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February 13, 2008 How to Do Everything
Capture stunning photos with your digital camera

Now you can take professional-quality shots every time-no matter what kind of digital camera you're using. Completely updated for the latest technologies, How to Do Everything: Digital Camera, Fifth Edition shows you how to take full advantage of all of your camera's features and settings. You'll learn the fundamentals of photography, composition, lighting, and exposure, and get techniques for different subjects and situations. The book also explains how to use a variety of photo-editing tools and offers expert tips for storing, sharing, and printing your photographs.

  • Choose the best digital camera and accessories for your needs
  • Get the most out of a Digital SLR camera and interchangeable lenses
  • Compose great shots and control lighting and exposure
  • Master close-ups, action shots, panoramas, and high dynamic range photos
  • Organize, store, and share photos in JPG, TIF, GIF, and RAW formats
  • Edit, enhance, correct, repair, and crop your images
  • Have fun with special effects and photo projects
  • Print professional-quality photos
  • Troubleshoot and maintain your digital camera

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Although the title is a little overstated, this book does offer a fairly comprehensive introduction to digital photography. Johnson opens by discussing virtually all of the technical essentials of working with one's camera to make correct exposures and then proceeds to address questions about working with digital film and formats and transferring files. He further explains how to compose and edit photographs on one's computer, showing how to improve sharpness and contrast, clean up images, use special effects, and blend text with images. The book concludes with helpful chapters on printing one's photographs and sharing images through e-mail, web pages, and disks. Anyone who works with digital photographs will find this book quite thorough and useful. Recommended for all photography collections in public and academic libraries. Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Digitize-and realize-your vision!

This complete volume will help you get great results from your digital camera. Learn digital photography basics, share results through e-mail or the Internet, electronically store images, apply advanced photography techniques, perform image editing, and more. This book dissects digital photography in bite-sized, understandable sections that will help anyone--from beginner to professional--make the transition to the digital arena. Master image handling and editing tools including scanners, monitors, and software applications. Now, you can tap the mystery of digital image making-and start taking your very best pictures.

