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Your personal photographs have a worth that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. They’re likely the one thing you would grab on the way out of a burning house – an irreplaceable record of the life you lead, of friends and family, and of the occasions with which you mark passing years.
The funny thing is, most people aren’t entirely happy with their photographs. And that's where Photography For Dummiescomes in. You don't need a fancy camera with multiple, removable lenses to get good pictures. The problem is, nearly every book on photography assumes that you're using one. But this book assumes that you're using a point-and-shoot camera for all your pictures. In fact, this may be the most complete guide available for taking pictures with a modern point-and-shoot camera.
This revised edition of Photography For Dummieshelps you choose film (much simpler than you’d think), load film into the camera (no big sweat), and understand how to hold the camera (yes, there are right and wrong ways). You'll also discover tips about dealing with your photofinisher – a far more important factor in getting good results than most people realize, especiallyin the digital age. What's more, you'll gain insight into
- Working with your camera, and how different settings make your camera do different things
- Understanding the importance of light in a photograph, and applying design strategies that make your subjects stand out
- Getting shots that both flatter people and capture their personalities
- Shooting landscapes, and the special considerations of travel photography
- Taking pictures filmlessly, and the pleasures and pitfalls of digital photography
- Troubleshooting your camera, and discovering what do try if it won't shoot
Today’s point-and-shoot cameras are remarkably reliable devices. So why aren’t your pictures better? The main secret to better photographs is knowing what to shoot, when to shoot it, and how to shoot it. You need Photography For Dummies,because it lets you in on this secret.
Say "cheese"! Taking great pictures is a snap when you follow the tips, tricks, and techniques packed inside Photography For Dummies, which takes you all the way from choosing the right film to using your computer to turn your photos into greeting cards or Web-ready online images.
Whether you're taking photos for fun or profit, you'll find expert advice on all the angles -- from taking family pictures to action, sports, and travel shots -- alongside hundreds of color and black-and-white examples that show you how to make your good pictures great, and your great pictures even better.
Geared for novice photographers armed with automated point-and-shoot cameras, Photography For Dummies takes you step-by-step through the entire photographic process, from choosing the right film and photo processing to using your camera's special features. And when you're ready to take the next step in photography with digital cameras, you'll find all sorts of helpful information right here, all explained in clear, easy-to-understand language.
"Go ahead, open to any page! Youll see that learning to take good pictures couldnt be easier or more fun."
John Owens, Editor in Chief, Popular Photography & Imaging
Choose the right film and photofinisher
From sporting events to holidays to vacations take the best pictures of your life!
Want to master photography? Its a snap with this plain-English guide, which features updated information for beginners and professionals alike on taking great pictures with a film or digital camera. You get step-by-step instructions in using modes, zoom settings, autofocus, and flash, as well as special techniques for taking action shots and photographing people.
Praise for Photography For Dummies
"Russell Hart makes it easier than ever for picture-takers 35mm and digital to turn their snapshots into great shots. I recommend this book for all beginners."
Rick Sammon, Associated Press
"Whether youre a complete novice or advanced amateur, youll find this book to be a great resource, one that will result in more enjoyment and less hassle, not to mention better pictures!"
Bob Krist, contributing photographer and columnist for National Geographic Traveler
Discover how to:
- Create striking, original photos
- Work with your point-and-shoot
- Get pictures in and out of your computer
- Take great photos with disposable cameras
- Shoot in special kinds of light
"I wish I'd had a book like this when I started in photography." John Isaac, Chief Photographer, United Nations Praise for Photography For Dummies "The most practical and inspiring basic book for photographers." Sam Abell, Photographer, National Geographic "Hart is our most reliable and knowledgeable writer on photographic technique." Henry Horenstein, author of Color Photography: A Working Manual "Chock full of solid advice
. Even experienced photographers will pick up some valuable tips and techniques." Bob Krist, Photography Columnist, National Geographic Traveler
Illustrated with hundred of black-and-white and color photos!
Great photos make special moments last a lifetime. But how do you create extraordinary images with an ordinary point-and-shoot camera? Relax! In simple, nontechnical language, this friendly guide takes the fear out of photography and shows you step-by-step how to take unforgettable pictures with your 35mm, Advanced Photo System, or digital camera.
Discover how to: Choose the right film Make the most of zooms and flashes Understand lighting and composition Get great family shots Capture action and shoot landscapes Put your photos on your computer
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About the Author
Russell Hart, an author, teacher, and professional photographer, is the technology editor at American Photo and a contributing editor at Popular Photography magazine.
Table of Contents
PART I: What You Need to Take Pictures.
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Your Point-and-Shoot.
Chapter 2: Choosing a Film.
Chapter 3: Working with Your Photofinisher.
PART II: Getting the Most from Your Point-and-Shoot.
Chapter 4: Pictures à la Mode.
Chapter 5: Optical Options: Seeing through Your Camera.
Chapter 6: The Lens and Focusing.
Chapter 7: A Flash of Inspiration.
PART III: The Art Part.
Chapter 8: The Light Fantastic.
Chapter 9: Composition 101 (Suitable for Framing).
PART IV: Don't Stop, I'm Shooting.
Chapter 10: Capturing Your Life on Film.
Chapter 11: Snapping Action.
Chapter 12: Photographing Landscapes.
Chapter 13: Have Camera, Will Travel.
PART V: Into the Future: New Age Point-and-Shoots.
Chapter 14: The Advanced Photo System.
Chapter 15: Photography and Your Computer.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Things to Think about When Buying a Point-and-Shoot Camera.
Chapter 17: Ten Simple Ways to Make Your Pictures Better.
Chapter 18: Ten Great Photographic Web Sites.
Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Places to Take Pictures.
Chapter 20: Ten Things to Try If Your Camera Won't Shoot.
Appendix A: Impress Your Friends! A Short Glossary of Photo Jargon.
Appendix B: Manufacturers, Distributors, and Retailers.
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