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The Digital Photography Handbook: An Illustrated Step-by-step Guide [Paperback]

Doug Harman , David Jones
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5 Jan 2006
The "Digital Photographer's handbook" is a comprehensive beginner's guide, assuming no prior knowledge. It brings together the best of classical photography techniques and the unrivalled potential of digital technology. The author has been a photography magazine journalist for 15 years and has extensive knowledge and an easy, jargon-free writing style. Going Digital - the basics, including choosing a camera and equipment, setting up, taking shots and camera care Using your Digital Camera - tips for taking great photographs, with inspirational ideas for every genre: portraits, holidays, weddings, children, flora & fauna, abstracts, etc. The Digital Darkroom - improving, adapting and rescuing images on a computer: basic, advanced and professional techniques. Output - getting the best end result, on-line or in print, and creating a portfolio.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc (5 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905204140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905204144
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doug is an writer, author and skilled and talented photographer with vast experience in all forms of photography, but particularly specialising in portraits, weddings and architectural photography.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in all areas of the photographic industry having spent almost 24 years as a journalist, author, photographer, and digital camera and technology specialist.

Doug is the author of the UK's No1, bestselling, now in its third edition and , a pocket guide to better camera phone photography. He was also the technical advisor to John Freeman on the Digital SLR Handbook.

Doug has also written extensively for many digital photography websites and magazines including, What Digital Camera, Amateur Photographer, Total Digital Photography, Canon Professional Network, Digital Photographer, and; Professional Photographer, Photography Monthly and Digital Camera Buyer. More recently, Doug has written for The Times Online and the Press Association.

Doug has also written and presented a digital photography DVD show called, appropriately enough, Doug Harman's Guide to Digital Photography and teaches photography and photography technique.

Doug's passion for photography means that no matter what the task, be it a wedding, a portrait commission or even photographic tuition, he always strives to deliver unparalleled know-how and stunning photographs with real impact that capture those magic moment creating beautiful lasting memories, forever.

In addition, Doug is also one of the founding directors of media and marketing company US3 Media Ltd and is one of the founding editors of the technology, news, reviews and buyer's guide web site:

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Need to know which digital camera and accessories to buy?

Want to know how to take better photographs and retouch images?

Ready to achieve professional results?

The Digital Photography Handbook – the comprehensive guide to digital photography

Includes expert advice on: Types of camera; computers, software and other accessories; pixels and magnification; memory; saving images; composing pictures; exposure; light; camera modes; manipulating images; special effects; scanning; retouching old photos; printing digital images; selecting printers and paper; archiving; e-mailing images; getting your pictures on the web

About the Author

Doug Harman has over 15 year's experience as a journalist, writer, photographer, and digital camera and technology tester. He has written extensively for a multitude of digital photography magazines and websites, including Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera, Total Digital Photography, Professional Photographer and Photography Monthly. David Jones is a professional photographer with an extensive commercial portfolio, particularly in the fashion and advertising industries. He has also been widely exhibited and contributed photographs to many magazines and books, including Brunel, How to Keep Dinosaurs and Master Chef.

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 6 Mar 2006
If you're relatively new to the world of digital photography, or about to purchase a digicam, then you NEED this book - it's jam-packed with useful stuff! Starting off with what equipment you'll actually need, it looks at effective photo techniques for a range of subjects, together with creative tips to help enhance the resulting shots. There's an in-depth look at digital image-editing software, with plenty of inspiring examples showing the effectiveness of both basic & advanced techniques, all clearly explained in a jargon-free way. this is a pretty essential read!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of book for the money 23 May 2006
An excellent book, can't believe it was so cheap. This is a well written book with all you need to know about digital photography from what camera to buy to printing off your well executed photos. It is written in basic terms which is useful as I bought this book as a present for my old man who is a bit of a Luddite who now uses an Ixus instead of his beloved 35mm lump, and even he can follow it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Biddlecombe TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Cheaper than many books, and just about small enough to take with you on a holiday when you might use the camera, but there are several fairly obvious problems:

In the section about about "How many megapixels", the pictures used to show larger images aren't very informative - the picture suitable for 5x7 prints is about 1.75x2.25, and the one that's apparently OK for 420mm x 594mm is 82mm x 91mm (units swap between inches and mm and you're left to do any conversion yourself). Obviously the full size pics would be too big for the book, but we could have at least a detail to represent the image quality at the size discussed, and/or a picture showing the relative sizes correctly.

