The Shot Doctor

The Shot Doctor : The Amateur's Guide to Taking Great Digital Photos

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The Shot Doctor is a new kind of digital photography book that focuses on the "how-to" and less on the "how it works" or the technology behind the camera. This book is designed to be small enough to fit in your back pocket or in a camera bag. It is aimed at everyday parents, students, sporting enthusiasts, and average joes who just want to take decent pictures at their kids' soccer games and dance recitals and who don't aspire to make digital photography a hobby. * Easy-to-follow when-why-how "recipes" help you set your camera to get great shots right away* Beautiful full-color interior* Step-by-step instructions for conquering everyday photography challenges, including sporting events, school recitals and performances, vacations, babies, children, and special events* Simple explanations of camera controls help you understand when to use them, why they work, and how to use them* Compact, stays-open design means you can carry it everywhere and refer to it while you're taking pictures* Visual before and after examples of common photography problems help you choose the right solution for your photography challenges Mark Edward Soper has been using adjustable cameras since 1971 and digital cameras since 2000, for a total of more than 37 years as an enthusiastic and serious amateur photographer. Mr. Soper's when-why-how approach to photography, which combines picture-based methods (take a picture, change settings, see how the picture improves), has been tested through years of teaching photography as well as by the hundreds of photographs he has taken for many of his books. Mark is the author of Easy Digital Cameras and UnleashingWindows Vista Media Center, as well as books on corporate and home networking, PC upgrades, home automation, and PC troubleshooting. Category: Digital PhotographyCovers: Digital CamerasUser Level: Beginner-Intermediate
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 116.84 x 200.66 x 10.16mm | 226.8g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0789739488
  • 9780789739483
  • 1,201,181

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"The Shot Doctor" is a new kind of digital photography book that focuses on the "how-to" and less on the "how it works" or the technology behind the camera. This book is designed to be small enough to fit in your back pocket or in a camera bag. It is aimed at everyday parents, students, sporting enthusiasts, and average joes who just want to take decent pictures at their kids' soccer games and dance recitals and who don't aspire to make digital photography a hobby. - Easy-to-follow when-why-how "recipes" help you set your camera to get great shots right away - Beautiful full-color interior - Step-by-step instructions for conquering everyday photography challenges, including sporting events, school recitals and performances, vacations, babies, children, and special events - Simple explanations of camera controls help you understand when to use them, why they work, and how to use them - Compact, stays-open design means you can carry it everywhere and refer to it while you're taking pictures - Visual before and after examples of common photography problems help you choose the right solution for your photography challenges Mark Edward Soper has been using adjustable cameras since 1971 and digital cameras since 2000, for a total of more than 37 years as an enthusiastic and serious amateur photographer. Mr. Soper's when-why-how approach to photography, which combines picture-based methods (take a picture, change settings, see how the picture improves), has been tested through years of teaching photography as well as by the hundreds of photographs he has taken for many of his books. Mark is the author of "Easy Digital Cameras" and "Unleashing"" Windows Vista Media Center," as well as books on corporate and home networking, PC upgrades, home automation, and PC troubleshooting. Category: Digital Photography Covers: Digital Cameras User Level: Beginner-Intermediate
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Table of contents

