Helpful, easy-to-follow guide for new digital photographers over the age of 50
Digital photography is a fun and exciting hobby, but digital cameras can be overwhelming and daunting to a newcomer. If you're entering the digital photography world as an older adult—and wondering about which digital camera will meet your needs—this straightforward, helpful book is for you.
Written in full colour with lots of screenshots and clear, easy-to-read type, this friendly guide assumes no previous experience in digital photography and walks you through the subject of digital photography from start to finish: selecting which type of digital camera is right for you, understanding the seemingly endless jargon, benefiting from valuable photograph tips, and much more.
- Provides guidance for purchasing your digital camera and deciphers the common jargon that is used in the field
- Walks you through all the features and functions of a digital camera
- Reveals top photography tips
- Explains how to retouch, enhance, and print your photos
- Demonstrates easy ways to share photos with friends and family
Prepare properly, enjoy the freedom, and maybe even show the family a thing or two with this fun and practical guide!
About the Author
Kim Gilmour (London, UK) is a freelance journalist specialising in technology and the internet. She regularly contributes to publications including the best-selling Which Computing, Web User and PC Pro. She is also co-author of eBay.co.uk Business All-in-One for Dummies.
Table of Contents
About the Author.
Icons Used in this Book.
Chapter 1 Introduction.
How this Book is Structured.
Your Digital Camera.
PART I UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA.
Chapter 2 Getting Started with Digital Photography.
Before You Start.
What’s Similar to Film?
What’s Different from Film?
Taking Photos with Your Digital Camera.
Sharing your photos.
Chapter 3 Digital Photography Terms.
Chapter 4 Buying a Digital Camera.
Types of Digital Cameras.
Where to Buy a Digital Camera.
Getting More Control.
Chapter 5 Camera Accessories: Batteries, Bags and More.
Nice to Have or Need to Have?
Other Useful Equipment.
Chapter 6 Before You Begin.
Charging the Battery.
Reading the Instructions.
Inserting the Battery and Memory Card.
Chapter 7 Taking Your First Shots.
The Right Stance.
Reviewing the Photographs.
Erasing an Image.
Setting the Date and Time.
Chapter 8 Taking Brilliant Shots.
Rule of Thirds.
Taking Photos of Animals and Children.
Chapter 9 Getting More Control of Your Photos.
Using Special Settings and Modes on Your Camera.
PART II ENTERING THE DIGITAL DARKROOM.
Chapter 10 Getting Photos onto Your Computer.
Why Put Your Digital Photos on Your Computer?
Your Computer Specifications.
Ways to Import and View Your Photos.
Viewing Your Photographs.
Importing Your Photographs.
Chapter 11 Organizing, Backing Up and Viewing Your Photos.
Organizing Your Images.
Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Backing Up Your Photographs.
Viewing Your Photographs.
Chapter 12 Editing Your Photos the Easy Way.
What’s Photo-Editing Software?
Common Photo-Editing Tools.
Saving Your Changed Images.
Chapter 13 Photo-Editing Software Uncovered.
Quick Fixes with Picasa.
Retouching with Picasa.
Saving Images with Picasa.
Make a Panorama with Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Advanced Photo-Editing Software.
PART III LIBERATING YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS.
Chapter 14 Sharing Your Images Online and Off.
Alternatives to Printing.
Emailing Your Photos.
Online Web Galleries and Photo-Sharing Websites.
Social Networking Websites.
Online Digital Photo Printing.
Digital Photo Frames.
Chapter 15 Printing Your Photos at Home.
Why Print Your Own Photos?
Types of Printers.
Choosing a Printer.
Preparing to Print the Perfect Photo.
Printing Photos from Your Computer.
Printing at Home Without a Computer.
Keeping the Engine Running.
Chapter 16 Other Printing Options.
Online Photo-Printing Services.
Taking Your Photos to the Lab.
Using a Kiosk.
Chapter 17 Being Creative with Your Photos.
Printing Fun Things.
PART IV APPENDIX AND GLOSSARY.
Appendix: Useful Websites.
Camera, Printer and Scanner Manufacturers.
Online Photo-Printing and Album Services.
Memory Card Manufacturers.
Camera Bags and Equipment.
Photo-Sharing and Social Networking Websites.
External Hard Drives.
Photography and Computing Magazines.
Photography Forums and Communities.