Digital Camera Tricks and Special Effects 101 - Adding ghostly images, transforming skin to fur, and creating stop-action photography are among the special effects digital photographers learn in this guide to manipulating a camera's conventional settings for unconventional and artistic effect.
The camera itself provides the initial departure point from traditional photography as photographers are encouraged to use "incorrect" exposure settings, "poor" focus, and reflections to create striking and dramatic images. Instruction on popular digital imaging programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, Kai's SuperGoo, and PhotoVista 3D provides photographers with the means to manipulate photographs further with creative filters that transform daytime shots into nighttime images, a library of facial components, and the ability to combine images to create a three-dimensional digital object.
A section on printing both at home and at a lab includes simple tips for enhancing the impact of photographs on paper.
About the Author: Michelle Perkins is a professional photographer and digital image retoucher and the author of several books that include Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop, Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements, Digital Landscape Photography Step-by-Step, and Digital Photography 101. She has written articles for PC Photo magazine and is a regular contributor to Rangefinder. She lives in Buffalo, New York.