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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography [Paperback]

Steven Greenberg
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27 Nov 2002 The complete idiot's guide

Digital photography has penetrated the household market with the increasing popularity of digital imaging on PCs and the growing affordability to low-to-intermediate-resolution digital cameras. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Digital Photography, Third Edition is an updated reference for budding amateurs and digital-bound professionals alike. The guide will start off presenting suitable digital cameras for beginners; understanding the correct techniques in taking a well-composed shot; plus explaining how a digital camera-- coupled with a PC--can load, manipulate and print images. Updated camera models and hot, new accessories will also be mentioned. More information will be provided about choosing the right platform for handling your digital images (Mac, Windows, PDA or other) along with detailed coverage of USB connections and FireWire. Most importantly, this third edition will use Photoshop Elements to highlight the fun and creativity behind editing digital images. A new eight-page color insert will be included.



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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint Unknown; 3 edition (27 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028644530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028644530
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subjects of photography and computers have tremendous breadth and depth. Understanding either one can be a challenge, especially if you're a beginner. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography does an excellent job of breaking the ice as it introduces you to photography, computers and digital cameras.

The book really does start at the beginning, with a short history of the camera and photography, plus the basics of composition, but it progresses quickly toward an overview of today's digital tools. Rather than bogging you down in myriad details and camera models, computer software and hardware, and other minutiae, you get an overview of the available technologies, describing which system or format is best for different kinds of tasks. This is a good thing--hardware and software evolve rapidly, and some of the details mentioned in the book as "up and coming" are now standard. (See the sections on camera resolution for an example.)

After a look at how the gear works, we dive into a lesson on photography basics: composition, lighting, shutter speeds, lens focal lengths and the details specific to digital photography--image resolution, monitor and printer calibration, and compression. The companion CD-ROM includes a demo version of Adobe PhotoDeluxe, and chapter 13, "Improving Your Images" goes into detail on using this image editing application to improve the pictures you've already shot.

What good would something like instant digital photography be if you can't instantly share your work on the Web? Chapter 22 addresses this specific issue, covering the basics of building a Web site (nothing fancy) and how to compress and upload your favourite pictures for everyone to see.

No particular platform is favoured in this book, and the contents of the CD-ROM are compatible with both Macs and PCs. Overall, this book succeeds at teaching the principles and basics of how digital photography works, and how to set up for it. Practical, useful, and enlightening--this is a good first step on a complex road. --Mike Caputo, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Steven Greenberg has been a professional photographer for over 17 years. He is a 1979 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1991, Steve started using electronic imaging to enhance his design capabilities. Since then, he has recieved additional training at the Kodak Center for Creative Imaging and the New York School of Visual Arts. Steve still produces award-winning photo-illustrations for advertising, design, and editing projects.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Beginning Photographers 7 Jun 2000
By Pbleic - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my son, who has no experience and has expressed an interest in digital photography. I used to be into SLR photography and developing, so I thought that I would flip through the book, with my new digital camera in hand. Instead, I found myself reading it cover to cover. And now that I have taken my first 200 pictures, I am going back in for a second reading. The book is easy to read and funny like most Idiot's guides. It is full of a lot of useful details about using the camera, and taking effective pictures. Rather than reviewing cameras (which would be obsolete by the time it was printed) the book focuses on principles and features. The sections on composition are particularly helpful for those who come from the point and shoot world. The most surprising section dealt with the software (mostly Adobe PhotoDeluxe that comes with many cameras) and monitors/printers. I thought that my general knowledge of software and image editing programs meant that I would gain little from reading this section. Far from it. I learned a great deal, in a step by step fashion about how to clean up a photograph. When I got the camera I assumed I would print each picture "non-retouched". After experience and reading the book, I am retouching every picture before I print it, changing brightness, sharpness, colors, cropping, and even some editing. In fact, the book gave me the courage to use the cloning tools (a feature that some experienced PhotoShop users are unaware of) to remove unwanted features from some photos.
The sections on monitors and printers is essential in clearing up the confusion of "Why doesn't my printed picture look like the one on my computer screen". I highly recommend this book to anyone considering buying a digital camera, whether you are an experienced amateur or beginner.
266 of 267 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and "user friendly"look at digital photography. 28 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book! It is easy to read and at times even humorous. It starts with a very useful and important explanation of photography including exposure, lens types, and camera types. I found the chapter on composition very useful and it has already helped me to take better shots. The book describes, in detail, how to buy a digital camera and what features and pitfalls to look out for. The book also has many very easy to follow demonstrations on how to improve my images including color and brightness/contrast manipulations. Later in the book, Steve describes how to make photo collages, masking (selections),use filters, and even how to build a web site. I also found the chapter on printing and calibration really helped me print out my photos exactly how they looked on my monitor.
I looked at a lot of other digital photo books and this was the most complete. I think Steve's perspective as a working digital photographer is very useful. I also found the book very useful and from a beginners point of view very "user friendly" I think even an advanced user will get a lot from the book. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to get started in digital photography 2 Aug 2001
By michael E. Dorsey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had a digital camera' a Kodak DC280 for many months now. I have ben a 35MM amature for over 30 years and this book has helped me make the transition to digital photography better than anything else I could have done.Before I got this book, I had many problems with doing this as the manuals on the software were very poorly written and had many things just skipped over or missing entirely. Before I got halfway through the Book there were many things that helped me greatly That were just not in the manuals that came with the software. It has made everything much easier and faster. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is just starting in digital photography.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Beginners! 4 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book two years ago after buying my first digital camera. I gave it away after reading it, so maybe it's not a keeper as a reference, but even so, I have to praise this book very highly for the insight into digital photography that it's given me. I've bought two other digitals since, and find that the lessons that I learned from this book are with me even to this day. If you're a beginner, and wish to understand this technology, buy it!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all round book 7 July 2001
By Karen Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after reading many reviews on digital cameras. What I was looking for was a book on digital cameras and how to help me choose the correct one. What I got was a good all round book on cameras, composition, exposure, lighting, compression etc.
Certainly a great book if you have or are thinking of purchasing a digital camera. I did purchase a book purely on digital cameras but it was a tad heavy going.
This is an easy reading book which you can read cover to cover during the adds when watching TV.
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