The Digital Photography Book: The Step-By-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros


book cover
The Digital Photography Book: The Step-By-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros'!
By Scott Kelby
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Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: August 23, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-47404-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-47404-9
Pages: 240
 

Table of Contents  | Index
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Scott Kelby, the man who changed the "digital darkroom" forever with his groundbreaking, #1 bestselling, award-winning book The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, now tackles the most important side of digital photography--how to take pro-quality shots using the same tricks today's top digital pros use (and it's easier than you'd think). This entire book is written with a brilliant premise, and here's how Scott describes it: "If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, 'Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, but I want the background out of focus?' I wouldn't stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I'd just say, 'Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.' You d say, 'OK,' and you'd get the shot. That's what this book is all about. A book of you and I shooting, and I answer the questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I've learned just like I would with a friend, without all the technical explanations and without all the techno-photo-speak." This isn't a book of theoryit isn't full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts: this is a book of which button to push, which setting to use, when to use them, and nearly two hundred of the most closely guarded photographic "tricks of the trade" to get you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos with your digital camera every time you press the shutter button. Here's another thing that makes this book different: each page covers just one trick, just one single concept that makes your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you'll learn another pro setting, another pro tool, another pro trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. There's never been a book like it, and if you're tired of taking shots that look "OK," and if you're tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, "Why don't my shots look like that?" then this is the book for you.



book cover
The Digital Photography Book: The Step-By-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros'!
By Scott Kelby
...............................................
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: August 23, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-47404-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-47404-9
Pages: 240
 

Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
       Acknowledgments
       Other Books By Scott Kelby
       About The Author
        Chapter One.  Pro Tips for Getting Really Sharp Photos
      The Real Secret to Getting Sharp Photos
      The Other Most Important Secret
      Perhaps Even More Important Than That!
      If You Skip This, Throw Away Your Camera
      If You Do This Wrong, It Will Lock Up
      It's Time to Get Serious
      Getting "Tack Sharp" Starts with a Tripod
      A Ballhead Will Make Your Life Easier
      Don't Press the Shutter (Use a Cable Release)
      Forgot Your Cable Release? Use a Self Timer
      Getting Super Sharp: Mirror Lock-Up
      Turn Off Vibration Reduction (or IS)
      Shoot at Your Lens' Sharpest Aperture
      Good Glass Makes a Big Difference
      Avoid Increasing Your ISO, Even in Dim Light
      Zoom In to Check Sharpness
      Sharpening After the Fact in Photoshop
      Pro Sharpening
      Hand-Held Sharpness Trick
      Getting Steadier Hand-Held Shots
        Chapter Two.  Shooting Flowers Like a Pro
      Don't Shoot Down on Flowers
      Shooting Flowers with a Zoom Lens
      Use a Macro Lens to Get Really Close
      Can't Afford a Macro? How 'bout a Close-Up?
      When to Shoot Flowers
      Don't Wait for RainFake it!
      Flowers on a Black Background
      Shooting on a White Background
      The Perfect Light for Indoor Flower Shots
      Where to Get Great Flowers to Shoot
      Stopping the Wind
        Chapter Three.  Shooting Weddings Like a Pro
      The Trick for Low-Light Shooting in a Church
      Getting Soft, Diffused Light with Flash, Part 1
      Getting Soft, Diffused Light with Flash, Part 2
      Use Your Flash at Outdoor Weddings
      Keep Backup Memory Cards on You
      Formals: Who to Shoot First
      Formals: Where to Aim
      The Trick to Keeping Them from Blinking
      Reception Photos: Making Them Dance
      Your Main Job: Follow the Bride
      Formals: How High to Position Your Camera
      Formals: Don't Cut Off Joints
      Formals: Build Off the Bride and Groom
      Formals: The Trick to Great Backgrounds
      Shooting the Details (& Which Ones to Shoot)
      Change Your Vantage Point to Add Interest
      Finding That Perfect Bridal Light
      How to Pose the Bride with Other People
      What to Shoot with a Wide-Angle Lens
      Back Up Your Photos Onsite
      If Shooting JPEGs, Use a Preset White Balance
        Chapter Four.  Shooting Landscapes Like a Pro
      The Golden Rule of Landscape Photography
      Become Married to Your Tripod
      Shoot in Aperture Priority Mode
      Composing Great Landscapes
      The Trick to Shooting Waterfalls
      A Tip for Shooting Forests
      Where to Put the Horizon Line
      Getting More Interesting Mountain Shots
      The Trick for Warmer Sunrises and Sunsets
      Turn on "The Blinkies" to Keep More Detail
      How to Avoid the Dreaded Blinkies
      How to Show Size
      Don't Set Up Your Tripod. Not Yet
      The Trick to Getting Richer Colors
      What to Shoot in Bad Weather
      Atmosphere Is Your Friend
      Getting Rid of Lens FlareThe Manual Way
      The Landscape Photographer's Secret Weapon
      Keeping Your Horizons Straight
      Shooting on Cloudy Days
      Tips for Shooting Panoramas, Part 1
      Tips for Shooting Panoramas, Part 2
      Tips for Shooting Panoramas, Part 3
      Faking Panoramas
      Why You Need a Wide-Angle Lens
      Shooting Wildlife? Aim at Their Eyes
      Don't Crop Wildlife in Motion Too Close
      Shooting Wildlife? Get in Really Tight
      What to Shoot at Sunset
        Chapter Five.  Shooting Sports Like a Pro
      Set Your White Balance for Indoor Sports
      Shoot at a 1/640 Sec. Shutter Speed or Faster
      Pro Sports Shooting Is Dang Expensive
      Don't Plan on Changing Lenses
      Which Lenses to Use
      Pre-Focus to Get the Shot
      Raise Your ISO to Get the Speed You Need
      The Pros Know the Game
      Don't Always Focus on the Winner
      Shooting in Burst Mode
      Stability for Shooting Sports
      Shoot Vertically for More Impact
      Pan to Show Motion
      Shoot Wide Open
      Go for the Face
      RAW or JPEG for Sports Shooters?
      Composing for Sports
        Chapter Six.  Shooting People Like a Pro
      The Best Lens for Portrait Photography
      Which Aperture to Use
      Using Seamless Backgrounds
      Using Canvas or Muslin Backgrounds
      The Right Background Outdoors
      Where to Focus
      Where to Position Your Camera
      Positioning Your Subject in the Frame
      Tip for Framing Portraits
      Getting Great Light Outdoors
      Getting Great Light Indoors
      Taking Great Photos of Newborn Babies
      Great Sunset Portraits
      Better Natural-Light Portraits with Reflectors
        Chapter Seven.  Avoiding Problems Like a Pro
      Pro Tips to Avoid White Balance Problems
      Cold Weather Shooting Means Extra Batteries
      Don't Change Lenses in Dusty Weather
      Apply for Permits to Shoot with Your Tripod
      Be Careful What You Shoot
      A Tip for Shooting on an Incline
      The Other Reason Pros Use a Lens Hood
      Keeping Your Lens Out of Trouble
      Back Up Your Photos in the Field
      Limit Your LCD Time to Save Battery Life
      Be Careful When Throwing Out CDs/DVDs
      Bracket If You're Not Sure About Exposure
      Avoid Red Eye
      Remove Red Eye
        Chapter Eight.  Taking Advantage of Digital Like a Pro
      Level the Playing Field: Press That Button
      Put the LCD Monitor to Work
      Edit as You Shoot to Get More Keepers
      Take Advantage of the Blinkies
      Change Your ISO on the Fly
      No Penalty Fee for Experimenting
      Don't Cram Too Much on One Card
      Take Advantage of Poster-Sized Printing
      You Can Make One Film Fit All
      Is It Better to Underexpose or Overexpose?
      Keep from Accidentally Erasing Memory Cards
        Chapter Nine.  Taking Travel & City Life Shots Like a Pro
      How to Be Ready for "The Shot"
      Shoot Kids and Old People. It Can't Miss
      Hire a Model (It's Cheaper Than You'd Think)
      What Time to Shoot
      Look for Bold, Vivid Colors
      Shooting Travel? Visit PhotoSecrets.com First
      Don't Try to Capture It All: Shoot the Details
      The Best Shot May Be Just Three Feet Away
      Shoot the Signs. You'll Thank Yourself Later
      Showing Movement in the City
      Use an Aperture That Takes It All In
      For Maximum Impact, Look for Simplicity
      The Monopod Scam
      What to Do When It's Been "Shot to Death"
      Including the Moon and Keeping Detail
      Shooting Fireworks
        Chapter Ten.  How to Print Like a Pro and Other Cool Stuff
      The Advantages of Shooting in RAW
      How to Process RAW Photos in Photoshop
      Compare Your LCD to Your Computer Monitor
      Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom
      How Many More Megapixels Do You Need?
      Printing Lab-Quality 8x10s
      Printing Lab-Quality 13x19" Prints
      Printing 16x20sThe Pros' Top Choice
      Which Paper Should You Print On?
      What Determines Which Paper You Use?
      Getting Your Monitor to Match Your Printer
      Download the Color Profiles for Your Paper
      Selling Your Photos as "Stock" Online
      A Quick Peek at My Gear
      Some Books I Personally Recommend
      Learn from Me on Adobe® Photoshop® TV
        Chapter Eleven.  Photo Recipes to Help You Get "The Shot"
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   Index