Got photo sites?
Why? Because Digital photography is your friend.
If you're one of the people who finds the technical jargon that comes with your cameras instruction booklet confusing and utterly impossible to understand (don't worry, It happens to the best of us), then log onto
shortcourses.com to find the easy to understand information you need on digital photography.
"The digital photography source for over 1,500,000 visitors a year," boasts the site, which is run by Dennis Curtin, an editor, author, and publisher in the fields of photography and computers. Curtin, who happened to have met and worked with famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams, has written "The Darkroom Handbook," and "Into Your Darkroom: Step-By-Step," both
titles in print for over 20 years.
The site offers several short courses (appropriately enough) on every aspect of digital photography, from choosing a digital camera to using one to the digital darkroom to editing.
Each well-organized topic is loaded with information, almost enough to give you a headache if you don't take a break in between, that even a ten-year-old could follow. The site offers several large size photos that are illustrative, crisp, and inviting, such as a photograph of an incredibly
vibrant green grasshopper in the palm of a young girl's blurred hand to represent depth of field, giving newcomers a good visual idea of what and what not to do.
Click on "Using Your Camera," and a list of topics will appear, ranging from camera controls and creativity to fine-tuning and sharpness. Scroll down and learn about the parts of a camera, such as the shutter and what happens when the object your photographing moves, aperture, and exposure.
You can also fill yourself in on some background information on early shutter
designs, or learn how to edit pictures.
The site even explains where terminology comes from, for example, JPEG, a format in which digital cameras store images, stands for the Joint Photographic Experts Group, pronounced "jay-peg."