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Part: Two Digital Photography Techniques > Digital Photography Foundations

Chapter Six. Digital Photography Foundations

Before you take your first photograph, it's important to familiarize yourself with the different settings contained in your digital camera's menus and submenus. Human nature being what it is, of course, you've probably already taken a few images with your new camera. Most digital cameras have a fully automatic mode that handles every decision for you except where to point the camera. This is great for those times when you need to take a picture quickly and don't want to think about which setting to use. But to achieve the photograph you're after, you'll more often need—and want—to take the camera off autopilot. Understanding the core concepts outlined in this chapter will make the difference between using your digital camera as a nifty gadget and using it as powerful creative tool.

In the first part of this chapter, we'll go through a list of settings and menu options and get to know your camera better. In addition, because film and digital photography differ, sometimes subtly and sometimes substantially, it's helpful to take a little time to review some fundamentals of photography and how they relate to digital imaging. In the second part of this chapter, we'll take a look at some of the important concepts and practices that form the foundation of making good photographs.


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