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Advanced Digital Photography [Hardcover]

Tom Ang
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15 May 2003
This volume shows how to advance your digital photography skills, the success rate of your photography and your enjoyment. It brings together an authoritative technical background with trade secrets from power users and numerous picture-making ideas, all designed to take your digital photography several steps further. By showing numerous sets of "before" and "after" images, and by showing the chosen shot as well as discarded options, it illustrates the processes that lead to successful advanced digital photography.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (15 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840006838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840006834
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photographer, author, and broadcaster. A specialist in travel and digital photography, he is the author of 26 books on photography and video including the best-selling Digital Photographer's Handbook published in twenty languages and sold over half a million copies. He is now busily creating eBooks - see to download a free e-book, and buy others.

And look out for his latest: 'Photography - the definitive visual history' is a lavish and rich history of photography from a fresh perspective. Due out October 2014.

His 'Digital Photography Masterclass' was named The Crème De La Crème of the Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008 by Shutterbug and Best How-to Book of 2008 by Library Journal. He won the Thomas Cook Award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his book on the Marco Polo Expedition.

He presented two ground-breaking six-part series 'A Digital Picture of Britain' and 'Britain in Pictures' for BBC and an eight-part series for Channel News Asia, Singapore in 2009 (Bronze at the New York Film & TV Awards).

He was Technical Editor of 'Camera' magazine; editor of 'Photography' magazine; Picture Editor of 'The Sunday Correspondent Magazine'. He held the post of Senior Lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for 12 years. He was a pioneer of academic links to the Former Soviet Central Asia, leading a Know How Fund project for journalism in Kyrgyzstan. He is a founding member of the World Photographic Academy and was for many years the photography chair for the Royal Geographical Society's Expedition Workshops and been a jury member on Wildlife Photography Competition and Czech Press Photo.

He was born in Singapore and now lives in New Zealand.

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About the Author

Award-winning professional photographer Tom Ang is the author of Picture Editing, Silver Pixels, Dictionary of Photography, and Digital Imaging, and Digital Photography and Tao of Photography (both MB). Tom is senior lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster, London.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Advanced??? 12 July 2007
Hmm...Advanced Digital Photography? I am an amature photographer who was looking for some 'techniques and tips' to help my photography evolve and become more professional. What I found however was an over priced book which didn't really help me or teach me anything new or note-worthy. It goes in to the details between the differences between film and digital camera's which was was only slightly intresting, and it over explains some very basic concepts (that most people would already know) in detail. So don't judge a book by its cover - as the cover in this case is impressive while the book is not.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure... 26 July 2007
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I do so hate to have to give a book such a low score, maybe it even deserves just 2 stars, but I did learn one thing from this book, or was it 2, so I will give it the extra star!!

Why am I rather down on it? It seems to be quite a pricey book for little gain and fewer pages, only 144 of them!

It aims at the advanced user, which it probably does reasonably well, may be I am not advanced enough, as a lot of it I didn't even understand!

Part 1 is about Hardware and we can also certainly see that in a book we have or other books not aimed so high will cover this info. raw, TIFFS, monitor calibration, basic scanner info, colour gamut gets a mention. Then lenses, focal lengths, more scanning.

Part 2 is about Materials, this was more useful, Tom shows us about Levels, Highlight and Shadow controls - we get 4 pages of that!! Cloning and Healing, that was useful - 2 pages, Dodge and Burn - 2 pages, noise etc gets a mention. 2 more pages on levels! Apart from the dodge and burn, these were the most helpful pages to me!

It then gets more advanced and left me cold. Solarisation, Stair interpolation and things like filters, sharpening, colourizing a black and white image, Genuine Fractals gets a mention thats handy as I use it and like it, but nothing more than a mention. Databases also get mentioned.

I am confused by the market direction of this book, it is too advanced for a beginner or medium, as I am, not a spiritual medium, but I am more than a beginner but FAR short of advanced. However an advanced user would probably be better off getting a dedicated book on Photoshop Elements or CS2/3.

Am I glad I bought this book? No. With hindsight would I have bought it? No. I even feel guilty, but I can't mislead you!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ang's Advanced Digital Photography: Top notch. 3 Sep 2007
I've been a frequent user ot Photoshop for years. It was not until I read this book and explored the included Workshops did I begin to see the true power of the software. Most importantly, Tom did it by first showing me what could be done and then how to do it. An excellent source of inspiration.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Knowledge and Writing 28 May 2006
By Shaun Snapp - Published on
Tom Ang's books often seem to get low ratings. However, I really enjoy them. Tom writes with an information density that is really impressive. Its definately not a "breezy" style. So whether you will like his books, and this one as well, depends upon what you like to read. If you like deep intricate detail, than his books are I think the best in digital photography. This book has particularly impressive sections on scanning and printing.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money 28 Dec 2005
By Michael Huang - Published on
I was fairly disappointed with this book, I was hoping for it to concentrate more on the photography aspect rather than photo-editing techniques. It feels more like a Photoshop book with a 32 page introduction to digital cameras written for a graphic designer, not a photographer.
3.0 out of 5 stars not the latest edition. 30 April 2013
By Joert - Published on
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It has lots of usefull info and at a good price, however, it was not the latest edition. I was a little dissapointed.
17 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick and 'must' 17 Jun 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The revised edition of ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: TECHNIQUES & TIPS FOR CREATING PROFESSIONAL QUALITY IMAGES provides plenty of easy tips to enable novices with the basics to move to the next level of photography technology management. Here are tips on correcting distortion, scanning techniques, dodging and other advanced photo manipulation techniques - all with plenty of color photo examples, all with boxed tips making for quick, at-a-glance instruction. A top pick and 'must' for any general interest or specialty library strong in digital photo guides.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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