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Digital photography just the steps for dummies - Jones F.

Jones F. Digital photography just the steps for dummies - Wiley publishing , 2005. - 240 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-7477-9
Download (direct link): digitalphotographyjust2005.pdf
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Through the lens viewing Single lens reflex professional cameras allow viewing directly through the camera lens. This is the most accurate view.
No ultimate camera exists for everyone. In the end, you must choose the camera that you like best and that does what you want it to do.
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Figure 1-33: An LCD viewfinder allows you to see exactly what the picture will look like
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Figure 1-34: How you view the object through the lens of an SLR camera
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Choose Other Accessories
Choose Other Accessories
Accessory What It's Used For Comments
Camera bag To carry and protect camera. Don't get one too large or small; waterproof is good.
Lens cloth Clean the lens without scratches.
LCD shield Shield the LCD viewfinder from bright sunlight. Not available for all cameras.
Battery charger Charge rechargeable batteries. Comes with cameras that use rechargeable batteries. If your camera uses AA or similar batteries you may need to supply your own recharger.
Card reader Attaches to a computer via USB port and copies images from memory cards onto a computer. Most work with multiple card formats. Make sure you choose one that includes the card or cards you use. Many new computers come with these built in.
Straps Prevents dropping your camera. Usually supplied with cameras. You might purchase heavier duty straps or more comfortable ones.
Many of us enjoy the study, acquisition, and occasional use of photo stuff. You don't need to get carried away with unnecessary accessories to become a good digital photographer. You can always use an old briefcase as a camera case!
Figure 1-35: A camera bag is necessary for larger cameras
Figure 1-36: An LCD shield blocks out sunlight to reduce glare
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Chapter 1: Selecting a Camera and Accessories
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Setting Up and Using the Camera
efore you can use a camera, you need to set its features to meet your
particular needs. The good news is that digital cameras are pretty easy to set up, and they make taking good pictures easy, too. All you need to know is what your cameras features are for and how to use them.
Camera manufacturers tend to build their products to be a little different from their competitors' products. Fortunately for us, most cameras have some common traits and functions that let them work the same way. In this chapter, I show you how to apply these commonalities to get the best out of your own camera.
Inexpensive consumer cameras, while they take great photos, don't have all the features that more expensive cameras do. In particular, they allow fewer manual settings, such as shutter speed and aperture settings. This is good and bad news. If you're not a camera expert (and don't care to become one), then you can count on the camera to automatically focus and set the internal computer to take really good photos. The bad news is that if you want to become a photo expert, you may be frustrated with the lack of control.
After you set up your camera, finally you get to take photos! This chapter guides you through the process of choosing the proper camera mode to use for taking particular types of photos. Experiment with each of the settings, and because digital film is reusable, see what the settings do to actual images. Bon voyage on a new journey of photo excitement and creativity!
Get ready to . . .
"* Set Up Your Camera............................26
"* Point and Shoot in Auto Mode..................27
"* Zoom In on an Object..........................28
"* Adjust Brightness in Program Mode 28
"* Snap a Portrait Using Automatic
"* Stop Action Using Automatic Settings 29
"* Lengthen Depth of Field.......................30
"* Use Shutter Priority Mode.....................30
"* Reduce Battery Usage..........................31
"* Use a Tripod..................................31
"* Use a Flash Attachment........................32
"* Use Attachment Lenses.........................33
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Chapter 2: Setting Up and Using the Camera
Set Up Your Camera
1. Install batteries in the camera according to the camera's instruction manual. Figure 2-1 shows a typical lithium ion battery and a AA battery.
The decision as to the kind of battery that your camera takes is an important one. Rechargeable AA batteries don't hold a charge as long as lithium ion batteries, particularly in flash photography, but the ability to buy AA batteries almost anywhere can be important on vacations if your battery runs out.
2. Install memory in the camera according to the camera's instruction manual. See Figure 2-2 for an example of installing memory and a lithium ion battery in a typical camera. Figure 2-3 shows the battery and memory card installed.
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