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How to do everything with your digital camera
Johnson, Dave.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Osborne/McGraw-Hill, [2001]

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xviii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Provides instruction on the key steps to using a digital camera as well as information on working with memory cards, file formats, editing images on a PC, printing, and sharing your images.
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Concord Library TR267 .J644 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Publishing Rationale - Digital Camera use is clearly on the rise -sales of cameras have topped $1 Billion, and the digital category now makes up about 36% of the entire camera market, with 1.8 million units sold in 1999 (a 63% increase in 1999), according to market researcher NPD Intelect. - Digital Camera prices are dropping. There are lots of digital cameras on the market in a wide price range, but the introduction of sub-$300 cameras, and the increased sales coming from non-cameras specific retailers (Kmart, and chain drugstores, in addition to Circuit City and Fry's Electronics) means there's a huge spike in digital camera owners who have cameras but may not know what to do with them - or with the digital images they capture. - Osborne's How to Do Everything series is a strong seller, and the addition of new titles is sure to expand the success - especially for this hot topic

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Library Journal Review

Although the title is a little overstated, this book does offer a fairly comprehensive introduction to digital photography. Johnson opens by discussing virtually all of the technical essentials of working with one's camera to make correct exposures and then proceeds to address questions about working with digital film and formats and transferring files. He further explains how to compose and edit photographs on one's computer, showing how to improve sharpness and contrast, clean up images, use special effects, and blend text with images. The book concludes with helpful chapters on printing one's photographs and sharing images through e-mail, web pages, and disks. Anyone who works with digital photographs will find this book quite thorough and useful. Recommended for all photography collections in public and academic libraries. Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Part I Your Camera
Chapter 1 Welcome to the Futurep. 3
A History Lessonp. 4
A Slow Evolutionp. 5
The Future of Digital Camerasp. 7
Features, Gadgets, and Goodiesp. 9
The Optical Systemp. 9
TTL Viewfindersp. 10
Power Systemsp. 11
Memory Storagep. 11
Camera Controlsp. 13
Choosing Your Own Digital Camerap. 14
The Upgrade Racep. 15
Resolutionp. 15
Opticsp. 16
Memoryp. 17
Flashp. 18
Special Effectsp. 18
Transfer Mechanismp. 19
Gear You'll Needp. 19
Chapter 2 Understanding Exposurep. 21
How Cameras Take Picturesp. 22
Inside a 35mm Camerap. 23
The Moment of Exposurep. 24
How Digicams Are Differentp. 26
Use ISO for Exposure Controlp. 28
Change the ISO Settingp. 29
Perfecting Shots with Aperture and Shutterp. 31
How Cameras Choose Aperture and Shutter Speedp. 31
The Truth About Shuttersp. 33
Adjust Exposure Manuallyp. 34
Use Shutter or Aperture Priority Adjustmentsp. 36
Tricky Lighting Situationsp. 37
Use Exposure Compensationp. 39
Switch Metering Modesp. 40
Use Exposure Lockp. 43
When to Take Controlp. 45
Chapter 3 Composition Essentialsp. 47
Why Composition Is Importantp. 48
What We Seep. 49
Rules of Compositionp. 49
Isolate the Focal Pointp. 50
Use the Rule of Thirdsp. 52
Fill the Framep. 53
Move the Horizonp. 55
Use Lines, Symmetry, and Patternsp. 56
Use Foreground to Balance the Backgroundp. 58
Know When to Break the Rulesp. 58
Using Depth of Fieldp. 61
Applying Depth of Field to Your Picturesp. 64
Getting the Most Out of Your Zoom Lensp. 65
Using Your Camera's Exposure Modesp. 67
Choosing Exposure Modes and Lenses in Special Situationsp. 70
Chapter 4 Flash and Lightingp. 77
The Basics of Flash Photographyp. 78
Stay Within the Range of Your Flashp. 79
Master Your Flash Modesp. 81
Improve Your Outdoor Photographsp. 83
Beware the Sunp. 83
Add Fill Flashp. 84
Reflect Some Lightp. 85
Improve Your Indoor Photographsp. 88
Use Window Lightp. 88
Avoid the Red Eyep. 88
Correct the Color Balancep. 89
Correcting Images with White Balancep. 89
Adjusting White Balance Presetsp. 90
Trying Your Hand at Night Photographyp. 92
Taking Your First Night Shotsp. 92
CCDs and Noisep. 94
Chapter 5 Taking Close-Upsp. 97
Capturing the Microscopic Worldp. 98
Coaxing a Digital Camera to Take Close-Upsp. 99
Close-up Enemy No. 1: Parallaxp. 102
