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The Digital Photography Handbook: An illustrated step-by-step guide from choosing your camera to using advanced digital techniques [Paperback]

Doug Harman
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Book Description

28 Oct 2010

Need to know which digital camera and accessories to buy? Want to discover how to take better photographs and retouch images? Ready to achieve professional results?

This updated edition of The Digital Photography Handbook shows you how to combine your photographic flair with digital expertise. Digital cameras and 'digital darkrooms' available on everyday computers have revolutionized modern photography, making truly professional results within reach for all of us.

Divided into four parts, the book looks at the right equipment for you, the art of photography (composition, depth of field and how to photograph a variety of subjects), editing and image manipulation software and, finally, how to print your images for the best results, developing a portfolio and mastering the rules of copyright.

In this updated edition Doug Harman includes the very latest developments in digital technology, equipping you with everything you need to become an accomplished 21st-century photographer.

Contents include: Types of camera, Computers and their software, Exposure, Composition, Light, Camera modes, Special effects, Manipulating images, Photo apps, Retouching old photos, Printing digital images, Selecting printers and paper, Archiving and the cloud, Making money from your images, Copyright rules.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; 3 edition (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849165254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849165259
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,528 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 discover 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; exposure; composing pictures; light; camera modes; special effects; manipulating images; retouching old photos; printing digital images; selecting printers and paper; archiving; e-mailing images; getting your pictures on the Web. Fully updated to include the latest developments in digital technology.

About the Author

Doug Harman has over 20 years' experience as a technical journalist and digital technology tester. He has written extensively for numerous digital photography magazines and websites including Amateur Photographer, Total Digital Photography and What Digital Camera.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginner's book 29 Oct 2010
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This is an excellent introduction to digital photography for beginner to intermediate level. It covers a wide field from hardware and composition basics to software photo editing. The style reminded me of the popular "Garden Expert" series of books by Dr David Hessayon - clear and concise, with straightforward advice. It's also great value for money at just over 5 GBP delivered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars stating the obvious! 13 April 2012
By Smedley
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Chosen because of the good reviews this book receives. My camera manual tells me how to change the various settings but not what effect these changes would have on the image, which is what i'd hoped this book would clarify . it really doesn't help at all, so much time wasted on what camera to buy and a list of items you may or may not require to take good photos like maybe a tripod to keep the camera still?! who'd have thought! most chapters are so short and really offer very little technical advice. As an example, on portraiture it suggests using the portrait setting on your camera, genius! if you're not sure which bit to point and which button to press this may be the book for you, but it was not for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Digital Photography Handbook 19 Nov 2011
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This book is brilliant. I was determined to learn the extent of my own camera's capabilities and, even though the instruction manual which came with it was explained fairly well, I found this book to be really informative. The booklet which came with the camera told me how to operate it but this handbook explained why you should be doing something, how to do it and also gave tips. It's a really good buy and very easy to understand. I must admit I'd done a lot of researching into this type of book in bookshops, looking for one which was fairly technical but easily understandable. One or two of the items I had to read and re-read in order to be able to understand them fully but found it was an extremely helpful book.

I would certainly recommend this if you are fairly new to digital cameras or, even if more experienced, it explains in depth as to how you can get better photographs and is a good reference book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 May 2011
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This is a great booked, recently updated and full of easy to follow guides to digital photography. Each section has been written so that you can either read this book cover to cover; or select specific areas what you are interested in. A fantastic price and I would highly recommend this book to anyone new to digital photography or the more experienced as there is something for everyone in here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 May 2011
By maryp
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Excellent little book whether you are new to digital photography or already know your stuff. It guides you through all the jargon and explains things in a clear and concise manner. You can just dip in and out as you gain confidence. If your camera came without a manual, as mine did (i know it comes on a CD that you can just pop in your computer)then you definitely shouldn't be without this book. When I go on holiday or just out and about for the day, a manual is much better, as you don't always have a PC/Laptop with you!! When I want to look something up or refresh my memory on something it will be much easier to revert to this little book. I can leave my camera on auto settings, until I get used to it, then experiment with diferrent settings as suggested by the author. I will never be another David Bailey, but with practice my experience will grow. I bought this after reading all the previous reviews and they weren't wrong. An excellent little book and would thoroughly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book for amateur photographers 31 Jan 2011
I have just bought a new Canon SX20 IS Camera from Amazon, and wanted a book to help me get into photography in a bit more depth, I am not totally new to photography, but want to enhance my knowledge and skills..... this book is an excellent way to do this.... if you are an amateur like me, and want to progress to being a better photographer, then this book is a great place to start!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography 20 Aug 2011
By Bishy
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As a newbie to Digital Photography, I needed a 'leg up' with the jargon and technical stuff. To this end the book explained many otherwise complex elements in a language even I could understand. A bit too much computer and photo manipulation for my liking as I want my camera to do the talking and not fudge things afterwards. That said though, an enjoyable and help full book that I would recommend to all beginners looking for simple explanations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy handbook peps up your photography 29 Jan 2011
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The book is heavy for its size - a bit too heavy, I fear, for the average camera bag. Despite this minor drawback, even as an experienced photographer I found it very useful. It is well laid-out and full of practical tips and excellent examples showing the reader what can be achieved by anyone with a serious attitude towards photography. "Digital photographer" is not a synonym for "dabbler". Take the content of this book onboard and do your camera justice! A very good buy, even at the undiscounted UK price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have.
This is an excellent book and a small handy size to slip in your bag to boot. One of the top few books on this subject I guess.
Published 2 months ago by DMannio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book
Published 3 months ago by Richard Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A very good book full of hints and tips for the budding photographer.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs F Davidson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Photographic info
Quite good for beginners with lots of instructive photos. Did become rather advanced but this does mean that the book will not need to be replaced for a more advanced edition.
Published 8 months ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and simple to read
Well written and simple to read. It is perfect for beginners. I would recommend it to all. Well worth the money.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very approachable guide.
I borrowed this from a friend and it was really helpful so I bought my own copy. It takes you through the basics of digital photography and explains those mystifying terms in an... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic very informative in plain English
Very good book easy to understand made using the camera much more enjoyable and it's settings easier to understand resulting in better photos. I would recommend it to a friend.
Published 16 months ago by M YOUNG
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction
I have oned three digital cameras and have been using 35mm with success for more than 50 years but I was confused by the many opportunities which my new higher spec. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Derek Nth Staffs
1.0 out of 5 stars ITS A BOOK.
Published 20 months ago by Captain Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st class hand book
the only photograpy handbook to have, a 1st class read, iam never without it A++++++ the complete guide to digital photography
Published 21 months ago by boo
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