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Get going with your digital camera and start taking great photos right away!

Whether you're considering your first digital camera, planning to graduate from point-and-shoot to dSLR, or wondering about your camera's features, you need this bestselling guide! It tells you things you won't find in the camera manual, like time-honored photographic techniques, tips for certain types of photography, printing options, and much more.

  • What you need — learn what the different camera features do and determine what works for the way you take pictures

  • Ready, aim, shoot — set up your camera and learn how to get the best shots in any mode

  • Take control — explore your camera's setting options and apply them to get better photos

  • Learn from the pros — experiment with recommended settings and techniques for portraits, close-ups, action shots, and landscapes

  • Bring them to life — review photos using your camera's playback features, then download and share them

Open the book and find:

  • Advice on choosing the camera that best suits your needs

  • Set-up options that produce better photos

  • Accessories your digital studio should have

  • How to get better action shots

  • When to shift your dSLR out of auto mode for better results

  • All about using (and not using) flash

  • How to diagnose and fix focus problems

  • Ten essential camera care tips

Learn to:

  • Take better pictures with your point-and-shoot camera or dSLR

  • Set your camera to improve color, focus, and lighting

  • Upload, edit, and share your great photos

IN FULL COLOR!

About the Author

Julie Adair King has been writing about digital cameras and photography since 1997. Julie's current bestsellers include several guides on Nikon and Canon cameras.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118092031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118092033
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm pretty computer savvy, but knew little about digital cameras or photo manipulation software until I read this book. It's a very good primer and especially strong on the uses of graphics software. It's extremely readable for a computer tome, but yet has enough detail to use as a reference. I also found the programs on the enclosed disc to be a good sample of what's out there.
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As a newbie to the field of digital photography, I found Julie's book to be extremely helpful. If you are new to this field like I am, disgregard the prior negative review. She does a very good job in explaining digital cameras and how they work. The included softward is outstanding and worth the price of the book alone. I read the book from cover to cover and can recommend it wholeheartedly.
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Basic digital photography can be learned from this book. But there are too many pages of fluff and filler. More space is devoted to the value of using a tripod than making the most of basic camera functions.
Book devotes alot of space to using Photoshop Elements for editing. Valuable if you happen to buy that product. Product sample is included on CD. But book is VERY unclear on how to use the components of PE. Far from step-by-step. Big gaps are left in the explanations and it is rarely possible to follow an editing process from beginning to end.
Can't recommend this book. Not a credit to Dummies.
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I found this book to be a great guide for a person who uses digital photography as a hobby. It was easy to understand and following the step by step directions made one feel good about the finished product. Whether using digital photography for fun or for more serious production, this book is a great help.
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I have given this book 5 stars because it has answered all of my questions so far. It is easy to read. You can read one section now and read another section later. It's easy to just look up a topic and get the information. It has jargon but not too much jargon. There are sections that have bold type that you know will be important ideas, there are "remember icons", the "tip" icons the the warning ones. I love these Dummy books. This is the third one I have purchased from Amazon and they are all great. I don't feel like a dummy. I love learning new things. You can't be an expert about everything and there some things in life that take a while to learn. Savor it. Take your time. Practice.I have tried to take one new topic a month to practice on and get good at that before moving on. Of course everyone has to move that their own pace depending on other things going on in life. You will not be disappointed by this book.
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I have never read the any of the "Dummies" books...I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this particular "Dummy" book. Digital Photography for Dummies contains just about anything you need to know about the world of digital cameras: storing images, transferring images, printing etc. and a bunch of (well marked) trivia you'll never use but you'll be glad you read....
It seems digital cameras and taking photos with aforementioned equipment isn't quite enough to fill an entire book. To skirt the lack of material afforded by concentrating solely on the taking a good picture and being done with the whole mess Digital Photography for Dummies includes plenty of pages spent on various digital image-editing programs. This may seem odd to those of you who are used to the way some traditional photography books read (many focus on getting the picture right the first time) but once you accept the benefits of going digital the inclusion of methods to manipulate the image is necessary. As Julie Adair King notes: you can make a pretty average picture into a pretty good picture if you spend a little time with a decent image-editing program. Don't believe Julie Adair King? That's okay Digital Photography for Dummies is packaged with a compact disc that contains a bevy of useful software including a Photoshop Elements demo so you can actually see for yourself just how powerful digital photography can be.
One of the better features of Digital Photography for Dummies is the photo examples found throughout. Julie Adair King's visual examples are the best use of figures I have ever run across. Every point Julie Adair King makes with a figure is very well made...
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I found this book to be very helpful in producing excellent digital images. The examples were extremely well explained. Editing and creating a final product are important when using a digital camera and this book covered the topics really well.
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I bought myself a Canon Rebel T3 1100D and this book is an outstanding guide on how to best use it.. I open it almost daily to see what other cool things I can do with the camera
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