Book IV Basics of Image Editing

This book is your introduction to image editing, providing general tips on what you can and can't do with popular image editors such as Paint Shop Pro, Corel PhotoPaint, PhotoImpact, or Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You'll see the capabilities of these programs, discovering the full range of tools at your disposal. The book winds up with a chapter that compares and contrasts the most popular image editors, so you can choose which image editing program you really need (or whether you...

The Digital SLR Revolution

As this chapter has unfolded, I've been referencing the special needs and advantages of the digital SLR in each of the sections dealing with lenses, exposure capabilities, and other features. However, the current digital SLR (dSLR) revolution is such a great leap forward for the serious amateur photographer that I wanted to include a special section that goes into more detail about the nature of this particular beast. After all, high-end cameras in the 1,000 price range use electronic...

Understand how your camera works

No digital photography book can tell you how to turn on your camera, how to adjust the autoexposure settings, or how to use your model's self-timer to take a picture with you in it. Those are things found only in your camera's instruction manual. Read it. I promise that the information you seek is in there it just might be hard to find. The instructions for my own Nikon digital camera are so cryptic that I found myself creating a cheat sheet with lists of steps, such as, To turn off the...

Travel Photography

Mastering the best travel photography techniques 7aking pictures while traveling can be the most rewarding long-term benefit of a trip. Although memories of a particular location fade as the years go by, the images that you create will still be there to remind you of a special time in your life. Plus, face it Photography is fun Knowing that you've taken a good picture of that special location gives you a particularly satisfying feeling. Lasting friendships can be made during a trip, and being...

The Essentials of Good Digital Photography

Choosing equipment Making great digital photos Converting other photos to digital format Making hard-copy prints n 1888, George Eastman began promoting the first hand-held Kodak camera with the slogan, You press the button, we do the rest. His idea was to make the camera as ubiquitous as the pencil. However, the film king's dream didn't really come true until the invention of the digital camera. Certainly, conventional photography has long been as simple as pressing a button, but the we do the...

Floppy disk

When it comes to removable storage, what could more familiar than the plain old 3)2 floppy disk For years, Sony built a line of digital cameras that use the ubiquitous floppy disk to store and transfer images. A floppy disk drive is actually built into the camera. At only 1.44MB, the capacity of a floppy disk is puny compared with even the lowest capacity CompactFlash and SD cards, and the size of a floppy disk makes it an inefficient storage medium. However, the disks are cheap and readily...

Parts of a Digital Camera

If you're very new to digital cameras, you might be wondering what all those buttons, LEDs, and windows are for. Here's a quick introduction to the key components of the average non-SLR digital camera. Not every camera will have all these features, and some will have additional features not shown in Figures 1-1 and 1-2. Shutter release Depressing this button halfway locks exposure and focus press all the way to take a picture. Control buttons Miscellaneous control buttons might turn on off...

Find out how to use an image editor

In digital photography, the pseudo-snap of an electronic shutter is only the beginning. With an image editor, you can do lots of things after the shot to improve your photo or even transform it into an entirely new one. Simple image editors enable you to crop pictures, fix bad color, or remove defects such as those glaring red eyes found in many flash photos. However, you can find even more creative freedom in more advanced image editors that let you do anything from eliminating trees that...

Memory Stick

The Sony Memory Stick is one more form of memory card, functionally similar to the CompactFlash and Secure Digital cards. Sony uses the Memory Stick in several of its high-end digital cameras and also in digital video cameras, music players, and so on, which means that you can move your Memory Sticks around between devices and use them for storing pictures, music, and other files. The Memory Stick is about the size of a stick of chewing gum and comes in capacities of 32-128MB. The newer Memory...

Adobe Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements

Photoshop cs is the photo editing software for professional photographers, graphic artists, Web designers, and the like. Photoshop Elements was designed to put a good number of Photoshop's tools in the home and small business user's price range. The interface for these two products was similar until Elements 3.0 came out dressed in a spiffy new interface. Neither are sit-down-and-use-it applications. You'll want to read the guide that comes with either editor or buy a book about the software...

Book V Editing with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

This book goes into a little more detail on the use of the two favorite image editing programs Adobe Photoshop CS (favored by professionals) and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (an inexpensive younger sibling with lots of power yet easy to use). You discover the power of making selections, brush away problems with your digital photos, correct your colors, and apply special effects with filters. Although this book is not a complete guide to Photoshop, you'll find lots of good information you can...

M Mhen you take pictures with a conventional film camera you end up

With a roll of exposed film that must go to a photo lab (or the minilab at your local drug store) for processing and printing using special chemicals and darkroom equipment. When you get the prints back a few hours or days later, you get to see how your pictures turned out. Often, a fair number of pictures end up in the trash, and you keep the rest. If you want extra prints or enlargements of the good shots, it's back to the lab to order reprints. One of the great things about digital...

