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****Shoot Like a Pro!

Digital Photography Techniques

by Julie Adair King

Reviewed September 12, 2004.
McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003.  235 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (778.3 KIN).

This book was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for after I first bought my digital camera.  It was the first camera I had owned that allowed me to adjust shutter speed and aperture settings.  I had to read general photography books to figure out how they worked. 

This book combines general information about photography—such things as lighting, focusing, exposure, shutter speed, filters, and composition—with specific information about how these things translate to digital cameras.  It also explains what you can do to improve your pictures on the computer and which things are better to change after the fact.  This was precisely what I wanted to know as a new digital camera user.

By now, I had figured out most of the tips from one source or another, but it was still good to read a book with all the information in one place.  Too bad I didn’t read it a little sooner.  I had just ordered a polarizing filter to get bluer skies.  Then I read how to adjust sky color using Photoshop Elements.  Oh well, maybe I can use both techniques.

Most of the in-computer manipulation was demonstrated with Photoshop Elements, but the principles should apply to other photo software.  This is a great reference book and book of tips for digital camera users.

Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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