Learn everything you need to know about digital photography from the experts at Macworld!

Macworld Digital Photography Superguide

Fourth Edition

The fourth edition of this far-ranging ebook from our friends at _Macworld_ brings together a team of experts to teach you how to take great shots (or scan existing photos), manage your photo collection, create a variety of photo projects, and protect your photos from mishap.

This product has been discontinued.

This ebook is no longer for sale.

Read this ebook to find out how to:

  • Choose a camera and what features to consider
  • Compose shots, master lighting, and control depth-of-field
  • Get your pictures into your Mac, and how to sort, label, and search for them once they’re there
  • Edit photos to compensate for bad lighting, and crop for better compositions
  • Share your photos online, print them, or use them in a photo project such as a book
  • Take the best possible pictures with your iPhone camera
  • Digitize your old photos and slides
  • Back up your ever-growing photo collection

We encourage you to download the free 47-page sample to see what it looks like, since it is rather different from our Take Control design.

About Macworld

Take Control Books previously sold the Macworld Superguide series, which was written by Macworld contributors including Karissa Bell, Chris Breen, Serenity Caldwell, Alexandra Chang, Jason Cook, David Chartier, Lauren Crabbe, Jim Dalrymple, Jackie Dove, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Frakes, Lex Friedman, Adam Goldstein, Michael Gowan, Rob Griffiths, Jim Heid, Mat Honan, Andy Ihnatko, Dave Johnson, Heather Kelly, Joe Kissell, Greg Knauss, Ted Laudau, Roman Loyola, Kirk McElhearn, Scott McNulty, Dan Miller, Sarah Milstein, Dan Moren, Tim Moynihan, Chris Pepper, Rich Mogull, Michael Scalisi, Jon Seff, Derrick Story, Marco Tabini, Gina Trapani, Ben Waldie, Bill Wiecking, Leah Yamshon, and Sharon Zardetto.

Buy a Camera

Choose a Type of Camera
From compact models to hefty DSLRs packing professional features, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to buying a digital camera.
Features to Consider
Is it worth spending extra money for the latest camera technology? See which features help you take better photos—and which you don’t need.
Learn about all the accessories with which to outfit your camera.
Where to Buy Cameras and Accessories
After educating yourself on what type of camera and accessory package you need, find out where to pick them up.

Take Photos

Camera Settings
See how the parts of your camera work together to ensure a good shot.
Master Lighting
Want to take great portraits and avoid gloomy party photos? The secret to these challenges lies in understanding your camera’s flash modes.
Control Depth of Field
Compose a perfectly focused shot using these tips for creating the right depth of field.
How to Shoot Anything
Find the simple solutions to common photo challenges.
How to Compose a Photo
Master the artistry of arranging and framing a perfect shot. ConTenTS

Manage Pictures

Choose Your Application
See what applications you can use to import and edit your images.
Import Images
Learn the easiest ways to import images into your computer.
Sort and Organize Your iPhoto Library
Photo libraries can get unwieldy fast. However, with basic organizational tips and tricks, you can keep your database of pictures manageable.
Tag, Map, and Label in iPhoto
organize your pictures in detail by adding geodata, faces, and keywords.

Edit Photos

Make Basic Edits in iPhoto
iPhoto makes it easy to quickly diagnose and fix subtle image problems. Put these tools to work for drastic improvements in your photographs.
Correct Bad Color and Lighting
Fix coloration and lighting in your images using iPhoto’s Adjust panel.
Make Quick Edits with Preview
Make easy crops and tweaks using Apple’s built-in image viewer.
Improve Photos Fast with Cropping
Capture the best part of your photo by cropping it accordingly.

Share Photos

Print Out Images
Learn about different types of printers and find out how to troubleshoot common problems.
Display Photos Digitally
Show off your photographs by creating a slideshow on your computer or presenting them on an iPad.
Share Photos Online
Display your photos on the Web to audiences near and far using Flickr, Facebook, MobileMe, SmugMug, and more.
Create Fun Projects
Use iPhoto to create beautifully designed photo projects. Sail through the process and unlock hidden features using these tips and tricks.

iPhone Photography

How to Use the iPhone Camera
Master the iPhone’s 5-megapixel camera and LeD flash.
Take Better iPhone Photos
Use these handy tips to take stellar images with your iPhone.
Edit iPhone Images
Tweak photos with ease using third-party apps or a desktop application.
Print iPhone Photos
Learn the best ways to prepare your iPhone images for printing.
Download Photo Apps
Create a panorama, desaturate, or tilt-shift images using ioS apps.

Back Up Photos

Backup Basics
Follow these strategies to avoid destroying or losing your images.
Hardware Options
Study the strengths and limitations of your hardware options.
Online Services
Back up (and share) photos with friends and family using an online service.
Software Tools
You can back up locally using any of these software applications.
Digitize Old Photos
Don’t confine your older prints to the shoebox—scan them, or pay a service to do it for you.

The Macworld Digital Photography Superguide was written by Ben Long, Derrick Story, Jim Heid, Jeff Carlson, Glenn Fleishman, Joe Kissell, Ted Landau, Chris Breen, Lex Friedman, Rick LePage, Jennifer Wills, James Galbraith, Beau Colburn, and Dave Johnson.