TechTV's Digital Camera and Imaging Guide

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TechTV's Digital Camera and Imaging Guide is a complete resource to use before and after buying a digital camera. You'll get expert advice from Les Freed, a PC Magazine editor who writes reviews on the newest consumer digital cameras and compatible software and hardware. This guide covers choosing the right camera, hardware, software, and Web resources, and shows how to capture, edit, store, and share images easily and with no previous photography experience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 188 x 231.1 x 22.4mm | 616.9g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 0789726394
  • 9780789726391

Table of contents


1. Going Digital.

Why Digital Is Different. The Competition: Film. How the Digital Imaging Process Works. Do You Need a Digital Camera? Getting Started: What You Need. Film Versus Digital. A Quick Tour of a Digital Camera. Sumi's Snapshot.

2. Which Camera to Buy?

P&S or SLR? Points of Comparison. A Quick Tour of Three P&S Cameras. A Quick Tour of Two SLR Cameras. Virtual SLRs. How to Buy a Camera. Sumi's Snapshot.

3. How Many Pixels Are Enough?

Counting Pixels. Is More Always Better? How Film Works. Where Do Pixels Come From? Sensor Size. What's Coming Next? Sumi's Snapshot.

4. Storage and Connection Options.

Storage Media. Connecting Your Camera to Your PC. External Card Readers. Sumi's Snapshot.

5. All About Lenses.

Lens Basics. Zoom Lenses. Which Focal Length to Use? Close Focusing (Macro) Lenses. Common Lens Faults. Sumi's Snapshot.

6. Essential Accessories.

Add-On Lenses. Filters. Batteries and Chargers. Off-Camera Flash Units. Camera Supports. Sumi's Snapshot.

7. Exposure Basics.

Exposure-What's the Big Deal? Determining Correct Exposure. Automatic Exposure Modes. Sumi's Snapshot.

8. Camera Features.

Framing and Focusing Features. Exposure Features and Controls. Flash Controls. Shooting Controls. Playback Features. Sumi's Snapshot.


9. Inkjet Printers.

Inkjet Dominance. How Inkjets Work. All About Ink. Software Features. Sumi's Snapshot.

10. Dye-Sublimation Printers.

What Is Dye Sublimation? How Dye-Sub Printers Work. Dye-Sub Printers Pros and Cons. A Tour of Two Printers. Sumi's Snapshot.

11. Sharing Printers with Windows.

Peer Networking in a Page or Two. Sharing Printers on a Windows Network. Using a Dedicated Print Server. Sumi's Snapshot.

12. Sharing Printers on a Macintosh Network.

Networking Your Macs. Sharing Mac Printers. Sumi's Snapshot.


13. How to Take Great Pictures.

What Makes a Good Picture Good. What Makes a Bad Picture Bad. Taking Better Pictures. Sumi's Snapshot.

14. Difficult Pictures Made Easy.

Portraits. Scenic and Travel Photos. Building Interiors. Telephoto Close-ups. Photographing Small Objects. Nighttime Photos. Technique Checklist: Nighttime Pictures. Action Photos.

15. Moving Beyond Snapshots.

Rule #1: There Are No Rules. Rule #2: Keep It Simple. Rule #3: Place the Main Subject Off-Center. Rule #4: Include the Foreground in Scenic Shots. Rule #5: Use a Frame. Rule #6: Use Lines and Patterns. Rule #7: Use the Horizon to Indicate Scale.

16. Digital Images from Film.

Analog Film in a Digital World. Why Film? Choosing a Film Scanner. Sumi's Snapshot.


17. Preparing Your Computer for Digital Imaging.

How Fast Is Fast Enough? All About CD-R Drives. Color Calibration. Sumi's Snapshot.

18. Imaging Software--What Can It Do?

Mac or PC? Editing and Manipulating Images. Sumi's Snapshot.

19. Printing Your Images.

It Looks So Easy.... Image Size and the Printed Page. Another Problem: Color Matching. Putting the Right Ink on the Right Paper. Software: Choosing the Right Tool. Sumi's Snapshot.

20. Outsourcing Your Printing.

Why Outsource? Your Local Photofinisher. Online Photofinishing. A Tour of Ofoto. Sumi's Snapshot.


21. Organizing and Protecting Your Digital Images.

Organizing Your Images. Saving Your Images on CD-ROMs. Sumi's Snapshot.

22. Sharing Your Pictures on the Web.

Sharing Your Pictures on the Web. Sumi's Snapshot.


23. Digital Imaging Resources on the Web.

Camera Reviews. Discussion Forums. Photography Basics. Camera Manufacturers/Importers.

Appendix A. A Tour of TechTV.

Audience. Web Site. International. Tech Live Quick Facts. Network Program Guide.

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About Les Freed

Les Freed is a writer and photographer based in Southwest Florida. Les writes on a broad range of technology topics, including digital imaging, computer networking, and the Internet. Les has been a contributing editor at PC Magazine since 1994 and a frequent contributor since 1990.

Les' other Que books include How Networks Work and Practical Network Cabling, both co-authored with longtime collaborator Frank Derfler. Les and Frank shared the 1993 Computer Press Association award for Best How-To Book for How Networks Work, still in print in its 5th edition.

Before joining PC Magazine, Les was founder and CEO of Crosstalk Communications, developers of the popular Crosstalk data communications program for PCs?back in the days before the Internet made communications software obsolete.

Prior to founding Crosstalk, Les was a Senior Technician and Videotape Editor at CBS News from 1976 to 1981 and a cameraman and News Editor at WTVJ-TV in Miami from 1972 to 1976. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1974 with a B.A. in Electronic Journalism.

Sumi Das, host of TechTV's Fresh Gear, shows viewers each week the best and brightest technology available in the market, covering what's new, what works, as well as offering recommendations on what and what not to buy. She also gives viewers a glimpse into the future by exploring emerging technologies that are still in the research and development phases. Das has been an on-air host since 1998, endearing herself to TechTV viewers as one of the network's leading ladies through her charming, accessible approach to intricate technology subjects.

TechTV is the only cable television channel covering technology news, information, and entertainment from a consumer, industry, and market perspective 24 hours a day. From industry news to product reviews, tech stocks to tech support, TechTV's programming keeps the wired world informed and entertained. TechTV is one of the fastest-growing cable networks, currently available in millions of households and distributing content to 70 countries around the world. Check your local television listings for TechTV.
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