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Complete Digital Photography [Paperback]

Ben Long
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13 July 2012 1285077261 978-1285077260 7th Revised edition
The title says it all. The seventh edition of this popular guide is your one-stop resource for learning every aspect of digital photography, from shooting to post-production to printing. "Complete Digital Photography; Seventh Edition", starts with the basics; no prior knowledge of photography is assumed or required. By the end of the book, you'll have a deep understanding of the art and technology of photography, you'll be ready to tackle complex photographic challenges, and your results will reflect your growing expertise. All aspects of digital photography are covered, from the fundamentals of camera operation to choosing a camera, shooting, image editing, output, and workflow. Along the way, you'll learn the basics of photographic artistry, including composition, lighting, how to see, and more. Photographer Ben Long brings his extensive experience to bear, helping you over conceptual hurdles and leading you to a clear understanding of how to take great photos. With "Complete Digital Photography, Seventh Edition" in hand you will master the equipment, the process, and the art of digital photography.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 7th Revised edition edition (13 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285077261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285077260
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 currently writes for Photoshop Elements magazine, is a Senior Contributor at Macworld Magazine and, and a senior editor at CreativePro.com. 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. A sometime dabbler in computer programming, he has written a Mac-based image editing utility that is used by the British Museum, the White House, and others. You can learn more about what he's up to at www.completedigitalphotography.com.

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Introduction. 1. Eyes, Brains, Lights , and Images. 2. Getting to Know Your Camera. 3. Camera Anatomy. 4. Image Transfer. 5. Image Sensors. 6. Exposure Basics. 7. Program Mode. 8. Advanced Exposure. 9. Finding and Composing a Photo. 10. Lighting. 11. Raw Shooting. 12. Special Shooting. 13. Workflow. 14. Editing Workflow and First Steps. 15. Correcting Tone. 16. Correcting Color. 17. Image Editing in Raw. 18. Masking. 19. Black and White Conversion. 20. Layers, Retouching, and Special Effects. 21. Panoramic Stitching and HDR Merging. 22. Output 23. Glossary.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a beginner 20 Oct 2012
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Just bought this having purchased a Sony Nex 5N and found that my ignorance on digital photography was total! Absolutely excellent book, easy to read with lots of photos(!) and I was quickly able to understand the basics. The book is well laid out and follows a logical sequence. I like the writing style which makes it an easy read. The book does not just cover taking photos and the camera technology but also how to edit the photos afterwards which is also very useful. I had been watching stacks of videos on YouTube to learn about photography and realised that I needed something to be able to reference - this book has served me well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ajoyful luxury to read 14 July 2013
By Pierre
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This all encompassing tomb is beautifully designed from the page layout of the very extensive and valuable conyent and is giving my hours of pleasure whether browsing or selectively reading in depth. The supporting graphics and illustratios are a joy to study and are very topical.

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4.0 out of 5 stars covers everything, so naturally some details are lacking 21 Nov 2012
By Jerry So.Cal. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent, and it's huge: 600 pages. It's profesionally edited with beautiful illustrations and photos. It's organized well. It covers everything from how an image sensor works(in detail) to how to employ the most-used functions in an image editor. Photoshop is the software he takes examples from in the book.
Other subjects he covers that aren't often found in other photography books: how to use a white balance card; calibrating your monitor so the image you see on the screen is accurate; a couple of tidbits on Canon SLRs that aren't in the Canon manual(i.e. in spot, partial, or center-weight metering mode, if you press the shutter button halfway down, hold it, and reframe, the camera will automatically re-meter your scene and choose new exposure settings; but in evaluative metering mode, the exposure locks once the shutter button is pressed halfway down, even if you reframe); proper settings to output your images, whether it's to attach to an email or print at home.
Because this book covers almost everything you can imagine, the author couldn't go into great detail about every subject. If you want to learn how to improve your flash photography, you'll need a dedicated book on flash photography. The author touches upon reflectors, but doesn't cover everything you can do with them. The chapter on lighting covers 18 pages; the book is 600 pages thick. If you want to know what camera settings you'll need to shoot a low key image, you won't find that here.
The second half of the book covers software -- editing your images, printing, importing, workflow, etc. Even though the author covers quite a bit on photo editing in Photoshop, you'll want a dedicated book or DVD on how to use Photoshop. He doesn't always give you all the steps you need to perform a particular function, but then again, this isn't a how-to book on Photoshop.
This book is fun to read. It's easy to read. Everything makes sense and the author is encouraging throughout. I think it'll inspire you to want to improve your photography. I know it inspired me.
I own this book, a book dedicated to flash photography(Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook), and a Photoshop instructional book. Photography can be a complex hobby, so i'm sure i'll keep reading and studying as the months go by. But this book by Ben Long will keep any beginner/intermediate photographer busy for awhile as you start to employ all he has taught you.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, extensive coverage, good book to have 25 July 2012
By dnk512 - Published on Amazon.com
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Books in photography have improved dramatically the last decade or so. Dry manuals have been replaced with a more narrative/communicative style. Add the improved quality of the layout and you have wonderful books right and left. I was turned off by the 'digital' on the title of the book. Few years back I told my self to never buy a photography book with that word on its title. I guess my early experience was that such books would focus on the digital aspect of the 'new' photography and greatly omit the very important elements of photography (common to all 'forms' of photographic media).
Not so with this author. I found this book to have an excellent balance on all elements of photography with a very thorough coverage in each (digital concepts included). It will serve well for beginners, as well as for intermediate photographers.
Do not underestimate the writing style of an author. I do know that not everyone likes the same writing style. So, read the preview on Amazon (the previous version of this book allows for preview here on Amazon -- hopefully they will add preview on the 7th version, too).
In summary, this is a very nice general photography book to have. Thorough and well written. The digital specifics I am sure will be outdated soon, but such are our times.
Oh, be aware, the book is huge. Not an easy carry around.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of knowledge 11 Aug 2012
By Southpaw Shooter - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains a wealth of knowledge and would serve as a great reference to the many concepts involved with digital photography. I'm especially impressed the coverage of photo processing at the end of the book. I highly recommend this book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a serious book for serious photographers 8 Jan 2013
By Dragoslav T. Marcovich - Published on Amazon.com
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A very comprehensive and thorough book. Covers all aspects of digital photography (how the camera works, how to set the camera for several scenes, how to 'massage' the images on the PC, how to compose pictures, etc.) as well as it compares/contracts film to digital to eyes so as to offer a better understanding of the process. The book offers a web page that allows one to download (in PDF) expanded aspects of the book's topics as the reader needs to learn about more advanced aspects of digital work. I have been in photography since 1958 (digital since 2000) and this book has impressed me !!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good text book 8 Aug 2012
By ALEVARMAD - Published on Amazon.com
It's a very complete book for photography students. It has detailed instructions and examples. The illustrations and the edition quality are another plus, it's an useful and beautiful book.
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