This series of step-by-step guides acquaints amateur digital photographers with the full spectrum of techniques and technology they need to attain the professional edge in digital imaging. The manuals offer a clear, no-nonsense approach to teaching basic skills, such as understanding the basic functions of the digital camera and how to arrange a photograph artistically, while more experienced photographers will profit from the guides that focus on complex issues, including effective posing and lighting strategies, color and image balancing methods, and design techniques for perfecting the digital image in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Busy parents can still take expressive pictures of their family with this easy-to-use guide to digital family portraits. Capturing compelling moments will be easier and more frequent with basic tips for photographing fast-moving children and capturing a child's fleeting facial expressions. User-friendly techniques on lighting and composition are covered for candid portraits, posed images, group shots, and scenic images, and a thorough overview of digital equipment use, image correction software, and ideas for family photo projects and gifts is included. For those interested in hiring a professional, this manual also offers advice on what preliminary questions to ask, how to ensure that the photographer and client have a shared vision, and how to budget for professional images.