In the Memory and Memory cards section, SDHC cards get barely a mention and there's some puzzling maths. We're told that a 16Mb card will hold about 50 standard quality shots and one high-quality shot. Then "A 32Mb card will hold around 10 high-quality shots and a 128Mb around 30." Why the number of shots on a card four times bigger than 32Mb is not "around 40", I have no idea. And it's all pretty irrelevant as a search for SD cards on Amazon failed to find anything smaller than 1Gb (eight times the size of the biggest card discussed in the book).

Zoom lens focal lengths: we're told that focal lengths are specified by comparison with the focal length of 35mm cameras, but this is followed up by "They are indicated on the camera lens in millimetres." The focal lengths shown on the cameras are usually NOT "35mm equivalent", and the book contains quite a few pictures of cameras which prove this point.

"Which computer" page: more outdated information: you're advised to buy a PC with a minimum of around "100 gigabytes (80 Gb)".
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Digital Photography Handbook 28 Feb 2007
By capt J
As I am a beginner in digital photography and just recently purchased a digital camera, I found this book to be very helpful and easy to understand.

Clear pictures are important to me to understand the basics of a digital camera. This book is recommended for beginners or intermediates with lots of advice in helping you choose the right camera for yourself. To me its a great book to start of with.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 23 Sep 2006
My first book on Digital Cameras and i can say it teachs basics, advanced levels and i highly recommend this book. its a steal at this price.

Easy to follow and nice clear images, laid out in chapters that make sence and in the right order for learning a digital SLR.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start 28 Jun 2009
I have recently taken the plunge (I`m over 70) and bought a small camera which works with my computer. Starting from scratch, my only demands was to be able to take half decent photos, get them onto my fairly old computer and be able to edit and print them out. This book gave me a good grounding in the camera side, but didn`t cover the computer side. For that I got Everyday Digital Photography on DVD, which works great as I`m lazy and it shows you how to do everything. As a bonus, it also has video tutorials too which are very easy to follow.

I bought a Sandisk 8gb card which holds more than enough photos for my liking, and I can snap away and delete photos on my computer now. A great combination for anyone like myself looking for a great start, I got a Canon Ixus 80 which is a lovely little camera and takes stunning photos. WIth the Sandisk, this book and the DVD you have a fabulous setup.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I took up digital photography recently and bought this book, after been diappointed with another photo book.
This book is a must for the person new at digital photography. It goes hand in hand with my Canon 400D.
The book is very up to date,last published in 2008. I wanted how to learn how to take good photos and not just how to work in the dark room or editing pics etc;
I wasn't diappointed. This covers the purchase of a camera, the lens you need, other accessories, photo techniques etc; There are even tips on most of the pages, things to do and not do!
This book is a great reference and a valuable read for the photographer.

I highly recommend this book, especially for the beginner to digital photography.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 20 July 2007
I'm new to dslr and have just bought a D80, i found this book goes into detail in every area. It gives great pictures,10 out of 10.
But I would like a book to show you more pictures of how it goes wrong and how then to take the shot right. This book does a bit. Its a great book. I also bought "Scott Kelby's" "The Digital Photography Book" But this book is better for beginers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Helpfull, but a little out of date.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Lots of very good info and guidance.
Published 2 months ago by Owlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Digi book
Another book that is excellent if only I could be bothered to read and digest it! Pictures are good, though and worth a look.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. E. Goody
4.0 out of 5 stars book
I enjoyed this book and I found it very useful to read. it arrived on time and in good condition.

This book proved useful during my photography course. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Catherine62
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book keeping up to date - just.
I feel that books with a title like this one must be strictly kept up to date. The author of this one is doing OK just now but he needs to keep his eye on the ball from now on. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Nordic crime fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
I bought this as a Xmas present for my son. He was very pleased with the book. I must add he is quite an experienced and creative photographer. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Kenell
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography made accessable
Unfortunately a bit too big for your back pocket but Doug Harman's clear explanations take the mystique out of the Digital Camera scenario. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by Kernow
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography Handbook
Good practical book which covers all areas of setting up and taking pictures digitally

Handy size to have with you

It goes into equipment and software and... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by D. S. Brocklesby
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photograpy Handbook
Excellent book; concise, well illustrated and easy to read and all at a reasonable price.
Published on 7 Nov 2009 by GKMN
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