Complete Digital Photography

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2007-06-26
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Is This the Right Book for You?p. 3
How This Book Is Organizedp. 3
What Counts as Digital Photographyp. 6
The Best-Laid Plansp. 6
What Software Do You Need?p. 6
Digital 101: A Few Basic Ideasp. 7
How a Digital Camera Worksp. 11
Something Old, Something Newp. 12
A Little Color Theoryp. 13
How An Image Sensor Worksp. 15
How Your Camera Makes an Imagep. 22
How JPEG Compression Worksp. 26
Meanwhile, Back in the Real Worldp. 27
Basic Photography: A Quick Primerp. 29
Lensesp. 30
Exposures: Apertures, Shutter Speeds, and ISOp. 33
Mostly the Samep. 39
Evaluating an Imagep. 41
How Things Look On-Screen Doesn't Always Matterp. 42
The Top Nine Imaging Problems You're Likely to Encounterp. 43
Good or Bad, Who Can Tell Why?p. 53
Choosing a Digital Camerap. 55
Budgetp. 57
Point-and-Shoot or SLRp. 57
Resolutionp. 61
Point-and-Shoot Lens Specificationsp. 68
Basic Controlsp. 70
Camera Designp. 78
Featuresp. 91
What's in the Box?p. 119
Special Featuresp. 121
Accessoriesp. 124
What Should I Buy?p. 131
Building a Workstationp. 133
Choosing an Operating Systemp. 134
Building Your Systemp. 135
Softwarep. 141
Accessoriesp. 153
Preparing Your Monitorp. 154
Ready! Aim!p. 158
Shootingp. 159
Seeing, Interpreting, and Composing an Imagep. 160
Five Practices for Better Shootingp. 175
Initial Camera Settingsp. 183
Building a Shotp. 186
Simple Flash Photographyp. 212
Power and Storage Managementp. 219
And That's Just the Beginning!p. 223
Metering and Exposurep. 225
What You Can Do with Exposure Adjustmentsp. 226
How to Adjust Exposurep. 236
In-Camera Histogramsp. 244
Bracketingp. 249
Exposing for Rawp. 251
Exposing to Avoid Chromatic Aberration (Purple Fringing)p. 255
Taking Controlp. 256
Special Shootingp. 257
Stable Shootingp. 258
Black-and-White Photographyp. 262
Black-and-White Shootingp. 263
External Flashp. 267
Controlling Available Lightp. 273
Macro Photographyp. 276
Landscape Photographyp. 279
Shooting Panoramasp. 283
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imagingp. 293
Underwater Photographyp. 295
Tethered Shootingp. 296
Using Filtersp. 296
Shooting in Extreme Conditionsp. 299
Halfway Therep. 304
Workflowp. 305
Post-Production Workflowp. 306
Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroomp. 313
Learning Morep. 316
Correcting Tone and Colorp. 317
Histograms Revisitedp. 319
Cropping and Distortion Correctionp. 320
Cropping an Imagep. 320
Straightening an Imagep. 324
Correcting Barrel and Pincushion Distortion in Photoshop CS2/CS3p. 328
Correcting Perspective in Photoshop CS2/CS3p. 331
Correcting Chromatic Aberration with Photoshop CS2/CS3p. 333
Corrrecting Tonep. 335
Using Levels Input Slidersp. 337
Adjusting a Real-World Imagep. 342
Should You Worry about Data Loss?p. 346
Curvesp. 348
Correcting Tone with Curvesp. 350
Levels and Curves and Colorp. 356
Correcting a Color Castp. 358
Correcting Color with Curvesp. 351
Hue/Saturationp. 365
Adjusting Saturationp. 366
The Story So Farp. 368
Raw Conversionp. 371
Raw Workflowp. 372
Raw Editingp. 376
Copying Your Edits from One Image to Anotherp. 390
What More Do You Need?p. 391
Building Your Editing Arsenalp. 393
What You'll Learn in This Chapterp. 394
Brushes and Stampsp. 394
Cloning Video Tutorialp. 397
Masksp. 399
Creating Complex Masksp. 407
Layersp. 414
Other Editing Toolsp. 419
Imaging Tacticsp. 421
Editing Orderp. 422
Converting Color Images to Grayscalep. 423
Finding Black and White Imagesp. 427
Retouchingp. 428
p. 430
Additional Editing Techniquesp. 433
p. 436
p. 441
Color Adjustmentp. 445
p. 446
Editingp. 453
Video Tutorial: Painting Light and Shadowp. 461
Photoshop CS2/CS3 Smart Objectsp. 462
Working with Smart Objectsp. 462
Special Effectsp. 469
Simulating Depth of Fieldp. 470
Shortening Depth of Field in an Imagep. 470
Stitching Panoramasp. 475
Creating "Hand-Tinted" Imagesp. 478
Applying Effects by Paintingp. 481
Adding Texture, Grain, and "Film" Lookp. 482
Cleaning Portraitsp. 483
Compositingp. 485
High Dynamic Range Imagingp. 486
Outputp. 491
Resizingp. 492
Understanding Resolutionp. 495
Sharpeningp. 500
Painting Sharpeningp. 503
Selective Sharpening of a Portraitp. 504
Web and E-mail Outputp. 509
Outputting Electronic Filesp. 512
Choosing a Printerp. 513
Printingp. 524
Generating a Soft Proof in Adobe Photoshopp. 529
Printing from Photoshopp. 531
Conclusionp. 538
Glossaryp. 539
About the CD-ROMp. 553
Indexp. 555
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