Synopses & Reviews
'Digital photography has arrived once and for all. No longer do photographers have to be defensive because they prefer digital. Thanks to new technologies, digital cameras at all ends of the price spectrum can rival their film counterparts. If you have shifted from traditional to digital photography, and need to know what\'s different about shooting digital, this is the book for you. Now in its third edition, this bestseller has been fine-tuned and updated to provide you with the most current information on today\'s cameras that you\'ll find anywhere. Whether you\'re new to photography, or new to digital photography, you\'ll learn how to take the best possible shots. Even though your camera may pack an image sensor instead of film, taking good pictures still involves understanding apertures, shutter speeds, and metering techniques, as well as a few other issues that film shooters don\'t face. Fortunately, digital cameras also provide some unique tools to help you get the shot right the first time. Covering everything from the inner workings of your camera to the subtle intricacies of your image editing software, the book is divided into four sections. The first section provides a basic technical foundation that will prepare you for the rest of the book. It details the basics of how digital cameras work and gives you a quick photography primer. The second part explores everything you need to know to make an informed decision about which camera, computer, and software is right for you. In section three, you\'ll progress to the nitty gritty of shooting, including metering, choosing the right exposure, using histograms, flash photography, and much more. In the final section, you\'ll learn about digital editing and correction techniques, along with the various methods for outputting your images (print and electronic). If you\'re new to photography, you\'ll learn the basic theory that photographers have studied for decades, as well as the latest tools and techniques.'
System requirements for Macintosh: PowerPC-based Mac with 128 MB of RAM and 350 MB of free disk space; System 9.1, 9.2.x, or Mac OS X v10.1.3 or later; color monitor and video card capable of displaying thousands of colors; monitor resolution of 800 x 600 or greater; CD-ROM drive; QuickTime.
System requirements for Windows: Pentium processor with 128 MB of RAM and 150 MB of free disk space; Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home/Professional; color monitor and video card capable of displaying thousands of colors; monitor resolution of 800 x 600 or greater; CD-ROM drive; QuickTime.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 477) and index.
About the Author
Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer and writer. The author of over a dozen books on digital photography and digital video; he has been a longtime contributor or contributing editor to many magazines including MacWeek, MacUser, Macworld UK, and others. He is a Senior Contributing Editor for Macworld magazine, and a Senior Editor at CreativePro.com. His photography clients include 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world.
Table of Contents
'Introduction How Good are Digital Photos? How a Digital Camera Works Basic Photography: a Quick Primer Choosing a Digital Camera Building a Workstation Shooting Manual Exposure Special Shooting Preparing Your Images for Editing Correcting Tone and Color Building Your Editing Arsenal Essential Imaging Tactics Special Effects Output Glossary\n