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Faster Smarter Digital Photography

by: M. David Stone, Ron Gladis

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Publisher: MICROSOFT PRESS,Nov-2002

Category: DIGITAL IMAGING Level:

ISBN: 0735618720
ISBN13: 9780735618725

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About the Book


  Take charge of your digital camera and images--faster, smarter, better!


  Now you can do everyday things--from snapping birthday photos to sharing an online album--faster, smarter, and better. Dive in! This friendly, high-energy guide makes it easy to teach yourself exactly what you need. You get expert guidance and examples to master the essentials--so you can move on to doing the cool things you want to do!


   Pick the right camera for you--and get creative!

Compose better shots with tips from a professional photographer

Learn smart ways to offload and store images

Crop and resize photos, fix flaws, and add interesting effects

E-mail your pictures or post them to a Web site

Create a slide show you run on a PC or a television

Make the best prints at the right price

Table of Contents

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  Acknowledgments

xi

Introduction

xiii

PART I:


THE BASICS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The part title says it all: the chapters in this part will tell you everything you need to know, whether it's what you need to know to pick the right camera, understand the features in the camera you picked, or take better pictures. They'll also cover such practical issues as how to take best advantage of your camera's memory and how to make your batteries last longer. Armed with the knowledge in these chapters, you'll be all set to take great pictures.

CHAPTER 1:


Everything's Coming Up Digital 3


      Digital Cameras: The Professional Photographer's Choice (at Least Sometimes) 4


              You've Got to See Your Pictures After You Take Them 5


              A Bit about the Digital World 7


              About Color 13


      How Digital Is Better Than Film and Film Is Better Than Digital 31


              Why Film Wins on Quality 32


              Why Digital Photography Wins on Convenience 36


              Other Advantages: A Point-by-Point Comparison 37


              Digital Photography Versus Film for What You Want to Do

39

CHAPTER 2:


Knowing (and Choosing) Your Camera

41


      Categories of Cameras 42


      What Kind of Photographer Are You? 43


      What Kind of Photographs Do You Want? 44


              Medium-Range Snapshots 45


              Close-Ups 45


              Indoor Shot

46


              Closing in from a Distance

48


              Extreme Close-Ups

49


              Photos That Need Special Lenses or Filters 49


              Panoramas

51


              Stitched Panoramas

52


              Rapid-Fire Stills for Capturing Action

53


              Full-Motion Video

54


      How Easy Is the Camera to Carry?

55


      Choose a Resolution: How Much Do You Need?

56


              What the Minimum Resolutions Are Based On

57


              If You're Picky, You Need More

60


      Choosing a Lens System

60


              Quality of the Optics 61


              Changing the Lens 63


              What Lenses Are Available?

66


              How Easy Is It to Change the Lens?

67


              Adding Filters 67


              The Need for Zoom 68


              Macro Mode: How Close Do You Want to Go? 70


              What's SLR, and Why Does It Matter (But Maybe Not as Much as You Think)?

70


      Choosing a Level of Control

73


      Other Features to Consider 75

CHAPTER 3:


Getting Started with Digital Photography 81


      Common Features and How to Use Them 82


              First Things First 82


              A Step Beyond Basics 92


              Flash 94


              Getting into the Deep End 103


      Choosing Resolution and Compression Settings 105


              Compression: Lossless and Lossy

106


              JPEG Format

107


              About Resolution 110


              Resolution and Compression Together 112


      What to Do with Your Photos After You Take Them

115

CHAPTER 4:


Is That a Snapshot in Your Camera, or Did You Take a Photograph? 119


      Basic Rules of Thumb for Taking Better Pictures 120


              Decide What You're Taking a Picture Of 122


              Get in Close 125


              Anticipate the Action

128


              Anticipate the Shot

130


              Quick Rules 132


      Choosing a Composition 136


              Rule of Thirds 137


              Watch Out for Unwanted Elements

139


      Black and White Versus Color 141


      One Last Thing

143

CHAPTER 5:


Special Issues for Digital Photography 145


      Getting the Photos Out of Your Camera 146


              The Connection Choices: Cable, Docking Station, or Moving a Storage Card

146


              More Choices: Moving Photos Versus Moving Files 153


      Storing Your Photos 155


              The Hard Disk Option 156


              The Removable Disk (or Disc) Option 157


              The Third Way

158


      There's Something about Printers

158


              What Makes a Printer a Photo Printer 158


              About General-Purpose Printers 161


              Printer Limitations

161

CHAPTER 6:


