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Photograph Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: For Dummies® Helps Photographers Capture Memories

The holiday season is known for many things, including great food, festive decorations, merry music, and (let’s face it) millions of photos. It makes sense—families and friends make a point to get together despite the miles that may separate them throughout the year, and on top of that, there are so many special holiday scenes and events to capture. Unfortunately, many an amateur shutterbug has been disappointed by the results of those snaps: dark, unfocused, blurry, or just unflattering pictures.

If this sounds familiar, For Dummies is here to help. You don’t have to worry about a shot with your family shrouded in shadow because the Christmas tree lights behind them were too bright, or being left with only fuzzy photos of your children’s school pageant. The popular series has rounded up several photography experts to help you develop professional-quality holiday pictures, no matter who—or what—is on the other side of the lens.

With Digital Photography For Dummies®, 6th Edition (Wiley, November 2008, ISBN: 978-0-470-25074-7, $24.99), Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies® (Wiley, November 2010, ISBN: 978-0-470-64763-9, $29.99), Dog Photography For Dummies® (Wiley, October 2011, ISBN: 978-1-1180-7775-7, $24.99), and Digital Scrapbooking For Dummies® (Wiley, October 2005, ISBN: 978-0-7645-8419-0, $19.99), you’ll look back on this holiday season with all of your favorite memories perfectly preserved.

Whether you’re hoping for a frameable portrait of the whole extended family, a record of your children’s faces on Christmas morning, or a scrapbook you can enjoy the whole year round, make sure these books are in your stocking.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll see when you look through the For Dummies lens this holiday season:

Digital Photography For Dummies, 6th Edition will de-mystify your digital camera. Written by experts Julie Adair King and Serge Timacheff, this comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide will bring digital photography into focus for beginners, and will help more experienced photographers hone their skills. You’ll learn how to:

  • Set up your camera for basic shooting and learn to use automatic mode, common scene modes, and all the camera’s features
  • Compose your photos for better pictures
  • Edit your images and fix common problems like dim photos and red-eye
  • Easily transfer your pictures to the computer, print them, or distribute them electronically
  • Decide if your camera needs updating, what equipment you need, and what your digital darkroom should have.

Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies is—quite simply—illuminating. As Chairman of the Photography Programs at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, author Dirk Fletcher has the know-how to make sure that holiday lights enhance your pictures instead of competing with them. This volume:

  • Explains the different kinds of lighting that different situations require and guides you through changing the settings on your camera
  • Shows you how to set up equipment to capture the photograph you want with the proper amount of light and shadow
  • Offers information on the latest lighting equipment and accessories
  • Includes techniques and skills used by film photographers like David Bailey, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz

Dog Photography For Dummies will help you capture your canine’s personality with every click. For many dog owners, Fido is a member of the family—so it stands to reason you’ll want to snap some formal and informal holiday portraits. Authors Kim Rodgers and Sarah Sypniewski, co-founders of Bark Pet Photography, a Los Angeles–based pet photography business with a mission of giving back to local animal rescue organizations, pool their expertise for the benefit of dog lovers everywhere. The book includes:

  • Detailed discussions of color versus black-and-white, indoors versus outdoors, composition, and capturing movement
  • Advice on how to get a dog to sit still
  • Considerations for photographing a shy dog who is scared of the camera
  • Guidance on making the most of natural light
  • Tips for photographing dogs with black (or dark) coats
  • How to photograph people and dogs together

Scrapbooking For Dummies is your complete guide to showcasing your favorite memories. Written by mother-and-daughter scrapbooking power team Jeanne Wines-Reed and Joan Wines, this guide will help you to creatively preserve your beloved holiday moments. It fills you in on how to:

  • Create a digital layout from scratch
  • Select the best software
  • Use popular scrapbook styles
  • Digitize traditional photos
  • Get the kids involved
  • Share your scrapbook online

With these For Dummies volumes under your tree, you’ll never be dissatisfied with your holiday pictures again. Get ready to remember this year’s gatherings and events in crystal-clear digital detail!