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How to Do Everything: Digital Camera Paperback – February 13, 2008
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Bring your digital vision to life while mastering the essentials of good photography. Accomplished photographer and best-selling author Dave Johnson shows you why digital photography is truly the visual recording medium of the future. Learn the basics such as composition, exposure, flash, and lighting, then push your camera to the limits by turning it into a document scanner, image editor, and more. From a review of gear to image manipulation and publishing to the Web, How To Do Everything with Your Digital Camera has the readily available information to make you a success with your digital camera!
- Discover the immediacy and versatility of digital photography and electronics
- Use professional darkroom techniques without wasting chemicals, paper, film, or time
- Master the digital arena in an easy-to-understand platform designed for beginners to professionals
- Master photo-quality printing on ink-jet printers
- Share pictures through email or an Internet gallery site--plus learn helpful printing techniques
- Troubleshoot and maintain your digital camera
- Organize and archive your favorite photos in digital storage media
- Explore advanced techniques including time-lapse, motion, and panoramic photography
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok, I know it's an introduction, but really too much discussion about film. Then in figure 3.2 , Dave states " as the shutter speed decreases, the aperture should... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jack
Book came quickly and was everything the description said it would be.Published 17 months ago by ML
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 morePublished on April 9, 2014 by N. D.
It did not have the information I was looking for; the title was misleading. I have a digital, but not an SLR camer.Published on November 15, 2013 by Tucsonannie
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
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