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Shooting Great Digital Photos For Dummies, Pocket Edition von Justice Hinton, Mark (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 03.12.2010
  • Verlag: For Dummies
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Shooting Great Digital Photos For Dummies, Pocket Edition

Mark Justice Hinton is author of Digital Photography For Seniors For Dummies and Windows 7 For Seniors For Dummies. Barbara Obermeier is author of Digital Photography Just the Steps For Dummies and Photoshop Elements 7 For Dummies.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 144
    Erscheinungsdatum: 03.12.2010
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781118037829
    Verlag: For Dummies
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Shooting Great Digital Photos For Dummies, Pocket Edition

Chapter 1

Fast and Easy Picture Taking

In This Chapter

Getting good-quality images

Examining your camera's preset modes

Finding the best light for your subject

Having some fun with your camera

Checking out the photos you've just taken

With camera in hand, you're ready to shoot. In this chapter, you learn enough to jump into using your camera with confidence. Before your first shot, set the image quality and get a sense of your camera's many automatic modes. Check out a few tips about light - photography is all about light and dark. And then take some fun shots before you review the photos on your camera's LCD.

Because of differences between camera makes and models, some setting names and locations may be different from what you find here. Be sure to have your camera's user manual handy, and remember that nothing beats getting out there and running your camera through its paces. Try every setting, take a shot, and see what happens: That's really the only way to truly feel comfortable with your camera.

Setting Image Quality

You want to take great photos, so make sure your camera is working with you. Set the image quality to yield the best photos and to give you maximum flexibility in editing and printing.

Image quality can be affected by two different settings: resolution and file format. For maximum flexibility after you've taken a photo, you want the highest resolution your camera is capable of, although that does produce the largest files. That means fewer photos will fit on your memory card. So you need to find a balance between resolution and file size. Use your camera's setup menu to see what options are available.

Figure 1-1 shows a sample Image Quality menu with quality options listed from highest to lowest (top to bottom) - and, in effect, file size from largest to smallest.

Figure 1-1: Choose a setting from the image quality menu.

You camera is likely to support the following three file formats:

JPEG/JPG: This is the most widely used format for photographs. After all, JPEG originates with the Joint Photographic Experts Group. JPEG is designed to compress images in a very clever way by calculating what information you won't miss. JPEG compression varies by percentage, although most cameras don't specify a percentage. In Figure 1-1, notice the two options: JPEG Fine (which uses little or no compression) and JPEG Basic (which uses greater compression but probably still results in adequate quality except for the highest grade and largest prints). In between the two in size and quality is JPEG Normal.

If file size isn't an issue, you want JPEG with the least compression. On the menu shown in Figure 1-1, for example, you would choose JPEG Fine.

TIFF/TIF: This tagged image file format is an old format originally used for scanned images. There are variations on TIFF, including some with compression, but it is usually a lossless file type - no data is removed during compression - and files are large, which results in higher-quality images but fewer photos per memory card.

RAW: This is the newest format and can vary among cameras. The goal of RAW is to capture more information - everything the image sensor sees. RAW might include additional copies of the image with different exposures or formats, such as RAW + JPEG.

So, is RAW best and JPEG worst? Not necessarily. Remember that you will be viewing these pictures on your computer, attaching them to e-mail, uploading them to the Web, and ed

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