Complete idiot's guide to digital photography


Language: Anglais
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This thorough yet readable introduction to the technology of digital technology will prepare any beginner how to choose their first digital camera, shoot great digital images and enhance them to look like the work of a professional.

  • With a range of nearly 20 different digital camera brands to choose from, this guide can offer the consumer useful knowledge of how to differentiate the competition.
  • A plain-English guide to digital photography will help a reader avoid technical hang-ups and really take advantage of the flexibility and convenience a digital camera can provide.
  • The Complete Idiots Guide to Digital Photography is written with both PC and Mac users in mind.
This second edition of The Complete Idiots Guide to Digital Photography is an updated reference for budding amateurs and digital-bound professionals alike. As such, it takes the reader through the ins and outs of buying a suitable digital camera, understanding the correct techniques in taking their first shot, plus explaining how their digital camera coupled with a PC can load, manipulate and print images. Expect to find expanded coverage on the latest product models and better ways to scan, print and manage image files. Plenty of demonstrations and examples-complemented with CD-ROM software will be added throughout the book.

Steven Greenburg has been a professional photographer for over 17 years. In 1991, Steve started using electronic imaging to enhance his design capabilities. Since then, he has received additional training at the Kodak Center for Creative Imaging and the New York School of Visual Arts. The author 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 also wrote The Complete Idiots Guide to Digital Photography, First Edition.


1. Look, Ma, No Film: Why Digital Photography?
Painting with Light: A Brief History of Photography. Fast Forward: Digital Cameras. First, the Good News: The Advantages of Digital Photography. Now the Bad News. Go for It!

2. Pixel, Pixel, Little Star, How I Wonder What You Are!
Its a Three-Color World (RGB). Eye to Eye: How the Camera Mimics Your Eye. In the Beginning There Was Film. Pixel Schtick: How Digital Cameras Work.


3. So Many Choices: Camera Models That Show Off Their Style.
Research, Research, Research. Narrowing It Down: Camera Types. Types of Digital Cameras.

4. Attention to Details: Features You Need to Know to Get the Camera
You Want. Camera Design. Battery Life. Lenses. Flash. Viewfinders. Onboard Storage. Downloading Options: Kodak DOCK. Burst Exposures. Metering. Resolution. Speed and Sensitivity. Extras. Bundled Software. A Final Word .

5. Mac Versus Windows: System Requirements for Digital Capture.
Windows or Mac? General Requirements. Peripherals.

6. Software: What You Want to See Is What You Get.
Improving Composition and Image Quality. Proprietary and Third-party Software. Albums: Storing Your Images.


7. Exposure Made Simple.
The Lens. The Shutter. F/Stops. Shutter Speed. Putting It All Together: The Relationship Between F/Stops and Shutter Speed. ISO/ASA. Creative Control. Depth of Field. Manual or Automatic Exposure.

8. I Can See Clearly Now: Lenses.
Types of Lenses. Focal Length.

9. Composition: No Snapshots Here!
Not in the Center, If You Please! Balance. Horizon. Cropping: Be Frugal! Color. Contrast. Negative and Positive Space: The Final Frontier. Movement. Viewpoint: Low, Different, or Political. Perspective. Foreground/Background. Line and Imaginary Line. Watch Your Background. Texture. Scale.

10. Lighting: It Makes or Breaks a Shot!
Using Available Light. Flash. Adding Lights.

11. Resolution: Is Bigger Better?
Image Resolution/Monitor Resolution. Printer Resolution. How Big a File Do You Need?

12. Learning Compression Helps Avoid Image Depression!
Getting Quality Images. Lossy versus Lossless Compression. Archiving Programs. File Formats: Acrimonious Acronyms.


13. Go Get It: Downloading Your Images.
Hooking Up the Camera. Downloading Via the Camera Manufacturers Software. Downloading Via Image-Editing Software. The Fastest Way: Downloading Directly from Disk. Downloading from a Photo CD.

14. Improving Your Images.
Getting Started . Shaping Your Image. From Darkness to Light.

15. The Wonderful World of Color.
Viva Color! Other Color Worlds. What Is Bit Depth? A Sharper Image. Its All a Blur. Despeckle.

16. Eeney, Meeny, Miney, Mo: Selections.
Getting Started. Why Use Selections? Selection Tools. A Selection Saved Is a Selection Earned: Saving Selections.

17. Color Me Beautiful: Adding Fills and Color.
Fills. Selection Fills. Paint Tools.

18. The Clone Tool: The Ultimate Retouching Tool.
Getting Started. Demo: Removing Phone Lines Using the Clone Tool. Cloning Between Two Photos.

19. Yadda Yadda Yadda: The Text Tool.
Adding Text. Demo: Applying a Drop Shadow. Changing the Opacity of Your Type. Demo: Making Your Type Glow.

20. Layer Cake: Adding Elements. Whats a Layer?
Lemme See One. Using Layers: T