, the book's four major sections reveal methods for taking pictures, working with photo files, editing photos, and sharing the results.
About the Author
Christopher Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He's also the author of Word 2007: The Missing Manual and Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual.
Barbara Brundage has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3, is an Adobe Community Expert, and has been a member of Adobe's prerelease groups since Elements 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara, who lives in Jensen Beach, Florida, started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too!
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Authors; About the Creative Team; The Missing Manuals Series; Introduction; Meet Digital Photography; What You Need; About This Book; About the Outline; About → These → Arrows; The Very Basics; About MissingManuals.com; Digital Camera Basics; Chapter 1: Digital Camera Basics; 1.1 Point-and-Shoot or Single Lens Reflex?; 1.2 Image Resolution and Memory Capacity; 1.3 Batteries; 1.4 Deciphering Optical and Digital Zoom; 1.5 Image Stabilizer (Vibration Reduction); 1.6 Flip Screens for Multiple Viewpoints; 1.7 Optical Viewfinder; 1.8 Taking Control with Manual Options; 1.9 Improving Autofocus; 1.10 External Flashes and Other Attachments; 1.11 Minimizing Shutter Lag; 1.12 Burst Mode for Rapid-Fire Shooting; 1.13 Creating Panoramas; 1.14 Software That Comes with Your Camera; 1.15 Eliminating Specks (Noise Reduction); 1.16 Taking Movies with Your Camera; Chapter 2: Pointing, Shooting, and Basic Composition; 2.1 Composition Explained; 2.2 Apply the Rule of Thirds; 2.3 Get Closer for Better Pictures; 2.4 Eliminate Busy Backgrounds; 2.5 Go Low, Go High; 2.6 A Final Thought; Chapter 3: Beyond the Simple Snapshot; 3.1 Shooting Sports and Action; 3.2 Taking Portraits; 3.3 Kids and School Performances; 3.4 Weddings and Celebrations; 3.5 Sunsets and Nighttime Photos; 3.6 Landscape and Nature; 3.7 Photographing Objects; 3.8 Digital Movies; 3.9 Cameraphone Photography; Organizing Your Photos; Chapter 4: Getting Photos onto Your PC; 4.1 Moving Pictures from Camera to Computer; 4.2 Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PC; 4.3 Importing Photos with a Scanner; 4.4 Three Ways to Scan an Image; 4.5 Using Windows Scanner Wizard; Chapter 5: Organizing Photos on Your PC; 5.1 Organizing Photos with Windows XP; 5.2 Organizing Photos with EasyShare Albums; 5.3 Organizing Photos with Picasa; Chapter 6: Storing Your Photos Online; 6.1 Why Put Your Photos Online?; 6.2 Choosing an Online Photo Service; 6.3 Getting Photos Online with EasyShare; 6.4 Organizing Photos with EasyShare; 6.5 Getting Photos Online with Shutterfly; 6.6 Organizing Photos with Shutterfly; 6.7 Getting Photos Online with Snapfish; 6.8 Organizing Photos with Snapfish; 6.9 Getting Photos Online with Flickr; 6.10 Organizing Photos with Flickr; Chapter 7: Backing Up Your Photo Library; 7.1 Strategies to Protect Your Photos; 7.2 CD, DVD, or Hard Drive?; 7.3 EasyShare's Backup Tools; 7.4 Picasa's Backup Tools; Chapter 8: Organizing and Backing Up with Elements; 8.1 Importing with the Photo Downloader; 8.2 Browsing Photos in the Organizer; 8.3 Creating Tags and Categories; 8.4 Assigning Tags to Photos; 8.5 Creating Collections; 8.6 Searching for Photos; 8.7 Backing Up with the Organizer; Editing Your Photos; Chapter 9: Basic Photo Fixes; 9.1 Common Problems, Easy Fixes; 9.2 Rotating and Cropping with EasyShare; 9.3 Improving Photos with EasyShare; 9.4 Fixing Red Eye with EasyShare; 9.5 Rotate and Straighten with Picasa; 9.6 Cropping Photos with Picasa; 9.7 Fixing Exposure Problems with Picasa; 9.8 Fixing Contrast and Color with Picasa; 9.9 Fixing Red Eye with Picasa; Chapter 10: Rotating, Cropping, and Resizing with Elements; 10.1 Changing Your View of Your Photos; 10.2 Rotating Photos; 10.3 Straightening Photos; 10.4 Cropping Photos; 10.5 Changing the Size of Your Photos; Chapter 11: Elements' Quick Fix Tools; 11.1 A Tour of the Quick Fix Window; 11.2 Quick Fix Suggested Workflow; 11.3 Fixing Red Eye; 11.4 The Smart Fix; 11.5 Adjusting Lighting and Contrast; 11.6 Correcting Color; 11.7 Sharpening; Chapter 12: Advanced Photo Retouching with Elements; 12.1 Fixing Exposure Problems; 12.2 Sharpening Your Images; 12.3 Fixing Blemishes: An Introduction; 12.4 Correcting the Colors on Your Screen; 12.5 Taking Control with Levels; 12.6 Removing Unwanted Color; 12.7 Making Your Colors More Vibrant; Chapter 13: Creating Special Effects; 13.1 Adding Effects with EasyShare; 13.2 Adding Effects with Picasa; 13.3 Adding Effects with Elements; 13.4 Creating Panoramas with Elements; Sharing Your Photos; Chapter 14: Sharing Your Photos Online; 14.1 Choosing a Photo-Sharing Service; 14.2 Sharing Photos with EasyShare; 14.3 Sharing Photos with Shutterfly Express; 14.4 Sharing Photos with Snapfish; 14.5 Sharing Photos and Hobbies: Flickr; 14.6 Sharing with the Pros: Photo.net; Chapter 15: Emailing Your Photos; 15.1 Understanding the File Size Dilemma; 15.2 Emailing Photos with EasyShare; 15.3 Emailing Photos with Picasa; 15.4 Emailing Photos with Elements; Chapter 16: Printing Your Photos; 16.1 How to Make Great Prints at Home; 16.2 Printing Photos with EasyShare; 16.3 Printing Photos with Picasa; 16.4 Printing Photos with Elements; 16.5 Printing at Photo Kiosks; 16.6 Ordering Prints Online; 16.7 Ordering Prints Online with EasyShare; 16.8 Ordering Prints Online with Picasa; 16.9 Ordering Prints Online with Shutterfly; 16.10 Ordering Prints Online with Snapfish; 16.11 Ordering Prints Online with Elements; Chapter 17: Creative Photo Projects; 17.1 Making Slideshows with PhotoShow; 17.2 Simple Slideshows in Elements; 17.3 Custom Slideshows in Elements; 17.4 Posters, Calendars, and Photo Books; 17.5 More Elements Creative Projects; 17.6 Photo Mugs, T-Shirts, and More; Colophon;