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  • May 22, 2004
Are you a digital photographer who is always looking to try something different or learn a new technique for your shooting? If so, you'll like Digital Photography Hacks by Derrick Story (O'Reilly). Like all Hacks titles, the book is made up of 100 ideas or techniques that you can use to do something different or unusual. The hacks fall into the following chapter areas:

Digital Camera Attachments; Daytime Photo Secrets; Nighttime Photo Hacks; Magic With Flash; The Computer Connection; Photoshop Magic; Camera-Phone Tricks; Weekend Photo Projects

The thing I like most about the Hacks series is that if you don't like or can't use one tip, the next one may be exactly what you have been searching for. And this book is no different. To get the absolute most out of the material, you should have a digital SLR or a high-end digital camera that gives you a wide range of control over shutter speeds and aperture settings. You should also have a copy of Photoshop CS, as that tool will allow you to do everything in the PS hacks chapter. But even if you only have a good consumer level digital camera, you'll be able to try out some tricks you may never have thought about.

I particularly enjoyed the hacks on nighttime photography and panoramic techniques. I've always loved the vividness and colors of great night scenes, and there are some great ideas on how to capture those elements. There are also some cool tips for using longer shutter speeds to get light movement effects, such as head and tail lights of cars. As for panoramic photography, I've seen it but never knew how it was done. This book shows you how it works and how best to line up your shots for that type of shooting.

Very good book, great ideas, and you'll enjoy looking at your photography in new and unusual ways.

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This book from the O'Reilly hack series differs from the other in that it has color images. Since there are colored images, the headers are blue instead of traditional black and that's why the book costs a tad more than the other Hacks books. The landscape photos are spectacular.The first series of hacks covers tripods, travel-sized to one made for a bike. As expected, learn how to capture magic with flash and take professional portraits with a two flash-setup.The hacks aren't just hardware-related. …
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Your digital camera is more than new incarnation of your old film camera. Yes, it still produces photos, but it also offers new outlets for creativity, including instant gratification of seeing your photos now, the ability to experiment without worrying about expense, the technology to fine-tune your photos with advanced professional techniques, and the means to share your work instantaneously with anyone, anyplace in the world. It's no wonder that digital cameras are outselling traditional cameras for the first time ever. But the question most digital camera users ask is this, "How do I get from taking 'decent' photos to doing the things I'd really like to do? How do I tap into that potential?"

Digital Photography Hacks is your passport to taking the kind of digital photos you've always aspired to. Written by Derrick Story, photographer and author of Digital Photography Pocket Guide and other books, it goes beyond the standard fare of most digital photography books--such as camera basics, understanding memory cards, and when to use a flash--to the things that professional photographers have learned through thousands of shots' worth of experience, years of experimentation, and fiddling and hacking. The book includes a foreword by photographer Rick Smolan, author of America 24/7.

With exquisite, full-color photos throughout, the book presents a collection of tips, tricks, and techniques for photographers ready to move beyond the basics. And if you don't have the latest in ...

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ISBN-10: 0596006667
ISBN-13: 978-0596006662
Author: Derrick Story
Publisher: O'Reilly Media

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