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Digital Photography Digital Field Guide

Book Description

The digital camera has revolutionized photography. Sporting events, breathtaking landscapes, the mood of the sea, or a child's eyes as a present is opened-capture whatever fascinates you. Learn touse your images in ways only highly skilled professionals could manage a mere decade ago. With this practical guide in your camera bag, you'll have professional advice at your fingertips to help you get great shots, use all your camera's features, download and enhance your photos, and share them in dozens of creative ways.

  • Understand digital camera basics

  • Learn the secrets for getting a good close-up

  • Find out when and why to use RAW format

  • Explore dozens of formulas for shooting a variety of scenes, including suggested lenses, settings, and lighting options

  • Rid your pictures of red-eye and other imperfections

  • Create a slide show, prints, or e-mail- and Web-ready images

  • Make the most of your camera's abilities with filters and other accessories

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. Getting the most from this book
      1. Who this book is for
  6. Quick Tour: QT Shooting Your First Digital Photo
    1. Selecting Exposure Mode
    2. Focusing and Choosing Focus Mode
    3. Previewing Depth of Field
    4. Selecting Image Format
    5. Taking the Picture
    6. Reviewing the Image
    7. Printing Your Photographs
  7. I. Using Your Digital Camera
    1. 1. Exploring the Digital Camera
      1. 1.1. Suitability to Tasks
      2. 1.2. Typical Non-SLR Controls
      3. 1.3. Typical SLR Controls
      4. 1.4. Understanding Zoom Lenses
      5. 1.5. Depth of Field
      6. 1.6. Understanding ISO
      7. 1.7. Exposure Modes
        1. 1.7.1. Automatic exposure
        2. 1.7.2. Semiautomatic exposure
        3. 1.7.3. Manual exposure
      8. 1.8. Using Automatic Focusing
    2. 2. Preparation and Setup
      1. 2.1. Recharging Strategies in the Field
      2. 2.2. Setting the Camera
        1. 2.2.1. Setting LCD brightness
        2. 2.2.2. Setting autofocus options
      3. 2.3. Choosing Your Format
        1. 2.3.1. Specifying image quality
      4. 2.4. Choosing a Memory Card
      5. 2.5. Protecting Your Camera
      6. 2.6. Getting Permission to Photograph
        1. 2.6.1. What pictures can you take?
        2. 2.6.2. What uses require releases?
        3. 2.6.3. What should a release say?
        4. 2.6.4. Getting someone to sign a release
  8. II. Creating Great Photos With Your Digital Camera
    1. 3. Photography Basics
      1. 3.1. Understanding Exposure
      2. 3.2. The Three Elements of Exposure
      3. 3.3. The Role of ISO
      4. 3.4. Understanding Aperture
        1. 3.4.1. Setting different aperture modes
        2. 3.4.2. Which aperture should you choose?
        3. 3.4.3. Working with shutter speeds
        4. 3.4.4. Shutter modes
      5. 3.5. Equivalent Exposures
      6. 3.6. Getting Colors Right with White Balance
      7. 3.7. Getting Good Close-Ups
        1. 3.7.1. Using your camera's macro facility
        2. 3.7.2. Focusing accurately
      8. 3.8. Composing Great Photographs
      9. 3.9. Putting It All Together
    2. 4. Lighting Your Photos
      1. 4.1. Observing Light
      2. 4.2. The Source and Direction of Light
      3. 4.3. Front Lighting
      4. 4.4. Side Lighting
      5. 4.5. Backlighting
      6. 4.6. Character, Intensity, and Color of Light
      7. 4.7. How Light Changes
      8. 4.8. Shadows Created by Light
      9. 4.9. Ambient Light
      10. 4.10. Sunlight
      11. 4.11. Incandescent and Fluorescent
      12. 4.12. On-Camera Flash
    3. 5. Using Accessories and Filters
      1. 5.1. Lenses
      2. 5.2. Optical Filters
        1. 5.2.1. Fitting a filter
        2. 5.2.2. Filter types
        3. 5.2.3. Protective filters
        4. 5.2.4. A polarizer is a photographer's best friend
        5. 5.2.5. Macro filters
        6. 5.2.6. Color-correction filters
        7. 5.2.7. Artistic and creative filters
      3. 5.3. Tripods
    4. 6. Recipes for Great Photos
      1. 6.1. Abstract Photography
        1. 6.1.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.1.2. Abstract photography practice
        3. 6.1.3. Abstract photography tips
      2. 6.2. Action Photography
        1. 6.2.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.2.2. Action photography practice
        3. 6.2.3. Action photography tips
      3. 6.3. Animal and Wildlife Photography
        1. 6.3.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.3.2. Animal and wildlife photography practice
