Building on Carlton's reputation as the successful publisher of the Complete Photography Manual and the Digital Photography Manual, this book focuses on the techniques of the digital equivalent of the darkroom, concentrating on image editing and manipulation, to provide a complete resource aimed at all levels of expertise. Highly practical with a results-orientated approach, the book looks at image creation from both a photographic and artistic viewpoint. The creation of images is examined holistically - all the components of the process, including the original image, the software tools and the user's skill and creativity are examined and seen to contribute to the end result. Techniques and effects are given in the context of producing exemplary results, and creative solutions are presented for typical imaging problems. Taking a generic approach to software packages wherever possible, the low emphasis on individual software packages will prevent this title from dating quickly, allowing it to retain credibility as new software is developed. Different techniques are illustrated by colour step-by-step photography throughout, and together with concise, easy-to-follow text from an established expert in the field, this is a comprehensive and inspiring guide to this exciting area of digital photography.
An avid photographer since very young, Peter's first foray into photography was, as a six year old saving cereal packet tops to get a simple Kodak camera. He soon began shooting anything and everything. His enthusiasm was such that it was heard by a neighbour, who, when clearing out the house gifted him a set of darkroom equipment. He quickly embraced this too.
Hence, on holidays, days out and social events he could be found with a camera almost permanently to his eye - a trend he continues to this day.
At University Peter found a rival for his passions - astrophysics - but was able to marry both interests as he explored the opportunities offered by the embryonic digital photography technology.
In at the birth - almost - of digital photography he was quick to see how this could revolutionise photography and start putting cameras into the hands of everyone - not just the few who had the time to invest in the basis skills.
Not so much a professional photographer as a passionate one, Peter continues to evangelise photography and in particular the benefits and fun that new technologies can bring.
Peter is married with two children who have shown immense patience as subjects for his photography.