- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405316616
- ISBN-13: 978-1405316613
- Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 3.3 x 26.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Digital Photographer's Handbook Hardcover – 3 Aug 2006
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But the best aspect is the fact that it attempts to get you thinking. It talks about project ideas and basically "getting you out there" taking pictures
As for covering film aswell as digital!?! Surely this is a good thing as digital photography is based on film technology, where did the ISO come from after all...
It's a great companion and a great starting point in photography
This book tells you all of that and much more. One of its added bonuses is that it gives you troubleshooting tips on most any problem/mistake I can think of in understandable English without neglecting to mention the jargon and without sounding condescending. Kudos to the author.
Another thing I love so much about this book is the abundance of high quality colour photographs used. There are of course black & white photographs to be seen when the author discusses black & white photography, but colour pictures aren't suddenly 'deadened' by the use of black & white copies of the picture.
Since I am a PC fan and do not work with a Mac, I am very happy to see that eventhough there's a Mac picture in the part about the digital darkroom, the author does not try to force a Macintosh computer on you and also mentions (IBM compatible) PC's.
He also mentions quite a few digital cameras. However, a book with digital equipment can never be completely up-to-date. I would suggest getting information on the latest models straight off the Internet of from your local shop, since digital cameras are very popular and I have found that several of the cameras I liked were sold out very quickly. (Tip: if you read about a camera you like and you are serious about getting it, order it. Otherwise it might be gone before you realise it.Read more ›
The reason I bought a book on photography was to learn how to better use my digital camera. I am fairly new to photography, and wanted to learn more about exposure settings, composure, using flash, topics like landscape or portrait photography etc. Ang does spend a few pages on this, but it was so superficial and gave dissapointingly little information I could use in practice. Now don't get me wrong, I did learn a thing or two, but one page on exposure was less than I was hoping for.
The second half of the book (actually a bit more) is mostly spent explaining how to use picture editing software. My issue is that he doesn't direct his attention towards one program, neither towards PC or Mac. Which in my oppinion makes the information provided hard to actually use. He might spend a page explaining what the dodge and burn tools are (in general), but I suspect that once you fire up your software of choice to actually convert that knowledge into practice, you will have no idea what to do and results will be poor. I wanted to use Photoshop so I also bought "The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby. Now THAT book was just brilliant in letting you know how to actually do something with your pictures. It was not at all too advanced, he just spends a few more pages for explaining screenshots and procedures in an easy to understand step-by-step fashion.Read more ›
Tom Ang's experience is vast eyt down-to-earth and he's got a real gift for communicating clearly those things that matter to me - small, large and tiny considerations from the use of the camera; the computer software, the hardware and the aesthetic aspects of composition and so on.
This is a "golden age" of incredibly powerful yet really affordable digital technology that takes some knowledge to use. To me, this book is an essential companion, helping to put all the available technology to best use to capture and display the images that will communicate what I intend ... and discover along the way.
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This book was recommended, by a friend on my photo imageing course,
i bought it for my husband who has now joined the course
This is a good introduction to photography, clearly written and lavishly illustrated. The technical aspects of digital photography are covered in such a way that they can be... Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2011 by John Williams
Arrived quite promptly in good condition for a used book and a good price all round :) very happy can experiment furtherPublished on 5 Sept. 2011 by Topchick
I had the original version of this book on loan from our local Library for some time & finally decided that I could do with a copy. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2010 by Lakahimo
The book covers every area you can imagine in photography. Not what I was looking for really. Very informative but I wouldn't call it a handbook, more like a bible on photography. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2010 by Lyn
If you've never used a digital camera before or want to find out how to make the most of the one you have, then this is for you. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2009 by Aardvark
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