Expanding on the basic photography techniques introduced in the first edition, this volume is designed to help you take the kind of pictures you've always wanted to. It explains each of the camera's components, shows you what they do, and then helps you choose the right settings.
Today's digital cameras are affordable and provide quality images that rival their traditional film counterparts. Because digital images are easier to share, and because you only have to print the pictures you need, this new medium is both cost effective and environmentally friendly. Best of all, it's fun! With a digital camera, you can set free your creative spirit and take risks you never would with a film camera. The only obstacle is learning how to unlock all or this power and pleasure packed into these pocket-sized picture takers. Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition expands on the basic photography techniques introduced in the bestselling first edition to help you take the kind of pictures you've always wanted to--and now in full color! This book is the photo mentor you've always wanted: it explains each of the camera's components, shows you what they do, and then helps you choose the right settings. When you ask, "How can I get that picture?", simply pull this small guide out of your camera bag, backpack, or back pocket and find the answer quickly. This fully illustrated book covers everything from image resolution, shooting sports action, close ups and night shots, to memory cards, transferring images, archiving, making QuickTime movies, and much more. Topics in the guide's three main sections on "Digital Camera Components", "Standard Camera Functions", and "How Do I?" are labeled A to Z for quick reference. Or if you prefer, use the comprehensive index or table of contents to find the information you need. There's even an entire section of easy to read reference tables for quick look up of white balance settings, exposure compensation, camera mode explanations, and much more.
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Derrick has been interested in photography since age 11, and a computer nut for decades. He's been waiting for years for these two passions to converge, and now that they have, it's everything he thought it would be. Managing editor of O'Reilly Network, Derrick focuses on Web authoring, digital media, and mobile computing. Favorite projects include O'Reilly DevCenters for Web Development and for the Mac. Derrick's experience includes more than 15 years as a photojournalist, a stint as the managing editor for Web Review, and a speaker for CMP's Web conferences. He is the coauthor of iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual and author of the Digital Photography and Digital Video Pocket Guides. Derrick also manages his online photo business, Story Photography.
Table of Contents
Preface: Who's in Charge 1. What is it? Front of the Camera Back of the Camera Top of the Camera Bottom and sides if the Camera Inside the Camera Battery Exposure Meter Image Sensor Memory Cards Putting it all together 2. What Does it do? Taking Control of Buttons, Dials and Menus Aperture Priority Mode (AV) Autoexposure Burst/Continuous Shooting Mode Close-Ups Composition Compression or Image Quality Continuous Shooting Mode Deleting Images Digital Zoom Erasing Images Exposure Compensation Exposure Lock Exposure Metering File Format Film Speed Flash Compensation Flash Modes Focus Lock Format Memory Card Infinity Lock ISO Speed JPEG Macro Mode Magnify Control Manual Exposure Setting Movie Mode Panorama Mode Partial Metering Area Photo Effects Programmed Autoexposure Protect Images Resolution Self-Timer Sequence Shooting Shutter Priority Spot Meter Timed Value (TV) White Balance Zoom/Magnify Control Putting it all Together 3. How Do I? Shooting Tips and Tricks Take Great Outdoor Portraits Set Up Group Shots Capture Existing-Light Portraits Shoot Good Self-Portraits Take Interesting Kid Shots Capture Engaging Travel Locations Take Pictures at Weddings Prevent Red Eye Take Pictures from the Stands of Sporting Events Capture Action Shots Shoot in Museums Shoot Architecture Like a Pro Shoot Items Using Tabletop Photography Create Powerful Landscape Images Shoot Infrared Images Take Flash Pictures of People Who Blink at Flash Computer Tips and Tricks Send Pictures via email Get Photo-Quality Prints Present a Digital Slide Show Working with RAW files Archive Images for Future Use Appendix: Quick Reference Tables Table 1. Exposure compensation reference guide Table 2. Flash mode settings Table 3. White balance setting Table 4. Camera modes with explanation Table 5. Metering modes with explanation Table 6. Exposure starting points for sunset and astrophotography Table 7. Megapixels to print size reference Table 8. Numbers of pictures to capacity of memory card reference Table 9. Color temperature chart in Kelvin Index.
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