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Digital Photography for Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) [Paperback]

Julie Adair King
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4 Oct 2002 For Dummies (Computers)
In the 1840s, William Henry Fox Talbot combined light, paper, a few chemicals, and a wooden box to produce a photographic print, laying the foundation for modern film photography. Over the years, that process was refined, and people discovered the joy of photography. Now, more than 160 years after Talbot′s innovation, photography has entered a new age, with the arrival of the digital camera and a new and exciting way to think about photography. In fact, digital photography has spawned an entirely new art form.

With a digital camera, a computer, and some photo–editing software, you can explore the unlimited creative opportunities of digital photography. Just think – no more film, no more film development costs, no more limitations of working only with what′s there. With digital photography, you have almost instant access to your photos, and with photo–editing software, you can easily clean up your photos and add special effects that used to be nearly impossible for the amateur photographer to achieve.

Digital Photography For Dummies, 4th Edition, is your introduction to the world of digital photography, whether you′re a beginner taking your first shot or an experienced photographer looking to try a new medium. In this newly revised edition, you′ll discover the following topics and more:

  • Explore the different kinds of equipment – from cameras and computers to photo–editing software
  • Understand the science behind digital photography, including resolution, aperture, shutter speeds, and f–stops
  • Compose great shots, including how to light your subject
  • Solve common photographic dilemmas – such as capturing a moving target and dealing with unfriendly lighting
  • Edit your photos by sharpening them, removing red eye, and cropping them
  • Display your photos in a variety of ways – on CD, on the Web, or in slide shows
  • Top Ten lists on ways to improve your digital images, great ways to use your photos, and online resources all digital photographers should know about

Digital Photography For Dummies, 4th Edition, also comes with a CD that includes trial versions of popular photo–editing software, as well as some original photos taken by the author that you can use to experiment with.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (4 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764516647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764516641
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are fairly comfortable with the concept of photography but find the digital part a stumbling block, Digital Photography for Dummies should get you over the hump. Julie Adair King, a photographer and graphics-software specialist, deftly explains such concepts as resolution, f-stop, and compression.

King is also refreshingly up-front about the differences between film-based and digital photography, spelling out the shortcomings of the latter in the early pages of the book. Her advice, from the most basic to the more advanced aspects of the field, is well thought out and simple without being condescending. She informs readers, for example, that you needn't use high pixel resolutions simply for placing images on a Web page. Such tips come as a relief to fledgling photographers on a budget, or novices who may be led to believe they have to use the highest-quality settings at all times.

Aside from the technical concerns of working with the camera and computer, King also provides sound tips on composition and lighting. And since retouching is one of the principal benefits of digital photography, King spends a fair amount of time discussing photo-editing software. And while most of the examples are in black and white, the most important examples are included in a 16-page colour plate section in the middle of the book.

For those of you considering jumping into the world of digital photography, you will be hard pressed to find a better guide to getting started than Digital Photography for Dummies. --John Frederick Moore, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


" you an introduction to the world of photography whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer..." (Lingerie Buyer, February 2004)

"...covers the essentials of digital imaging technology that a first time digital photographer needs to know..." (The CBL Source, October/November 2002)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners 14 Aug 2005
I love this book, before buying it, I could not understand what all the technicalities of digital cameras are about. Now I know, and this book makes you understand everything that you need to know to start using a digital camera. It also gives you great tips and ideas on how to take a great photo and how to adjust the settings of your camera to perfection. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is thinking about buying and using a digital camera.
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120 of 135 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Cool for Real Beginners 21 Feb 2001
By A Customer
1. Have you recently bought a Digital camera?
2. Are you tired with washing out the films and printing them..and want to get to the Digital Medium for Photography?
Digital Photography for Dummies is for you.
The Dummies book speaks about basics of Digital Photography, and is absolutely impressive, as all the Dummies Series Editions, in the language and presentation. Anyone who has a basic understanding of Photography, will get a good idea of the Digital Version of Photography, and How-to's of getting the best out of Digital Camera.
For those who haven't yet got their Digital Cam yet, but wish to - Chapter 3 is your guide. Decide the Cam based on your exact requirements and the recommendations presented here, and You're sure to get it right.
The basic techniques of performing all adjustments to fine tune your Digital Photos are clearly summarized. Flash Adjustments, Lighting Arrangements, Exposure Control are all very clearly explained. "Focus on Focus" is pretty good and in depth.
The book also explains moving the shots to the Computer Medium, and maintaining them as albums pretty well. The Common Picture File Formats are well explained, with tips to tune each element of the Photo, using Software Applications. People who prefer to have 'Hard' Photos on hand can find all the print techniques required to generate the closest Print Version of the Digital Collection. Chapter 10 which speaks about Some basic Shooting Techniques is the most impressive QuickReference, exposing the 'Secrets of the Trade' - Just put them to work, and you'll find yourself picking a 'Professional' touch!
So...If you're on for Digital Imaging...Here's your First Bible....Happy Clicking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography 28 Jun 2013
By ivor-t
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Been using a digi camera for quite a few years and knew I was not getting the best out of it. This book, although a bit dated, is excellent. 2nd hand but in pristine condition. Suspect it was never used as enclosed cd has never been opened.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a mess 23 May 2013
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I was not very happy with the state of this book. I ordered it as 'new' when in actual fact it was very dirty looking and dog eared.I will not recommend this seller to any of my friends. I feel as though I have been duped. Very dishonest seller.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful primer 19 May 2000
By Scott Sherman - Published on
I'm pretty computer savvy, but knew little about digital cameras or photo manipulation software until I read this book. It's a very good primer and especially strong on the uses of graphics software. It's extremely readable for a computer tome, but yet has enough detail to use as a reference. I also found the programs on the enclosed disc to be a good sample of what's out there.
63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on digital photography for beginners. 12 May 2001
By A. C. Minor - Published on
As a newbie to the field of digital photography, I found Julie's book to be extremely helpful. If you are new to this field like I am, disgregard the prior negative review. She does a very good job in explaining digital cameras and how they work. The included softward is outstanding and worth the price of the book alone. I read the book from cover to cover and can recommend it wholeheartedly.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide for the non professional. 19 Sep 1999
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I found this book to be a great guide for a person who uses digital photography as a hobby. It was easy to understand and following the step by step directions made one feel good about the finished product. Whether using digital photography for fun or for more serious production, this book is a great help.
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source for digital success! 27 Sep 1999
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I found this book to be very helpful in producing excellent digital images. The examples were extremely well explained. Editing and creating a final product are important when using a digital camera and this book covered the topics really well.
47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Fluff 16 Jan 2004
By Allen I. Berk - Published on
Basic digital photography can be learned from this book. But there are too many pages of fluff and filler. More space is devoted to the value of using a tripod than making the most of basic camera functions.
Book devotes alot of space to using Photoshop Elements for editing. Valuable if you happen to buy that product. Product sample is included on CD. But book is VERY unclear on how to use the components of PE. Far from step-by-step. Big gaps are left in the explanations and it is rarely possible to follow an editing process from beginning to end.
Can't recommend this book. Not a credit to Dummies.
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