David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual Paperback – Jan 24 2009
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About the Author
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 30 titles.
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He goes beyond the shoot itself when he talks about what you can do with all your digital files. Chapters 8, 9 and 10 cover two popular photo storage and editing programs, iPhoto and Picasa. Chapter 11 is an excellent guide to printing your photos (he explains concepts like resolution and aspect ratio), and Chapter 12, Electronic Photos, explores the many ways to share your photos via email, web galleries and slideshows.
I would have liked more captions explaining exactly what the example photos are supposed to show, and I thought the use of blue type for emphasis was an annoying gimmick. But those are minor gripes. This is a clearly-written, up-to-date guide to every aspect of digital photography.
But it is FULL OF MISTAKES that should have been caught before it went into print, and will confuse many readers, especially beginners. This book is way below the standard of excellence set by other books in the Missing Manual series.
Here are some examples:
Writing about Landscape Mode, the author writes that it sets "Large Aperture, creating a large depth of field ...". The fact is that Landscape Mode sets Small aperture, which is what creates a large depth of field. (A Large Aperture actually creates a shallow depth of field.)
In discussing Manual Mode, the author wrote "That's full automatic", which is just the opposite of the truth.
In discussing lenses, he writes "Telephoto means 'zoom.' " This is incorrect; not all telephoto lenses are zoom lenses, nor are all zoom lenses telephotos.
And the list goes on! For a complete list of errata submitted (so far) by readers, go to:[...]
I happily recommend this as a first book on digital photography. All the basics are covered from understanding how cameras work and what all the terms mean, to buying the right camera, to basic photo cataloging and editing. Pogue also covers the equipment extras that enhance photography quality like tripods, memory cards and the like. There is also a good primer on how to compose and shoot interesting images.
Pogue also includes is some introductory coverage of the image cataloging and editing programs that come with common cameras as well as Adobe's Photoshop Elements. As with any book that offers coverage of multiple programs, it doesn't take you beyond the basics of any of them.
If you're one of the holdouts from film photography who wants to understand the what and wherefore of digital, this book does that, and should get your started. However, It's pretty basic. If you are an experienced photographer and understand what you are doing, don't look to this book to take you to the next level.
It definitely doesn't offer the in-depth coverage that some other Missing Manual books do. That's not a complaint, just an observation. As someone who teaches photo editing, it's great to have a basic manual to recommend. As an introductory book I absolutely recommend this for its clarity and good writing.
Pogue covers many camera types from DSLR's to phone cameras. Pogue covers the basic hardware in each of these camera styles like CCD's, stabilizers, memory cards, view finders etc. for the person looking to buy a camera but is unsure about which camera style to buy there is a section that will help you determine your needs where you can then get an idea about a camera type that will best suit your needs.
Pogue goes into detail about the basic functions that almost every camera has and what effect it will have on the shot. Digital photography the missing manual also goes into situational shooting like night shooting, sporting events, portraiture and nature shooting.
Pogue has a number of tips and notes that are highlighted through out the book. The Tips highlights are mostly keyboard shortcuts on the computer for getting to options faster. The notes highlights are about what ever software or camera option is being covered at the time. Users will find these very helpful. There are two free digital software's that Pogue uses in the book, they are iPhoto (comes with the Mac) and Picasa, he does not use Photoshop in the book. In the sections covering the software there are ample screen shots to help the reader follow along. In The Camera operations sections of the book there are color photos that help illustrate the section and the photos them selves are outstanding.
Pogue covers everything about digital cameras with a depth and detail that is very easy to understand and he uses screen shots to enhance the book. Digital Photography the Missing Manual will satisfy a wide range of users because of the scope of coverage. I very highly recommend this book for the novice to intermediate user.
What it Digital Photography the Missing Manual covers.
Chapter 1: Camera kinds
Small medium or large
Camera phones and iPhones
Where to buy a camera
Chapter 2: The only features that matter
A big sensor
Flip out screens
Chapter 3 taking the shot:
Composition and screen displays
Chapter 4: The 10 decisions
RAW or JEG
Chapter 5: The Anti- Blur chapter
Chapter 6: How they did that
Trailing car lights
Chapter 7: The SLR chapter
Lenses and accessories
Chapter 8: Camera meets computer
Picassa and iPhoto
Transferring and importing photos
Chapter 9: The digital shoe box The source list
Working with thumbnails
Backing up photos
Chapter 10: Fixing photos
Reducing red eye
Chapter 11: Photos on paper-and everything else
Making your own prints
Printing in Picassa and iPhoto step-by-step
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