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  • Fast TrackTo

    Digital Photography

  • CreditsThe People Who Made This Book Possible

    EDITORIALAditya Kuber EditorGagan Gupta WriterRobert Sovereign-Smith Copy EditorRam Mohan Rao Copy EditorRenuka Rane Copy EditorMeera Vankipuram Writer

    DESIGN AND LAYOUTJayan K Narayanan Lead DesignerHarsho Mohan Chattoraj IllustratorVijay Padaya Layout ArtistSivalal S Layout ArtistAtul Deshmukh Design SupportMexy Xavier PhotographerJiten Gandhi PhotographerShyam Shriram Design SupportRohini Dalvi Coordinator

    Jasubhai Digital MediaPublished by Maulik Jasubhai on behalf of Jasubhai DigitalMedia. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in aretrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any meanswithout the prior written permission of the publisher.

    March 2005Free with Digit. Not be sold separately. If you have paidseparately for this book, please send a mail along with details of location ofpurchase for appropriate action.

  • WHEN WE FIRST decided to publish a book with every issue ofDigit, and then later decided that the first book would be ondigital photography, I must admit I was a bit apprehensive. A200-page on digital photography? Would readers love it? Wouldwe be able to give great content that will justify this effort?

    But when I finally saw the book, I knew we are onto a bigthing. Coming out with a book this in-depth not only takessuperhuman effort, it also means every single person from theteam contributing to this Herculean task. Books normally takemonths to publish; Digit managed it in three weeks, the exacttime we get to publish a magazine, put all the great software onto the DVD and on the CD.

    This book works at different levels-for the novice to theintermediate user to the expert. As a professional photographer,took me back to the days while I was still grappling with thefundamentals of photography.

    This book is not just about the technology behind digitalcameras, it is also equally about photography. Interestingly, forthe reader, the structure of the book is like an opera. It begins atthe basics, then gradually takes the reader to successive steps tounderstanding digital cameras and photography, reaching acrescendo with all the wonderful things you could ever do with adigital camera.

    Admittedly, this book won't make a great photographer ofanyone-that would ultimately depend on how dedicated a personis towards the craft. However, Fast Track to Digital Photographywill create a whole new generation of users, who would be ableto utilise this knowledge to attempt better pictures than before.They would also be able to share better, edit better, print better.

    I hope you love the first issue of Fast Track.

    Mexy XavierPhotographer, Digit



    Digital photography is here to stay. In its early days, puristsquestioned whether this was the real thing and were evenready to write it off. But relentless development and

    evolution has meant that digital cameras have become householdgadgets that everyone feels is a must-have.

    Digital cameras and photography did come at a price, though.While they cut down on recurring costs, they also necessitated thepresence of a computer at your premise adding to the investment.But the argument that almost every home would anyways have acomputer has helped speed up the popularity of these gadgets.

    Digital cameras have gone through their evolution cycle andhave had their technological ups and downs. The industry has nowmore or less settled on the base technology and the entry-levelspecifications. While this process has taken a good decade, it hasstill been much faster that the two centuries it took forconventional photography to reach a benchmark.

    Digital photography brings with it various advantages anddisadvantages. The advantages are in the form of speed, qualityand ease of use while the disadvantages are in the form of lack ofreliability and high initial investment. But these disadvantagesare slowly being relegated to the perceived category rather thanthe actual ones. It is therefore natural that almost all of us wouldlike to make use of the advantages

    Which brings us to this book Thanks to our readers whobelong to different backgrounds and strata of society, we have ourpulse on what it is they have and what it is they want. It is aninteresting fact therefore, that a large number of Indians own adigital camera but not too many are aware of its capabilities or thepossibilities that digital imaging offers.

    Through this book, we aim to dispel many a myth that has kepta lot of digital camera owners away from exploiting the truepotential of their cameras and educate those who did not know

    The Future Of Photography Is Here

  • where to go for the most basic of information regarding digitalphotography and its possibilities.

    You will find most of the information you wanted to haveabout digital photography and some important (though seeminglyinnocuous) tips and hints throughout the book.

