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David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

David Pogue
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If you're ready to jump into digital photography or would like to increase the skills you already have, David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual is just what you need. Bestselling author David Pogue provides a no-nonsense guide to the entire process, including how to: buy and use a digital camera; get the same photographic effects as the pros; manage the results on your Mac or PC; edit photos; and, finally, share the results with your adoring fans -- on paper, online, or on mugs, jigsaw puzzles, and blankets.

After reviewing hundreds of digital cameras and photo services in his weekly New York Times column, David Pogue knows digital photography. With this new Missing Manual you will:

  • Get expert advice on how to choose a digital camera, including information on the only specs that matter. (Hint: it's not about megapixels).
  • Learn the basics of lighting, composition, and shooting lots of photos
  • Understand how to choose the best camera settings for 20 different scenarios
  • Unravel the problems of correcting images and storing them
  • Learn David's tips and tricks for sharing and printing images
  • Get a special troubleshooting section you can turn to when things go wrong

David Pogue's witty, authoritative voice has demystified the Mac, Windows, iPods and iPhones for millions of readers. Now, he offers step-by-step instructions and plenty of friendly advice to help you join in the fun and get real satisfaction from digital photography.

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About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 30 titles.

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  • File Size: 4286 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 19, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Up-to-date January 30, 2009
By kwilk
David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual is an outstanding resource for beginning and intermediate photographers. If you are buying your first digital camera, or trying to decide whether you should trade up from a compact point-and-shoot to a digital SLR, this book will answer all of your questions. Using an informal, conversational and friendly tone, Pogue covers the features and functions of all kinds of digital cameras, including recent developments such as geotagging and face recognition. He also tells how to improve your photographic skills. I especially liked Chapter 4 in which he discusses the "Ten Decisions" you should make when you are getting ready to take a photo. Chapter 6 explains how the professionals get the kinds of shots you see in magazines. His explanations are concise and easy to understand.

He goes beyond the shoot itself when he talks about what you can do with all your digital files. Chapters 8, 9 and 10 cover two popular photo storage and editing programs, iPhoto and Picasa. Chapter 11 is an excellent guide to printing your photos (he explains concepts like resolution and aspect ratio), and Chapter 12, Electronic Photos, explores the many ways to share your photos via email, web galleries and slideshows.

I would have liked more captions explaining exactly what the example photos are supposed to show, and I thought the use of blue type for emphasis was an annoying gimmick. But those are minor gripes. This is a clearly-written, up-to-date guide to every aspect of digital photography.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but FULL OF ERRORS January 26, 2010
By Joe H
I bought this book based on the many positive reviews on Amazon, and I found it useful with a readable, engaging style.

But it is FULL OF MISTAKES that should have been caught before it went into print, and will confuse many readers, especially beginners. This book is way below the standard of excellence set by other books in the Missing Manual series.

Here are some examples:

Writing about Landscape Mode, the author writes that it sets "Large Aperture, creating a large depth of field ...". The fact is that Landscape Mode sets Small aperture, which is what creates a large depth of field. (A Large Aperture actually creates a shallow depth of field.)

In discussing Manual Mode, the author wrote "That's full automatic", which is just the opposite of the truth.

In discussing lenses, he writes "Telephoto means 'zoom.' " This is incorrect; not all telephoto lenses are zoom lenses, nor are all zoom lenses telephotos.

And the list goes on! For a complete list of errata submitted (so far) by readers, go to:[...]
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer February 2, 2009
If you are new to digital photography or haven't gotten beyond the shoot and print stage, you should find a lot to like in this book. The explanations of various technical camera and photography subjects are easily among the clearest and most easily understood I've come across. Kudos to Pogue for making such a jargon laden subject easy to understand.

I happily recommend this as a first book on digital photography. All the basics are covered from understanding how cameras work and what all the terms mean, to buying the right camera, to basic photo cataloging and editing. Pogue also covers the equipment extras that enhance photography quality like tripods, memory cards and the like. There is also a good primer on how to compose and shoot interesting images.

Pogue also includes is some introductory coverage of the image cataloging and editing programs that come with common cameras as well as Adobe's Photoshop Elements. As with any book that offers coverage of multiple programs, it doesn't take you beyond the basics of any of them.

If you're one of the holdouts from film photography who wants to understand the what and wherefore of digital, this book does that, and should get your started. However, It's pretty basic. If you are an experienced photographer and understand what you are doing, don't look to this book to take you to the next level.

It definitely doesn't offer the in-depth coverage that some other Missing Manual books do. That's not a complaint, just an observation. As someone who teaches photo editing, it's great to have a basic manual to recommend. As an introductory book I absolutely recommend this for its clarity and good writing.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the winner of "Best in show award is"...... January 28, 2009
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The white dog on the cover of David Pogue's Digital photography the missing manual, and the winner of "Best in show award" for books on Digital photography is Digital Photography The Missing Manual.

Pogue covers many camera types from DSLR's to phone cameras. Pogue covers the basic hardware in each of these camera styles like CCD's, stabilizers, memory cards, view finders etc. for the person looking to buy a camera but is unsure about which camera style to buy there is a section that will help you determine your needs where you can then get an idea about a camera type that will best suit your needs.

Pogue goes into detail about the basic functions that almost every camera has and what effect it will have on the shot. Digital photography the missing manual also goes into situational shooting like night shooting, sporting events, portraiture and nature shooting.

Pogue has a number of tips and notes that are highlighted through out the book. The Tips highlights are mostly keyboard shortcuts on the computer for getting to options faster. The notes highlights are about what ever software or camera option is being covered at the time. Users will find these very helpful. There are two free digital software's that Pogue uses in the book, they are iPhoto (comes with the Mac) and Picasa, he does not use Photoshop in the book. In the sections covering the software there are ample screen shots to help the reader follow along. In The Camera operations sections of the book there are color photos that help illustrate the section and the photos them selves are outstanding.

Pogue covers everything about digital cameras with a depth and detail that is very easy to understand and he uses screen shots to enhance the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For my class
This book in the first 50 pages helped me decide what Camera to purchase. I look forward to reading the rest. A special thank you to the seller as the book was just right.
Published 28 days ago by Nate
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Digital Photography - This Book is for You!
I bought a digital camera when I retired and have been taking classes on how to take better pictures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen M. Eussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual
I am always looking for books that will help me do things easier. This book was a very big help in understanding digital photography
Published 2 months ago by Brenda S. Geist
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Phtography Manual
This is a great book. A lot of useful tips for all photographers. Very well written and easy to follow.
Published 5 months ago by Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars very easy and helpfull for begineers
it is easy for starters, It really paid off the investiment.I recommend it for people that are willing to start on photographi.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography
The book is great; very easy to understand and yet technical enough to provide an opportunity to learn. It arrived in fine condition as described. Thank you.
Published 10 months ago by Carole Holtwick
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative and easy to grok.
This little missing manual is really user friendly.
a little humor here and there makes it easy to read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Blue ridge hiker
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
There are too many excellent photography books out there. This one is dated does not offer anything new. No pictures with the instructions....get a dummies book
Published 16 months ago by James S. Banko
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Photography Book-WM-Windsor,CT
David Pogue does a fantasic job explaining the various concepts in detail pertaining to the exciting field of digital photography. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Lone Ranger
5.0 out of 5 stars The first digital photographyt book you should read
Comprehensive and well written coverage of the art and technology of digital photography including advice on how to select a camera
Published on October 14, 2011 by Jerome Beck
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More About the Author

David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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