Ten reasons why digital SLRs are cool

Of the many reasons why so many digital photographers are turning to a dSLRs, here are ten of my favorites (some of them a little facetious) 1. Interchangeable lenses let you change viewpoints dramatically. 2. You can manually focus them in the same way you focus real cameras. 3. Their longer lenses make it easier to use depth-of-field creatively. 4. What you see is pretty much what you get. 5. A bigger, brighter viewfinder makes it easier to compose photos. 6. Reduced shutter lag and faster...

Digital cameras and latency

Before you move into tips for taking great digital sports photos, you probably should spend a few minutes considering the deep, dark secret that digital camera manufacturers don't want you to think about When you press that shutter release button, many cameras have a noticeable time lag before the picture is actually taken. Although this lag is but a minor inconvenience if you're taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower, that delay can be fatal when photographing sports. Fortunately, there are some...

Plug the other end of the cable into the USB port on your computer or USB hub

Insert the camera manufacturer's disc into your computer if prompted t Windows automatically recognizes when a new device is added to a USB port. The first time you connect your camera to the computer, Windows r I might need to load drivers supplied by the camera manufacturer in t order to access the camera. 2 o r

Fixing a color cast

A color cast is a tinge a shade of red or maybe yellow that discolors your image, in whole or in part. Casts occur for a variety of reasons, including the age of the photo, the quality of your scanner (if you scanned a printed original), the print from which you scanned the image, or the film used to take the picture. If a cast appears in an image captured with a digital image, you need to reset something on the digital camera (what you change and how you change it varies by the camera). A...

Corel Painter

Painter, available for Windows and Mac computers, is a unique image-editing program from Corel. In fact, the term image editor is a bit of a misnomer for Painter. It's more of a program for creating original images than it is an editor for images from your digital camera. Painter 8, as shown in Figure 3-11, specializes in re-creating in digital form a wide range of traditional artist media, such as charcoal, pastels, and various kinds of paint. Painter includes a basic assortment of tools that...

Kodak Photo CD

Although mostly supplanted by the Kodak Picture CD (available from photo-finishers with your picture order), the Kodak Photo CD is still a viable alternative for storing digital images although the writers for this media are not within the budgets of the average digital photographer, and the number of labs offering them is diminishing. However, you can have your images transferred to Photo CD and take advantage of the unique features of the format. Photo CDs, originated by the Eastman Kodak...

Shooting panoramas

One of the most frustrating moments of travel photography comes when you find yourself literally surrounded by the beauty of nature and have no way to capture all that surrounds you in a single photo. A digital camera, tripod, and the right image editing software, however, make capturing a 360-degree panorama possible. Basically, you take a series of shots for your panorama and then stitch the shots together line up the images into one image on your computer. Although you can stitch images...

Dozen Exotic Digital Camera Features

After automobile manufacturers introduced heated seats and Global Positioning System GPS for their luxury cars, everyone wanted them, so the designers had to come up with other high-end features, like holographic rear-view mirrors and rocket-powered ejection seats. Digital camera vendors are in a similar race to develop features that are similarly too-cool-for-school. Here are some of my favorite features that are exotic now but probably won't be exotic by the time you purchase your next camera...

Kinds of scanners

Kinds Scanners

Over the years, a variety of nonprofessional scanners has drifted off into the fog of history. My first scanner was a ThunderScan unit that replaced the ink ribbon in an Apple ImageWriter and captured an image on a photo or piece of paper as it fed through the roller. Other scanners have included the hand scanner, which looked like an overgrown mouse. You used your hand to move the sensor and light source. Another kind mounted the sensor above the original on a mounting arm and looked something...

Prosumer models

Prosumer falling between consumer- and professional-level digital cameras are the models that photo buffs and even a few professional photographers favor. The avid photographer doesn't countenance much in the way of compromises and is willing to spend the 1,000- 3,000 tariff for these cameras in order to get the advanced features. Pros find them useful as backup cameras, even if most aren't quite rugged enough to take the beating that professional equipment is subjected to. Prosumer cameras...

Table of Contents

About This What's in This Book Book I Digital Photography Overview Book II Building Your Digital Photography Studio 3 Book III Taking Great Book IV Basics of Image Editing Book V Editing with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Book VI Restoring Old Photos Book VII Printing and Sharing Your Digital Images 5 Color insert Conventions Used in This Book Icons Used in This Where To Go From Here Book I Digital Photography Chapter 1 The Essentials of Good Digital Photography 9 Knowing What Equipment You...