For six years, digital photography expert Tim Grey has answered readers' questions on his website and daily mailing list, "DDQ (Digital Darkroom Questions)." As a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors, Grey knows his stuff -- and after answering hoards of questions from photographers, he knows the most persistent and burning issues. In his new book, Take Your Best Shot, Tim Grey answers the most-often asked questions about the digital darkroom and more in an easy-to-read format, organized by subject, and illustrated with beautiful photographs and instructive screenshots. The book includes several new topics not covered on Grey's website Tim Grey. The topic list includes:
Digital Fundamentals -- resolution, bit-depth, and imaging sensors
Digital Cameras & Tools -- SLR vs. point-and-shoot, megapixels, field storage, sensor cleaning, CompactFlash card speed, and digital lenses
Digital Photography -- JPEG vs. RAW, ISO settings, white balance
Digital Darkroom -- Windows vs. Mac, LCD vs. CRT, Lightroom vs. Photoshop, storage, backup, image downloading, and film and print scanning
Color Management -- Monitor calibration and color temperature, printer profiling, when the printer doesn't match the monitor, and when prints lack shadow detail
Image Optimization -- RAW conversion, tonal adjustments, curves, color balance, hue/saturation, clone stamp, spot healing brush, and healing brush
Creative Effects -- Dodge and burn, black and white conversion, sepia tone, and artistic edge
Image Problem-Solving -- Noise, washed-out sky, color cast, and color contamination
Printing -- Printer choice, print resolution, raster image processors, paper choice, and print services
Digital Sharing -- Preventing image theft, slideshow solutions, Web galleries, and sharing websites
You may know him from the series of popular "Tim Grey Guides" (Sybex), or from the hundreds of articles he's written for publications such as Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro and PC Photo. In Take Your Best Shot, Grey answers questions in the same clear and accessible style. If you want to know the "why" along with the "how", this book is the one you want -- the straight scoop from an expert who knows his business.
Table of Contents
- Cover Page
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Table of Contents
On Reading Photographs
- 1. Center of Interest
- 2. What is the Image About?
- 3. What is the Photograph About at a Deeper Level?
- 4. What are the Parts of the Image and How do they Relate?
- 5. Tonalities
- 6. Emotional Impact
- 7. Flaws
- Reading My Photographs
- What is the Photograph About?
- What is the Photograph About at a Deeper Level?
- What are the Parts of the Image and How Do They Relate?
- Negative Space
- Emotional Impact
- Is Beauty Essential to Great Photographs?
- Elements of a Great Photograph
- What Photographs Well?
- Photographing Clichés
- It’s Been Done Before
- Noticing Subject Matter
- ADM Mill
- On Reading Photographs
- 2 Finding Images
- Sketching to Make Photographs
- Complicated doesn’t Cut It
- Does an Image Need a Center of Interest?
- How Close to Perfect is Needed?
- Decisions and Compromises
- Your Options
- Where Should You Point the Camera?
- Framing Your Images
- The Art and Religion of Cropping
- To Crop or Not to Crop, That is the Question
- Formats and Aspect Ratios
- What About Cropping Both Ways?
- Back To Framing
- Framing Assistants
- What Edges Can Do For Your Images
- Working on Edges
- Cropping For Good
- Center Street
- Diagonal Sunbeam
- 4 Assessing Images
5 Mind Games
- Stuck in a Rut
- Dealing with Slumps
- Twelve Ways to Challenge Yourself
- Career, Family, and Photography
- Dealing With Disappointment
- Photographic Flops
- Equipment Envy
- How Good the Equipment?
- Statistics and the Odds of Success
- On Negative Thinking
- Looking for Perfection—The Price of Experimenting
- Wet Shale
6 Take Your Photography to the Next Level
Part 1—Finding Your Level
- Measuring Print Quality
- Identifying Your Technical Level
- Identifying Your Aesthetic Level
- Finding Your Level
- Part 2—Getting Help to Assess Your Level
- Part 3—Moving On, Making Better Images
- My Equipment and Techniques
- Print Offer
- Print Offer Order Form
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