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Digital Photographer's Handbook [Hardcover]

Tom Ang
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1 April 2009

Get snap happy with the new edition of this comprehensive and motivating guide to digital photography from guru Tom Ang

Learn everything you need to about digital photography from Tom Ang. His inspirational images and jargon free tips on demystifying the technical elements of photography will help you take great shots.

Plus, find out how to manipulate your pictures to perfection and pick up trouble-shooting advice to help you overcome common problems with software and output. Fully updated to include all of the latest developments in digital cameras, equipment and software, discover the capabilities and limitations of all types of camera, from compacts to top of the range dSLRs, so you pick the right camera for your needs.

Suitable for all levels of experience from amateurs to aspiring David Baileys. You'll get great results every time.

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 April 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405339020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405339025
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 18.2 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,096 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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"An excellent companion to the artificial lens." -- Digital Camera Buyer, September 2004

"Informative and inspirational" -- Good Book Guide, 01 November 2002

"This book scores heavily over rivals" -- Professional Photographer, 01 October 2002


"Informative and inspirational"

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 7 Feb 2005
Personally, I think this is a great book and find the negative reviews a little harsh. If you're a beginner and new to ISO's, Spot metering and Apertures, its really good. But it's not just that. It is full of really good advice, tips and maybe more importantly, ideas. Every photo in the book has an explaination of how it was taken and what equipment was used etc... This is invaluable stuff to us beginners.
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
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
First off, let me say that I have browsed through many books before buying this one. I was looking for a book on digital photography that would go beyond the obvious taking/scanning of the picture and then editing in photo editing software. I was hoping to find in-depth knowledge on the difference between a digital camera and an analogue one, the inner workings of cameras in general and in particular, plus tips on how to rise above shooting your average snapshot.
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.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pages, little useful information 4 Feb 2006
I was quite dissapointed after reading this book. The first 70 or so pages discuss which digital camera to buy, which printer, scanner features etc. Of course, almost all of this information is obsolete by now. Even if it was updated though, I would argue that there are much better sources to help guide the consumer towards a purchase, or even explain the workings of a printer, than this book.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Richard The book boy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A lot has already been said about this book. I find it a good book to look up a paticular subject in, read about it and then put it back on the shelf until the next problem comes along. There is nothing wrong with this and the section on layers sorted out some of the problems I had with getting them to work, for this alone the book was worth it. This guy knows his stuff and I have a few other books by him and like them also. All in all a valuable resiurse for when things go wrong or you can't get something to work in the editing stage.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good beginners guide 18 July 2003
I bought the book right after buying my digital camera because the camera manual gave no guidence on when to use what function and how they play together to influence the final image. Every function I wondered about is explained in the book and as such it fulfilled my expectations. Be awere though that this ( and every other book on digital photography ) also contains some pretty basic PC understanding and you have to be forgiving for that if you, like me are trying to learn photography rather than digital... 75% of the book was extremely useful because it explained the why and when of my digital camera functions as well as a first time guidence on taking pictures in different situations. I'm now however looking for a book that can take me to the next level in photograpy using a digital camera, unfortunately such a book does not seem to exist.. If you can be forgiving of the basic pc stuff (or if you need that part as well), I would highly reccomend this book. If you want a book fokusing exclusively on how to take great pictures with a digital camera - sorry, such a book does not exist but this is a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars was recommended
This book was recommended, by a friend on my photo imageing course,
i bought it for my husband who has now joined the course
Published 19 months ago by Marie Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to photography
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 more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by John Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Arrived quite promptly in good condition for a used book and a good price all round :) very happy can experiment further
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Topchick
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly useful book for all levels of experience
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 more
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by Lakahimo
2.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photographer's Handbook
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 more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Lyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you're looking for a basic guide to digital photography
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 more
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by Aardvark
4.0 out of 5 stars starting point
This book is in great condition and is packed full of info.
Bit hard to grasp all the tec info at first if you don't no much about camera's and editing but stick with it all... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2009 by K. reisis
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photographer's Handbook by Tom Ang
Digital Photographer's Handbook
This is another excellent book by Tom Ang. Clearly written and illustrated. Read more
Published on 18 May 2009 by P. Crockett
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of experience made available to me
I can unreservedly recommend this book. It is an order of magnitude more relevant to me than any other similar book I've come across, even if the pages on the actual cameras is... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2008 by Iain
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent complete manual for the beginner
I love this book. I have been an keen photographer for many years now. I therefore found some of the book to be of no use personnally but for the beginner it's perfect. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2005 by Mark Smith
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