Digital Photography: The Missing Manual helps you to take beautiful digital pictures -- of your baby, your trip to Paris, your new pet iguana--and then share the stunning results with your friends and family. Spiked with the advice and humor that are trademarks of the Missing Manual series, this book shows you how to:
Master your digital camera.
Learn how to use those mysterious buttons and modes to improve your pictures.
Take memorable photos.
Become a better photographer right away with a few simple tricks from the pros.
Edit your photos to remove red eye, or crop out extraneous buildings.
Add colors and effects not normally found in nature.
Share your pictures using the best programs and Web sites for sharing your photos-in print, online, and via ESP.
This is a great book for people who want to get started with digital photography but it's also perfect for those who need to increase the skills they already have. Intermediate digital photographers will love the tips and tricks from the pros and the helpful buying guides for those accessories they're ready to add.
Note: This book is Windows-only. For Mac fans, iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual has a whole section on digital photography.
Digital Camera Basics
Chapter 1 Digital Camera Basics
Point-and-Shoot or Single Lens Reflex?
Image Resolution and Memory Capacity
Deciphering Optical and Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer (Vibration Reduction)
Flip Screens for Multiple Viewpoints
Taking Control with Manual Options
External Flashes and Other Attachments
Minimizing Shutter Lag
Burst Mode for Rapid-Fire Shooting
Software That Comes with Your Camera
Eliminating Specks (Noise Reduction)
Taking Movies with Your Camera
Chapter 2 Pointing, Shooting, and Basic Composition
Apply the Rule of Thirds
Get Closer for Better Pictures
Eliminate Busy Backgrounds
Go Low, Go High
A Final Thought
Chapter 3 Beyond the Simple Snapshot
Shooting Sports and Action
Kids and School Performances
Weddings and Celebrations
Sunsets and Nighttime Photos
Landscape and Nature
Organizing Your Photos
Chapter 4 Getting Photos onto Your PC
Moving Pictures from Camera to Computer
Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PC
Importing Photos with a Scanner
Three Ways to Scan an Image
Using Windows Scanner Wizard
Chapter 5 Organizing Photos on Your PC
Organizing Photos with Windows XP
Organizing Photos with EasyShare Albums
Organizing Photos with Picasa
Chapter 6 Storing Your Photos Online
Why Put Your Photos Online?
Choosing an Online Photo Service
Getting Photos Online with EasyShare
Organizing Photos with EasyShare
Getting Photos Online with Shutterfly
Organizing Photos with Shutterfly
Getting Photos Online with Snapfish
Organizing Photos with Snapfish
Getting Photos Online with Flickr
Organizing Photos with Flickr
Chapter 7 Backing Up Your Photo Library
Strategies to Protect Your Photos
CD, DVD, or Hard Drive?
EasyShare’s Backup Tools
Picasa’s Backup Tools
Chapter 8 Organizing and Backing Up with Elements
Importing with the Photo Downloader
Browsing Photos in the Organizer
Creating Tags and Categories
Assigning Tags to Photos
Searching for Photos
Backing Up with the Organizer
Editing Your Photos
Chapter 9 Basic Photo Fixes
Common Problems, Easy Fixes
Rotating & Cropping with EasyShare
Improving Photos with EasyShare
Fixing Red Eye with EasyShare
Rotate and Straighten with Picasa
Cropping Photos with Picasa
Fixing Exposure Problems with Picasa
Fixing Contrast & Color with Picasa
Fixing Red Eye with Picasa
Chapter 10 Rotating, Cropping, and Resizing with Elements
Changing Your View of Your Photos
Changing the Size of Your Photos
Chapter 11 Elements’ Quick Fix Tools
A Tour of the Quick Fix Window
Quick Fix Suggested Workflow
Fixing Red Eye
The Smart Fix
Adjusting Lighting and Contrast
Chapter 12 Advanced Photo Retouching with Elements
Christopher Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services.
Barbara Brundage has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has worked in both advertising and technical writing. She also plays the harp and attended Eastman School of Music, where she studied with legendary harpist Eileen Malone. Barbara makes her living as a professional harpist and has performed for a wide range of dignitaries and celebrities including Margaret Thatcher, Tom Cruise, the Clintons, and Isaac Stern. She is the founder of Seaside Press, through which she publishes her arrangements, which are popular with harpists around the world.
Comments about oreilly Digital Photography: The Missing Manual:
This Windows-only book gently eases beginning digital photographers into
the rapidly evolving and exciting world of digital photography, without
overwhelming them with technical detail. It also provides support to both
amateur and proficient film photographers who are transitioning from their
previous comfort zone of traditional shooting to new territory with
unfamiliar vocabulary, methods, and hardware. Who could possibly be more
welcoming to these beginners than David Pogue, who wrote the enticing
introduction to this Missing Manual? In his typically refreshing blend of
easy-to-understand language, touch of humor, and genuine enthusiasm, Pogue
magically engages the reader and assures subsequent
absorption of the book from cover-to-cover.
In the Introduction, David Pogue explains that the book is comprised of four
parts, each containing several chapters. The First Section, Digital Camera
Basics, assists in the decision of what type of digital camera
best suits which needs, and then how to learn to use the features of that
choice. The differences between digital and film photography
are reviewed, and easily implemented tips for taking great photos in
different kinds of situations and environments are provided. The Second
Section, Organizing Your Photos, focuses on different options for storing,
organizing and retrieving photos on the computer and on the Internet.
Section Three looks at Editing Your Photos using the computer and software
programs (as opposed to previously using a darkroom and sending jobs out to
a photo lab). Basics of removing red eye, blemishes, cropping, and more
advanced topics like creating panoramas from multiple photos are reviewed.
Finally, Section Four explores sharing digital photos, printing photos at home, ordering prints through online services, and ordering specialty items such as photo books, calendars, and other photo items.
While this book is intended for Windows users, much of the content is
enriching for any beginning digital photographer, regardless of platform.
This is especially true of digital camera features, lighting and
flash options, explanations of resolution for printing, memory card
varieties, and editing considerations. The beginner is also advised to learn
to take risks in trying different creative techniques and options, since it
is easy to just erase mistakes. Tips are given for shooting
vacation photos, weddings and celebrations, sunset and night
photos, indoor flash photography, sports and action shots, and special
effects. The techniques of rotating, resizing, and other editing and enhancing are introduced to the beginner for a taste of the next level in photo manipulation.
Digital Photography: The Missing Manual has many detailed and colorful
illustrations, as well as an excellent index (typical of this series). The authors
do an excellent job of organizing the basic essential information for a
beginner to get started in digital photography. The
content of this book will surely serve as a firm foundation for the beginner to develop confidence to acquire effective digital photography skills.