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The Best of The Digital Photography Book Series: The step-by-step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros’!

Book Description

What could top the #1 best-selling photography book of all time?

We’re talking about the award-winning, worldwide smash hit, written by Scott Kelby, that’s been translated into dozens of different languages, because it’s the one book that really shows you how to take professional-quality shots using the same tricks today’s top digital pros use.

Well, what if you took that book, created four more just like it but with even more tips, plucked out only the best tips from all five of THOSE books, updated the images, referenced all-new gear, and added a completely new chapter on how to make the transition from shooting photos with your phone to making photographs with your new DSLR?

In The Best of The Digital Photography Book, you’ll find all of Scott’s favorite tips and techniques curated and updated from The Digital Photography Book, Parts 1-5, along with a brand new chapter  on transitioning from your phone to a full-fledged DSLR. You’ll find everything that made the first five titles a success: Scott answering questions, giving out advice, and sharing the secrets he’s learned just like he would with a friend–without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak. This book will help you shoot dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time. 


Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Other Books by Scott Kelby
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Chapter One. Using Hot Shoe Flash Like a Pro
    1. Seven Things You’ll Wish You Had Known...
    2. ...Before Reading This Book!
    3. Two More of Those Things
    4. One Last Thing
    5. Pop-Up Flash: Use It as a Weapon
    6. The Advantages of a Dedicated Flash
    7. The Pro Look: Get It Off-Camera and Soften It
    8. Using Pop-Up Flash as a Trigger
    9. Using a Wireless Triggering System
    10. “Drag the Shutter” to See More Background
    11. How to Soften the Light from Your Flash
    12. Make It Softer Light by Bouncing It
    13. Softbox-Quality Softening from Your Flash
    14. Rear Sync Rocks (& Why You Should Use It)
    15. The Fourth Secret to Pro Flash Results
    16. Using Gels (& Why You Need Them)
    17. Using a Second Flash
    18. Shooting Sunset Portraits with Flash
    19. Shooting Your Flash in Manual Mode
    20. The Advantages of Using Flash in Daylight
    21. Get More Control Using a Portable Softbox
    22. Typical Power Settings for Your Flash
    23. Making the Light Even Softer
    24. The “Instant Black Background”
  9. Chapter Two. The Truth About Lenses
    1. When to Use a Wide-Angle Lens
    2. When to Use a Fisheye Lens
    3. When to Use Super-Fast Lenses
    4. When to Use an “All-in-One” Zoom
    5. Using a Teleconverter to Get Even Closer
    6. Lenses with VR or IS Built In
    7. The Deal on Lens Hoods
    8. Why Some Lenses Have Two f-Stops (Like f/3.5-5.6)
    9. What You Need to Know About Lens Compression
    10. Shoot at the f-Stop You Bought the Lens For
    11. How to Focus Your Lens to Infinity
    12. When to Use a Macro Lens
    13. Which f-Stop Works Best for Macro
    14. Why You Should Turn Autofocus Off
  10. Chapter Three. Pro Tips for Getting Sharp Photos
    1. Getting “Tack Sharp” Starts with a Tripod
    2. Don’t Press the Shutter (Use a Cable Release)
    3. Avoid Increasing Your ISO on a Tripod
    4. Tuck in Your Elbows for Sharper Shots
    5. Turn Off Vibration Reduction (or IS)
    6. Zoom In to Check Sharpness
    7. Sharpening After the Fact in Photoshop
    8. Sharpening Your Images for Print
  11. Chapter Four. Using Your Studio Like a Pro
    1. Using Studio Flash (Called Strobes)
