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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Foolish Assumptions
Conventions Used in This Book
What You Don’t Have to Read
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: The Art of a Digital Picture
Part II: The Photo Shoot
Part IV: The Final Output: Gallery-Worthy Prints
Part V: The Part of Tens
On the Web site
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Defining Digital Art Photography
Mastering Five Steps to Creating a Gallery-ready Art Print
1) Define yourself, your subject matter, and your audience
2) Master your craft and hone your photographic skills
3) The trek from camera to computer
5) Frame your masterpiece
Composing an Art Photograph
Simplicity
Balance
Rule of Thirds
All about light, shadows, and shades
Recognizing lines, shapes, and forms
Subject placement
Deciphering color
Understanding positive and negative space
Foreground, background, and depth of field
Perspective
In-camera cropping and framing
The Digital Path
Film versus Digital
Digital Camera 101
Digital camera types
How digital cameras work
The whole megapixel (MP) thing
Lenses
Settings
Batteries
Supports
Memory and removable storage media
Getting a Digital Image from Camera to Computer
Resolving Resolution Issues
Understanding File Types
JPEG
TIFF
Exploring Your Computer
Storage space
Monitors
Calibration
Go-getter graphics add-ons
Choosing a platform
Choosing a Printer and Paper for the Results You Want
Finding a printer that’s right for your work
Paper and friends: Selecting the best medium for your prints
Finding the right image size for your print
Exploring the Ins and Outs of Scanners
Choosing a scanner
Configuring your scanner
Defining Yourself as a Photographer
Shoot what you like
Study the masters
Right-brain, left-brain
All a matter of perspective
Presentation
Shooting with Natural Light
Proper exposure
Using auto settings when shooting outdoors
Using manual settings for creative control
Common Outdoor Lighting Situations
Creating a vivid shot with your back to the sun
Facing the sun
Avoiding and exploiting shadows
Shooting at noon, dusk, and dawn
Shooting glare on water, ice, and snow
Weather and atmosphere
Augmenting Natural Light
Intentional blur
Taming available bright light
Taking advantage of color imbalance
Augmenting Indoor Light
Comparing shooting with and without flash
Combining indoor and outdoor light
Using whiteboards
Adding extra light sources; studio set up
Shooting Indoors with Flash
Photographing People
Traditional posed portraits
Candid portraits
Capturing portraits of inanimate objects
Wildlife Portraiture
Pet Portraiture
Discovering How Light Makes Color
Positioning yourself and your camera
Using complementary and contrasting colors
How Your Camera Interprets Light and Color
Setting ISO speed for maximum color
Setting white balance
Using an f-stop to Enhance Color
Advanced Color Techniques
Underexposing your photo to enhance color
Shooting colors in the shade
Color and the atmosphere
Why Shoot in Black-and-White?
A brief B&W perspective
Shooting architecture
Shooting portraits
Shooting for journalism
Capturing Black and White
Creating a B&W image
Manipulating a color image to become B&W
Getting the best quality image
Understanding the 256 shades of gray
Defining highlights, midtones, and shadows
Taking a Shot in the Dark
Creating a blur-free, flashless night photo
Seek nighttime landscapes
Seek out shadows and weather
Playing with Light
Come Get ’Yer Effects Here!
Double exposures
Panoramic shots
Zooming while shooting
Intentional lack of focus
Intentional underexposure/overexposure
Making flowing water turn to silk
Using Automatic Adjustments to Refresh Older Prints
Using Manual Adjustments for Fine-Tuning
Dodge
Burn tool
Smart Sharpen/Unsharp Mask commands
Sponge tool
Blur tool
Color Balance
Removing a horrible shadow
Healing Damaged Photos
Making the Corrections
Tweaking Color in the Digital World
Enhancing Sepia and Other Tones
Preserving Detail
Making an Image Whole Again with Photomerge
Seamlessly Introducing Backgrounds in Photographs
Creating Art Photos through Symmetry
Using Layers in Photoshop
Feathering
Creating a simple two-layer project
Creating a More Complex Layer Project
Photoshop Filter Effects
Constructing a Composite à la Warhol Using Photoshop Filters
Making a Background for Your Images
Transferring an Image from Your Camera to Your Computer
Are Raw Files a Raw Deal?
Understanding the Relationship between File Type and File Size
Creating a Web Gallery in Photoshop
Interpolation
Resampling an image
Changing resolution without resampling
Discovering Proofs and Printing the Final Product
Preparing for Output
Making a Contact Sheet
Previewing Your Print
Takin’ It to the Mats
Comparing mat options
Cutting your own mats
Creating a mat in Photoshop
The Great Frame-Up
Buying retail
Buying online; finding Internet deals
Buying for the bargain
Putting Together the Frame
The Part of Tens
Create with Classic Lines and Colors
Start with a Good Camera
Exploit the Right Light for Your Photo
Keep It Small and Spectacular
Balance Items Onscreen and on Paper
Organize Your Photos into Sets by Themes
Know the Art Techniques of Thine Masters
Create a Story or Message
Capture the Unexpected or Unreal
Always Have Your Camera with You
Overexpose and Underexpose
Emulate the Masters
Shoot on a Cloudy Day
Create a Matching Background
Meld Layers to Create Motion
Build Your Archive of Backgrounds
Don’t Overdo Effect(s)
Use the Edit➪Fade Command
Keep Your Image in High Res on All Platforms
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Digital Art Photography For Dummies

