Teach Yourself Visually Digital Photography (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) Paperback – 7 Mar 2006
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From the Back Cover
- Helpful sidebars that offer practical tips and tricks
- Succinct explanations that walk you through step by step
- Full–color screen shots that demonstrate each task
- Two–page lessons that break big topics into bite–sized modules
Learn How To:
- Choose a digital camera and photo printer
- Compose pictures using professional techniques
- Mix and match focus and lens settings
- Crop, resize, and sharpen your photos
- Enhance your photos with photo–editing software
- Create a custom greeting card
About the Author
Dave Huss is a photographer with 40 years of experience. He has taught classes in digital photography and photo editing in the U.S. and Europe, and his numerous books on these topics have been translated into six languages. He has been honored frequently for his photo work, receiving awards in international competitions including the Grand Prize for his photomontage work at the Corel International Design Contest. A contributing editor for Photoshop User magazine, he has also appeared on CNN and TechTV.
Lynette Kent studied art and French at Stanford University. After completing her master s degree, she taught at both the high school and community college level. In addition to writing books and magazine articles, Lynette works as a demo artist for computer hardware and software companies, and helps lead the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California, a professional organization for designers, photographers, and artists. She spends her free time painting, both with the computer and with traditional media, and shooting photos.
Top Customer Reviews
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I know middle level executives who cling to their film camera because of the learning curve.
There are really TWO PARTS in the book : one on taking the photo and using the camera that takes 113 pages and the second part on processing the photos in the computer that runs from page 114 to page 265.
Here is an idea of the language used : Light and Color on page 26 " All colors within the color spectrum are contained in visible light. The amount of any particular color within the light is determined by its source , and for outdoor light, the time of day. For example, more reddish orange color is seen at sunset when ..."
The book will help you before buying a digital camera and once you have bought such a camera. You can read 2 pages within 15 minutes .
Basic but fundamental.
In the TYV Digital Photography book, David Huss, the author, makes a complete learning cycle starting with choosing a camera and ending with editing, printing and sharing your photos...with gems of information along the way.
The paragraphs are short,very concise and to the point followed with color photos on every page. TYV Digital Photography covers topics such as camera functions along with basic composition allowing you to become a better photographer even while you're in the "auto mode" with either a very simple point & shoot camera or a DSLR.
The author often uses references/comparisons to film in order to help the new digital photographer; who previously used film; another tool to help comprehend the subject matter.
David Huss then takes you to the next level covering topics such as shutter speeds, depth of field, lighting, aperture and much more.
My favorite chapter is Chapter #9 titled "Pitfalls". The author talks about "real" photography mishaps such as "camera shake", "blowouts", and the infamous "pole growing out of the head". Best of all he teaches us either how to avoid them, or what to do once the pitfall is there.
The information given in editing uses BASIC Photoshop Elements. The information is accompanied with color photos and the results shown can also apply using a different photo editing program.
TYV Digital Photography is an excellent resource for the beginning photographer.
Dave Huss and Lynette Kent
An easy to understand presentation of a difficult subject, this book will be useful for new digital camera users, for those transferring skills from film, and for people who want to better understand and improve the way they operate their digital cameras.
Part of an excellent series that addresses topics from algebra to jewelry making, scrap booking through car maintenance, this title offers both overview and detail, and is suitable for both amateurs and more advanced practitioners.
The reader is gently led from basic issues that are common to all photographic efforts, such as lighting and composition, through more complex processes such as image editing, emphasis here on working with Photoshop Elements. The authors state that Photoshop was chosen because of its market penetration among digital camera users.
For maximum value, one should have the camera and its manual available for reference while reading, as the authors' examples will allow both camera shoppers and current owners to understand the advantages and limitations of particular cameras.
A small caveat, it would have been useful to have a glossary as a quick reminder of what a newly defined word means. Skimming previous pages for a definition is somewhat frustrating.
The authors' bios indicate expertise in photography, computer hardware and software, as well as art. Lynette Kent has taught at both high school and community college level, skills which no doubt inform the clear explanations that mark the book in both the text and the accompanying screen shots.
Dave Huss, an experienced, prize winning photographer has also taught digital photography and photo editing classes. Definitely a winning combination.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to begin working with a digital camera, as well as for those who want to expand their horizons in the medium.
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