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Digital Cameras and Photography For Dummies 2nd Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470942291
ISBN-10: 0470942290
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From the Back Cover

Pick the right camera, learn to take better pictures, enhance your photos, and share

Ready to go digital? Or do you already have a digital camera and want to do more with it? Either way, this guide gives you the information and confidence needed to take top-notch photos. Get tips on what features to look for in a camera and how to adjust your camera's settings, advice on editing your images, and simple ways to share pictures with friends.

  • Shopping smarts — compare point-and-shoot and dSLR camera features and choose the right camera for the way you take pictures

  • Gain control — learn to adjust your camera's settings to control exposure, work with light, and shoot video

  • Composition and more — see what makes photos great and take better shots of people, events, animals, and scenery

  • Make them better — grab free software from the Internet to help transfer photos to your computer, make edits, and organize your files

  • Learn to share — put photos on Flickr® or Facebook®, make DVDs, or make prints

Open the book and find:

  • Features to check out when camera-shopping

  • Principles of good photo composition

  • How to get great photos at a wedding or graduation

  • Secrets for getting landscape and animal shots

  • Advice on finding free software for editing and organizing your photos

  • Quick ways to adjust lighting and color in your pictures

  • How to save photos on your computer so they're easy to find later

Learn to:

  • Choose a camera that suits your needs

  • Shoot great snapshots, portraits, and action photos

  • Edit and share your images

About the Author

Mark Justice Hinton is a computer consultant and trainer as well as a photographer. His other books include Digital Photography For Seniors For Dummies and Windows 7 For Seniors For Dummies. View his photos at www.flickr.com/photos/mjhinton.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470942290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470942291
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patricia L. Jordan on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
The new Dummies book and DVD on digital cameras and photography is excellent for those of us who are not professionals. The book has color photos which truly enhances a volume on color photography. It is well organized and provides the information in an easily understandable way without the "cutesy" comments I find so annoying in many of the Dummies books. I found I could move easily between the book, the DVD, and my camera with its manual so that I could actually practice the steps being taught. My learning style requires me to read material that is technical (like aperture settings) and then practice tasks I will need to use (like transferring photos to the computer and editing them). The combination of the book and DVD enabled me to use the learning method best for me at each juncture. I also found that one was re-enforcing the other so I was learning faster. My favorite part of the DVD was the section on editing the photos. I feel confident that I can now tackle that project, something I have avoided because the software intimidated me.

The book and DVD, while a bundled set, are really not connected in any way, except by topic. I expected and would have liked some cross referencing although I was able to do that fairly easily on my own. (Would have been 5 stars if that connection was there). The bundled set is definitely a valuable addition to my library and I anticipate carrying the book with me for reference for awhile until I become more comfortable with the tips and tricks to make my pictures more professional.
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The DVD is pretty sparse, with only approximately 1 hour of material. It does not go much in depth, so this really is just an Overview type book/dvd.

A 'dummies' book really is just an overview, after all. And this is for ALL digital photography, not DSLRs specific. So, don't expect too much.

lost 1 star, since other 'dummies' books I have, work great as a quick reference... this one doesn't quite measure up because it doesn't cover as much in depth. For instance, more information about setting aperture would have been nice, beyond the mechanics of pushing this button and twisting that dial, such as what/when to use which aperture setting.
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Great intorduction to digital photography, easy to read and understand. DVD shows you step to step towards better photographs. In just a few short minutes I've learned a great deal about my camera and how to use all the settings and features to the best advantage. Would highly recommend and it is a great price!
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Covers the basics of digital camera use. I bought this for a friend that I gave and old Cannon SLR. She had never done any SLR cameras before. I also gave her an old Minolta SLR with a 28-200 zoom lens, thinking using the film camera would help thinking about things like shutter speed, film speed, f-stop. She went straight to the digital using this. I'm sure she is using the icons on the camera instead of shooting manual on the digital. This book and DVD did help giving her a quick start!
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Nice compact little book, easy to carry around and right to the point. This manual is great for getting started then you branch off to bigger and better when you get used to the camera. Nice and easy little steps.
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The book is fine if you have never ever held a camera in your hands. It's very basic, and more of the book is about editing photos than actually taking them. It's not you regular "for dummies" book that is big, this is more of a mini version.
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