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Understanding Digital Photography: Techniques for Getting Great Pictures [Paperback]

Bryan Peterson
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1 Sep 2005
"Understanding Digital Photography" is a basic digital photography book by our resident expert, Bryan Peterson. Simply and intelligently, Peterson takes the reader through all the basic and essential techniques and skills required to obtain beautiful-looking digital photograph every time you snap a picture. Peterson thoroughly reviews professional techniques of Photoshop use, as well as the basics of desktop publishing, printing, archiving and storing for personal or professional use. Both new photographers, and serious amateurs will appreciate his in-depth look at common scenarios and how to ensure quality photos under any condition. Peterson covers nature, industrial portraits, sports, interiors, low-light conditions, people, travel, creative tricks (like reflections), weather, macro, wildlife, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817437967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817437961
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and founder of www.ppsop.com, The Perfect Picture School of Photography. He is the best-selling author of Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Learning to See Creatively Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture and, most recently, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide. His easy-to-understand writing and teaching style breaks down the complex and often confusing aspects of photography, translating them into what his students routinely describe as "aha" moments. His trademark use of colour and strong, graphic composition have garnered him many photographic awards and a strong following. He lives in Chicago.

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BRYAN PETERSON is a very well known professional photographer, writer and teacher. He has written for many magazines including a monthly column for Popular Photography. He contributes to various photo workshops and also teaches a course on-line via BetterPhoto.com.]

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2.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstanding digital photography 19 May 2006
Reading "Understanding Digital Photography" by Bryon Peterson is a bit like being at a family get-together, and being given a lot of good advice by friendly uncle Phil over a couple of beers. Then you later discover that friendly uncle Phil didn't know what he was talking about! It does mar what was otherwise a good experience.

What makes me think of a family get-together is the folksy, jocular tone and the amusing comparisons between technical subjects and familiar things. Here are a few of Bryan Peterson's more colorful attempts at making digital photography understandable:

- The pixels on the sensor work together like a family, like socialism, and it's too bad Stalin and Mao Tse-tung couldn't see this (pg 16).

- JPEGs are like amnesia or like AM radio or like prepared meat loaf (pg 18, 20).

- TIFFs are like elephants (pg 19).

- ISO is like caffeine, and high ISO is like bloodshot eyes (pg 22).

- Long exposure times cause the pixel family to fall apart and have a nervous breakdown (pg 78).

- Checking the background is important, although typically not done regarding the person you're going to marry (pg 96).

- Over-sharpening a picture makes it glow, which could be used to guide Santa Claus and Rudolph (pg 129).

This style of writing may appeal to some people, but it's definitely not my cup of tea.

The book is richly illustrated with a lot of photographs taken by Bryan Peterson. These pictures do a good job of presenting the various techniques being discussed, and they are all good pictures from a purely technical point of view.

However, my aesthetic opinion of most of the pictures is fairly low, i.e.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy it! 26 Oct 2005
What a fantastic book! Packed with inspirational topics, and great pictures providing excellent examples of the topics such as depth of field, colour, composition etc.
I have another one of Peterson's books called "Understanding Exposure" which is also very good, but this new title is specifically geared towards digital imaging. The emphasis is still on taking the picture rather than on digital manipulation, but having said that, the chapter on manipulation is informative and keeps things at a basic level. The tips throughout the book are great!
Having read through this book very quickly, it is packed full of very useful and sensible information, and you will definitely become a better photographer if you take his lessons on board. The sort of book that you can keep for future reference and ideas - it will certainly be read and re-read many times before I am finished.
Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another good book 24 Nov 2011
By Gerry
This is another to have book by this photographer.

As usual the language photographs and explanations are simple to follow and will in turn allow you to do your own thing.

I have really nothing but good things to say about this author.

He has really made photography both dslr and compact accessable to everyone.

I will also say that the book arrived on time and as usual well packaged and i will deal with this seller again.

Thanking You.

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