Faster Smarter Digital Photography

M David Stone, Ron Gladis

  • 出版商: Microsoft Press
  • 出版日期: 2002-12-13
  • 售價: $908
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$863
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 336
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0735618720
  • ISBN-13: 9780735618725
  • 相關分類: Photograph 設計攝影

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Take charge of your digital camera and images—faster, smarter, better!

Now you can do everyday things—from snapping birthday photos to sharing an online album—faster, smarter, and better. Dive in! This friendly, high-energy guide makes it easy to teach yourself exactly what you need. You get expert guidance and examples to master the essentials—so you can move on to doing the cool things you want to do!

• Pick the right camera for you—and get creative!
• Compose better shots with tips from a professional photographer
• Learn smart ways to offload and store images
• Crop and resize photos, fix flaws, and add interesting effects
• E-mail your pictures or post them to a Web site
• Create a slide show you run on a PC or a television
• Make the best prints at the right price

 

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
PART I:   THE BASICS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  
The part title says it all: the chapters in this part will tell you everything you need to know, whether it's what you need to know to pick the right camera, understand the features in the camera you picked, or take better pictures. They'll also cover such practical issues as how to take best advantage of your camera's memory and how to make your batteries last longer. Armed with the knowledge in these chapters, you'll be all set to take great pictures.  
CHAPTER 1:   Everything's Coming Up Digital 3
    Digital Cameras: The Professional Photographer's Choice (at Least Sometimes) 4
        You've Got to See Your Pictures After You Take Them 5
        A Bit about the Digital World 7
        About Color 13
    How Digital Is Better Than Film and Film Is Better Than Digital 31
        Why Film Wins on Quality 32
        Why Digital Photography Wins on Convenience 36
        Other Advantages: A Point-by-Point Comparison 37
        Digital Photography Versus Film for What You Want to Do 39
CHAPTER 2:   Knowing (and Choosing) Your Camera 41
    Categories of Cameras 42
    What Kind of Photographer Are You? 43
    What Kind of Photographs Do You Want? 44
        Medium-Range Snapshots 45
        Close-Ups 45
        Indoor Shot 46
        Closing in from a Distance 48
        Extreme Close-Ups 49
        Photos That Need Special Lenses or Filters 49
        Panoramas 51
        Stitched Panoramas 52
        Rapid-Fire Stills for Capturing Action 53
        Full-Motion Video 54
    How Easy Is the Camera to Carry? 55
    Choose a Resolution: How Much Do You Need? 56
        What the Minimum Resolutions Are Based On 57
        If You're Picky, You Need More 60
    Choosing a Lens System 60
        Quality of the Optics 61
        Changing the Lens 63
        What Lenses Are Available? 66
        How Easy Is It to Change the Lens? 67
        Adding Filters 67
        The Need for Zoom 68
        Macro Mode: How Close Do You Want to Go? 70
        What's SLR, and Why Does It Matter (But Maybe Not as Much as You Think)? 70
    Choosing a Level of Control 73
    Other Features to Consider 75
CHAPTER 3:   Getting Started with Digital Photography 81
    Common Features and How to Use Them 82
        First Things First 82
        A Step Beyond Basics 92
        Flash 94
        Getting into the Deep End 103
    Choosing Resolution and Compression Settings 105
        Compression: Lossless and Lossy 106
        JPEG Format 107
        About Resolution 110
        Resolution and Compression Together 112
    What to Do with Your Photos After You Take Them 115
CHAPTER 4:   Is That a Snapshot in Your Camera, or Did You Take a Photograph? 119
    Basic Rules of Thumb for Taking Better Pictures 120
        Decide What You're Taking a Picture Of 122
        Get in Close 125
        Anticipate the Action 128
        Anticipate the Shot 130
        Quick Rules 132
    Choosing a Composition 136
        Rule of Thirds 137
        Watch Out for Unwanted Elements 139
    Black and White Versus Color 141
    One Last Thing 143
CHAPTER 5:   Special Issues for Digital Photography 145
    Getting the Photos Out of Your Camera 146
        The Connection Choices: Cable, Docking Station, or Moving a Storage Card 146
        More Choices: Moving Photos Versus Moving Files 153
    Storing Your Photos 155
        The Hard Disk Option 156
        The Removable Disk (or Disc) Option 157
        The Third Way 158
    There's Something about Printers 158
        What Makes a Printer a Photo Printer 158
