Digital Photography Fundamentals

If you just bought your first digital camera, or if you would like a refresher on the fundamentals of photography, this chapter is for you. If you believe you have a solid grasp of the basics (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, depth of field, exposure modes, auto-focus modes, meter modes, white balance, etc.), you may wish to skip to chapter 2.

A modern digital camera can rightly be called “a computer with a lens.” After spending all that money on the latest gee-whiz electronic gadget, you may well be thinking, “Why do I need to learn all this technical stuff about photography? Why not let the camera pick the right aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance (whatever that is)? I’ll worry about the fun, creative ...

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