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Demonstrates basic techniques in digital photography


Modeled after the widely used A Short Course in Photography:Film and Darkroom, the third edition of A Short Course in Photography: Digital presents photography entirely in its current, electronic form. This brief title demonstrates greater emphasis on the most up-to-date learning techniques, allowing students to keep up with modern technology. A Short Course in Photography: Digital teaches readers to emphasize their choices in picture making by presenting in depth basic techniques of photography. In additional to covering the basic techniques of photography, this title covers the impact of computers on this important art form.


MyArtsLab is an integral part of the London / Stone program. Engaging activities and assessment are part of a teaching and learning system that helps students gain a broader understanding of photography. With MyArtsLab, students can explore in-depth analyses of relevant artwork, architecture, artistic techniques, and more.


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About the Author

Jim Stone is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others. Books of his work include Stranger Than Fiction (Light Work, 1993),Historiostomy (Piltdown Press, 2001), and Why My Pictures are Good (Nazraeli Press, 2005).

He has also published six higher education titles that are widely used in university courses: A User¹s Guide to the View Camera, Darkroom Dynamics, Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, and A Short Course in Digital Photography.

Barbara London has authored and co-authored many photography books from their first editions to their current ones, including Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, A Short Course in Digital Photography, The Photograph Collector's Guide, and more.

Table of Contents

In This Section:


I)  Brief Table of Contents

II)       Detailed Table of Contents

I) Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Camera

Chapter 2. Lens

Chapter 3. Light and Exposure

Chapter 4. The Digital Darkroom

Chapter 5. Image Editing

Chapter 6. Printing and Display

Chapter 7. Organizing and Storing

Chapter 8. Lighting

Chapter 9. Seeing Like a Camera

Chapter 10. History of Photography

II) Detailed Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Camera

Getting Started Getting your camera ready

Focusing and setting the exposure  

Exposure readout 

Exposing images 

What will you photograph?  

Types of Cameras

Basic Camera Controls

More about Camera Controls

Inside a digital single-lens reflex camera

Shutter Speed Affects light and motion

Use it creatively

Aperture Affects light and depth of field

Use it creatively

Shutter Speed and Aperture Blur vs. depth of field

Getting the Most from Your Camera and Lens

Chapter 2. Lens

Lens Focal Length The basic difference between lenses

Normal Focal Length The most like human vision

Long Focal Length Telephoto lenses

Short Focal Length Wide-angle lenses

Zoom, Macro, and Fisheye Lenses

Focus and Depth of Field

Automatic Focus

Depth of Field Controlling sharpness in a photograph

More about Depth of Field How to preview it

Perspective How a photograph shows depth

Lens Attachments Close-ups and Filters

Chapter 3. Light and Exposure

Sensor and Pixels

Pixels and Resolution

Color in Photography

White Balance

Using Histograms

Exposure Meters What different types do

How to calculate and adjust an exposure manually

Overriding an Automatic Exposure Camera

Making an Exposure of an Average Scene

Exposing Scenes that are Lighter or Darker than Average


Exposing Scenes with High Contrast

HDR High dynamic range

Chapter 4. The Digital Darkroom

Equipment and Materials You’ll Need

Pictures Are Files

Digital Color Modes, gamuts, spaces, and profiles


Calibrating for accuracy

Working with Camera Raw

Setting up a Workflow Stay organized

Workflow programs: Aperture and Lightroom

Importing an Image


Chapter 5. Image Editing

Getting Started Editing an Image

Adjusting an Image Levels


Adjusting Part of an Image Selections

More Techniques






Into black and white


An Editing Workflow

Ethics and Digital Imaging

Chapter 6. Printing and Display

Printers and Drivers

Papers and Inks

Soft Proofing

Panoramic Photographs

Presenting Your Work Framing

Matting a print

Mounting a Print Equipment and materials you’ll need

Dry Mounting a Print Step by Step

Bleed Mounting/Overmatting

Chapter 7. Organizing and Storing

Image Storage

Using Metadata

Software for Organizing

Archiving Images and Prints

Chapter 8. Lighting

Qualities of Light From direct to diffused

Existing Light Use what’s available

The Main Light The strongest source of light

Fill Light

To lighten shadows

Simple Portrait Lighting

Using Artificial

Light Photolamp or flash

More about Flash How to position it

Using Flash

Chapter 9. Seeing Like a Camera

What’s in the Picture The edges or frame

The background


Which parts are sharp

Time and Motion in a Photograph


in a Picture Three dimensions become two

Chaos becomes order

Photographing for Meaning

Portraits Informal: Finding them

Formal: Setting them up

Photographing the Landscape

Photographing the Cityscape

Photographing Inside

Responding to Photographs

Chapter 10. History of Photography

Daguerrotype “Designs on silver bright”

Calotype Pictures on paper

Collodion Wet-Plate Sharp and reproducible

Gelatin Emulsion/Roll-Film

Base Photography for everyone

Color Photography

Early Portraits

Early Travel Photography

Early Images of War

Time and Motion in Early Photographs

The Photograph as Document

Photography and Social Change


Photography as Art in the 19th Century

Pictorial Photography and the Photo-Secession

The Direct Image in Art

The Quest for a New Vision

Photography as Art in the 1950s and 1960s

Photography as Art in the 1970s and 1980s

Digital Photography Predecessors

Becomes Mainstream

How to Learn More


Photographers’ Web Sites 

Product Details

Stone, Jim
London, Barbara
General Photography
Photography-Darkrooms and Photo Finishing
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