        About General-Purpose Printers 161
        Printer Limitations 161
CHAPTER 6:   Keep Those Pictures Coming: Batteries and Digital Film 165
    Batteries Included 166
        Alkaline Batteries 168
        Lithium Batteries 168
        Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) Batteries 169
        Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries 169
        Lithium Ion Batteries 170
        Lithium Polymer Batteries 170
    Maximize Your Battery Life 170
        Treat Your Batteries Well 171
        Minimize the Drain on Your Batteries 172
    Making the Most of Your Digital Film 174
    Offloading Your Images on the Road 177
        Burn a CD at a Public Kiosk 177
        In Search of a Kiosk 178
        Taking Advantage of Your Computer (or Sombody Else's) 180
PART II:   GETTING CREATIVE AND CUTTING LOOSE  
One of the advantages of taking pictures on a digital camera instead of using film is that they are so easy to edit, both to make them more interesting and to fix problems. The chapters in this part show how to crop and resize your photos, remove flaws, add artistic effects, adjust colors, use your photos as screen saver images, and more—including how to stitch photos together to create a panoramic image, and, more important, how to take the photos so you can stitch them together successfully.  
CHAPTER 7:   Getting Creative with Your Camera 187
    Stitching a Panorama Together 188
        Using Stitching Software 189
    Storing and Using Clusters of Settings 192
        The Logic of Clusters 192
        Clusters of Settings as a Power User's Tool 194
CHAPTER 8:   Fun with Pictures: Basic Editing 199
    What's a Photo Editor and How to Get One 200
        Types of Graphic Programs 200
        Photo Editors 202
    Photo Editing 204
        Rotating an Image 205
        Rotating to Reframe an Image 207
        Cropping to Clean Up Clutter 208
        Cropping Can Make a Boring Shot More Interesting 210
        Flipping 211
    Size and Resolution 212
        Sorting Out Some Tangled Threads 212
        Sampling, Resampling, and Resolution 213
        Size and Resize Your Photos as Needed 214
        Resizing for the Screen 216
        About Cropping and Resampling 217
CHAPTER 9:   Advanced Editing: Fixing Flawed Photos 219
    Techniques for Fixing Common Flaws 220
        Red Eye 220
        Adjusting Color 221
        Adjusting Brightness and Contrast 226
        Fixing Specific Areas in a Photo 234
    Removing Unwanted Objects 238
        Cleaning Up Small Areas 238
        Removing Large Objects and People 240
CHAPTER 10:   More Fun with Pictures: Special-Purpose Editing 245
    Special Effects 246
    Adding Graphic Elements 247
        Adding Frames and Cutouts 249
        Postcards, Greeting Cards, and Calendars 251
    From Photo to Screen Saver or Wallpaper 252
    Special-Purpose Editors 254
PART III:   SHARING YOUR PHOTOS  
With digital photography, you have a wide range of choices for how to share your photos. This section covers most of the possibilities, including printing your own photos, having the photos professionally printed, posting them on a Web site, and e-mailing them. It also covers such issues as inserting pictures into documents and creating a slide show to view your photos on your computer monitor or TV. It also discusses the best choices for transferring slides to videotape that you can play in your VCR, and to CD discs that you can play in your DVD player.  
CHAPTER 11:   Printing 259
    Check Your Driver 259
        Opening Your Printer Driver 260
        What to Look for in Your Driver 261
    Choosing the Right Paper (and Ink) 267
        Paper and Ink Basics 267
        Beyond Basics 269
    No Computer? No Printer? No Problem 270
    How to Print Your Photos in Wallet Size, Life-Size Blow Up, or Anything in Between 272
        Where to Find a Big Enough Printer 273
CHAPTER 12:   Viewing Photos on Screen 277
    Creating a Slide Show to View on a Computer 278
    Viewing Your Photos on a TV Screen 280
        Connecting Your Camera to Your TV or VCR 280
        Connecting Your Computer to Your TV or VCR 283
        Recording Your Slide Show on an Optical Disc 286
        Putting Slide Shows on CD 287
    Putting Your Photos on Your PDA 289
        Moving Photos from a Memory Card to Your PDA Memory 290
    A Final Word on Viewing Photos on Screen 291
CHAPTER 13:   Sharing Your Photos: E-mail, Letters, and Web Sites 293
    E-mailing Photos 294
        What's a Reasonable File Size? 294
        Keeping Files to a Reasonable Size for E-mail 296
        The Mechanics of E-mailing a Photo 297
    Adding Photos to Documents 302
    Sharing Photos on Photo Web Sites 306
        How to Find More Sites for Sharing Photos 308
        Other Web Sites of Interest 308
INDEX