Synopses & Reviews
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 Dummies comes 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 Dummies helps 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, especially in 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.
Photography is recession-proof, as babies are being born, families are getting together and people are not going to stop taking pictures. This Dummies guide illuminates all the basic aspects of photography.
"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
This new edition includes extended coverage on choosing the right film and photofinisher for the best results, how to capture great action shots of family, friends, sporting events, how to take the best travel and holiday pictures, as well as photographing still-life objects.
About the Author
Technology Editor at American Photo magazine and a contributing editor to Popular Photography, Russell Hart has written about photography for The New York Times, Mens Journal, and Us magazines, and is the author of a number of books on photographic subjects.
Table of Contents
Part I: What You Need to Take Pictures.
Chapter 1: Ladies and Gentlemen: Start Your Point-and-Shoots!
Chapter 2: How to Pick the Best Film.
Chapter 3: Making Your Photofinisher Work for You.
Part II: Working with Your Point-and-Shoot.
Chapter 4: Pictures à la Mode.
Chapter 5: Seeing through Your Camera.
Chapter 6: Focus Pocus: The Lens and Optical Magic.
Chapter 7: A Flash of Inspiration.
Chapter 8: Simplifying the Advanced Photo System.
Part III: The Art Part.
Chapter 9: Seeing the Light.
Chapter 10: Suitable for Framing: How to Compose a Good Photograph.
Part IV: Shoot to Thrill.
Chapter 11: Capturing Your Life: How to Keep a Photographic Diary.
Chapter 12: Capture the Action.
Chapter 13: Scene Stealing: Making Effective Landscape Photos.
Chapter 14: Have Camera, Will Travel.
Part V: The Digital Domain.
Chapter 15: Getting to Know Your Digital Point-and-Shoot.
Chapter 16: What to Do with Digital Pictures?
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Things to Think about When Buying a Point-and-Shoot Camera.
Chapter 18: Ten Simple Ways to Make Your Pictures Better.
Chapter 19: Ten Great Places to Take Pictures.
Chapter 20: Ten Things to Try If Your Camera Won’t Shoot.
Appendix A: Photospeak: A Short Glossary.
Appendix B: Manufacturers, Distributors, and Retailers.