Mac Digital Photography

by Dennis R. Cohen and Erica Sadun. 287 pp. plus CD-ROM. Sybex, 2003. $29.99.

In the crowded world of digital photography books, Mac Digital Photography is something special—a book just for Mac users.

While other books spend time chronicling the hoops Windows users need to jump through in order to get photos from their cameras to their computers, and then sorted and edited, Authors Dennis R. Cohen and Erica Sadun work from the familiar territory of OS X and its built-in support for digital photography. iPhoto 2 and Photoshop Elements 2 (a 30 day tryout is included on the accompanying CD-ROM) are used as the basis for learning the skills of organizing, editing and manipulating photos.

The book is wittily written and is chock full of instruction, projects and tips. In “Composition, Lighting and Posing” you’ll learn about choosing the right camera angle, creating a home studio on the cheap, and some all-important advice on taking flattering pictures (Your subject has a double chin? Shoot down a little. A weak chin? Shoot slightly from below.)

“Digital Camera Versatility” has ideas for “taking notes” with your camera, from snapping a photo of your parking location at the airport before you set off on a trip to photographing furniture, cars or houses as you comparison shop.

Lighthearted, approachable and imaginative, Mac Digital Photography is a great resource for beginning to intermediate digital photographers.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2004 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the March 2004 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.