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Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter: Get Professional Quality Photos with Your Compact Camera

ISBN: 978-0-470-56507-0
256 pages
January 2010
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Top photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon shares his best tips and tricks for getting high-quality images with your point-and-shoot camera

Prolific author and renowned photographer Rick Sammon shares essential tips, tricks, and advice from years of vast and unique photography experiences. Packed with pointers and helpful hints, this handy, full-color guide can travel with you on your journeys for getting stunning photographs taken with point-and-shoot cameras. You'll learn how to capture proper exposure, create depth of field, use the appropriate flash settings, and much more.

More than 100 techniques show you how to improve your compact camera skills and hundreds of lavish photos serve to motivate and inspire you. Aim your sights at taking stunning photos with this helpful guide by your side!

  • Top industry expert, Canon Explorer of Light, and bestselling author Rick Sammon shares invaluable advice for taking amazing photos with a point-and-shoot camera
  • Explains how to capture proper exposure, create depth of field, use the appropriate flash settings, and more, all using your point-and-shoot camera
  • Boasts hundreds of beautiful photos with accompanying explanations as to the various techniques Sammon used to get a specific shot
  • Motivates and inspires you to improve your compact camera skills to a whole new leve

You'll be grateful for the amazing advice Rick Sammon confesses in Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter.

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Forward: Full-Featured Compact Digital Cameras (Rob Sheppard).

Preface: Compact Camera Photo Gallery; Believe It or Not.

Introduction:Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter.

Confession.

Keep It Clean.

See the Diff erence?

Noise.

Lens Appeal.

Check It Out.

Uh-Oh.

Th e Rescue.

Plug In for Fun.

Save As ... What?

Compact Shooter's Gear Bag.

A Heavier Load.

Part I:Compact Camera, Pro Results.

People Pictures.

Animals.

Landscapes and City Scenes.

Snow and Nature.

Pro Studio.

Tell a Story with Pictures.

Th e Answers.

Part II:What Your Compact Camera Can and Can't Do.

Image Quality.

Digital Noise Diff erence.

Getting Close to a Subject.

Sunsets—and More on Subject Size.

Maximum Wide-Angle View.

Close-ups.

Action Sequences.

Shutter Lag.

More on Shutter Lag.

Always Ready for Fun.

On-the-Spot Creativity.

Know Your Camera.

Good News.

Part III:Top Tips for Great Digital Pix.

An Interesting Subject is Key.

Go for Good Composition.

Pick an Interesting Vantage Point.

Focus on Auto Focusing.

Fine-Tune Your Exposures.

Be Aware of the Background.

See the Light.

Create a Sense of Depth.

Control the Light On-Site.

Check Your Exposures.

Check Your Camera Settings.

Watch for Lens Flare.

Subtle Lens Flare.

Use Your Radar.

Dead Center is Deadly.

See Eye to Eye.

When You Th ink You Are Close Enough, Move Closer.

When You Th ink You Are Done Shooting, Keep Shooting.

Always Look Up, Always Look Down.

Th e Name of the Game is to Fill the Frame.

Don't Forget the Details.

Frame It.

Don't Just Stand There.

Do It In the Digital Darkroom.

Look for Pictures within A Picture.

Be Ready for Fun … and the Not So Fun.

RAW Rules.

Make Pictures, Don't Just Take Pictures.

Always Carry a Camera.

Don’t Get Stuck.

All Together Now.

Develop Understanding.

Part IV:Light: The Main Subject in Every Photograph.

What Our Eyes See vs. What Our Cameras See.

Scene Brightness and ISO Settings.

Photographing People Indoors in Low Light.

Reducing and Increasing the Light.

More on Increasing the Light.

Contrast and Outdoor People Pictures.

Diff user in Action.

Contrast in Scenic Pictures.

Th e Color of Light.

Th e Direction of Light.

Th e Quality of Light.

Finding the Light: Part I.

Finding the Light: Part II.

Controlling the Movement of Light.

Part V:Understanding ISO.

Bright Light and Low Light Settings.

Digital Noise Degrades Image Quality.

