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Complete Digital Photography Paperback – 13 Jul 2012
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Introduction. 1. Eyes, Brains, Lights , and Images. 2. Getting to Know Your Camera. 3. Camera Anatomy. 4. Image Transfer. 5. Image Sensors. 6. Exposure Basics. 7. Program Mode. 8. Advanced Exposure. 9. Finding and Composing a Photo. 10. Lighting. 11. Raw Shooting. 12. Special Shooting. 13. Workflow. 14. Editing Workflow and First Steps. 15. Correcting Tone. 16. Correcting Color. 17. Image Editing in Raw. 18. Masking. 19. Black and White Conversion. 20. Layers, Retouching, and Special Effects. 21. Panoramic Stitching and HDR Merging. 22. Output 23. Glossary.
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Other subjects he covers that aren't often found in other photography books: how to use a white balance card; calibrating your monitor so the image you see on the screen is accurate; a couple of tidbits on Canon SLRs that aren't in the Canon manual(i.e. in spot, partial, or center-weight metering mode, if you press the shutter button halfway down, hold it, and reframe, the camera will automatically re-meter your scene and choose new exposure settings; but in evaluative metering mode, the exposure locks once the shutter button is pressed halfway down, even if you reframe); proper settings to output your images, whether it's to attach to an email or print at home.
Because this book covers almost everything you can imagine, the author couldn't go into great detail about every subject. If you want to learn how to improve your flash photography, you'll need a dedicated book on flash photography. The author touches upon reflectors, but doesn't cover everything you can do with them. The chapter on lighting covers 18 pages; the book is 600 pages thick. If you want to know what camera settings you'll need to shoot a low key image, you won't find that here.
The second half of the book covers software -- editing your images, printing, importing, workflow, etc. Even though the author covers quite a bit on photo editing in Photoshop, you'll want a dedicated book or DVD on how to use Photoshop. He doesn't always give you all the steps you need to perform a particular function, but then again, this isn't a how-to book on Photoshop.
This book is fun to read. It's easy to read. Everything makes sense and the author is encouraging throughout. I think it'll inspire you to want to improve your photography. I know it inspired me.
I own this book, a book dedicated to flash photography(Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook), and a Photoshop instructional book. Photography can be a complex hobby, so i'm sure i'll keep reading and studying as the months go by. But this book by Ben Long will keep any beginner/intermediate photographer busy for awhile as you start to employ all he has taught you.
Not so with this author. I found this book to have an excellent balance on all elements of photography with a very thorough coverage in each (digital concepts included). It will serve well for beginners, as well as for intermediate photographers.
Do not underestimate the writing style of an author. I do know that not everyone likes the same writing style. So, read the preview on Amazon (the previous version of this book allows for preview here on Amazon -- hopefully they will add preview on the 7th version, too).
In summary, this is a very nice general photography book to have. Thorough and well written. The digital specifics I am sure will be outdated soon, but such are our times.
Oh, be aware, the book is huge. Not an easy carry around.
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