Digital Art Photography For Dummies

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So you’ve made the jump to digital photography and you’re having a ball with your new camera, right? Now, you’re wondering just what it would take to make your photos a little more than just snapshots. Well, Digital Art Photography For Dummies is a great place to find out!

You’ll not only discover great new ideas, you’ll see the effects in full color. This book will help you

Get fabulous, well-exposed photos, no matter what your shooting conditions may be Tweak, edit, and enhance your images to create something a lot better than what you started with, or maybe something entirely new Produce gallery-worthy art prints that people are willing to pay for Find out if it’s time to upgrade your computer to handle graphics work

Sound like fun? This plain-English guide makes it easy, too! You’ll find out just what makes a picture artistic, how to plan and set up a good photo shoot, what kinds of tools are available in Photoshop to help you enhance or even completely revamp an image, and how to be sure that what comes out of your printer meets all your expectations.   Best of all, this book is jam-packed with full-color images that show you just what you can produce. You’ll find out how to

Select the right digital equipment Shoot in color, black-and-white, and at night Choose subject matter that fits your style Understand and use your camera’s settings to get the best shots Photograph landscapes, people, action, and just about anything else Create special effects in Photoshop Improve the quality of your photos or turn them into true works of art Mat and frame your work for maximum effect

If you’re comfortable with your digital camera but want to find out more about creating cool effects in Photoshop, you can jump directly to Part III and discover tips and techniques that turn ordinary pictures into extraordinary art. Or maybe you’ve been trying to get better nighttime photos. Part II is all about setting up your equipment and getting the perfect shot. Like all For Dummies books, Digital Art Photography For Dummies is designed so you can go directly to the part that most interests you.

Whether you’ve been thinking of selling your work or you just want to create a knock-their-socks-off family gallery that your relatives can view online, this book shows you how to take your photography hobby to the next level. Even if you just want to look at the pictures for inspiration, you can’t go wrong!

So you’ve made the jump to digital photography and you’re having a ball with your new camera, right? Now, you’re wondering just what it would take to make your photos a little more than just snapshots. Well, Digital Art Photography For Dummies is a great place to find out!

You’ll not only discover great new ideas, you’ll see the effects in full color. This book will help you

Get fabulous, well-exposed photos, no matter what your shooting conditions may be Tweak, edit, and enhance your images to create something a lot better than what you started with, or maybe something entirely new Produce gallery-worthy art prints that people are willing to pay for Find out if it’s time to upgrade your computer to handle graphics work

Sound like fun? This plain-English guide makes it easy, too! You’ll find out just what makes a picture artistic, how to plan and set up a good photo shoot, what kinds of tools are available in Photoshop to help you enhance or even completely revamp an image, and how to be sure that what comes out of your printer meets all your expectations.   Best of all, this book is jam-packed with full-color images that show you just what you can produce. You’ll find out how to

Select the right digital equipment Shoot in color, black-and-white, and at night Choose subject matter that fits your style Understand and use your camera’s settings to get the best shots Photograph landscapes, people, action, and just about anything else Create special effects in Photoshop Improve the quality of your photos or turn them into true works of art Mat and frame your work for maximum effect

If you’re comfortable with your digital camera but want to find out more about creating cool effects in Photoshop, you can jump directly to Part III and discover tips and techniques that turn ordinary pictures into extraordinary art. Or maybe you’ve been trying to get better nighttime photos. Part II is all about setting up your equipment and getting the perfect shot. Like all For Dummies books, Digital Art Photography For Dummies is designed so you can go directly to the part that most interests you.

Whether you’ve been thinking of selling your work or you just want to create a knock-their-socks-off family gallery that your relatives can view online, this book shows you how to take your photography hobby to the next level. Even if you just want to look at the pictures for inspiration, you can’t go wrong!

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