Book Review: Easy Digital Photography

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Book Review: Easy Digital Photography


Dmytrenko, April, Information Management


TITLE: Easy Digital Photography ISBN: 1557553645 PUBLISHER: Abacus PUBLICATION DATE: 1999 LENGTH: 342 pages PRICE: $29.95 AVAILABLE FROM: Any local bookstore or direct from Abacus, (800) 451-4319, www.abacuspub.com

Digital photography is fast becoming a commonplace technology for business and home use. The ability to have images instantly offers immediate gratification. But even more, digital photography allows one to use a desktop computer as a digital darkroom to manipulate and print images. Because the images are digital, it is easy to insert pictures into a document or attach them to an e-mail.

The digital photography market is rapidly expanding. As a result, prices are decreasing while selection and capabilities are increasing. So how does one understand the state-of-theart offerings and make the best purchase decisions? A timely book now available comes to the rescue: Easy Digital Photography by Scott Slaughter. This beginner's series covers it all. It is organized into four parts: (1) Digital Cameras; (2) Scanners; (3) Image Editors, and (4) More Information. Each section begins with a basic introduction then moves to a more in-depth review without becoming too technical.

Part One: Digital Cameras, provides a solid introduction, starting with history and the wide variety of applications for use. This section explores how to select the right digital camera for your needs, covering viewfinder types, flash quality, resolution needs, and lens/exposure options. Also included is an informative section that examines the advantages and disadvantages of digital cameras.

Part Two: Scanners, reviews the types of scanners on the market, how they work, and how to select and use them. It covers everything from identifying requirements (type of scanner, resolution, bit-depth, bundied software, etc.) to installing and getting quality scans. This part also includes a chapter on creative ways to use a scanner, including virtual file cabinets, visual family trees, and immortalizing a child's artwork.

Part Three covers image editors, the software programs that allow images to be improved or modified. This part explains in detail how image editors are used and the variety of features (i. …

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