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Teach Yourself Visually™: Digital Photography, 3rd Edition

Book Description

* Helpful sidebars that offer practical tips and tricks

* Succinct explanations that walk you through step by step

* Full-color screen shots that demonstrate each task

* Two-page lessons that break big topics into bite-sized modules

Learn How To:

* Choose a digital camera and photo printer

* Compose pictures using professional techniques

* Mix and match focus and lens settings

* Crop, resize, and sharpen your photos

* Enhance your photos with photo-editing software

* Create a custom greeting card

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Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Praise for Visual Books
  3. Credits
  4. About the Authors
  5. Authors' Acknowledgments
  6. 1. Understanding Digital Photography
    1. 1.1. Why Go Digital?
    2. 1.2. Discover Digital Cameras
    3. 1.3. From Start to Finish: The Digital Workflow
  7. 2. What You Need to Get Started
    1. 2.1. Choose a Digital Camera
    2. 2.2. Consider Digital Camera Accessories
    3. 2.3. Build a Digital Darkroom
    4. 2.4. Choose a Photo Printer
  8. 3. Understanding Light
    1. 3.1. Learn About the Color of Light
    2. 3.2. Measure and Correct Light for Color
    3. 3.3. Photograph in Varied Lighting
    4. 3.4. Use a Flash
  9. 4. Controlling Exposure and Focal Length
    1. 4.1. Learn About ISO
    2. 4.2. Learn About Aperture
    3. 4.3. Control Depth of Field
    4. 4.4. Understanding Shutter Speed
    5. 4.5. Discover Exposure Modes
    6. 4.6. Learn About Focal Length
    7. 4.7. Use a Wide-Angle Lens
    8. 4.8. Use a Telephoto Lens
    9. 4.9. Use a Zoom Lens
    10. 4.10. Learn About Digital Camera Lenses
  10. 5. Learning About Focus
    1. 5.1. Understanding Focus Systems
    2. 5.2. Focus on a Still Subject
    3. 5.3. Use Focus Modes
    4. 5.4. Discover Focus Techniques
  11. 6. Composing Pictures Like a Pro
    1. 6.1. Visualize Composition
    2. 6.2. Consider Design Principles
    3. 6.3. Discover Rules of Composition
    4. 6.4. Learn to Control Composition
  12. 7. Putting It All Together
    1. 7.1. Experiment with Depth of Field
    2. 7.2. Mix and Match Settings
    3. 7.3. Change Shutter Speed for Effect
    4. 7.4. Focus Selectively
    5. 7.5. Compose Creatively
    6. 7.6. Explore Different Lighting Options
    7. 7.7. Try Creative Techniques
  13. 8. Taking Your First Digital Photo
    1. 8.1. Set Up a Digital Camera
    2. 8.2. Take Test Pictures
    3. 8.3. Troubleshoot Problems
    4. 8.4. Transfer Pictures to Your Computer
    5. 8.5. Evaluate Your Photos
    6. 8.6. Fine-Tune Camera Settings
  14. 9. Avoiding Digital Photography Pitfalls
    1. 9.1. Avoid Taking Unfixable Pictures
    2. 9.2. What Is a Histogram?
    3. 9.3. Use a Histogram as You Take Pictures
    4. 9.4. Compensate for Shutter Lag
    5. 9.5. Avoid Blowouts
    6. 9.6. Keep Your Camera Steady
    7. 9.7. Avoid Undesirable Color Casts
    8. 9.8. Never Use Digital Zoom
    9. 9.9. Reduce Digital Noise
    10. 9.10. Avoid In-Camera Adjustments
    11. 9.11. Become Comfortable with Your Digital Camera's Settings
  15. 10. Capturing Unique Photo Opportunities
    1. 10.1. Photograph Products to Sell on eBay
    2. 10.2. Take Great Close-Up Photos
    3. 10.3. Take Photos at Night without a Flash
    4. 10.4. Capture Firework Displays
  16. 11. Organizing Photos in Photoshop Elements
    1. 11.1. Why Use Image Editing Programs?
    2. 11.2. What Is a Digital Editing Workflow?
    3. 11.3. The Welcome Screen Choices in Photoshop Elements
    4. 11.4. Understanding the Organizer Workspace