Set Higher ISO to Stop Action.

Increase ISO to Stop Your Movement.

Lower ISO to Blur Subject Movement .

Part VI:Get the Best Image Quality: RAW and JPEG.

When RAW Rules.

When JPEGs are Okay.

Settings for JPEG Image Quality/Compression.

Th e Importance of Seeing the Light.

RAW Really Rules with Panoramas.

Part VII:A Case for White Balance.

Individual White Balance Settings.

Auto White Balance.

When White Balance Goes Wrong.

When the Wrong White Balance Can Actually be Right.

Correcting White Balance in Camera RAW.

Part VIII:Flash Settings: On, Off and Partial.

Sunny Day Flash Shots.

Fill Flash Outdoors In the Shade.

Add Just a Touch of Flash.

When Flash May Not Be a Good Idea.

Adding an Accessory Flash.

Part IX:The Zoom Lens Advantage.

Closer or Wider, It's Your Choice.

Compose Creatively.

Blur the Background.

Blur the Background by Changing Position.

Cool Close-Ups.

Part X:Setting the Mode.

Fully Automatic Modes.

Full Auto Mode.

Portrait Mode.

Sports Mode.

Landscape Mode.

Close-up Mode.

Night Portrait Mode.

Flash-Off Mode.

Creative Exposure Modes.

Program Mode.

Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode.

Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode.

Manual Exposure (M) Mode.

Exposure Bracketing.

Metering Modes.

Average.

Center-Weighted Average Metering .

Spot Metering.

Focus Modes.

One-Shot.

Focus Lock.

Focus Tracking.

Manual.

Drive Modes.

Single Frame Advance.

Rapid Frame Advance.

Self-Timer.

Part XI:The Wonders of Infrared Imaging.

From Drab to Fab.

Black-and-White IR.

Have Fun with Filters, Too!

Seeing in IR.

Panos in IR.

Part XII:Photoshop Elements Confessions.

#1: Quick Look at the Quick Mode.

#2: Th e Full Mode is Full-Featured.

#3: Save a Copy.

#4: Crop Creatively.

#5: Love Th ose Adjustment Layers.

#6: Th e Touch of a Brush.

#7: A Look at Levels.

#8: Brightness/Contrast Basics.

#9: See What Hue/Saturation Can Do For You.

#10: Th e Super Shadow/Highlight Control.

#11: Select Your Selections Carefully.

#12: Do It with the Dodge/Burn/Sponge Tool.

#13: Resize the Right Way.

#14: Check-out Canvas Size.

#15: Heal With the Spot Healing Brush.

#16: Copy and Fix with the Clone Stamp Tool.

#17: Wow ‘em With Black-and-White Images.

#18: Have Fun with Effects.

#19: Play With Plug-ins.

#20: Sharpen As Th e Final Step.

#21: Reward of RAW Files.

Part XIII:Expand Your Vision with HDR Imaging.

Take at Least Th ree Shots.

Generate HDR.

Do It with Details Enhancer.

Th e Fun Never Stops.

Take HDR Inside, Too.

Part XIV:Shooting Panoramas.

Getting Started.

Pano from Adobe Bridge.

Shoot Verticals.

More Fun Awaits You.

Expect Surprises, Too.

A Truly Amazing Match.

Shooting Panos in a Tight Spot.

Experiment with Layouts.

Expect to Crop.

Part XV:HDR + Panos + Way-Cool Imaging Fun.

Shooting for an HDR Pano.

Generate an HDR Image for Each Set of Images.

Enter Photoshop Elements.

Play in Photoshop Elements.

Part XVI:Make a Better Print.

Shoot it Right.

Calibrate your Monitor.

Adjust your Photo.

Size your Photo for Printing.

Sharpen your Photo.

Working with the Printer.

Test your Print.

Index.

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Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, conducts photography workshops each year, documenting his travels with photos from such divergent locales as the Arctic, New Guinea, Botswana, and the Galapagos. He has written hundreds of articles and more than 30 books, including Rick Sammon's Digital Photography Secrets (Wiley).
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