Digital Photography Manual


This manual follows the Haynes traditional format of heavy illustration and concise text in a logical progression from selection through operation and maintenance to provide best value from the subject of the manual. After a hesitant start, digital photography has suddenly taken off and almost eliminated the film camera. Professional photographers will continue to use film for specific types of photography, in the same way that some specialist photographers find a hand-built reproduction of an ancient plate camera indispensable in their specialization. There are still some forms of photography where the digital camera cannot produce the artistic or technical image required. Those forms are becoming progressively rarer as the digital camera achieves ever-higher definition, faster shooting and faster automation. It is also achieving amazing results from very tiny versions. The new SLR bodies are able to use the same lens as those used by the analogue camera body from the same manufacturer and introducing new lens that are optimised for digital bodies. It seems that almost by the week the megapixel capability of digital cameras increases. This presents a challenge for a manual because, although the information is not outdated, new capabilities are added to the available range of equipment. A great many digital cameras are purchased for family and holiday snapshots where the freedom of not having to have film processed is one consideration. As cameras used in this way are used infrequently, most users never learn about lighting and composition which is a great shame because greater knowledge will significantly improve the quality and personal value of the images. Similarly, many digital camera users will make no attempt to edit and enhance images on a computer, or use this new medium of image creation artistically. Most users will rarely print images at home, relying on high street print shops to produce sets of prints, or never printing the images, missing out on one of the great advantages of digital photography. Most users will email a digital image at some time to someone else, but never learn how to do this efficiently. Of these users, the majority will probably never acquire a manual. Fortunately, a great many people will want to learn how to take advantage of this new form of recording images and find this manual the ideal guide to improving their knowledge and the quality of the digital images they record. For these users, the manual covers all of the aspects that go to make great pictures digitally and then to make use of the images. Those who already have a good knowledge of analogue photography will learn why some long cherished rules do not apply to digital photography, how a digital camera can be more tolerant of conditions and where it is still at a disadvantage. Every owner of a digital camera can learn something from the book and be able to benefit when recording images for private or commercial purpose.

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