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100 Ways To Get More From Your Digital Camera Tutorial

Digital Photography is quickly becoming the new and most creative way to capture images without the worry & cost of film! Professional Photographer and author of "The Digital Photography Bible," Ken Milburn will teach you the most common digital camera components & the fundamentals of using your digital camera to get the best possible images. This tutorial also covers proper composition, focus, depth of field, lighting, and more. Ken will also introduce you to two of the most popular image editing programs, Photoshop 7 & Photoshop Elements. This VTC tutorial will have you shooting & editing like a pro in no time! Just click on one of the movie topics below to get started today.



Getting Started

Primary Benefits
The Main Components of a Digital Camera
Other Components of Digital Cameras

Using a Digital Camera

Using the Shutter Button
Using the Mode Dial
Using the Flash Button
Using the Trash Button
Using the Focusing Range Button
Metering Modes

The Camera's LCD Monitors

Preview Monitor Settings
Settings Monitor Settings


Automatic Focus Procedure
Manual Focus Procedure


Controlling Depth-of-field
Use Minimum Aperture

Shooting Modes

Program or Point-and-shoot
Aperture Priority Mode
Manual Mode /Shutter Priority Mode

Special Scene Modes

Action /Portrait


Working with Backlighting
When and How to Use Fill Flash
Using Flash as the Main Light Source
Using the Built-in Flash
Using External Flash For Greater Control
Using Multiple Light Sources
Lighting For 2D Objects

Composing the Picture

Keep it Simple
Empasize the Center of Interest
The Rule of Thirds
Use Geometry
Make Use of Apparent Motion

Controlling Focus

Controlling Depth-of-field
Focusing for Extreme Close-ups
Focusing for Location Portraits
Focusing for Scenics /Still Lifes /Architecture

Using the Built-in Light Meter

Built-in Light Meter Modes
Using Your Camera as a Light Meter
When to Bracket

When to Use a Tripod

When Shutter Speed is Less Than 1/60th Second
Whenever You Need to Keep Your Hands Free

When the Going Gets Tough

Stopping Fast Action
Creating the Illusion of Fast Motion
Shooting at Night
Shooting in Bad Weather

Things Only a Digital Camera Can Do

Shooting a Panorama
Best Shot Mode
Shoot a Sequence
Shoot Video

Managing Images

Using the Photoshop File Browser
Organizing the Files
How the Image Browser Functions

Imaging Editing Tools

Imaging Editing Tools 1
Imaging Editing Tools 2
Imaging Editing Tools 3
Imaging Editing Tools 4
About Options Bars
Using the Marquee Tools
Using the Move Tool
Using the Crop Tool
Using the Slice Tool
Using the Brush Tool
Using the Erasers
Using the Pattern Stamp
Using the Fill (Paint Bucket) Tool
Using the Gradient Tool
Using the Path Tool
Using the Text Tool
Making Notes and Voice Annotations
Using the Eyedropper
Using the Navigation Tools
Switching Between Normal and QuickMask Mode
Using the Color Swatches
Using the Screen Modes
Jumping to Image Ready


Standard Components of a Dialog


What is a Palette?
Making Palettes Appear
The Components of a Palette

Self Teaching Routines (Photoshop Elements Only)

Self Teaching Routines
Where to Find Them
How to Use Them

Automating Photoshop

Automating Photoshop - Intro
Actions in Photoshop 1
Actions in Photoshop 2
Places to Find Ready-made Actions
Things You Can't Do with Actions
Creating Your Own Actions 1
Creating your own Actions 2
Creating your own Actions 3

Correcting Exposure

Correcting Exposure - Intro
Using the Levels Command 1
Using the Levels Command 2
Changing Exposure Locally by Burning and Dodging
Changing Exposure in Specific Areas of the Image
Making a High-key Photo
Making a Low-key Photo

Color Balance Effects

Color Balance Effects - Intro
Correcting Color Balance 1
Correcting Color balance 2
Changing the Mood of the Picture
Creating a Tinted Picture
Tinting with the Blend Modes

Enhancing Contrast

Enhancing contrast - Introduction
Using the Brightness/Contrast Dialog
Changing the Contrast in Part of the Image
Restoring Shadow Detail with the Fill Flash Command
Saving Shadow Detail with the Soft Light Blend Mode

Selecting and Protecting Specific Areas of the Photo

Introduction: Making Selections
Various Ways of Making Selections 1
Various Ways of Making Selections 2
Various Ways of Making Selections 3
Feathering a Selection
Modifying the Shape of a Selection

Making a Fictitious Photo

Introduction - Making a Fictitious Photo
Choosing a Background and Moving a New Image Into It
Matching Exposure /Color balance /Lighting Direction
Grouping and Flattening Layers

Painting with Filters

Painting with Filters 1
Painting with Filters 2
Painting by Hand with Photoshop 7 Brushes 1
Painting by hand with Photoshop 7 Brushes 2
Painting by hand with Photoshop 7 Brushes 3

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