Using Add-on Lensesp. 105
Close-up Techniquesp. 107
A Steady Basep. 110
Keep the Subject Sharpp. 111
Mind the Backgroundp. 113
Beware of the Flashp. 115
Shooting Through Glassp. 115
Chapter 6 Pushing Your Camera to Its Limitsp. 119
Get Creativep. 120
The Old-Fashioned Lookp. 121
Make a Panoramap. 121
Getting the Right Overlapp. 123
Adding Lenses for Different Perspectivesp. 126
Choosing Lensesp. 128
Add-on Lens Precautionsp. 128
Taking Time-Lapse Photosp. 132
Making Moviesp. 134
Taking Care of Batteriesp. 137
Rechargeable Versus Alkalinep. 137
Get the Most Out of Your Batteriesp. 138
Part II Transferring Images
Chapter 7 Conquering File Formatsp. 143
What Are File Formats and Why Do I Care?p. 144
The Most Common File Formatsp. 145
Using File Formatsp. 149
On the Camerap. 149
On the PCp. 151
Chapter 8 Working with Digital Filmp. 157
The ABCs of Digital Filmp. 158
Transferring Images to the PCp. 162
Transferring Images with a Serial Cablep. 163
Transferring Images with a USB Portp. 166
Transfer Shortcuts: Using Memory Adaptersp. 170
Caring for Your Memory Cardsp. 171
Chapter 9 Keeping Images on the PCp. 175
Managing Your Digital Picturesp. 176
Organizing Your Images in Windows 98p. 178
Renaming Images in Windows 98p. 182
Working with Quick Viewp. 184
Locating and Cataloging Images in Windows 98p. 188
What's a Keyword?p. 194
Organizing Your Images in Windows Mep. 196
Estimating File Sizep. 198
Calculating TIFsp. 199
Calculating JPGsp. 199
Archiving Imagesp. 200
Pixel Potentialp. 200
Adding Extra Hard Drivesp. 201
Chapter 10 Turning Prints into Digital Imagesp. 203
Understanding Scannersp. 204
Shopping for a Scannerp. 207
Scanning and Correcting Your Imagesp. 209
Determining the Right Resolutionp. 209
Tweaking Your Imagesp. 213
Slides, Negatives, or Prints?p. 215
Part III Editing Images
Chapter 11 Quick Changes for Your Imagesp. 219
How Much PC You Needp. 220
Choosing an Image Editorp. 221
Tweaking the File Formatp. 225
Shrinking Your Imagesp. 225
Changing the Color Depth of an Imagep. 227
Saving Images in Different File Formatsp. 229
Improve Your Compositionp. 231
Crop Your Imagep. 231
Using Cut and Pastep. 236
Rotate Your Perspectivep. 240
Level a Crooked Picturep. 241
Improve the Color and Brightness in Your Imagep. 242
Brighten Gloomy Shotsp. 242
Add Snap to Your Colorsp. 246
Brightness Only Goes So Farp. 246
Correct the Color Balancep. 247
Chapter 12 Cleaning Up Your Imagesp. 249
Sharpening Blurry Picturesp. 250
Using the Sharpen Filter to Enhance Your Picturep. 251
Blur to Sharpenp. 253
Painting on Your Picturesp. 255
Choosing Colorsp. 256
Applying the Paintp. 258
Painting More Accuratelyp. 261
Repairing the Evil Eyep. 264
Using Automatic Red Eye Removalp. 264
Removing Red Eye the Old-Fashioned Wayp. 265
Airbrushing Away Distractionsp. 266
Clean Up Old and Damaged Picturesp. 268
Remove Picture Scratchesp. 269
Remove Dust, Dirt, and Digital Noisep. 269
Make a Panoramic Photop. 269
Stitching Photos Together by Handp. 271
Chapter 13 Creating Special Effectsp. 275
Using a Hollywood-Style Bluescreenp. 276
Make a Weather Mapp. 277
Bluescreen Without a Screenp. 280
Shake Hands with Elvisp. 286
Shoot a Sci-Fi Firefightp. 290
The Disintegrating Subjectp. 292
The Laser Blastp. 294
Paint Like Van Goghp. 295
Decolorizing Your Picturesp. 298
Colorize an Imagep. 303
Create Stop-Motion Moviesp. 303
Chapter 14 Working with Text and Creating Projectsp. 305
Adding Text to Picturesp. 306
Special Effects with Textp. 310
Create Gradient-Filled Textp. 310
Create Picture-Filled Textp. 312
Add Drop Shadowp. 314
Combine Image and Drop Shadowp. 317
Projects for Your Digital Imagesp. 319
Using Digital Images as Wallpaperp. 319
Adding an Image to Letterheadp. 321
Creating Your Own Greeting Cardsp. 323
Create a Newsletterp. 329
Part IV Using Your Images
Chapter 15 Printing Your Picturesp. 333
Using the Right Printerp. 334
Choosing a Printerp. 335
What to Look Forp. 340
Printing Your Imagesp. 341
The Right Resolutionp. 341
Working with Paperp. 343
Making Your Printsp. 347
Which Side Is the Right Side?p. 351
Caring for Your Printsp. 351
Working with Printing Servicesp. 352
Chapter 16 Sharing Your Picturesp. 353
Send Images via Emailp. 354
Attaching Pictures in Emailp. 357
Distributing Images on Floppy and Zip Disksp. 361
Strategies for Sharing Lots of Imagesp. 361
Creating Your Own Web Pagesp. 362
Choosing an Image Size and File Format for the Webp. 364
Sharing Images on the Web Without Designing a Web Sitep. 365
Which Is Best?p. 365
Showing Off Images on a Palmp. 368
Showing Off Images in a Digital Picture Framep. 371
Create a Slide Show on Videotapep. 373
Record Video Directly from the Camerap. 373
Indexp. 377

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