Synopses & Reviews
As digital cameras and image editing software become more technologically advanced and affordable, photography has become more popular and accessible to photographers of all ages and skill sets. While these advances have helped beginning photographers take better pictures, these same photographers often don't have the technical skills required to take great photos. "Complete Digital Photography, Fifth 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. You'll 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. You'll also explore the basics of artistry in photography, including finding a subject, composition, lighting, and more. This fifth edition features both new material and a revised and more user-friendly organizational structure. Tutorials and exercises throughout the book will help you practice the techniques presented in each chapter.
aComplete Digital Photography, Fifth Editiona guides users through every aspect of digital photography from shooting through post-production and printing. Covering both the technical aspects of photography, as well as the artistry, this comprehensive book is valuable to shooters of all levels. Readers will learn all aspects of digital photography from how a camera works and how to choose the camera thatas right for you, through shooting, image editing, output, and workflow. Along the way, readers will learn the basics of photography artistry including composition, lighting, how to see, and more. This new edition has been completely revised with brand new content and a more reader-friendly format.
Complete Digital Photography has become a classic book for helping traditional photographers move to digital! It's also the book of choice for many new digital photographers who want to learn how to take great digital photos. Now in its 4th edition, this bestseller has been fine-tuned and updated to provide the most current information available. Covering everything from the inner workings of the camera to the subtle intricacies of image editing software, the book is divided into four sections. The first section provides the basic technical foundation needed throughout the rest of the book. It details the basics of how digital cameras work and provides a quick photography primer. The second part explores everything needed to make an informed decision about which camera, computer, and software to choose. Section three has been thoroughly updated and expanded to cover the nitty gritty of shooting, including metering, choosing the right exposure, using histograms, flash photography, and much more. And the final section, teaches the latest digital editing and correction techniques, including new coverage of workflow and raw conversion.
About the Author
Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of more than two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at CreativePro.com, and the author of several best-selling Lynda.com photography courses. His photography clients have included 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, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Eyes, Brains, Lights, and Images Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your Camera Chapter 3: Camera Anatomy Chapter 4: Image Transfer Chapter 5: Image Sensors Chapter 6: Exposure Basics Chapter 7: Program Mode Chapter 8: Advanced Exposure Chapter 9: Finding and Composing a Photo Chapter 10: Lighting Chapter 11: Raw Shooting Chapter 12: Special Shooting Chapter 13: Workflow Chapter 14; Editing Workflow and First Steps Chatper 15: Correcting Tone Chapter 16; Correcting Color Chapter 17: Image Editing in Raw Chapter 18: Masking Chapter 19: Black-and-White Conversion Chapter 20: Layers, Retouching, and Special Effects Chapter 21: Output