October 24, 2002
The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Digital Photographers: O'Reilly Releases the "Digital Photography Pocket Guide"
Sebastopol, CA--Digital photography has come of age. Digital cameras
are now affordable, easy to use, and provide quality images that rival
their traditional film counterparts. Digital images are easier to
share, and because you only print the pictures you need, they're much
more cost effective and environmentally friendly.
But according to Derrick Story, author of the just-released book
Digital Photography Pocket Guide (O'Reilly, US $14.95), the real
attraction is far more human in nature: "With digital cameras, you're
able to free your creative spirit and take risks that you shied away
from with film," he says. "Your visual inspiration now flows from your
mind to the camera to the LCD screen--to then be celebrated, adjusted,
or discarded for another attempt all together."
This slim little "Digital Photography Pocket Guide" gives you the tools
and the knowledge to take the kind of pictures you've always wanted.
Consider it your quick-reference photo mentor that explains each of the
camera's components, shows you what they do, then helps you choose the
right settings to accomplish your goal. When you want to ask an expert,
"How can I get that picture?", simply pull this handy guide out of your
camera bag, backpack, or back pocket, and you'll find the answer
The book covers everything from image resolution, flash modes, action
photography, close ups and portraits, memory cards, emailing images,
and archiving. It's organized by three key sections: "What Is It?",
"What Does It Do?", and "How Do I ...?".
"What Is It?" is a quick reference to all those buttons on your camera.
It's organized alphabetically and includes many of the familiar icons
you see in your owner's guide and on the camera itself. This section
helps you learn the difference between the close up button and the
"What Does It Do?" digs deeper into photo technique. How do you use
those buttons and modes to take the photos you want? This chapter tells
"How Do I ...?" includes 15 professional shooting techniques and
explains them in easy to understand language. If you've always wanted
to know how to shoot like a pro, but were intimidated by photographer's
jargon, this section is for you.
The "Digital Photography Pocket Guide" is for anyone who uses a digital
camera. Even advanced amateurs forget whether to "overexpose" or
"underexpose" in certain lighting conditions, and novices will
appreciate the clear explanations of the various camera functions.
Regardless of your prior experience, if you want to shoot like a pro
with your digital camera, this guide is for you.
"This is a book I've always wanted to have for myself, but never could
find at the store. Even the best photographers forget techniques that
they 'already know,' and sometimes need a quick reference source, even
while in the middle of a shoot," explains Story. "That's why this book
is designed to fit in your back pocket or camera bag. It's intended to
be there when you need answers, and you need them quick. If you want to
know how the pros really work their magic, then you have to talk to
someone who has been shooting seriously for years. Or just buy this
Digital Photography Pocket Guide
By Derrick Story
0-596-00454-0, Order Number: 4540
144 pages, $14.95 US $23.95 CA
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