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Mastering Color Digital Photography (Lark Photography Book) Paperback – 1 Sep 2005


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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with more than 100 book titles to his credit, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. He made the break from there in 1971 to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures extensively in the Amazon volume of their World's Wild Places series, including the cover, they encouraged him to begin a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has resulted in more than 100 books published. Of these, he is author as well as photographer, and they include more than 40 books on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into fifteen languages, and are available on other Amazon international sites.

They are supported for readers by a regularly updated site, http://thefreemanview.com

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Slightly misleading title 17 Sep 2006
By Michael G. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wondered what I might learn from this book, what could possibly be said on the topic besides vague generalities. Well, the author has gone to great lengths to teach the reader about all the different color spaces out there, and to provide insight into how colors work together in a composition. The result is a work that sensitizes the reader to color issues, without providing much that is prescriptive in the way of either photographic or post processing instructions. If that's what you want, then this book is for you. Perhaps the title ought to have been Mastering Color Spaces and Relationships, since it really does not attempt to elevate the user to mastery of color digital photography.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Large coverage, Too general 12 Sep 2008
By W. Chung - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my first photography book about colour. It covers a good large range of topics about colours. From introduction of individual colour, colour temperature, colour properties to colour relationship and colour editing.

However, after years of reading photography magazine and websites, I don't find these information useful or new.

In addition, there are only TWO small pages (the book is not even in A4 size) for each topic, there is no way to go into any details at all.

I don't think it is worth buying this book or recommend this book to any one unless he/she is totally new to photography basic knowledge.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Very Useful and Informative Supplement to His Design Book, "The Photographer's Eye" 1 Sep 2008
By T. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book takes his section in "The Photographer's Eye" on color theory and goes a lot deeper and farther. Much more depth into the traditional color contrasts, but also a great deal of informative material on color spaces, color interactions, history, color and media, and possibilities with digital manipulation.

This book would serve very nicely as a text for a color or color theory course in an undergraduate art program. And it is so much more reasonably priced than such "textbooks" as Zelanski's book on color, the price of which is just ridiculous.

If one already owns "Eye" and wishes further, very competent information on color in images, this is a very fine choice. If one just wants to know more about color in images, it is still a very fine choice.
Top Text 9 Nov 2005
By S. Prince - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An excellent book. Well written and easy to understand. If you have not previously been instructed in the science of color you will be well served by this text. The photo examples make the book! Very, very, well illustrated. Too the point.

After reading this book I can say, "I DO understand digital color."

Thats what I paid for.
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