Part I Solutions to Common Photo ProblemsChapter 1 Quick Reference to Common Photo ProblemsPart II Easy Camera Settings and Their LimitationsChapter 2 Quick Tour of Typical Digital CamerasNikon Coolpix L3Canon PowerShot A580Kodak ZD8612Canon Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400DChapter 3 Top Ten Problem Photo Situations-and How to Get Better PhotosSnow/Beach/WaterGraduationBirthday CandlesSparklers and CelebrationsConcerts and Stage ShowsChildren at Play and in GroupsSidelighting and BacklightingWedding DayNew BabySportsPart III Recipes for Better Digital PhotosChapter 4 What You Can (and Cannot) Do in Auto ModeSelecting Auto ModeWhat Auto Mode DoesWhen Auto Mode ShinesWhen Auto Mode Has ProblemsEvaluating Your PhotosGoing Beyond Auto ModeChapter 5 Using ScenesUnderstanding Scenes Types of Scene SettingsHow to Use ScenesSunrise, SunsetNightSnowInteriorsOther Scene ModesWhat Scenes Can't DoPart IV Recipes for Better Digital PhotosChapter 6 Recipes for Better Indoor and Night PicturesWhy You Need This ChapterChoosing the Right ISOChoosing the Right White BalanceUsing Electronic Flash Too-Dark Flash Photos Too-Light Flash Photos Off-Color Flash PhotosAvailable Light at Home Birthday Candles Group Activities Without Flash Group Activities with Flash PlaytimeWindow Light at Home Dealing with "Spotlight" Effect from Direct Sun, Dark Background Dealing with Backlit SubjectsIndoor Sporting Events Prefocus on Where Your Subject Will Be Instead of Trying to Track Them Use Panning If You Can't Use a Really Fast Shutter Speed If You Have an Add-on Flash, Put It to Work Choose the Right Autofocus Method to Track a Moving SubjectNight Sporting Events Look For Shots that Capture the Mood if You Can't Capture the Action Prefocus on the Playmaker Use Manual Focus if Your Camera Supports ItChurches and MuseumsConcerts and PerformancesFireworksPortraitsCampfiresPetsMixed LightingChapter 7 Recipes for Better Daytime PicturesWhy You Need This ChapterChoosing the Right Aperture Portraits LandscapesChoosing the Right ISO When to Use a Higher (Faster) ISO When to Use a Lower (Slower) ISOChoosing the Right White BalanceChoosing the Right Shutter SpeedLandscapes Directional LightingBuildings and Architecture Why Details Matter Shooting From the Inside to Capture Special DetailsChildren Get Closer...and Use the Right Framing How to Unclutter the BackgroundShooting at Dawn and Dusk Sunrise, Sunset Buildings at DuskBetter People Photos Avoid Overhead Lighting Backlight Is Flattering, But Watch the Exposure Distracting Background? Blur It AwayAction Air-Land-Water Using Smoke Using PanningVacations A New Take on Disney World At the ZooChapter 8 Recipes for Better Event PicturesWeddings Before the Wedding Shooting the Ceremony Shooting the ReceptionHolidays, Showers, and BirthdaysNew Baby in TownBaptisms and ChristeningsReunions and Meetings Restaurants and DiningChapter 9 Introduction to Creative Control ModesWhy You Need This ChapterBenefits of Creative Control Modes Better Colors in Any Light Just-Right Exposures in Tricky Lighting Control What's in Focus Control How Action Is Captured Control How Photos Are StoredUsing Program Mode When to Use Program Mode-and Why How Program Mode Works How to Use Program Mode Program Mode PhotosUsing Shutter Priority Mode When to Use Shutter Priority Mode-and Why How to Use Shutter Priority Mode Shutter Priority Mode PhotosUsing Aperture Priority Mode When to Use Aperture Priority Mode-and Why How to Use Aperture Priority Mode Aperture Priority Mode PhotosUsing Manual Mode When to Use Manual Mode-and Why How to Use Manual Mode Manual Mode PhotosViewing Photos Photo Viewing Modes Why Use Different Viewing Modes? Using Standard Viewing Mode Viewing Photos in Other ModesStoring Photos in JPEG Format When to Use JPEG Format-and Why Selecting JPEG Size Settings Selecting Quality Settings Comparing JPEG Image Size and Quality SettingsStoring Photos in RAW Format When to Use RAW Format-and Why How to Use RAW Format RAW Format PhotosChapter 10 Improving ExposureWhy You Need This ChapterUsing Exposure Lock When to Use Exposure Lock-and Why How Exposure Lock Works How to Use Exposure Lock Before and After Exposure LockUsing EV Adjustment When to Use EV Adjustment-and Why How EV Adjustment Works How to Use EV Adjustment Before and After EV AdjustmentUsing Spot Metering When to Use Spot Metering Why Use Spot Metering? How to Use Spot Metering Before and After Spot MeteringUsing ISO Adjustments When to Use ISO Adjustments Why Use ISO Adjustments? How to Use ISO Adjustments Before and After ISO Adjustments Don't Use Too High an ISO SettingImproving Exposure in