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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: 18.7 x 1.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with 135 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 been consolidated as one of the leading reportage photographers. Of his many books, which have sold 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture, and he is the world's leading author on photographic practice. Having been for many years responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts, Freeman now runs a monthly online Photography Foundation Course at http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/michael-freemans-the-photographers-eye/

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages, and are available on all 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" -- ephotozine.com

"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 -- ephotozine.com

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr BD TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 July 2008
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ED on 23 July 2008
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I am very much a hobbyist photographer with a limited in depth knowledge. This book is extremely helpful, not only does it help you understand how to use and set up your digital slr, but it explains technique for taking photos and provides a lot of helpful information regarding everything digital photography related. If you are only going to buy one book, i suggest you get this one.
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if you're looking for one simple handbook to introduce you to your DSLR this is NOT it. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a guide to the digital darkroom this is a pretty good book.

But be warned - this is NOT a digital SLR handbook! To illustrate with facts not just my opinion: The term 'aperture' isn't even in the index! Nor is f-stop or shutter speed (though shutter does merit 4 references) By comparison Apple Mac has 6 references and Photoshop has 24 sub-categories!!!

Reading further since I first posted this review I feel this book is BADLY unbalanced and has a lot of filler - there's very little/nothing on using an SLR or the settings but a double-page picture spread of accessories you might want, a page of pictures of flash studio accessories and a double-page on wi-fi... Filler of he worst order and of no use to anyone really. The digital darkroom guides that make up 2/3rds of the book are not version specific or step by step

There is tons of technical detail on how the camera works, the sensor array and processor, comparisons of digital compared to film and then it's straight into digital detail - compression algorithms, dynamic range... Buit nowehre does it mention and camera settings or illustrate their effects.

After 70 pages (out of 250) you're off the camera and onto the computer and the remainder of the book is a guide to the 'digital darkroom' and not the camera at all.

Fr a book targetted at pros making a transition from film to digital it may have some good things but the filler will annoy I'm sure. It's got photographic theory on 3 double-page spreads on the zone system from B&W photography... But no depth or detail on how to DO HDR - just that it exists.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Disgusted of Tonbridge Wells on 16 Jan. 2009
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This is a intitially good-looking book which reveals itself to be really very poor by any criteria upon further examination. It is not a book about photography as much as a technical handbook aimed at an introductory level. It will introduce and 'label' different techniques for you around for example, using software packages such as Adobe for editing and optimising for example. If this is what you are looking for fine, although it does not actually go on to explain the practical procedures for using such packages in any detail. There is next to nothing on advice about using a digital SLR camera or on creative ideas about photography per se. To give an example; I wanted to find out about the differences between utilising depth of field in film cameras, and in Digital SLR's. Page 17 (early on in the book!) advises; "Quick calculation. Taking 0.03mm as an acceptable CoC for 35mm, this is -1/1442 of the frame diagonal. Use this fraction to calculate the CoC for your digital camera." (sic.) This is literally useless information. If you are a professional 'technician' you don't need it. If you're an amateur it's incomprehensible. Therefore, useless all round. Much of the book strikes me as an illustrated guide to a professional photographer talking to himself! An extremely annoying waste of money, very seductively marketed.
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