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Complete Guide to Digital Photography Paperback – 27 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Paperback with flaps edition (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857385488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857385482
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.7 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether a beginner or a keen amateur, the Complete Guide to Digital Photography is your definitive reference for taking, processing and printing sharper, more colourful, better-looking pictures. Beginning with an essential tour of the digital camera and its various features, as well as a jargon-busting breakdown of key concepts - like image files and formats, resolution and software - this guide will help you find the make and model of camera and accessories that best suit your needs and your budget. Ian Farrell's expert guidelines take you through the basics of taking a great photograph, focusing on key aspects such as composition and colour, shutter speed and focus, and light balance and exposure. A massive 52 do-at-home projects will help hone your skills and encourage you to photograph a variety of subjects, from weddings and portraits to urban reportage and breathtaking landscapes. Every step of the way, professional tips - plus examples of the most common mistakes to avoid - provide a helping hand to mastering each new technique. Easy-to-follow instructions show hoe to use a range of digital imaging software including Photoshop and Elements, allowing you to retouch blemishes and red-eye, or adjust the colour to turn washed out pictures into professional-looking photographs. Have fun with your photos, creating dramatic HDR images, stitching together a panorama or using masks to make fantasy shots a reality. Reflecting the very latest developments, this comprehensive guide also includes advice on selling your images through agencies, high-quality printing and even creating your own coffee-table photography books. Packed with over 400 inspirational images, professional interviews, practical projects and technical hints and tips the Complete Guide to Digital Photography is the essential guide to taking spectacular digital photographs of professional quality.

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Basic techniques; Portrait photography; Landscape photography; Street photography; Nature and wildlife; Digital darkroom; Macro photography; Travel photography; Wedding photography. Compose the perfect portrait; Shoot dynamic live action; Create breathtaking landscapes; Capture the natural world; Master stunning special effects.

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This book is a great reference for taking, processing and printing better-looking photos. However, apart from being a reference, the book is filled with assignments and discussed photography and all it facets, ranging from photography subjects (portraits, landscapes, travel photography, nature and wildlife, etc.) to the digital darkroom. Photo editing is often neglected in books for photography enthousiasts even though we hardly ever see an unprocessed image these days. Although there are better books on editing, there are few that provide so much detail for quick fixes to improve your photos. And those quick fixes will improve your photos dramatically without taking too much time and leaving not enough time to take even better photos. Great book!
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Ian Farrell explains the intricacies of operating a digital camera with simplicity and detail. The examples and case studies are excellent. In the fallow period of dark autumn days this is a complete work for the overhaul of our camera techniques. It is amazing how few of the many alternatives we use, but Farrell does expand the knowledge and operational choices of aperture, focus, ISO and shutter speed. This is an excellent reference library for the dedicated amateur photographer.
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This book really is the best digital photography book I've ever read and I've read quite a few. It has the advantage, I suppose, of being new and bang up to date but the clarity of explanations of technical features and procedures sets it apart from all others. I found the sections involving Photoshop to be very clearly explained and the final section of assignments is inspiring. I could go on, but I'll just say..."buy it!"
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Great for me as a beginner as there is plain English explanations of what my camera can do and how it works. Worth pointing out though that half of this weighty book is dedicated to explanations of how to use Photoshop in particular. I've used Serif PhotoPlus for so long now I don't want to change! Some information is transferable though so not a total disaster!
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A Complete Guide to Digital Photography
I have bought several books about digital photography but have to say that I like this one the most. Very well written with a lot of examples and settings how to achieve them.
Now, I just need to go out and try some of the tips and tricks. I have already seen huge improvement in the way how I approach composition and camera settings - photos are just so much better compared to where I was before.

Recommended!
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A really good book that touches upon many aspects of photography with useful insight into today's digital world.

Certainly worth it for the luddites, or those wanting to upgrade from a point and shoot or camera phone. One nice aspect is that the author does not reject the use of camera phones and is quite supportive of different camera formats. I would deem it excellent for younger people that show an interest in photography - the book has enough content to appeal to a wide age group.

Photography has been a hobby of mine and recently have been upgrading and adding to my DSLR kit. Personally I found the book a little too generic. So far I have found Syl Arena's books to be excellent for those wanting to take their photography to a higher level.
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Taking a good photograph is only half the story. What you can then do with software such as photoshop completes the picture. This book shows clearly, in easy to access chapters, how to achieve both. As a guide it is comprehensive but simple to dip in and out of according to your needs. Highly recommended.
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On arrival I was a little overwhelmed, as it's a larger than expected and with 400+ pages seems comprehensive. At first, I liked the way the book is made up of many chapters, but short chapters, so you can get into what it is you want, without having to wade through a woeful volume of words, but later found myself saying 'Get on with it' - first instance when I read some mention of HDR and then a forward reference to seeing more in Chapter so-an-so.

So, my first 'read' of the book was a slow thumb through the pages and, for myself, I found several topics I want to go back to....though several of those topics relate more to Photoshop than the camera. Doubtless there are interesting topics of cetain styles of photograh that will prove useful.

The book will prove very useful to many people, if only for brief explantions - a reference rather than learning source. No bad things. But I am left with mixed feelings.
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