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A Short Course in Digital Photography

by Dennis P. Curtin

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Book Description
If you own a digital camera, or are thinking of getting one, this book explains all you need to understand about your camera to capture much better and more interesting photographs-everything your camera manual doesn't tell you. Whether you're photographing for business or pleasure, complete, clear explanations show you how to use your camera in almost any photographic situation. What people like most about this book is the way it integrates concepts and procedures; the "whys" and "hows" of photography.

Concepts of photography are the underlying principles that apply regardless of the camera you are using. They include such things as how sharpness and exposure affect your images and the way they are perceived by viewers. Understanding concepts answers the "why" kinds of questions you might have about photography.

Procedures are those things specific to one kind of camera, and explain step-by-step how you set your camera's controls to capture an image just the way you want to. Understanding procedures gives you the answers to the "how" kinds of questions you might have. Just a few of the things you'll learn in this book are how to throw the background out of focus in portraits, how to keep everything in a landscape sharp, how to avoid or creatively use blur, how to photograph sunrises and sunsets; and how to take pictures at night with city lights, the moon, or fireworks.

This book is organized around the concepts of digital photography because that's how photographers think. You think about scenes and subjects, highlights and shadows, softness and sharpness, color and tone. The procedures you use with your digital camera are integrated throughout the concepts. They appear in those places where they apply and there are even places for you to write in instructions for your own camera. This integrated approach lets you first understand the concepts of photography and then see step by step how to use your camera in all kinds of photographic situations. Here are just some of the things you'll learn to do with your camera:

- Selecting Automatic Mode - Turning the LCD Monitor On and Off - Taking a Picture in Automatic Mode - Selecting a Quality Mode - Selecting a Shutter Speed - Selecting an Aperture - Changing Exposure Modes - Using the Selftimer or Remote Control - Increasing Sensitivity - Increasing Sharpness of Moving Objects - Changing the Focusing Method - Using Focus Lock - Increasing Depth of Field - Using Focus Lock for Maximum Depth of Field - Using Focus Lock for Minimum Depth of Field - Decreasing Depth of Field - Conveying Motion - Changing the Metering Mode - Using Exposure Compensation - Using Exposure Lock - Adjusting Brightness and Contrast - Adjusting White Balance - Photographing Backlit Subjects - Zooming the Lens - Using Digital Tele - Using Autoflash - Combating Red-eye - Using Fill Flash - Using Slow Sync - Turning off the Flash - Taking Macro Close-ups - Increasing Depth of Field in Close-ups - Taking Panoramas - Shooting in Black & White - Using Multi-shot Photography

From the Publisher
"A Short Course in Digital Photography" is the generic edition of the camera-specific Short Course camera guides. It is the perfect book for serious digital photographers because it has spaces where you can write in notes or comments about how to do things with your own camera. It even tells you what to look for in your camera manual to find the steps you need to follow in any photographic situation.

From the Author
The latest digital cameras give you tremendous creative control over your images. As the publisher of the leading digital photography education site on the web (http://www.shortcourses.com), I have the equivalent of a digital photography courtside seat. By watching the pages people seek out, and by answering the many e-mail messages I get, it's clear that almost everyone wants to know more about how to use their cameras features to get better pictures. Even if you're an experienced photographer, digital cameras introduce new ways of doing things and new features never before available. This book, drawing on the much more comprehensive information on the ShortCourses Web site, pulls together unbiased, straightforward answers to the questions you might have about your camera.

From the Back Cover
This easy-to-understand book is your guide to getting great photos with your digital camera. It sweeps away unnecessary complexity and explains what you really need to know to use the camera's controls when you're taking pictures. Designed like a text/workbook, there are places for you to write in how to set your camera for the best possible results in each and every photographic situation. If you want to take more effective, interesting, and creative photos, here are some of the things you'll learn.

About the Author
For the past three decades he has been an editor, author, and publisher in the fields of photography and computers. On the publishing side, he was editor-in-chief of one of Little Brown's divisions and also held the same position in Prentice-Hall's technology and engineering program and Prentice-Hall International. In that role, he worked with Ansel Adams and was partly responsible for his shifting his books to Little Brown. Tiring of the travel, he switched to the other side of the industry, becoming first a publisher of photography and computer books (Curtin & London) and then an author in these same fields. In his roles as both editor and author he's been fortunate to publish or write many best-selling books in photography and computing.



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