Keep Those Pictures Coming: Batteries and Digital Film 165


      Batteries Included 166


              Alkaline Batteries

168


              Lithium Batteries

168


              Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) Batteries

169


              Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries

169


              Lithium Ion Batteries

170


              Lithium Polymer Batteries

170


      Maximize Your Battery Life

170


              Treat Your Batteries Well

171


              Minimize the Drain on Your Batteries

172


      Making the Most of Your Digital Film

174


      Offloading Your Images on the Road

177


              Burn a CD at a Public Kiosk

177


              In Search of a Kiosk

178


              Taking Advantage of Your Computer (or Sombody Else's) 180

PART II:


GETTING CREATIVE AND CUTTING LOOSE

One of the advantages of taking pictures on a digital camera instead of using film is that they are so easy to edit, both to make them more interesting and to fix problems. The chapters in this part show how to crop and resize your photos, remove flaws, add artistic effects, adjust colors, use your photos as screen saver images, and more--including how to stitch photos together to create a panoramic image, and, more important, how to take the photos so you can stitch them together successfully.

CHAPTER 7:


Getting Creative with Your Camera

187


      Stitching a Panorama Together

188


              Using Stitching Software 189


      Storing and Using Clusters of Settings

192


              The Logic of Clusters

192


              Clusters of Settings as a Power User's Tool

194

CHAPTER 8:


Fun with Pictures: Basic Editing 199


      What's a Photo Editor and How to Get One

200


              Types of Graphic Programs

200


              Photo Editors

202


      Photo Editing 204


              Rotating an Image

205


              Rotating to Reframe an Image 207


              Cropping to Clean Up Clutter

208


              Cropping Can Make a Boring Shot More Interesting

210


              Flipping

211


      Size and Resolution

212


              Sorting Out Some Tangled Threads 212


              Sampling, Resampling, and Resolution 213


              Size and Resize Your Photos as Needed 214


              Resizing for the Screen 216


              About Cropping and Resampling 217

CHAPTER 9:


Advanced Editing: Fixing Flawed Photos 219


      Techniques for Fixing Common Flaws 220


              Red Eye 220


              Adjusting Color

221


              Adjusting Brightness and Contrast 226


              Fixing Specific Areas in a Photo 234


      Removing Unwanted Objects 238


              Cleaning Up Small Areas 238


              Removing Large Objects and People

240

CHAPTER 10:


More Fun with Pictures: Special-Purpose Editing 245


      Special Effects 246


      Adding Graphic Elements

247


              Adding Frames and Cutouts

249


              Postcards, Greeting Cards, and Calendars

251


      From Photo to Screen Saver or Wallpaper

252


      Special-Purpose Editors 254

PART III:


SHARING YOUR PHOTOS

With digital photography, you have a wide range of choices for how to share your photos. This section covers most of the possibilities, including printing your own photos, having the photos professionally printed, posting them on a Web site, and e-mailing them. It also covers such issues as inserting pictures into documents and creating a slide show to view your photos on your computer monitor or TV. It also discusses the best choices for transferring slides to videotape that you can play in your VCR, and to CD discs that you can play in your DVD player.

CHAPTER 11:


Printing

259


      Check Your Driver

259


              Opening Your Printer Driver 260


              What to Look for in Your Driver 261


      Choosing the Right Paper (and Ink) 267


              Paper and Ink Basics

267


              Beyond Basics

269


      No Computer? No Printer? No Problem 270


      How to Print Your Photos in Wallet Size, Life-Size Blow Up, or Anything in Between

272


              Where to Find a Big Enough Printer 273

CHAPTER 12:


Viewing Photos on Screen

277


      Creating a Slide Show to View on a Computer 278


      Viewing Your Photos on a TV Screen 280


              Connecting Your Camera to Your TV or VCR

280


              Connecting Your Computer to Your TV or VCR 283


              Recording Your Slide Show on an Optical Disc 286


              Putting Slide Shows on CD

287


      Putting Your Photos on Your PDA 289


              Moving Photos from a Memory Card to Your PDA Memory 290


      A Final Word on Viewing Photos on Screen

291

CHAPTER 13:


Sharing Your Photos: E-mail, Letters, and Web Sites

293


      E-mailing Photos

294


              What's a Reasonable File Size?

294


              Keeping Files to a Reasonable Size for E-mail

296


              The Mechanics of E-mailing a Photo 297


      Adding Photos to Documents 302


      Sharing Photos on Photo Web Sites 306


              How to Find More Sites for Sharing Photos

308


              Other Web Sites of Interest

308

INDEX


  M. David Stone is an award-wining freelance writer and consultant and a contributing editor at PC Magazine and ExtremeTech. He has been working with and writing about personal computing since 1981, with imaging technologies--cameras, printers, monitors, and scanners--an area of special interest.


  Ron Gladis is a reformed electrical engineer who switched to a career in the visual arts, starting out as both a fine arts photographer and a business photographer working with corporations and hospitals to produce annual reports and brochures. As a fine arts photographer, he exhibited his work regionally and abroad.