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The Digital SLR Handbook [Paperback]

Michael Freeman
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28 April 2008
The Digital SLR Handbook has been hugely successful thanks to its comprehensive and accessible approach, which makes it easy to absorb the authors many years of professional digital photography experience. This edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the rapid pace of change in the digital sector and includes all the latest equipment and software. It explains, in detail, the relevant new features in Photoshop CS3 and brings together the many tools available to help any photographer keep making the right decisions on the road, in the studio or in post-production. Broad in its scope and unrivalled in its depth, the book is packed with solid advice on every aspect of workflow, including in-camera editing, backup, storage, file management and archiving, as well as explaining the best tools for every conceivable image edit, from digital noise to creating 360˚ QuickTime panoramas. The original book earned its reputation by leaving no stone unturned; this updated edition is equally thorough.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX; Revised 2nd Edition edition (28 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905814178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905814176
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 18.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"What Freeman doesn't tell you about digital SLR in this
book probably isn't worth knowing" --

"A true guru of digital photography, Michael Freeman has mastered all the principles he teaches." -- Digital Photographer Magazine

"Clear, comprehensive and intelligent. At last a book that
covers all the digital bases." -- Digital Photographer Magazine

"Michael Freeman is a leading light in photography and the use of digital techniques" -- Digit Magazine

Clear, comprehensive and intelligent. At last a book that covers all the digital bases. -- Digital Photographer Magazine

What Freeman doesn't tell you about digital SLR in this book probably isn't worth knowing --

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Clear, comprehensive and intelligent. At last a book that covers all the digital bases.