    2. What to Do When You Can’t Turn Your Strobe Power Down Any Further
    3. Firing Your Studio Strobe Wirelessly
    4. Softening Harsh Studio Strobes
    5. Where to Position Your Main Light
    6. Adding a Hair Light
    7. Getting a Different Look Without Moving the Lights
    8. Want Softer, More Even Light? Feather It!
    9. Studio Backgrounds
    10. Using a Pop-Up Collapsible Background
    11. One Background, Three Different Looks
    12. Getting Super-Saturated Background Color
    13. Reflectors: When to Use Silver or White and Where to Position It
    14. Using Grid Spots
    15. How to Use a Light Meter
    16. Which Mode Should You Shoot In?
    17. How to Set a Custom White Balance In-Camera
    18. Rim-Light Profile Silhouettes Made Easy
    19. Using a Fan for Windblown Effects
    20. The Advantage of Shooting Tethered
    21. Using a Gray Card to Nail Your Color
    22. Don’t Light Your Whole Subject Evenly
    23. How to Light a Couple or Small Group
    24. Big, Beautiful, Wrapping Light
    25. Edgy Lighting for Athletes
    26. Hurley-Look Headshot Lighting
  12. Chapter Five. Shooting Portraits Like a Pro
    1. What Not to Shoot with Your 50mm Lens
    2. Which Aperture to Use
    3. Getting Shallow Depth of Field with Studio Strobes
    4. What Height to Position Your Camera and Subject
    5. A Better Way to Direct Your Subject’s Posing
    6. Avoid Seeing Too Much “Whites of the Eyes”
    7. Focus on the Subject’s Eye, Then Recompose
    8. Don’t Shoot Down on Kids
    9. Taking Great Photos of Newborn Babies
    10. For Better Light Outdoors, Shoot in Shade
    11. Diffusing a Larger Area
    12. Shooting in Direct Sun
    13. Beautiful Backlit Shots
    14. Better Natural-Light Portraits with a Reflector
    15. Direct, Contrasty Window Light
    16. Softening Window Light
  13. Chapter Six. Shooting Weddings Like a Pro
    1. Create a Shot List
    2. Tricks for Low-Light Shooting in a Church, Part 1
    3. Tricks for Low-Light Shooting in a Church, Part 2
    4. Do You Really Need the f/1.4 Lens?
    5. Backlighting Your Bride
    6. Finding That Perfect Bridal Light
    7. Formals: Where to Aim
    8. Formals: Don’t Cut Off Joints
    9. Formals: How High to Position Your Camera
    10. Change Your Vantage Point to Add Interest
    11. Shooting the Details: Which Ones to Shoot
    12. Close-Up Detail Shots
    13. Reception Photos: Making Them Dance
    14. Reception Flash
    15. Go Super-Wide for an Epic Feel
    16. The Lens Flare Look
  14. Chapter Seven. Shooting Sports Like a Pro
    1. Which Lenses to Use
    2. Adding a Teleconverter to Get Really Tight
    3. How the Pros Focus for Sports
    4. Shoot Wide Open at Fast Shutter Speeds
    5. Auto ISO Lets You Always Freeze the Action
    6. Shooting at Night or Indoors? Raise Your ISO!
    7. Shooting in Burst Mode
    8. Using a Remote Camera
    9. The Two Most Popular Sports Shots
    10. Pros Know the Sport & Shoot the Details
    11. Pan to Show Motion
    12. Don’t Be Afraid to Crop Your Photos
  15. Chapter Eight. Shooting Landscapes & Nature Like a Pro
    1. The Golden Rule of Landscape Photography
    2. Composing Great Landscapes
    3. Where to Put the Horizon Line
    4. Use the Blinkies to Keep More Detail
    5. The Secret to Shooting Sunsets
    6. For Landscapes, You Need a Clear Subject
    7. A Timesaving Pano Trick
    8. Where to Focus for Landscape Shots
    9. The Seven Deadly Sins of Landscape Photography
    10. Getting the Star Filter Effect
    11. Look for Clouds to Hold the Color
    12. Using a Graduated Neutral Density Filter
    13. Keeping Your Gear Dry Outdoors
    14. Instant Duotones for Landscape Images
    15. Shooting Waterfalls
    16. Photographing Animals
    17. Zoo Photography
    18. Shooting Cityscapes at Dusk
  16. Chapter Nine. Shooting Travel & City Life Shots Like a Pro
