Digital Photography for Seniors for Dummies 

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The title of this book is really a misnomer as it is really suitable for all beginners to digital photography irrespective of whether or not they have previously used film.

Digital Photography For Seniors For Dummies

The opening section “Getting started with your digital camera” starts with how one should go about choosing a camera, and then takes one through the basics under the heading “taking your first photos”. This is ideal as one is always impatient to get started. This is followed by a chapter on adjusting the various settings and menus.

The next section concentrates on actual photography of various types of subject including portraits, animals and flowers where one often needs close-ups and then the use of flash etc before discussing moving on from “automatic” to manual settings for shutter speed, aperture etc.

Under the heading of “Editing photos in the digital darkroom” it covers moving pictures from camera to computer, organising them (vitally important as the number of images grows and grows), and then touching up and fixing your photos. By the way, although it makes reference to Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, it devotes more time to free programs such as Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery and Google’s Picassa.

Cropping and get of rid of red eye are among the topics covered before it goes onto printing. Here, do it yourself and using a printing service are both covered before it goes on to sharing photos over the Internet and even using digital photo frames.

This paperback book (ISBN 978-0-470-44417-7) by Mark Justice Hinton (cover price £16.99) is available from Amazon for less than £10 and so is good value as it is a good starter book which will give a good basic understanding of many of the issues involved in digital photography and so will enable the user to avoid many of the traps for the unwary.

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