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The whole business of digital capture has matured rapidly in only a few years, and one of the most significant results has been the settling down of camera design. Read the first page
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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book before buying your new DSLR 7 April 2006
Although the user-level is described as advanced, this book is accessible to anyone interested enough in photography to buy a DSLR.
Starting with an introduction to the various pieces of hardware, it progresses through to exposure, lighting and colour management.
Calibration of camera, computer monitor, scanners and printers is also covered, topics which previously never even occurred to me.
Image manipulation using editing software is then covered in detail, with tips on how to cure common image faults(Photoshop is referred to in most examples, although the same principles apply to The Gimp which I use, as it is available for free).
Having just moved from a point and shoot digital camera to a DSLR, I found this book has given me a good grounding in the basic technical principles of digital photography.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
By G Finn
As someone who is relatively new to photography generally and not simply digital photography, I was a little wary that this book as aimed, so it says, at those making the transition from film to digital. I need not have worried because the presentation of this book is straight forward enough for even a novice like me to understand. I have gained such an awesome insight into the world of digital photography from this book and I've only had it a week! Simply put, if you want to get the most out of your digital SLR, get this book.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A recipe for DLSR success 30 April 2005
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The DSLR handbook is a great purchase for photographers making the transition to using a digital SLR for their photography. To get the best from this expensive toy, this book is a must read. Digital is different from using film for a host of reasons and this book help get you familiar with the whole digital world. It explains about the digital SLR, lenses choices,through the realms of digital capture, the digital workflow and the digital darkroom, and there's even a chapter on scanning your existing film images.
The book is well written in clear language with plenty of illustrations throughout. Read this and you will avoid some of the many pitfalls experienced by newcomers to digital.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book on finally making the transition from film to digital (EOS 20D after using an EOS 50E for the past 10 years or so), being aware just how little I really knew about the peculiarities of working with digital.
This book has been invaluable, clearly and constructively explaining the issues and how best to deal with them, in realistic, practical terms. It contains reams of advice and illustrations, and helpfully even contains alot of key manufacturer & model specific tips and advice (for Canon, Nikon and others). I'd describe this book as a must buy for anyone with a keen interest in their photography making the transition.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
This is not for weekend hobbiest, it says for advanced user level on the back - it is in-depth detail as to how and why things happen in the digital medium. There is clear discussion over the difference between film and digital; pitfalls and benefits of digital; why you should use RAW; printers; colour theory, etc. If you want to know - this is the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best guides to Digital Techniques 12 July 2007
I would like to debunk some of the claims made about this book. This book is NOT about composition, so the previous comments about this book not explaining this aspect are missing the point. What this book IS about is DIGITAL techniques to download, store and print photos, amongst other things. People who have read some of Tom Angs's books will find material of a similar nature in here.
The difference is that this book, with no disrespect to Tom, is far superior in its presentation and instruction. Here you have a very experienced teacher of photography explaining concepts such as colour management and The Zone System in clear and interesting language. Only a few books on the market can match it in terms of explaining
and instructing on the use of digital photography technology. Perhaps total beginners would need to read up on some of the tutorials found on the better websites before tackling this book.
For those looking for a book on composition, Freeman's much older title 'Image' is in my opinion the best single volume I have read on the topic. It is very hard to find and I am glad I have a copy as I never fail to be inspired by its content. Look out for an update of it called 'The Photographers Eye', although I havent read it yet.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...But Take Care 17 Jan 2007
This is an excellent book which is well presented. However, might I urge a note of caution. This book is detailed and covers topics in depth which the average amateur may never need and which can make the text heavy going in places. The amount of information contained in the book cannot be faulted though.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have learned more about the working and setup of my digital SLR from this book than by reading the camera's manual alone. This book explains the reasons certain features are useful and why you may want to use them, where the manual just skips over what options are available and a brief description.
For example, I now understand what the histogram display is telling me and what I can do with that information, why I may want White Balance Bracketing and what to watch out for when using my 35mm camera lenses on my digital SLR.
It does not just give details of the SLR itself, but proceeds in great detail on other associated subjects - Colour Calibration, editing, optimising, distribution and storage. It gives advice on accessories (flashguns, tripods, backup storage etc), hardware (laptops, wi-fi, printers) and probably every aspect of photgraphy that a professional would need to consider as far as 'tools of the trade' are concerned.
This book refers to Adobe Photoshop CS3 in detail, but does also give examples of other alternatives for editing and archiving your photos.
It is not a light read, but goes into a large amount of technical detail in several areas (it has the best article I've read on the differences between the various sensors used by different manufacturers).
If you just bought your digital SLR for a bit of light relief and aren't really concerned with how it does what it does then this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you are interested in getting the most from your camera and really want it to produce the picture your mind thought it had taken, then this gives the information and guidance that you wil need.
I have a couple of minor issues, relating to the sequence of the articles and the examples shown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars digi photo book
I thought if I bought the book I would become a professional photographer and maybe I would if I could be bother to sit down and read it.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. E. Goody
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
I love this book, seen many gripes about in reviews being too technical not enough on cameras, but I like the fact that it covers most aspects of digital photography which isn't... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Antar
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Best for a novice. Clear and instructional. Saw it first at a friends house and decided I shd get my own copy. No regrets.
Published 10 months ago by Anu Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital SLR handbook
A great book to have on your bookshelf.
Michael Freeman has produced an easy to read book, useful for tutorial and reference purposes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Crockett
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book of its kind.
If you want more out of photography than just point, shoot & print then this is a perfect book. It answers questions in a clear, easy to understand way and for each topic, you... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Billy's Grandad
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical...
Very thorough technical description of how the DSLR works. I think it's more for reference, when you have got over the initial learning stages than as a guide to using your DSLR... Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by G
2.0 out of 5 stars Too focused on the technical for me!
I was looking for a book that gave more hints, tips and techniques for digital slr camera. Unfortunately this book seems to deal with more pure theory of the slr camera. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by mrx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great refresher course
For people like myself moving on from 'point and shoot' cameras to entry level DSLR ( In my case Nikon D3000 )this helped immensely in the changeover. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Alan King
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Digital SLR Reading
A must for anyone entering the field of digital photography on a serious basis. A concise,easy to understand book covering the important areas of Colour Management,RAW Images,... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by John B. O. Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Snap Happy
This is an excellently written and composed book. It's very technical in it's approach so most definately NOT for you if you're looking for a guide on just improving your snaps. Read more
Published on 1 July 2009 by Icemaiden
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