Digiphoto Quick Start Guide
- Learn to use your camera as a tool for creative expression
- Learn a different way to think about photography so it’s easier to acquire and use new photographic skills
- Learn to develop your creative vision, the foundation for all great image making
- Quickly learn the basics of photography so you can start making images that are meaningful to you and express your vision
Welcome to the Digiphoto Quick Start Guide for DSLR (digital single lens reflex) shooters! The goal of this guide is to give a quick orientation to the basics of digital photography so you can start having fun capturing technically and aesthetically pleasing images with your digital camera. Additionally the skills presented in the guide will give you a solid foundation on which to build your photographic knowledge. This knowledge will help you creatively express yourself in new ways through your digital photography. All of us start our journey down the never-ending road of photographic knowledge someplace. Despite the depth and breadth of our experiences, there is always something new to learn that can move us to our next creative challenge.
Within the guide I explain the relationships between the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography as they relate to the creative expression of your personal vision. As a result you will begin to understand how to develop your own approach to photography that yields images that are meaningful to you.
Instead of just taking a picture, the goal is to empower you to make images that represent your personal vision photographic vision.
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Altman starts out with the Digiphoto Workflow providing information on how to shoot play and share your photography. Then he shows the relationship between technical skills, vision and aesthetic skills and how combining these elements will allow you to express yourself creatively.
The Quick Start Guide starts with the technical basics but brings you up to speed rapidly. From f-stops, ISO, and image noise thru histograms, Altman’s clear and concise writing and illustrations will help you understand the digital workflow. You will get a sense of how exposure and shutter speed affects the emotional feeling of your images. After a few lessons on the aesthetic skills you will have your first memory card ready for the digital darkroom. Here the author is a true expert, sought out by professional photographers for his sage advice on digital asset management. Using his advice about creating a master folder and the proper backup are worth the cost of this book!
Volumes have been written on vision and creativity. In a very few words this author has discussed how “you are creative in you own special way” and the very interesting topic of how “art and creative expression are not necessarily the same”. You will find this a brief introduction or a quick review.
Communicating with your photography is probably one of your main goals and the section on sharing will make that happen. Web sharing is thoroughly covered with information on Picasa, Picnik, Flickr, and Facebook. Of particular interest are the terms of service and copyright information which apply to all photographers when they sign onto online sites. Digital photo printing options at home as well as through online sites are discussed with the pro and cons of both options.
According to the author, the objectives of the Digiphoto Quick Start Guide are to “teach the fundamental components of digital photography”, “provide and introduction to the digital darkroom”, and “provide a way to think about photography within an organized framework”. As Altman’s aesthetic skills discussion brings out “The better you get at “seeing”, the better your pictures will be. When you begin to combine your ability to see with good composition, creative camera and digital darkroom techniques, you will be on your way to developing your vision”.
Once you have read Digiphoto Quick Start Guide you can intelligently look for answers to technical questions that relate to your specific camera as you enjoy your ability to express your personal photographic vision.” — Alan Pitcairn