With so many children getting digital cameras this Christmas, why not make sure they know how to use them? An excellent introduction to digital photography is available in Alan Buckingham's Digital Photo Magic. With easy-to-understand instructions, Buckingham guides novice photographers through taking good pictures, editing them to enhance the quality and adding sophisticated, artful special effects. Let's say your best friend runs like a gazelle. Using handy pictures of animals (provided on a companion disk), you can cut out the head of an African deer and paste it over the head of your friend. Print it, and voila your friend is now deer-boy! The book also includes a 30-day trial copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, a top-notch photo-editing program.

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