"Complete Digital Photography, Sixth Edition" guides you through every aspect of digital photography, from shooting through postproduction and printing, to help you master the theory and technical skills required of a great photographer. In an easy-to-understand format, you'll uncover the fundamental photographic knowledge you need to solve common dilemmas and challenges and advance your photographs to a new level. It helps you learn everything from how a camera works and how to choose the camera that's right for you, through shooting, image editing, output, and workflow. This title also helps you explore the basics of artistry in photography, including finding a subject, composition, lighting, and more. This sixth edition features new material covering Photoshop CS5, Camera RAW, Micro Four Thirds cameras, and post-production, and a revised and more user-friendly organizational structure. Tutorials and exercises throughout this book will help you practice the techniques presented in each chapter.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Eyes, Brains, Lights, and Images. 2. Getting to Know Your Camera. 3. Camera Anatomy. 4. Image Transfer. 5. Image Sensors. 6. Exposure Basics. 7. Program Mode. 8. Advanced Exposure. 9. Finding and Composing a Photo. 10. Lighting. 11. Raw Shooting. 12. Special Shooting. 13. Workflow. 14. Editing Workflow and First Steps. 15. Correcting Tone. 16. Correcting Color. 17. Image Editing in Raw. 18. Masking. 19. Black and White Conversion. 20. Layers, Retouching, and Special Effects. 21. Panoramic Stitching and HDR Merging. 22. Output Glossary.
I'm a professional photographer, and when I decided to go digital, I bought about a dozen books on the subject. This one leaves the others in the dust.
One of its greatest strengths is that the author explains digital by referencing film photography. This allows quick understanding of the new by comparing it to the familiar.
But if you're new to photography, this book is still for you. The author has a real gift for explaining complicated processes in a way that makes them easy to understand and utilize. And he covers what you need to know, without putting the pro to sleep.
I read omniverously, but I'm rarely impressed enough to write a review. If I could only keep one book on photography -- digital or film -- this would be it.
And thank you to the author for insisting that digital photography is created with a digital camera, NOT a scanner. I am SO tired of books that are supposedly about digital photography which are really about digital manipulation of film photography.
Do yourself a big favor: if you're interested in this subject, buy this book. You won't be disappointed
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