There is no denying it.  We live in a digital world that revolves at breakneck speed.  Analog devices are a thing of the past and consumers must either sink or swim in this ephemeral digital sea.  Upgrades and updates and patches and downloads are released with such high frequency that many people find themselves hopelessly tangled in an electronic web of confusion.  While it’s true that all of these new gizmos and gadgets are accompanied by tomes packed with recondite instructions that claim to be user friendly, many users, inevitably find themselves lost in the technological jargon.  And, ultimately they are unable to get the most out of the expensive product they just purchased.            

This is where Thomas Palfy comes in.  The Hungarian-born photographer now lives in Australia and has published several books of his photographs showcasing many memorable shots of his travels.  Palfy also teaches a course that instructs retirees how to more efficiently wield the digital camera at the University of the Third Age (U3A), an organization dedicated to the continuing education of retired members of the community. In his latest book, “Definitely Digital,” Palfy caps his lens in favor of the pen (or more realistically, a keyboard).  “Digital” reads like the “CliffsNotes” to a digital camera’s manual.  The 40-page compendium covers all the basic aspects of operating a digital camera as well as a few, more advanced functions such as aperture adjustment and shutter speed.  Palfy takes the universal applications present across the board in most cameras and condenses them into an easy-to-read book that provides valuable insight for the digital tyro.            

Palfy begins with two identical photographs of his grandparents taken in 1911. Both pictures are scanned into a computer, but one has been touched up with Adobe Photoshop to restore the subjects’ eyes and features.  In addition to Photoshop, Palfy also presents other editing software such as Picasa and Corel.  He also touches on fundamental concepts such as how to scan photos, save them in various formats (jpg, tiff, gif) and email them in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand and execute without frustration.  Students of U3A as well as others looking for an unraveled linear overview of the digital camera will find this book to be quite helpful. 

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