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If a digital camera can do it, you can do it, too...
Good photography is more art than science. You need to know not only the hardware and software, but also how to compose a photo, edit and improve the images you get, and take pictures that achieve your objectives. From choosing a digital camera to taking shots that tell a story to enhancing your boss’s image, you’ll consult this desktop reference many times over.
Inside, you’ll find what you need to know about digital photography
- Determine what you need in a digital camera and choose the right one
- Improve or repair photos with image editing software
- Understand the workflow of the digital photography process
- Use lenses, focal length, aperture settings, and shutter speed to create professional effects
- Discover the secrets of taking great portraits and photographing sporting events, landscapes, and nature
- Become skilled at image management and RAW conversion
- Develop effective methods of cataloging, storing, and publishing digital images
- Find out how to take good photos when taking pictures is only part of your job
“…you can’t doubt the usefulness of the information it provides…” (Digital Creative Arts, September 2004)
- Featuring thirty-two pages of full-color examples, this under-$25 guide is the perfect digital photography reference for serious amateurs as well as nonprofessional photographers who use a digital camera on the job
- Walks readers through the entire digital photography workflow, from shooting photos and editing them in the digital darkroom to cataloging, printing, and publishing images online
- Topics covered include selecting cameras, printers, and accessories; mastering basic digital camera techniques; getting great results when shooting sports, nature, landscapes, and people; and working with Photoshop and other image-editing and image-management software
- Features step-by-step tutorials, full-color before-and-after images, and a companion Web site with bonus sample images plus a mini take-along field guide that readers can print out
A value-packed tutorial with projects for quickly mastering digital photography for amateurs, budding professionals, or professional non-photographers.
This nuts-and-bolts guide helps amateurs or professionals choose cameras and lenses, shoot sports, nature, or people effectively, edit with Photoshop, and catalog, store, and publish their photos. Ideal for those who need to take pictures on the job; the companion Web site includes a printable take-along field guide.
About the Author
is a contributing author for Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
He is also a regular contributor to the Growing Edge
Dan has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and photographer. He began his career as a Navy journalist with assignments aboard several ships, and in Norfolk, VA, Dededo, Guam, and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. After leaving the service in 1990, Dan worked as a river guide and photographer on Pennsylvania’s Lehigh River. During the past 10 years, he’s worked as a writer and photographer for several Pennsylvania and New Jersey newspapers, including the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (Hazelton edition) and Allentown Morning Call.
His writing and photography have appeared in numerous books, magazines, web sites, and newspapers, including: The New York Times; ESPN; National Geographic Reference Atlas of North American Birds, Fifth Edition; Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal; Baltimore Daily Record; Tri-State Real Estate Journal; Corridor Real Estate Journal; All Hands magazine; Army Times; Gloucester County Times; White Haven Journal Herald; Butler Eagle; www.greenworks.tv; and http://www.drexel.edu/doj/gallery.asp
Dan is currently working on a master’s degree in communications from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies (design arts) from Drexel and an associate’s in computer graphic arts from Gloucester County College (Sewell, NJ). He is also a graduate of the military’s Defense Information School (Information Specialist Journalist and Broadcaster and Intermediate Photojournalism).
Table of Contents
Part I: Laying the Foundation—Basic Digital Photography.
Chapter 1: What You Need to Know to Get Started.
Chapter 2: Basic Camera Operation.
Chapter 3: Taking Interesting Photographs.
Part II: Taking the Next Step—Photographs That Wow!
Chapter 4: Creating Magic with the Right Lens.
Chapter 5: Going to Extremes: Aperture and Shutter Speed Magic.
Chapter 6: Expanding Your Horizons: Panoramic and Bad Weather Photography.
Chapter 7: Let There Be Light.
Part III: Tackling Different Photographic Subjects.
Chapter 8: Photographing People.
Chapter 9: Photographing Sports.
Chapter 10: Photographing Nature.
Chapter 11: Photographing Landscapes.
Chapter 12: Photographing Travel Destinations.
Chapter 13: Telling a Story with Pictures.
Part IV: Doing Your Own Image Processing.
Chapter 14: Introduction to the Digital Darkroom.
Chapter 15: Image Processing.
Chapter 16: Setting Up a Workflow.
Chapter 17: Image Management and Archiving.
Part V: Photography for Professionals in Other Fields.
Chapter 18: Getting It Together: Help for the Occasional Photographer.
Chapter 19: Digital Photography for Realtors.
Chapter 20: Digital Photography for Automobile Sales.
Chapter 21: Digital Photography for Company Newsletters.
Chapter 22: Digital Photography for Insurance Adjusters.
Chapter 23: Digital Photography for Research and Documentation.
Chapter 24: Digital Photography for Artists and Graphic Artists.
Chapter 25: Digital Photography for Public Relations Specialists.
Part VI: Putting Digital Photography to Work.
Chapter 26: Creating a Digital Presentation.
Chapter 27: Photographing Business Subjects.
Chapter 28: Techniques for Unusual Images.
Appendix A: Digital Photography Definitions.
Appendix B: Digital Photography Techniques.
Appendix C: Tools, Solutions, and Emergencies.
Appendix D: What’s New in Photoshop.