    1. In This Case, Less Gear Is More
    2. My Favorite Travel Lenses
    3. What to Do When It Has Been “Shot to Death”
    4. Shoot the Details Instead
    5. Hiding Tourists, Cars, Buses, etc.
    6. Another Trick for Hiding Tourists
    7. Zooming to Hide Distractions
    8. There’s a Picture in There Somewhere
    9. Working People into Your Travel Shots, Especially Kids & Old People
    10. Getting People to Pose
    11. Hire a Model (It’s Cheaper Than You’d Think)
    12. Look for Bold, Vivid Colors
    13. For Maximum Impact, Look for Simplicity
    14. Shoot the Food
    15. The Trick for Shooting at Night
    16. Shooting Light Trails
    17. Including the Moon and Keeping Detail
    18. Shooting Fireworks
  17. Chapter Ten. Shooting Other Stuff Like a Pro
    1. Don’t Shoot Down on Flowers
    2. Don’t Wait for Rain—Fake it!
    3. Shooting HDR: The Gear
    4. Shooting HDR: The Basic Idea
    5. Setting Up Your Camera to Shoot Bracketing
    6. What They’re Not Telling You About HDR
    7. Making Your Own Product Table
    8. The Advantage of Using Strip Banks
    9. Using Foam Core
    10. Compare Your LCD to Your Computer Monitor
    11. How Many More Megapixels Do You Need?
    12. Getting Lab-Quality Prints
    13. What Determines Which Paper You Use?
    14. Getting Your Monitor to Match Your Printer
    15. Desaturated Bleach Bypass Look
    16. Grungy, Aged Look
  18. Chapter Eleven. Pro Tips for Getting Better Photos
    1. Which Brand of Camera Should You Buy?
    2. Keep from Accidentally Erasing Memory Cards
    3. Pro Tips to Avoid White Balance Problems
    4. Which Format to Shoot In (RAW, JPEG, or TIFF)
    5. Why JPEGs Look Better Than RAW Images
    6. WHIMS Will Keep You Out of Trouble
    7. How to Lock Focus
    8. Moving Your Point of Focus
    9. Using the LCD on Your Camera
    10. Removing Spots and Specks After the Fact
    11. Want to Be Taken Seriously? Start Editing
    12. Spot Metering
    13. You Need to Copyright Your Photos
    14. Shoot Multiple Shots in Low-Light Situations
    15. The “Gotcha” of Using Picture Styles
    16. Rotate Tall or Rotate Image or Both?
    17. Reducing Noise in Low-Light Shots
    18. What People Looking at Your Photos See First
  19. Chapter Twelve. From Camera Phone to DSLR
    1. The Right Way to Hold a DSLR
    2. How to Focus
    3. Start with This Shooting Mode (It Feels Familiar)
    4. How to See Your Pictures
    5. Changing Lenses (and Other Lens Stuff)
    6. How Big a Memory Card Do You Need?
    7. Getting Sharp Pictures Using Auto ISO
    8. How to Take a Selfie
    9. Where to Store Your DSLR
    10. Which Apps to Use to Edit Your Images
    11. How to Make Panoramas (Panos)
    12. How to Shoot HDR Images
    13. Getting a Soft, Blurry Background
    14. Working With Your Pop-Up Flash
    15. Using the Viewfinder (Don’t Point & Shoot)
    16. Take Advantage of Scene Modes
    17. How to Shoot Video
    18. How to Set Your Exposure
    19. RAW or JPEG?
    20. Start Outside
  20. Chapter Thirteen. Ten Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me
    1. #1: Buying a More Expensive Camera Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better Photos
    2. #2: You Need to Sharpen After the Fact
    3. #3: The Pros Take Lots of Bad Photos
    4. #4: Learn Exposure Compensation
    5. #5: Don’t Worry About Manual Mode
    6. #6: Today You Should Probably Shoot Wide
    7. #7: Nothing Has Impact Like a Print
    8. #8: Ignore Your Histogram
    9. #9: Figure Out What Type of Photographer You Are
    10. #10: Do What It Takes to Get the Photos You Want
    11. #11: You Need a Portfolio
    12. #12: Stop Reading Books About Photography
  21. Chapter Fourteen. Photo Recipes to Help You “Get the Shot”
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  22. Index