    While the book has been confined to address the beginners,there is much more to digital photography. Basic informationabout understanding your camera, the accessories with it,transferring photos, basic editing and organising and sharing yourphotos has been dealt with extensively in the book.

    But digital photography is more than just shooting ortransferring. Digital imaging encompasses image manipulationand is fast being recognised as a new age means of expression. Atthe end of the day, its the same as with any art formwhat youcan do is limited only by your dedication or your imagination.

    So there is also a section on Tools that gives you theinformation on some of the best software there is and the betterWeb sites for learning, and a host of books that can enhance yourknowledge and fuel your passion for photography further.

    Thanks to digital photography, the time may have come thatthe average Indian could document his whole life and not just fewevents. We hope this book gives you the inspiration to do so andsets you off on a quest to capture all things beautiful.

    Happy Shooting.



    ContentsPart 1 Getting Started and Shooting Page No.

    Chapter 1.1 Why digital photography? 18Yes, why? Find out.

    Chapter 1.2 Digital versus conventional photography 19Is digital photography really better?

    Chapter 1.3 Selecting a digital camera 26Which digital camera is right for you?

    Chapter 1.4 Know your camera 30What all does your camera have?

    Chapter 1.5 Setting up your digital camera 35What additions should you invest in?

    Chapter 1.6 Accessories for your digital camera 37Dont just aim-and-shoot. Know what you are doing

    Chapter 1.7 Basics of composition/photography 39Things to watch out for and some DOs and DONTs

    Chapter 1.8 Viewing and transferring images 42Its time to get those images on your computer

    Part 2 Editing and Enhancing Your Digital Photos Page No.

    Chapter 2.1 Introduction to Photoshop 44The basics of Photoshop explained

    Chapter 2.2 Manipulating Image Attributes 48Making basic changes to your images

    Chapter 2.3 Fixing Common Image Problems 54Freeing your image of the basic problems

    Chapter 2.4 Fun and Games 60More than just cleaning and adjustingget creative


    Part 3 Sharing and Organising your digital photos Page No.

    Chapter 3.1 Organise your digital photos 64Specialised software that make organising piles of photographs a breeze

    Chapter 3.2 Printing your digital photos 69The good old-fashioned way of sharing your photos

    Chapter 3.3 Sharing your photos online 71Create a website or upload to an online album

    Part 4 Special Projects Page No.

    Chapter 4.1 Shooting for the Internet 76There are ways you can save time and effort by shooting specially for the Internet

    Chapter 4.2 Shooting your travels 78Do more than just document your adventures

    Chapter 4.3 Restoring photographs 80Have some old photos that have been worn down by time? Now you can bring them back to life

    Chapter 4.4 Your autobiography in photos 82Create a photographic story of your life

    Chapter 4.5 Low-light photography 83Nighttime does not mean you pack up your camera and call it a day... the night presents great opportunities for the roving eye

    Chapter 4.6 Shooting children 87The apple of your eye... the light of your life... make him the star of your photos

    Chapter 4.7 Nature Photography 90The great outdoors beckon... do you have itin you to rough it?


    Part 5 Tips and Tricks Page No.

    A collection of a wide range of tips and tricks to help you enhance 120your photographic skills. Some of the featured tips include:Recovering lost photosScanning old photos and digitising themShooting fireworksUsing flash modesCreating slideshows and screensaversShooting SilhouettesCaring for your camera and accessories

    Part 6 Tools Page No.

    Chapter 6.1 Books 00A wide range of reading material collected justfor you. These books deal with a variety of topicssome in-depth, some for beginners and some just for fun

    Chapter 6.2 Software 00Over 20 pages of the best software for imaging.Everything from organising software to ones thatcreate calendars, slideshows, and presentationsto even the top-of-the-line photo editing software

    Chapter 6.3 Websites 00The Internet is an endless pool of resource andwe dip into it to bring you some of the best fromthis pool. From sites that present reviews to thoseoffering courses, our list has it all

    Part 7 Glossary Page No.

    You no longer need to ask What does that mean? Presenting the jargonbuster that clears any doubts you ever had

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