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Take Control News: Three New Digital Photography Ebooks

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Worldwide, over 50 billion digital photos were taken in 2007, and over 11 percent of Americans (including me!) have accumulated more than 10,000 digital photos. The ease of taking digital photos has caused the popularity of photography to skyrocket, but that doesn't mean everything is easier than it was with film cameras. Whether it's picking the right digital camera for your needs, managing your massive photo collection, or getting the most out of iPhoto, we have three just-updated ebooks that can help: "iPhoto '08: Visual QuickStart Guide," "Take Control of Buying a Digital Camera," and "Macworld Digital Photography Superguide." They're available separately, bundled together at significant discounts, and as free or discounted upgrades for existing owners.

  • "iPhoto '08: Visual QuickStart Guide" is the sixth edition of my thorough set of step-by-step instructions for every aspect of using iPhoto '08. In 220 pages, the book covers getting started, importing and managing photos, organizing and editing photos, creating slideshows and Web galleries, printing photos in many different ways, sharing photos with other people, and troubleshooting. A pair of appendices explain important photo concepts and provide key tips for taking better photos. The ebook costs $15, and upgrades are available for 20 percent off; click the Check for Updates button in your copy to access the discount.
  • "Take Control of Buying a Digital Camera" version 3.1 helps you sort out the latest digital camera trends and marketing jargon in order to find a camera that matches your budget, needs, and style, whether you want an inexpensive snapshot camera or a professional digital SLR camera system. Larry Chen's new version brings you up-to-date info on camera pricing, megapixel ranges, and models. It costs $10 and is a free update for existing owners of the third edition - click the Check for Updates button in your copy to access it.
  • "Macworld Digital Photography Superguide, Second Edition" has been revamped and updated since its initial release two years ago. It helps you improve your camera skills, touches on scanning prints and negatives, offers advice on managing your photo collection, shows you how to create fun photo projects, addresses printing problems, and makes sure you have a solid photo backup strategy. It costs $12.95, and there is an upgrade discount for those who bought the previous edition.

If you're interested in a bundle discount on the above titles, click one of the links here and look in the left column of the book's Web page to see the various options.

 

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