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Brilliant Digital Photography for the Over 50's

Brilliant Digital Photography for the Over 50's

John Skeoch

Dec 2008, Paperback, 344 pages
ISBN13: 9780273719366
ISBN10: 027371936X
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A complete guide to choosing an using your digital camera written specifically for the older generation, and fully updated to cover using PS Elements6 and Windows Visat and Mac OSX Leopard applications.

Based on Brilliant Digital Photography and so completely up to date with coverage of PS Elements6 and Windows Vista/Mac OSX Leopard, this will be the most up to date and comprehensive guide to DP for this market.

The coverage of the book has been adapted and rewritten to cater for the knowledge and confidence level of the older generation, and expanded to include activities such as using your photos to illustrate family trees, mailing photos to your family etc. It is foccused exactly to the needs and experiences of the over 50 reader and is set in a slightly larger font for enhanced readability.


  • Full coverage of PS Elements 6
  • A simple visual, step-by-step guide to your digital camera, the hardware and the software you have at your disposal to take fantastic pictures
  • Practical guidance on taking great pictures, fixing the not-so-great ones, storing and printing your images
  • Advice on how to make money from your photographs: using stock libraries, setting up an ecommerce website



The move from Film to Digital (4 pages)

Preface (2 pages)

What is a digital camera? (2 pages)

Understanding more about megapixels (2 pages)

1) Getting to grips with your new camera (44 pages)

Keep your batteries charged (2 pages)

Formatting your memory card (2 pages)

Steady hands and your shutter (4 pages) (look at good posture to help avoid camera shake)

Getting the most from an auto focus camera (4 pages)

Understanding Image Stabilization (4 pages)

Is a Tripod Necessary? (4 pages)

Using your zoom, optical and digital (4 pages)

Balancing the dark and the light (4 pages)

Getting the best from your built in flash (4 pages)

Using your still camera to record video (4 pages)

Playing back your captures on a TV (4 pages)

Getting your pictures on to your computer (4 pages)

Installing and using a card reader

2) Using the manual modes (41 pages)

Selecting an ISO Speed (4 pages) (explain the disassociation between film speeds and memory cards)

Using the cameras scene modes (6 pages)

Using Aperture priority (4 pages)

Using Shutter priority (4 pages)

Making the most of Manual Mode (4 pages)

Understanding when to use Spot, Centre and Matrix metering (4 pages)

Using Exposure Compensation (6 pages)

Formal Wear

Beach or snow holidays

Using Flash Compensation (4 pages)

Using Face Detection (4 pages)

3) Advanced Techniques to improve your shots (62 pages)

Thinking in print sizes (2 pages)

Learning to pose people for flattering results (6 pages)

How to photograph children (4 pages)

Getting great portrait and group shots (6 pages)

Small Group Shots

Large Group Shots

Capturing Motion Blur (4 pages)

Motion blur with flash

How to shoot at parties (4 pages)

Begin using Exposure bracketing (4 pages)

Long Exposures (8 pages)

Night Landscapes

Balancing Flash light with available light

Portraits in poor light

Hitting a moving target with Continuous Focus (4 pages)

Experimenting with Digital Filters (4 pages)

Using Macro photography (4 pages)

What is white balance? (4 pages)

Using preset White balances (4 pages)

Using the Histogram (4 pages)

Live Histogram

Playback Histogram

4) Mastering the Digital Dark Room (73 pages) (This section needs to be rewritten for Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0)

What software do you need? (2 pages)

Painting in layers (4 pages)

Removing Red eye (4 pages)

Adjusting Exposure (4 pages)

How to selectively dodge and burn an image (4 pages)

Correcting colour cast (6 pages)

Sharpening your shots (4 pages)

Controlling digital noise (4 pages)

Leveling uneven horizons (2 pages)

Converting colour photos to black and white (4 pages)

Experimenting with Vignettes (6 pages)

Adding frames to images (4 pages)

Adding soft focus (6 pages)

Creating a perfect Panorama (4 pages)

Adding and removing elements (even people) (4 pages)

Restoring damaged prints (6 pages)

Cropping your photos ready for print (4 pages)

5) Updating your albums (36 pages)

Archiving your old photos (4 pages)

Using a digital album (4 pages)

Mastering Metadata (4 pages)

Burning to CD or DVD (6 pages)

Creating an CD cover (2 pages)

Making an attractive slideshow (6 pages)

Add images to family trees (2 pages)

Recovering lost digital images (4 pages)

Making your images available on the web (6 pages)* worth looking at .mac, photobucket or other web based solutions

6) Getting real prints from your digital images (20 pages)

Printing at home (12 pages)

Configuring your printer for best photo results

Direct printing via cable

Direct printing via memory

Using the computer to print

Using photos within desktop publishing – newsletters, posters

Using online developers (4 pages)

Using a digital kiosk (4 pages)

Glossary (3 pages)

Troubleshooting Guide