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Digital Photography: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0470597101 ISBN-10: 0470597100 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 4 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470597100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470597101
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You already know digital photography basics. Now you'd like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you'll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with digital photography.

  1. Minimal text and maximum illustrations

  2. Task-oriented, step-by-step approach

  3. Navigational aids connect instructions to illustrations

  4. Self-contained, two-page lessons

  5. Uniform layout makes it easy to read less, learn more

How easy is it?

Look for these symbols marking the difficulty of each task.

  • Demonstrates a new spin on a common task

  • Introduces a new skill or a new task

  • Combines multiple skills requiring in-depth knowledge

  • Requires extensive skill and may involve other technologies

About the Author

Rob Sheppard is the author/photographer of over 30 photography books, a well-known speaker and workshop leader, and is editor-atlarge for the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine. As author/photographer, Sheppard has written hundreds of articles about digital photography, plus books ranging from guides to photography such as the Magic of Digital Nature Photography and the National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography to books about Photoshop and Lightroom including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for Digital Photographers Only and Photoshop Elements 8: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks. His Web site is at www.robsheppardphoto.com and his blog is at www.photodigitary.com.

More About the Author

I am proud of the work I have done as a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. I love the natural world, and that can be a native bee in my native plants garden as much as a visit to a national park. I am a husband of a beautiful and smart wife, a father to my outstanding son and daughter, and one who lived in Minnesota most of my life, but now loves the variety and very long growing season of Southern California.

I have written and photographed a lot of books and magazine articles but what is most important to me about them is knowing that I have helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. I work to help people connect with photography and nature through speaking and as a workshop leader, too. All of this has gained me a Fellow award with the North American Nature Photography Association. Many people knew me as the long-time editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and I am still connected with them as a contributing editor.

A short list of some of the books I have done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, The Power of Black-and-White in Nature Photography and Reports from the Field (an iBook).

My website is at www.robsheppardphoto.com; my blogs are at www.natureandphotography.com and www.mirrorlessnature.com.

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Good pictorial examples and simple to understand explanations.
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I've always enjoyed taking pictures, but since picking up a DSLR, I really wanted to do more with my photos.
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I found this book to be very good for both novice and veterns alike.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Wolf on December 1, 2007
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There are definitely better books out there. There are several great pictures in the book but the author leaves out one of the most important parts: the settings used to take the photo (lens, f-stop, etc.)For basic information check out Scott Kelby's The Digial Photography Book and for detailed info The Better Photo Guide to Digital Photography is great. It gives you quick lessons as well as all the settings used to shoot the pictures discussed in the book. Again the book is okay but I feel there are a lot better ones out there.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim E Robertson VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
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Like other excellent titles in Wiley's Visual series, Rob Sheppard's book on digital photography is well organized and makes extremely good use of photos to illustrate techniques described in the text. In some ways, the title of the book may do it a disservice: don't think that you will only get 100 tips; there are tips and tricks lodged within the 100 labeled tips. Also, the book provides sound advice for taking better photos, be they digital or not.

In this book I saw great explanations of fundamental photographic information such as WHAT METERS REALLY DO (Tip 22) -- and why it really is important to understand. In the past I've often drawn blank stares when I've tried to explain this topic, and Sheppard (with the help of some great photos) does it simply and succinctly in a way that most people would be able to grasp. In similar manner, more advanced topics are handled such that photographers are encouraged to stretch their abilities to new levels.

Readers who like to flip open a book in random places will really enjoy Digital Photography: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks, 3rd Edition, as it is definitely not necessary to read through methodically starting at page one. You can just crack open the book, pick a tip, any tip, and give it a try the next time you are out with a camera or sitting at a computer with some photo files to play with.

As is customary in Wiley's Visual series, each tip is assigned a Difficulty Level so the readers has some ideas of what they are getting into. The book covers a broad range of topics beyond the fundamentals of taking good photos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Carter on December 4, 2009
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This book is excellent with respect to presentation. All glossy printing, and good organization. However, it is certainly "simplified", too simplified for my taste. It is based upon Photoshop Elements 4, and I have Photoshop Elements 8. Simply following instructions was not always possible due to difference in versions 4 and 8. With insufficient detailed description of what the program was actually trying to accomplish, it took some experimenting to figure out how to do some of the things shown in the book. Still it is useful and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tbyg on February 23, 2009
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I read it from one end to another in an evening (although I know that's not how you are supposed to use it - I wanted to get an overview). Easy to read, and the pictures are great for actually seeing the right way and the wrong way to do things.

Table of contents looks great for picking the topic relevant to what you are trying to do at the moment (when my camera comes in and I am actually taking pictures!).

Nearly half the book deals with Photoshop Elements rather than the camera itself, so I don't know if I'd recommend it unless that is the editing program you intend to use. Still, many of the concepts in that part of the book, such as work flow, would be applicable to any editing program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 2CTheWorld on October 10, 2007
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In looking for a book that deals with digital cameras that are more advanced than simple point and shoot, this one seemed to be the most infomative and I enjoyed the many example photos. It went beyond the basics to answer many of the questions I had regaring manual modes, exposure settings, etc. and I enjoyed the visual learning concept.
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Not sure why the reviews of this 2010 edition are from 07 and 09 saying the book is out of date-- this review is of the 2010 edition. Even though that was a bit ago and we're getting into CS6 at this writing, the tips are very relevant, and some are timeless because they do apply to older cameras as well as the latest 16 to 18 megapixel beasties from Canon and Nikon.

The real value of this book is that it takes us beyond point and shoot. If we're going to buy a digital SLR at over $500 (and $800 plus for semi-pro quality), to use it on auto settings is like driving your Learjet along the ground! Granted, 16 to 18+ megapix will make way better shots even with auto than our 8 MP Iphone or 10 MP point and click, but getting a camera that you can "defeature" and try different speeds, f stops, focuses, etc. is the whole point of the more expensive pro and semi-pro cameras.

One interesting feature of this book, as well as Digital Camera Tricks and Special Effects 101: Creative Techniques for Shooting and Image Editing (Digital Quick Guides series) and books like this is that they tell us how to get neat "trick" and special effects BEFORE pulling into Photoshop. Another great feature of advanced digital SLR's is that we can purposely blur, darken, lighten, filter, etc. before the shot, to make less work and/or better results when we do get to Photoshop or PS Elements.

Book is NOT for advanced photographers, and is heavy on illustration and light on technical details and settings. There are plenty of "how to" tips and steps for the beginner and folks new to the latest model cameras, which actually make it a little harder to get OUT of the auto sampling modes!
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