Histogram ViewChapter 11 Improving ColorWhy You Need This ChapterWhy Use White Balance Settings?How to Change White Balance SettingsUsing Daylight White Balance When to Use Daylight White Balance-and Why How to Use Daylight White Balance Before and After Daylight White Balance When to Use Incandescent White Balance-and Why How to Use Incandescent White Balance Before and After Incandescent White BalanceUsing Fluorescent White Balance When to Use Fluorescent White Balance-and Why How to Use Fluorescent White Balance Before and After Fluorescent White BalanceUsing Cloudy/Open Shade White Balance When to Use Cloudy/Open Shade White Balance-and Why How to Use Cloudy/Open Shade White Balance Comparing Daylight, Cloudy, and Open Shade White BalanceUsing Custom White Balance When to Use Custom White Balance-and Why How to Use Custom White Balance Before and After Custom White BalanceUsing Color Settings When to Use Color Settings-and Why How to Use Color Settings Color Settings ComparedChapter 12 Stopping ActionWhy You Need This ChapterShutter Speeds 101Avoiding Camera ShakeSelecting the "Right" Shutter Speed Candids and Portraits Sports and Action Water and Rain Ice and Snow Children Playing Amusement and Theme ParksSelective BlurPanningCapturing Peaks of ActionUsing Continuous Shooting/Burst ModeChapter 13 Using Electronic FlashWhy You Need This ChapterUsing Built-in Flash When to Use Built-in Flash Controlling Built-in Flash Why Use Built-in Flash? How to Use Built-in FlashUsing Fill Flash When to Use Fill Flash Why Use Fill Flash? How to Use Fill Flash Before and After Fill FlashUsing Add-on Flash How to Use Add-on FlashUsing Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options When to Use Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options Why Use Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options? How to Use Bounce, Swivel, and Diffuser Options Before and After Photos (Bounce, Swivel, Diffuser)Using Flash Exposure Compensation (EV) When to Use Flash Exposure Compensation Why Use Flash Exposure Compensation? How to Use Flash Exposure Compensation Before and After Flash Exposure CompensationChapter 14 Controlling What's in FocusWhy You Need This ChapterUnderstanding Depth of Field Using Tripod or Tripod Substitutes Using a Self TimerUsing Focus Lock When to Use Focus Lock How to Use Focus Lock Focus Lock PhotosUsing Different Autofocus Methods How to Use Face Detection How to Use Multiple Area Focus Selection Using User-Selectable Focusing Zones/Points Different Autofocus ModesControlling Focus with Aperture Selections When to Use Wide Apertures When to Use Narrow Apertures Selecting Apertures Wide Aperture (Selective Focus) Photos Narrow Aperture (Deep Focus) PhotosUsing Depth-of-Field Preview When to Use Depth-of-Field Preview How to Use Depth-of-Field PreviewUsing Manual Focus When to Use Manual Focus How to Use Manual FocusPreventing Camera Shake When to Use a Tripod or Tripod Substitute Using Tripod or Tripod Substitutes Using a Self TimerChapter 15 Using Zoom and Interchangeable LensesWhy You Need This ChapterZoom Lenses Zoom Ratios Optical Versus Digital Zoom Zoom Lenses with Variable AperturesUsing "Normal" Zoom LensesUsing Medium Zoom LensesUsing Long Zoom LensesShooting Portraits with Zoom LensesUsing Fast LensesShooting Ultra Close-ups in Macro ModeUsing Filters When to Use UV and Skylight Filters-and Why When to Use a Polarizing Filter-and Why When to Use Neutral Density (ND) Filters-and Why Adapting Filters to Your Point-and-Shoot CameraUsing Anti-Shake TechnologiesPart V: Appendixes (on the Book's Website)Appendix A: GlossaryAppendix B: FAQs 9780789739482 TOC 4/23/2009
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About Mark Edward Soper

Mark Edward Soper has been using adjustable cameras since 1971 and digital cameras since early this decade, for a total of more than 37 years as an enthusiastic and serious amateur photographer. Mr. Soper's when-why-how approach to photography, which combines picture-based methods (take a picture, change settings, see how the picture improves) with just enough photographic theory to help users understand why as well as what to change, has been tested through years of teaching photography to enthusiastic adults and senior adults, as well as by the hundreds of photographs he has taken for many of his books. Mark is the author and co-author of many other technology books, including Easy Digital Cameras and Unleashing Windows Vista Media Center, as well as books on corporate and home networking, PC upgrades, home automation, and PC troubleshooting.
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