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Digital Photography: 99 Easy Tips To Make You Look Like A Pro! Paperback – June 25, 2002

ISBN-13: 078-3254040687 ISBN-10: 0072225823 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072225823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072225822
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,135,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Extend the capabilities of your digital camera with 99 thoroughly explained helpful pointers. Organized into easy-to-navigate chapters, this handy resource will help you fully utilize your camera's features, perform digital darkroom magic, and manage, print, and publish your images to the Web. Learn photographic techniques such as lighting problem shadows, taking extreme close-ups, capturing motion, and more. Plus--supplement your photographic expeditions with darkroom tricks and magic, including correcting the color and brightness of your images, sharpening the focus, and eliminating imperfections. Read this book and discover why digital photography is fast becoming the leading method of capturing life's most important moments.

  • Capture viewer interest with good composition
  • Restore old family photographs
  • Photograph in rainy or dark conditions
  • Compose and shoot breathtaking panoramas
  • Hand-color black-and-white photographs
  • Calibrate your monitor and camera screen
  • Overcome common problems like parallax error
  • Freeze fast action or follow motion to blur a background
  • Shoot movies and sequences for Web animation
  • Optimize images for a Web portfolio

About the Author

Ken Milburn (Oakland, CA) has 15 years experience as a nationally published advertising photographer writing about graphics and multimedia for national computer publications. Milburn has also written seven computer books, including the best-selling FrontPage 97 and the Flash 3 Web Animation and f/x, and Master Photoshop 5.5 Visually (IDG). Ken's clients include Multimedia Live!, New World Publishing, Morph's Outpost, Computer Artist, MacMillan Publishing, American President Lines, The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce and the Sausalito Art Festival.

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If you like good books which cover the subject well, then try this one.
John
Anyhow, even if the images could be downloaded, it would be an inexcusable waste of the reader's time, and once again no substitute for an included CD.
Rudy
This is my fifth book on Digital Photography and none of them has explored Digital Photography as clear as Ken has with this book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
The title says it all. This is my fifth book on Digital Photography and none of them has explored Digital Photography as clear as Ken has with this book. What makes it all the more interesting is that you can put into practice what you have read as you go along. It's a well earned 5 stars.Check out its comprehensive index and judge it yourself.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tim Robertson VINE VOICE on November 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
One of the prime ways to obtain digital pictures is to create them yourself. In spite of the "PHD," or "push here, dummy" tendency of most point-and-shoot digital photographers, a good third-party book always helps with understanding what's what with your equipment and photographic results.
Each of the primary topics is explored with a series of detailed questions, followed by numbered steps accompanied by screenshots and illustrations. Digital Photography: 99 easy tips has a center section containing completed examples in color, effective itemized descriptive text, and not-very-good-quality black and white photos that go along with valuable techniques and tips.
Tutorials are brief and specific, and encourage readers to practice the lessons on their own with necessary repetition. Photography is so effortless, most of us never understand that to excel at it requires practice and more practice.
This book has a decent intro to digital cameras and storage media, with good content on basic photography. I had just read a digital camera manual before picking up Digital Photography: 99 easy tips, and the book really helped me make sense of the gobbledygook in the official manual. You will be a better photographer from working with all the material in this very affordable book.
MacMice Rating: 3 out of 5
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Mitchell on January 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the book on digital photography for which I've been searching since first immersing myself in this hobby. Every question that I've been trying to get answered is here. It's like the author wrote this book just for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2004
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This is a useful book for beginning to intermediate digital photographers. The writing is mostly clear and concise (though a more thorough editing job would have caught a few typos and more than a few awkward sentences), and Milburn does a fine job avoiding geekspeak without talking down to his readers.
The cheesy-looking cover is a turn-off though, and a foreshadowing of the lack of visual sophistication throughout. The print quality of the black and white example photos strewn through the book is somewhere between mediocre and atrocious; there seems to have been little effort on the part of the publisher to ensure print quality and a modicum of contrast (all the b/w pics look washed out).
But Milburn mostly has himself to blame for the unappealing-looking photography. The guy just isn't that good a lensman. So while he knows his stuff, his pictures are only moderately competent -- and wholly uninspiring. A 16-page color section in the heart of his book is meant to show off his work to its advantage, illustrating different techniques. These pictures are well-printed for change, but their mostly compositional flaws shows that Milburn just can't practice what he preaches. The best example is his picture of a roller coaster, a photo whose surprisingly dreary colors are accentuated by what looks to be a mudfield occupying the whole bottom third of the image. Ugh.
Nevertheless, this is a solid and suprisingly exhaustive primer on digital photography. It could have been a great book if Milburn had had the modesty to use high-quality third-party pictures (even stock images would have worked fine), instead of uninspiring samples from his own ho-hum portfolio.
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