Many digital camera owners use their camera as they would a PC: they simply point and click. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as many cameras are designed to be easy to use and convenient, after all. But if you're a beginner who fancies learning a little more about digital photography - and not just taking snaps, but all the tricks you can get up to when the photos are on your PC - then this program is definitely worth a look.
The opening section is dedicated to exploring the basics of photography. Simple rules are considered (framing the subject, not shooting into direct sunlight) and the topics of light and colour are given some detailed attention. You'll learn why, for example, you shouldn't take photos outside around midday (because the predominance of UV rays means that pictures may appear slightly paler than they would otherwise).
Picture composition, including the "golden section", and issues like shutter and exposure time are also considered, in reasonable detail and in terms the novice will easily understand. Overall it's an excellent introduction to basic photography, and the presentation is top notch too.
All the menus are crisp and clean, and sub-menus unfurl automatically when you move the mouse pointer over them: the program oozes quality in this department. Good use is made of multimedia, with plenty of illustrative pictures and video, along with interactive exercises. For example, to show you the effects of focus and exposure time, there's a virtual camera with adjustable parameters.
After the introductory chapter, the Digital Photo Guide moves on to explore the differences between digital and conventional photography. It points out some of the problems with the digital medium, as well as the strengths. Again, there are some interesting hints and tips here, on issues such as working with black and white images, or how to use histogram data to read how a photo is exposed. Occasionally the explanations are on the thin side, but this is very much the exception, not the rule.
The remaining chapters in the guide concentrate on what you can do with images once they're on your PC. Again, the basics are covered, although some of the topics here - such as how to transfer photos from your camera to computer - are a little on the patronising side. It's likely to be much less useful than the introductory photography chapters, unless you're very new to computers.
There's more overly basic and slightly padded information in the first of the two chapters devoted to the "digital darkroom" or image processor as it's usually known. However, the second chapter is excellent, with a full breakdown of the typical controls you can expect to manipulate in a typical image editor.
This explores altering exposure and colour balance, cloning areas and making cosmetic adjustments, working with layers and a whole host of other tricks. There are many videos and interactive demos in this chunky chapter, which really is the meat of the disc.
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