Author(s): Gavin Hoole
"Really, Really Really Easy Step-by-Step Digital Photography" explains the process of picture-taking and sharing digital images in terms that anybody can understand. There are many books on digital photography, but there are few bare-bones guides that take you beyond the baffling tech-speak of camera manuals and photography books and magazines. "Really, Really, Really Easy Step-by-Step Digital Photography" is written by authors well versed in turning tough concepts into easy step-by-step instructions. Unlike conventional photography books, the authors first delve into the nuts and bolts of storage, organization, manipulation and sharing of digital images. The second half of the book covers basic camera usage and guides the reader towards the choice of camera that is appropriate for their skills, needs and budget. For ease of explanation and maximum reach in the market, all instructions are aimed at users running PCs under Windows XP; for the step-by-step photography sequences, the authors make use of a Canon digital camera (other makes will be touched on) as a 'generic' model.
Gavin Hoole is a successful author and experienced trainer and management consultant. He is the author and co-author of several books, including The Really Really Really Easy Step-by-Step Computer Book. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Cheryl Smith is an experienced webmaster and artist, and was co-author of The Really Really Really Easy Step-by-Step Computer Book 2. She lives in Vancouver, Canada. Consultant Duncan Soar is a London-based freelance photographer, who embraced digital technology early on and has been shooting digitally for a number of publishing-based clients for several years. His work has appeared in several national newspapers, books and magazines, as well as on the internet. He believes digital technology truly offers a wealth of opportunities for the professional and a mateur photographer alike, and that the creative potential available with today's photographic tools is breathtaking.
READ THIS BEFORE YOU START 4; PART ONE; PREPARING FOR THE TUTORIALS 10; Creating folders; * Installing photo editing software; * Downloading photos; MANAGING YOUR PHOTO COLLECTION 14; Setting up a workable system; * Image management; * Setting up folder displays; * Finding folders; * Displaying file names; * Renaming new downloads; * Using labels or tags for identification; * Adding captions; * Marking your best photos; * Removing labels; * Keeping photo displays up to date; * Choosing appropriate filing and search methods; * Backups; BASIC PHOTO EDITING 33; Reducing 'red-eye'; * Saving changes; * Cropping; * Lightening a dark photo; * Converting to sepia tone; * Straightening skew pictures; * Rotating photos; * Resizing; MAKING USE OF YOUR PHOTOS 48; Printing photos yourself; * Using a printing service; * Inserting photos into documents; PART TWO; GETTING STARTED WITH PHOTO TAKING 64; Inserting the batteries and storage card; * Setting to Auto mode; * Composing a picture; * Aim; * Saving space on the storage card; * Setting date and time; * Setting language; * Saving battery power; * Reducing 'red-eye'; * Setting image quality; * The basic shooting modes; * Scene modes; CREATIVE PHOTO TAKING 81; Putting natural lighting to good use; * Compensating for light 'temperature'; * Adjusting the white balance; * Using a flash; * Understanding aperture; * Understanding shutter speed; * Using Auto Exposure and other options; * Changing the camera's ISO rating; * Using focal length; * Working in Macro mode; * Composition tips; GETTING THE PHOTOS OFF THE CAMERA 96; Printing directly from the camera; * Downloading: from camera to computer; * Downloading: from memory card to computer; WHERE TO FROM HERE? 101; Lens quality; * Pixel resolution; * Camera speed; * LCD monitor/Optical viewfinder; * Storage media; * Categories of digital cameras; * Checking your purchase; * Camera care; * Computer requirements; ENDMATTER 110; Index.