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Teach Yourself Visually Digital Photography (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) Paperback – 7 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (7 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764599410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764599415
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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A good guide which is as it says very visual. Needs to be by the side of the computer as an aid when trying out new ideas.
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Easy to follow as visual. Well printed on good paper. Recommend.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa215f444) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1834dec) out of 5 stars A great Book to start with 25 May 2006
By RebelRanger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is basic in its approach to covering digital photography. But the illustrations make it a fun way to learn. Don't be fooled though, the content is powerfull and concise. Its a great book for beginners and those needing a refresher.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d8ed20) out of 5 stars Accessible language to beginners ! 28 Mar. 2007
By Victor L. Nazaire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Teach yourself visually Digital Photography, 3rd edition, might be the book that makes beginners in digital photography jump in the digital technology photo-taking.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1e7e900) out of 5 stars Excellent Resource For The Beginning Photographer! 20 May 2009
By Mary H. Gamble - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you haven't yet familarized yourself with the Teaching Yourself Visually series, you're missing out on a GREAT teaching tool. The series covers many diverse subject areas and gives you the needed information to comprehend a subject. Try it! (This is the Wiley Publishing Co. who also publishes the "Dummies" series.)
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1f61810) out of 5 stars Very good introduction to digital photography 30 Jun. 2008
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I was very impressed with this text, as it tossed me into digital photography at a very basic level. The photo-text presentation was very practical and helpful. If there is one concern, it's that so much of the book is a tutorial on Photoshop Elements. If you don't use Elements, it won't help you much. Otherwise, a nice book!
HASH(0xa28a465c) out of 5 stars Teach Yourself Visually: Digital Photography 19 Jun. 2009
By libraryfran - Published on Amazon.com
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TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, 3d ed.
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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