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.