        3. 6.3.3. Animal and wildlife photography tips
      4. 6.4. Architectural Photography
        1. 6.4.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.4.2. Architecture photography practice
        3. 6.4.3. Architectural photography tips
      5. 6.5. Cityscape Photography
        1. 6.5.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.5.2. Cityscape photography practice
        3. 6.5.3. Cityscape photography tips
      6. 6.6. Cloud Photography
        1. 6.6.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.6.2. Cloud photography practice
        3. 6.6.3. Cloud photography tips
      7. 6.7. Flower Photography
        1. 6.7.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.7.2. Flower photography practice
        3. 6.7.3. Flower photography tips
      8. 6.8. Landscape Photography
        1. 6.8.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.8.2. Landscape photography practice
        3. 6.8.3. Landscape photography tips
      9. 6.9. Macro and Close-Up Photography
        1. 6.9.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.9.2. Macro and close-up photography practice
        3. 6.9.3. Macro and close-up photography tips
      10. 6.10. Mountain Photography
        1. 6.10.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.10.2. Mountain photography practice
        3. 6.10.3. Mountain photography tips
      11. 6.11. Night Photography
        1. 6.11.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.11.2. Night photography practice
        3. 6.11.3. Night photography tips
      12. 6.12. Panoramic Photography
        1. 6.12.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.12.2. Panoramic photography practice
        3. 6.12.3. Panorama tips
      13. 6.13. People: Baby and Child Photography
        1. 6.13.1. Baby photography
          1. 6.13.1.1. Inspiration
          2. 6.13.1.2. Baby photography practice
          3. 6.13.1.3. Baby photography tips
        2. 6.13.2. Child photography
          1. 6.13.2.1. Inspiration
          2. 6.13.2.2. Child photography practice
          3. 6.13.2.3. Child photography tips
      14. 6.14. Pet Photography
        1. 6.14.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.14.2. Pet photography practice
        3. 6.14.3. Pet photography tips
      15. 6.15. Still-Life Photography
        1. 6.15.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.15.2. Still-life photography practice
        3. 6.15.3. Still-life photography tips
      16. 6.16. Sunset and Sunrise Photography
        1. 6.16.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.16.2. Sunset and sunrise photography practice
        3. 6.16.3. Sunset and sunrise photography tips
      17. 6.17. Water Photography
        1. 6.17.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.17.2. Water photography practice
        3. 6.17.3. Water photography tips
      18. 6.18. Weather Photography
        1. 6.18.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.18.2. Weather photography practice
        3. 6.18.3. Weather photography tips
    5. 7. Editing and Sharing Your Work
      1. 7.1. About the Digital Darkroom
      2. 7.2. Using Photoshop Elements and Photoshop
      3. 7.3. Filters in the Digital Darkroom
        1. 7.3.1. Photo filter
        2. 7.3.2. Shadow/Highlight filter
        3. 7.3.3. Ink Outlines filter
        4. 7.3.4. Unsharp Mask filter
        5. 7.3.5. Wind filter
        6. 7.3.6. Liquify filter
      4. 7.4. Cleaning Up Red Eye
      5. 7.5. Getting Rid of Imperfections
        1. 7.5.1. Adjusting contrast, tone, and color
        2. 7.5.2. Working with shadows and highlights
        3. 7.5.3. Composites
      6. 7.6. Preparing Photographs for the Web
      7. 7.7. Publishing Photographs on the Web
      8. 7.8. E-mailing Photographs
      9. 7.9. Printing Photographs
        1. 7.9.1. Turning digital photos into prints
        2. 7.9.2. Using a home printer
        3. 7.9.3. Moving up to a better printer
        4. 7.9.4. Photo printing services
      10. 7.10. Creating a Slide Show
        1. 7.10.1. PowerPoint
        2. 7.10.2. Windows XP
  9. III. Appendixes
    1. A. Resources
      1. A.1. Companion Web Site
      2. A.2. Digital Camera Manufacturers
      3. A.3. Accessories
        1. A.3.1. Camera bags
        2. A.3.2. Filters
        3. A.3.3. Tripods
      4. A.4. Software
        1. A.4.1. Web sites
      5. A.5. Leading Commercial Photo-Printing Services
      6. A.6. Publishing Photos on the Web
      7. A.7. About Photography
        1. A.7.1. Photography books
        2. A.7.2. Web sites
  10. Glossary