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Custom Digital Photography for Dummies [Paperback]

Julie Adair King
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June 9, 2003 0470833572 978-0470833575 Special Edition Custom Edition for Blacks
Your fun and easy guide to the world of digital photography

Digital cameras just keep getting better. But where do you begin? In this friendly guide, Julie Adair King delivers just what you need. She tells you how to select the right equipment. She reveals secrets of great digital picture-taking. And she shows you how to use photo-editing software to enhance any digital photo.


  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humour and fun

Discover how to:

  • Compose your images for maximum impact
  • Capture action and panoramic shots
  • Avoid grainy images
  • Transfer images to your computre
  • Process your digital images
  • Look after your camera

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Editorial Reviews Review

If you're comfortable with the concept of photography but find the digital part a stumbling block, Digital Photography for Dummies will get you over the hump.

Author Julie Adair King, a photographer and graphics-software specialist, deftly explains such concepts as resolution, f-stop, and compression. She is also refreshingly upfront about the differences between film-based and digital photography, spelling out the latter's shortcomings early on. Her advice on all aspects of the field is well thought out and simple without being condescending. She informs readers, for example, that you needn't use high-pixel resolutions simply for placing images on a Web page. Such tips will come as a relief to fledgling photographers on a budget, or novices who may have thought they had to use the highest-quality settings at all times.

Aside from the technical concerns of working with the camera and computer, King also gives sound tips on composition and lighting. And since retouching is one of the principal benefits of digital photography, she spends a fair amount of time discussing photo-editing software. And while most of the examples are in black and white, the most important examples, gratefully, are included in a 16-page color plate section in the middle of the book.

For those of you considering jumping into the world of digital photography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better guide to getting started than Digital Photography for Dummies. --John Frederick Moore --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


" you an introduction to the world of photography whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer..." (Lingerie Buyer, February 2004)

"...covers the essentials of digital imaging technology that a first time digital photographer needs to know..." (The CBL Source, October/November 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Special Edition Custom Edition for Blacks edition (June 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470833572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470833575
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,042,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Adair King is the best-selling author of many books about digital imaging, including Digital Photography For Dummies and For Dummies guides to Nikon, Canon, and Olympus digital cameras. When not writing, she teaches at various locations, including such noted photography schools as the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
A native of Ohio and a graduate of Purdue University, King now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful primer May 19, 2000
I'm pretty computer savvy, but knew little about digital cameras or photo manipulation software until I read this book. It's a very good primer and especially strong on the uses of graphics software. It's extremely readable for a computer tome, but yet has enough detail to use as a reference. I also found the programs on the enclosed disc to be a good sample of what's out there.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on digital photography for beginners. May 11, 2001
As a newbie to the field of digital photography, I found Julie's book to be extremely helpful. If you are new to this field like I am, disgregard the prior negative review. She does a very good job in explaining digital cameras and how they work. The included softward is outstanding and worth the price of the book alone. I read the book from cover to cover and can recommend it wholeheartedly.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide for the non professional. September 19, 1999
By A Customer
I found this book to be a great guide for a person who uses digital photography as a hobby. It was easy to understand and following the step by step directions made one feel good about the finished product. Whether using digital photography for fun or for more serious production, this book is a great help.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source for digital success! September 27, 1999
By A Customer
I found this book to be very helpful in producing excellent digital images. The examples were extremely well explained. Editing and creating a final product are important when using a digital camera and this book covered the topics really well.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Fluff January 16, 2004
Basic digital photography can be learned from this book. But there are too many pages of fluff and filler. More space is devoted to the value of using a tripod than making the most of basic camera functions.
Book devotes alot of space to using Photoshop Elements for editing. Valuable if you happen to buy that product. Product sample is included on CD. But book is VERY unclear on how to use the components of PE. Far from step-by-step. Big gaps are left in the explanations and it is rarely possible to follow an editing process from beginning to end.
Can't recommend this book. Not a credit to Dummies.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Seibold Book review April 3, 2003
I have never read the any of the "Dummies" books...I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this particular "Dummy" book. Digital Photography for Dummies contains just about anything you need to know about the world of digital cameras: storing images, transferring images, printing etc. and a bunch of (well marked) trivia you'll never use but you'll be glad you read....
It seems digital cameras and taking photos with aforementioned equipment isn't quite enough to fill an entire book. To skirt the lack of material afforded by concentrating solely on the taking a good picture and being done with the whole mess Digital Photography for Dummies includes plenty of pages spent on various digital image-editing programs. This may seem odd to those of you who are used to the way some traditional photography books read (many focus on getting the picture right the first time) but once you accept the benefits of going digital the inclusion of methods to manipulate the image is necessary. As Julie Adair King notes: you can make a pretty average picture into a pretty good picture if you spend a little time with a decent image-editing program. Don't believe Julie Adair King? That's okay Digital Photography for Dummies is packaged with a compact disc that contains a bevy of useful software including a Photoshop Elements demo so you can actually see for yourself just how powerful digital photography can be.
One of the better features of Digital Photography for Dummies is the photo examples found throughout. Julie Adair King's visual examples are the best use of figures I have ever run across. Every point Julie Adair King makes with a figure is very well made...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography for Dummies April 5, 2012
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I bought myself a Canon Rebel T3 1100D and this book is an outstanding guide on how to best use it.. I open it almost daily to see what other cool things I can do with the camera
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68 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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This book is an OK overview of some basic photo software techniques, but really fails to say much about digital photography, that being the use of digital cameras. If you want a book that's mostly about photo editing software you could do much better, and that's the fundamantal point to this book. If you actually want to learn about digital cameras and digital photography look elsewhere, because this book has very little to say on the topic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably exactly the book you are looking for.
70-200mm lens at 200mm, ISO 125, 1/3 sec. at f/10

I would describe myself as a budding enthusiast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Hwang
4.0 out of 5 stars In good condition, delivered quickly
The book was in good condition, but not new condition. No complaints as far as the product, it was what I expected as an introduction to photography for my teenage daughter.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela A. Marchlewski
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for basic understanding.
WOW. If you are new to world of digital cameras and photography in general this is a must read. Really breaks down the most common features you will find on digital cameras ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TooLady
4.0 out of 5 stars PHOTOS
Published 3 months ago by abe rivas
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Updating
Interesting, but the book I received was copyrighted 2002 and large parts of it are out of date. The book's author is knowledgeable and writes well, but an update is needed.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Florida
4.0 out of 5 stars A great intro for the very novice
This book provides a great introduction to the basic techniques of serious digital photography. This was wonderful for me as I had literally NO idea of how to operate a digital... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Forfex Sceleris
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography for DUMMIES
Very good book. Provides information on "how to" in simple, plain English. Shows how to use your digital camera from exposure settings, to the diference between shooting... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1st time book
Basic knowledge. good book. I like to use as a reference book also.will keep and read over and over when needed
Published 5 months ago by larry
5.0 out of 5 stars This beginner learned a lot.
I was certainly qualified to purchase Digital Photography for Dummies. I was planning to buy my first digital camera and wanted some guidance as to desirable features. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book!
I've enjoyed photography for a long time. I have been happy, so far, with using all the preset automatic functions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Laura Pallatin
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