The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Great Photos
Let Me Paint You a Picture
What This Book Offers
Everybody’s Invited to This Party
This Is Where I Come into the Picture
My Friends Made Me Say This
Chapter 1: Photography: A Snapshot of the Art
Bare Bones Definition of Photography
Frequent Pleasures, Occasional Pitfalls
What You Shoot: The Infinite Array of Subjects
The Photographer's Tools and How They Work
Chapter 2: Buyer’s Guide
So Many Cameras, So Little Time . . .
The Right Camera for You
Which Camera to Buy: The Short Answer
Which Camera to Buy: The Long Answer
Going to Great Lengths: Zoom Lenses and Various Focal Lengths
Top Ten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Camera
Taking It Out for a Test Drive
Feeding Your Camera with the Best Film
Chapter 3: Better Photo Basics
Composing Your Photo
Gotta Look Sharp
Exposing Yourself to Art: Too Dark, Too Light, Just Right
Choosing and Using the Best Photo Lab Money Can Buy
Top Ten Tips for Taking Great Pictures
Chapter 4: Beyond the Basics: Secrets of Professional Photographers
Painting with Light
To Flash or Not to Flash: Making It Work for You
Working with Whatever Weather You’re Given
Timing: Catching the Decisive Moment
So Many Pictures, So Little Time
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Learning from Our Mistakes
Top Ten Tricks of the Trade
Chapter 5: Putting It into Practice: 20 Step-by-Step Projects
1. The Sun Also Sets
2. Flower Power
3. Surveying the Landscape
4. Move in for a Detail Shot
6. Family Portrait
7. Photo Shoot: Asking a Friend to Model
8. Take a Hike! Taking Notes Along the Way
9. An Exercise in Zooming
10. Add a Little Seasoning
11. Get Out of Town!
12. Pet Portrait
13. Sneaking a Peek: Candid Shooting
14. A Trip to the Zoo or Aquarium
15. It’s Chipmunk Season
16. Copy Your Favorite Masterpiece
17. Make Your Own Abstract Art
18. To Bee or Not to Bee: Macro Work
19. A Photo Shoot in Black and White
20. E-mail a Photo to a Friend
Chapter 6: Trouble Shooting: Solutions to Common Photo Problems
When Bad Pictures Happen to Good People
First Things First: A Little Detective Work
Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear: Problems with Focus
Using and Abusing the Flash
Places, Everybody: Compositional Problems
Let There Be (the Right Amount of) Light: Exposure Problems
Turning Problems into Opportunities
Chapter 7: Taking It to the Next Level
Developing Your Hobby
Setting Up Your Own Studio
Scrapbooking, Creative Coloring, and Polaroid Transfers
Back to School: Taking a Class or Workshop
Chapter 8: Q&A
What Should I Take Pictures Of?
Where Should I Take Pictures?
How Do I Tell the Difference Between a Good Picture and a Bad Picture?
Why Do Things Look So Small and Far Away in My Pictures?
What Kind of Camera Should I Get?
What Kind of Film Should I Use?
Must I Always Choose Prints or Slides Before I Shoot?
What If I Accidentally Shot with Slides When I Meant to Use Negatives?
Will X-Rays Hurt My Film?
Do I Really Need to Use a Tripod?
What Are Filters and Should I Buy Them for My Camera?
Should I Buy a Camera Bag?
Should I Buy a Digital Camera Yet?
Did I Get a Good Deal on the Camera/Lens/Accessory I Just Bought?
Should I Buy a New Camera or Repair My Broken One?
How Do I Pose People?
How Do I Shoot Black and White?
Why Would I Want to Shoot Black and White?
How Do I Shoot Lightning?
How Do I Shoot Fireworks?
How Do I Get Better Shots at Outdoor Sporting Events?
How Do I Shoot Indoor Sporting Events and Concerts?
How Do I Shoot Close-Ups of Flowers, Jewelry, Coins, and Small Objects?
How Do I Get That Flowing Effect with Waterfalls and Rivers?
How Do I Get That Effect Where Car Lights Stream Off into the Distance at Night?
How Do I Shoot Silhouettes?
How Do I Create Soft-Focus for Portraits or Make the Background Blurry?
How Do I Get Decent Photos on an Overcast or Rainy Day?
How Do I Find the Best Photo Lab?
Do Those Red-Eye Pens Really Work?
How Should I Store My Film?
What Should I Do with All My Negatives and Prints?
Why Does the Photo Lab Chop Off the Edges of Some Enlargements?
I Lost My Manual. Where Can I Find a Replacement?
What Is the Difference Between a Telephoto and a Zoom?
Is It Better to Zoom in or Simply Walk Closer to Your Subject?
Glossary of Terms
The Ultimate One Stop Shop (By Yours Truly)
Best Books for Beginning Photographers
Books for Fun and Inspiration
A Little Light Reading: Best Magazines
Developing and Hand-Coloring Black and White Photos
More Info on Scrapbooking and Making Polaroid Transfers
For a Few Laughs
Hard to Find but Worth the Search
Best Places to Buy Cameras
Best Places to Get Your Film Developed
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