When it comes to learning a new skill, you want to be taught by the best--someone who truly specializes in what you want to learn. In these pages you'll find just that: a team of professional photographers ready to coach you in every aspect of digital photography--from what you need to know about your digital camera to how to capture a great image and how to use your computer to output an even better one. Interested in travel photography? Who better than an ex-National Geographic photographer to show you the ropes? Want to take lasting portraits of family and friends? Let an official White House photographer give you some hard-won tips. Need to document you daughter's soccer team in action? Get the inside skinny on capturing motion from a successful sports photographer. David Schloss and the team of pro shutterbugs at Blue Pixel pool their knowledge here to provide everything you need to know to create compelling digital photographs -- regardless of what camera or software you're using.
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The book cleaves neatly into several parts. The first deals with the taking of a photo. Much here in techniques carries over from analog film cameras. The basic tenets of good composition of images are indifferent to your type of camera. However, the second part of the book covers what you can do now that you have a digital camera, and a bunch of cool digital photos. Virtually all this is specific to those photos. For example, Adobe's Photoshop now lets you send images to others, via email or to a mobile phone. Apple's iPhoto offers a similar feature. It turns out that a key attraction of digital photos is how easily they can then be plugged into the pervasive Internet. Not just for sending photos, but also displaying entire albums on the web. Of course, you can craft your own website, and many do. But the book also tells of online photo communities, like ofoto and Shutterfly. These strive to make your efforts uploading and filing into an album and then for others to view it, as easy as possible.