    5. 11.5. Understanding Metadata in Your Photos
    6. 11.6. What Are Raw Digital Photos?
    7. 11.7. Create a New Catalog and Import Photos
    8. 11.8. Review, Compare, and Sort Your Photos
    9. 11.9. Organize with Tags
    10. 11.10. Organize with Collections
  17. 12. Fixing Photos
    1. 12.1. Why Calibrate and Profile Your Monitor?
    2. 12.2. Calibrate and Profile with Adobe Gamma
    3. 12.3. Open the Photoshop Elements Quick Fix Workspace
    4. 12.4. Get Familiar with the Quick Fix Workspace
    5. 12.5. Open a Photo to Fix
    6. 12.6. Open a Raw Photo File
    7. 12.7. Zoom In and Out
    8. 12.8. Move Around the Image
    9. 12.9. Rotate an Image
    10. 12.10. Select a Comparative View
    11. 12.11. Improve Composition by Cropping
    12. 12.12. Use the Quick Fix Auto Buttons
    13. 12.13. Try an Auto Fix for a Quick Improvement
    14. 12.14. Remove Red Eye with One Click
    15. 12.15. Undo Changes
    16. 12.16. Convert a Color Photo to Black and White
    17. 12.17. Add a Colored Filter Effect to Any Photo
  18. 13. Enhancing Photos
    1. 13.1. What Are Layers and Why Use Them?
    2. 13.2. Find Your Way Around the Layers Palette
    3. 13.3. Straighten a Crooked Photo
    4. 13.4. Add a Quick Colored Matte
    5. 13.5. Make a Creative Crop
    6. 13.6. Select an Area of a Photo
    7. 13.7. Whiten Teeth Digitally
    8. 13.8. What Are Photoshop Elements Filters?
    9. 13.9. Duplicate the Background Layer
    10. 13.10. Reduce Digital Noise
    11. 13.11. Use Special Effect Lighting
    12. 13.12. Liquify a Photo for Effect
    13. 13.13. Add Motion Blur
    14. 13.14. Colorize a Black-and-White Photo
    15. 13.15. Create a Sepia-Toned Photo
    16. 13.16. Understanding Styles and Effects
    17. 13.17. Customize the Palette View
    18. 13.18. Add a Quick Vignette
    19. 13.19. Add Digital Photo Corners
    20. 13.20. Turn a Photo into a Drawing
    21. 13.21. Frame a Photo with a Background Layer
    22. 13.22. Remove Blemishes with One Click
    23. 13.23. Fix Skin Tone
  19. 14. Getting Creative with Photoshop Elements
    1. 14.1. Create a Digital Photo Collage
    2. 14.2. What Is the Filter Gallery?
    3. 14.3. Adjust a Photo Before Applying Filters for Artistic Effects
    4. 14.4. Convert a Photo into a Sketch
    5. 14.5. Convert a Photo into a Painting
    6. 14.6. Finish a Painting with an Artistic Border
    7. 14.7. Understanding a Type Layer
    8. 14.8. Add and Edit Text
    9. 14.9. Move and Resize Type to Fit
    10. 14.10. Add Text and Match the Color to the Photo
    11. 14.11. Rotate Text
    12. 14.12. Warp Text
    13. 14.13. Stylize Text
    14. 14.14. Simplify a Type Layer
    15. 14.15. Put Text into Perspective
    16. 14.16. Make a Photo-Filled Text Title
    17. 14.17. Create a Digital Panorama
  20. 15. Printing Photos and Other Projects
    1. 15.1. Archive Your Photos to CD or DVD Media
    2. 15.2. Print a Contact Sheet
    3. 15.3. Understanding Resolution
    4. 15.4. Digital Photo Printing Options
    5. 15.5. Get the Best Prints
    6. 15.6. Choose a Photo Printer
    7. 15.7. Match Prints to Monitor Display
    8. 15.8. Optimize Printer Settings and Print a Photo
    9. 15.9. Print One Photo as a Traditional Picture Package
    10. 15.10. Print a Package with Multiple Photos
    11. 15.11. Create a Greeting Card
    12. 15.12. Print to an Online Photo Service
  21. 16. Sharing Photos Electronically
    1. 16.1. Add a Personal Copyright to Protect a Photo
    2. 16.2. Save a JPEG for the Web
    3. 16.3. Save a GIF for the Web
    4. 16.4. Preview an Image in a Browser
    5. 16.5. Create a Web Photo Gallery
    6. 16.6. Send an Image with E-mail
    7. 16.7. Export Images