This chapter covered many issues concerned your digital camera's color tools. Some of the key points included the following:

Digital cameras are not smart and will photograph exactly what they see, which is not exactly the same as what the human eye sees, especially when it comes to color.

■ Every light source has a different impact on how a camera captures the color of a scene, creating photographic color shifts.

■ As a rule, you can trust the auto white balance setting in most situations—but not all.

■ Most digital cameras have preprogrammed settings for specific lighting situations, such as daylight, fluorescent, and tungsten, which often work well in correcting environmental color shifts.

■ Set your camera to the sRGB color model if your picture is intended only for display and the Web. When your camera has it, use Adobe RGB for photos intended to be printed or when you aren't sure what you'll be doing with the picture.

■ Vivid colors, contrast, saturation, black and white, sepia, and other color modes and controls offer interesting creative opportunities.


Of all the elements that make up a great photograph—subject matter, composition, color, perspective, exposure—the most important by far is light. Without light, there is no photography, period. Light is infinitely variable and ephemeral, like a stream of water, with its eddies and cascades that can be still and quiet, or rapid and violent. It's the quality, type, intensity, and direction of light that more than anything else will define your pictures.

In this chapter, we'll cover how to read, use, and even control the existing lighting situation you'll find when taking photographs; how to take great shots with your digital camera's built-in flash; and how to create, sculpt, and channel light so you can properly illuminate almost any subject.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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