- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Which? Books (21 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184490105X
- ISBN-13: 978-1844901050
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 1.2 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Digital Photography Made Easy (Which?) Paperback – 21 Jun 2010
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But that's not to say that this book treats you like an idiot because it doesn't, it just explains everything simply and clearly, starting from the basic assumption that you know almost nothing about digital cameras OR photography. That does mean that the actual section on how to take better pictures could have been longer, so don't expect it to transform you overnight into the next David Bailey, but otherwise it leads you by the hand all the way from choosing your first digital camera to uploading your pics to your PC.
Being pretty much a basic guide to everything it then takes you into what you can to your pics with an image editor once you've uploaded them onto your PC, including really simple stuff like how to email your pictures to a friend.
So if you're an absolute beginner then this book is a better place than most to start.
Instructions do refer to the Windows operating system and Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 editing programme, the latter of which I have never used, so I did find that aspect quite informative.
It is filled with colourful before, during and after photographs and is easy to understand. This would make an ideal gift for any novice keen to learn more about operating their digital camera to its full potential at a basic level.
I am not too sure that having read the book you are suddenly going to take your camera off the setting where it justs points and takes very good pictures though.
I had photography as a hobby from developing and printing my own films. In those days shutter priority or aperture priority were part of the normal setting up for any shot so I do already fully understand the reasons why you might do this. This book explains it well but on the 4 digital cameras I have owned almost every shot was taken on "auto" everything.
One thing could have been explained better is probably the most common concern having taken a picture on most digital cameras is the fact that the picture is absolutely huge on your PC screen and will need re-sizing.
This is mentioned but I would like to have seen much more detail in getting the aspect ratio of the picture right especially if sending your pictures for prints. Some cameras take images of 1: 1.33 which are OK on old computer monitors. Modern PC monitors are widescreen at 1:1.6 ratio and the latest TV screens are 1.1.77. If sending for printing the 6" x 4" print is 1:1.5.
The software in the book is capable of guiding you to achieve the ratio you want when resizing and cropping but it was not mentioned.
On the whole though it is a very well produced "how to do it" book.
If you have read a few books on beginning photography then this may still be of some use to you as it does make very easy going of some tricky subjects but its a bit too beginnerish for me (I am not marking it down for this, It states clearly who it is for) so I am passing mine on to my Mother-in-law who has just started taking pictures at a local pensioners club, she has nicked a spare camera of mine and is finding the technical side of things hard going.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought for my granddaughter who is studying photography at college. They all say it is a very useful book and easy to handle wherever you are.Published 9 hours ago by johnno
Bought for a family member getting into photography and this is a good starterPublished 12 months ago by Twiddlybits
The book was pretty detailed I would have liked to have a bit more information on using the software but all in all a good bookPublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by Ian Smith
A fantastic book, clear and easy to follow, to help you become more aware of your camera and it's settings and how you can gain better results from it. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2013 by M YOUNG
Being someone who has a fair amount of photography knowledge already, I was sceptical that this book wouldn't cover anything new. Which? Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2012 by P. M. Fernandez
Before you buy this book make sure you are aware of the sub-title at the bottom. It reads 'Making the most of your compact digital camera'. Read morePublished on 30 July 2012 by Roy Carter
excellent condition. content amazingly easy to follow.arrived on time and our photoshop class was up and running in no timePublished on 31 Aug. 2011 by ann
I have tried photography has a hobby with not much success and hoped this book might help me out. It starts out slowly and at a very basic level describing which sort of camera to... Read morePublished on 28 April 2011 by Crazy Seahorse
Covers some really basic info that other books skip thinking too simplistic. Some of the info I didn't know and would had not have more complex book. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2011 by Mr. G. M. R. Nicholson
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