  • Bring your digital vision to life with powerful digital tools
  • Organize, edit, and store your favorite photos in digital media
  • Print your own pictures, e-mail them to friends and family, or display them on the Internet for everyone to enjoy
  • Master companion hardware like storage cards, scanners, and color printers
  • Upload pictures directly from your camera to your own Web site, or post them to a gallery site
  • Explore advanced digital photography techniques like night, action, and slow-motion photography
  • Troubleshoot and care for your digital camera
  • Access online and offline resources to help you pick the best digital camera, and make hardware choices
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: How to Do Everything
  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 5 edition (March 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071495800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071495806
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good investment in both time and money April 1, 2001
I found this book ideal as it is written for the amateur photographer that is new to digital photography, which basically describe my status. There is a lot of useful information in its 376 pages. It is well indexed and organized so that topics are easy to find.
The book is an easy read and is well illustrated, but suffers from a lack of colour. Obviously by eliminating colour and binding with a soft cover the publisher has been able to meet a price point. It's too bad the author does not published colour plates on his website to compensate for this lack of colour.
While I own a Kodak DC4800 3.1 Digital Camera and therefore would like to see more information on my specific camera, the author balances that desire by covering digital photography without being too camera brand specific.
I have read Dennis Curtin's A Short Course in Nikon Coolpix 950 Photography and would rate Dave Johnson's book as a more instructive book. I think Johnson's book will remain a good reference work for some years.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent help for exploring your new digital "toy" July 13, 2001
By K.M.
As a person experienced with technology but not knowledgeable about photography, I found this book to be a great resource. I bought my first digital camera, but didn't know how to get its features to "work for me" to take the pictures I wanted. So once I got the book I skipped straight to the chapters on basic photography -- including exposure, composition, and lighting -- which were invaluable. The author has a casual style (humorous on occasion, but the book is not burdened with quips), and he explains concepts in a way that's accomodating to novices, yet with enough detail to satisfy the technically oriented. After reading the chapters through once, I felt as if I had completed a basic photography class.
However, while I think the photography info itself merits 5 stars, the book as a whole fell a bit short. First, there are a few blatant errors, such as incorrectly referenced figures and wrong pictures, that were irksome (although they didn't much hinder the learning experience). Second, the large portion on image editing doesn't provide much new info for those already familiar with popular photo editing software -- it's strictly for newbies. Third, the black and white photos were poorly suited to illustrate certain concepts, especially those involving color. A color insert containing all the photos as they were originally shot would have helped.
In summary, this is definitely a worthwhile book for the overall digital photography novice. Those who are also new to computer hardware and software will likely reap the greatest return for their investment. Computer "geeks" may need to supplement this book with something more advanced on software.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise August 26, 2001
By Tracy
I was very surprised by the quality of this book. I had seen other books on the subject which were to broad. The author did a superb job in helping out inexperienced photographers (or photographers to be) get a grasp on "how" to shoot good pictures and how to manipulate them. His examples are very realistic and appropriate to the audience--things we may actually want to shoot or repair. It was very inspirational and helpful. I was intimidated by taking panoramic photos, but after reading this book, I went out and took some and they turned out great. The other area that was really helpful for me was the discussion on camera lens with links to companies that sell them for the digital cameras. I went to the sites and learned a lot of what was available with sample photos. For digital camera users who do not come from a background of using a traditional camera professionally, these are topics that many don't understand. Kudos to the author.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice. Most errors corrected in 2nd edition September 13, 2002
I bought this book when I started researching digital camera's to find one of my liking. I had no knowledge about photography, nothing to help me out anyway. It really has a lot of info on subjects ranging from technical workings of the (digital) camera, how to compose a good picture to using and editing images on the PC.
Since I am a more advanced computer user the part about the use of the PC in digital photography didn't tell me a lot of new things (though I haven't really dived into it yet), which is why I gave it four stars instead of five. There is a reasonable large portion of the book on PC work, which was not the reason I bought the book - to find out as much as I could about digital camera's and photography so I could make a well informed decision. It did fulfill that goal though.
An earlier review stated a number of errors, with a low rating for the book because of this. This applies to the first edition of the book and most or all of those errors seem to be corrected. So I assume they paid special attention to the errors made in the book before. Plus of course the technology hasnt stood still (and is already somewhat more ahead then in the 2nd edition) so the 2nd edition is more up to date. (it even mentions my camera choice, the canon powershot G2)
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a lot better July 11, 2003
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This book is basically has two parts. The first talks about your camera, and the second shows you how to modify your digital pictures on your computer. In my opinion, too many chapters are dedicated to the second part, and not enough to the first.
As the owner of a new and expensive digital camera, I knew I needed help in using it. The manual showed me what the camera could do, but not what I should do. This book doesn't help me enough. I need to find another book.
The discussion on photography is too sparse. I think part of the problem is that the book is old. Lots of features on my camera are not even discussed, presumably because they were not common when the book came out. In addition, some topics are only glossed over.
The chapters on using your computer to modify the images was of no use to me, even though it's more than half the book. If I had known that, I wouldn't have purchased it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book came quickly and was everything the description said it would be.
Published 5 months ago by ML
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly explained
The book is quite long and might daunt you at first, but a lot of it does cover the history of digital cameras and other areas not directly related to how to use your camera more... Read more
Published 16 months ago by N. D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Only Good for Digital SLR Cameras!
It did not have the information I was looking for; the title was misleading. I have a digital, but not an SLR camer.
Published 21 months ago by Tucsonannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful as far as I've gone.
This tells you everything about the digital camera. However, I have
not gotten in it too far. It's a bit complicated for me. The f stops and ISO's etc. Read more
Published on February 24, 2013 by Lois W. Wiley
5.0 out of 5 stars About the Book "How to do everythging Digital Camera"
This is really a very good book I prefer to say excellent.
I suppose that this book equivalent to a complete course in photography, specially for people who don't know many... Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by AlMahmood, From Bahrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Budding Camera Buff
I ordered this book because it had good customer reviews, seemed nicely written and seems to cover many aspects of good digital camera function and use. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by K. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars charley
There are many techniques in photography that do not change over time & while this book covers many of them for beginers
& intermediate users, having been writen over 4 years... Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by charley
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to your digital camera.
I bought this book at the same time as my Digital Camera and have to admit I am normally sceptical of titles such as How to Do Everything... Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Steven Unwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Johnson on Digital Photography
I'm only 1/2 way through the book but am very impressed with the presentation of the information. I have read & enjoyed his tips on Photography via PC World/Digital Focus. Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by C. Kaufman
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginers' Only
Very little details on camera useage to match SLR experience. Very little details in general. I did not find 3/4 of the material to be of value.
Published on January 21, 2010 by Gary K. Lawrence
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I am a writer and photographer living near Seattle. In my spare time I play drums, scuba dive, and, along with the rest of my family, take car of my three cats, two dogs, and a slew of fish.

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