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Title:
Advanced digital camera techniques
Author:
Drafahl, Jack.
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, Inc., [2003]

©2003
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123 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781584280996
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Book

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Summary

The clear, step-by-step techniques presented in this guide enable beginning and intermediate photographers to achieve professional results with their digital cameras. Basics covered include understanding the amount of resolution needed, setting the camera's white balance, and shooting in any of the four standard exposure modes as well as how to best use flash and natural light, prevent camera shake, and pan the camera to catch action shots. Special tips for shooting nature images, portraits, and close-ups are provided. Particular advantages of digital cameras are discussed, such as their use in home remodeling, for documenting personal belongings, and for copy work. Explained are practical uses such as cataloging and outputting images; sending images over the Internet; archiving them on a CD or DVD; printing them from an inkjet printer; and using them to create greeting cards, calendars, and digital slide shows.


Author Notes

Jack and Sue Drafahl are a husband and wife team of professional photojournalists, lecturers, and multimedia producers. For over thirty years their articles have appeared in Petersen's PHOTOgraphic, Rangefinder, Sport Diver, Focus on Imaging, Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic World, National Wildlife Federation, and Skin Diver Magazine


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introductionp. 6
Chapter 2 Film vs. Digitalp. 8
Instant Feedbackp. 8
No Scanning Requiredp. 10
No Film or Processingp. 10
Compact Camerap. 10
TV Previewp. 11
No Grainp. 11
Variable ISO Speedp. 11
Color Temperature/White Balancep. 13
Airport X-Ray and Filmp. 13
Low Light Exposurep. 13
Chapter 3 Digital Camera Basicsp. 14
Resolutionp. 14
Compressionp. 14
Sharpnessp. 15
Digital Zoom vs. Optical Zoomp. 16
Shutter Delayp. 16
Batteriesp. 17
White Balancep. 18
Digital ISOp. 18
Image Adjustmentp. 19
Dual Viewfindersp. 20
Chapter 4 Exposure Modesp. 21
Program Modep. 21
Aperture Modep. 21
Shutter Modep. 24
Manual Modep. 25
Other Useful Modesp. 26
Close-up or Naturep. 26
Sportsp. 27
Portraitp. 27
Landscapep. 27
Chapter 5 Depth of Fieldp. 30
Using Digitalp. 30
Preview Makes It Easierp. 31
Creative Applicationsp. 32
Perspectivep. 32
Portraitsp. 33
Special Situationsp. 33
Chapter 6 Shutter Speed Applicationsp. 36
Avoiding Camera Movementp. 36
Shutter Priorityp. 38
Sports Modep. 38
Motion Studiesp. 38
Creating Motionp. 38
Zoom Motionp. 39
Pan Actionp. 40
Take It for a Ridep. 43
Motion at Nightp. 43
Moving Subjectsp. 43
Chapter 7 Flash Tipsp. 47
What Those Icons Meanp. 47
No Flashp. 49
Auto Flashp. 49
Red-Eye Reductionp. 50
Flash Fillp. 51
External Flashp. 51
Slave Flashp. 53
Chapter 8 Lighting Conditionsp. 54
Into the Sunp. 54
Overcast Daysp. 58
Silhouettesp. 59
Add a Flashp. 61
Sunrise, Sunsetp. 61
Add a Flashp. 64
Chapter 9 Point of Viewp. 65
New Methods of Photography with Digitalp. 65
Point of Viewp. 65
Perspectivep. 66
Long, Medium, and Close-Upp. 68
Horizontal or Verticalp. 69
LCD Viewers Add New Perspectivep. 69
Chapter 10 Compositionp. 71
Undesirable Compositionp. 72
Busy Backgroundsp. 72
Light Trapp. 73
Objects Too Close to the Edgep. 74
Crooked Horizonsp. 74
Not Enough Spacep. 74
Too Busyp. 75
Desirable Compositionp. 75
Rule of Thirdsp. 75
Lines Leading to a Pointp. 76
Patternsp. 77
Letter Shapesp. 79
Chapter 11 Close-up Photographyp. 80
Aperture or Close-up Modep. 80
Use Internal Flashp. 81
Add an Auxiliary Flashp. 82
Slave Flashp. 82
Setting Up Your Camerap. 82
Close-up Tipsp. 84
Close-up Adaptersp. 86
Chapter 12 Practical Applicationsp. 87
Document Personal Belongingsp. 87
Construction Projectsp. 88
Car Rentalsp. 89
Archiving Imagesp. 89
Copy Workp. 90
Removing Moire Patternsp. 90
Visual Directionsp. 91
Document Your Shipmentsp. 92
Chapter 13 Tell a Storyp. 93
Take Plenty of Imagesp. 93
Beginning, Middle, and Endingp. 93
Vary Your Perspectivep. 95
Lightingp. 95
Same Subject, Different Times of Dayp. 97
Same Subject, Different Seasonsp. 97
Image Storagep. 98
Add Memory Cardsp. 98
Include Your Laptopp. 98
Portable Hard Disksp. 98
Chapter 14 Creating Panoramasp. 99
Setting Up Your Camerap. 99
Creating the Piecesp. 99
Assembling the Partsp. 101
Chapter 15 Animate Your Imagesp. 102
Multi-Image Sequencep. 102
360-Degree Panoramasp. 103
Stop Actionp. 103
Final Presentationp. 103
Chapter 16 Digital Camera Accessoriesp. 105
Filtersp. 105
Polarizersp. 105
Creative Filtersp. 106
Close-up Filtersp. 106
Lens Convertersp. 108
Telephotop. 108
Wide-Anglep. 108
Close-Upp. 108
Fisheyep. 108
360-Degree Panoramap. 111
Chapter 17 Cataloging Imagesp. 112
What Shall We Name It?p. 112
Consecutive Numberingp. 112
EXIF Filesp. 112
Visual Photo Databasep. 113
Now You've Found It, What to Do?p. 113
Slide Viewerp. 113
Chapter 18 Sharing Your Photosp. 115
Using Your Editing Programp. 115
Give It a Cropp. 116
Output Your Filep. 116
Inkjet Printersp. 116
Multiple Printsp. 116
Greeting Cards, Calendars, and Morep. 116
Archive to CD and DVDp. 118
Audio and Moviesp. 119
Digital Slide Showsp. 119
Internet Connectionp. 119
Final Thoughtsp. 120
Indexp. 121