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Capture

Book Description

The beginning of the photographic process significantly affects the final outcome of an image—a fact that has not changed with digital photography.

Capture: Digital Photography Essentials concentrates on photography from a digital-capture workflow point of view. Authors Glen Rand, Chris Broughton, and Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler discuss the digital tools that allow photographers to capture, create, and maintain high-quality digital photographs. Readers will learn to maximize the potential of their images through an understanding of the core principles and more advanced aspects of the digital photographic process.

Topics include:

  • Digital Cameras

  • Sensors

  • Lenses

  • Basic Exposure

  • Digital Exposure

  • Digital Capture Workflow

  • Image Files

  • Parametric Editing

  • Digital Zone System

  • High Dynamic Range Imaging

  • Hybrid Imaging

  • Capture Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Capture: Digital Photography Essentials
    1. Introduction
    2. I. The Basics
      1. 1. Capture Devices
        1. Get the Picture . . . Cameras
        2. Basics of Cameras
        3. Camera Types
          1. Consumer Cameras
          2. Prosumer Cameras
          3. Professional Cameras
          4. Rangefinder Cameras
          5. Reflex Cameras
          6. Digital Camera Backs
          7. Scanners
          8. Specialized Cameras
      2. 2. Sensors
        1. Capturing Light
        2. Common Sensors
        3. Basic Sensor Structure
        4. How a Sensor Collects Light
        5. Sensor Construction and Operation
        6. Resolution and Detail
        7. Acquiring Color
        8. Noise
      3. 3. Lenses
        1. Lenses and Shutters
        2. Basic Optics
        3. Lens Basics
          1. Aperture
          2. Focal Length
          3. f-Stops
        4. Hyperfocal Focusing
        5. Types of Lenses
        6. Digital Camera Lens Design
        7. Lens Flare
        8. Image Stabilization
        9. Shutter Systems
        10. Electronic Shutters
        11. Shutter Speeds
      4. 4. Exposure Basics
        1. From Light to Image
        2. Exposure Basics
        3. Auto Exposure
        4. Basic Daylight Exposure
        5. Light Meters and Basic Metering
        6. Reflective and Incident Meters
        7. Exposure Calculation
        8. Substitution Metering
        9. Tonal Placement
        10. Average Value Metering
    3. II. Working Digitally
      1. 5. Exposure for Digital Photography
        1. Exposures Become Digital
        2. Exposure Testing for Digital Sensors
          1. Setting Up for the Exposure Test
          2. Conducting the Exposure Test
          3. Analyzing the Exposure Test
        3. Histograms
        4. Exposure Based on the Histogram
        5. Optimizing Exposure
        6. Digital Equivalent Exposures
        7. Understanding Dynamic Range and Bit Depth
      2. 6. Digital Capture Workflow
        1. Progressing to Capture
        2. Preparation Workflow
          1. Firmware
          2. Batteries
          3. Testing
          4. Memory and Storage
        3. Capture Workflow
          1. Capture and Exposure
          2. Capture and Neutral Balance
      3. 7. Saving Captured Images
        1. The File Cabinet
        2. File Basics
          1. Header
          2. Compression
        3. Metadata
        4. File Types
          1. JPEG
          2. TIFF
          3. RAW
          4. DNG
        5. Memory Devices
      4. 8. Image Editing and Corrections
        1. Perfecting Capture
        2. PIE
        3. Correction
          1. Corrections for Capture Irregularities
          2. Color Correction
          3. Light and Exposure Corrections
          4. Other Global Corrections
          5. Sharpening
        4. Working Methods
        5. An Editing Checklist
      5. 9. Asset Management
        1. Keeping Track of Images
        2. Active Use
        3. Importing Image Files
        4. Naming Protocols
        5. Backing Up Files
        6. Evaluating and Adding Metadata for Images
        7. Archiving
    4. III. Beyond
      1. 10. Beyond Exposure 1: Digital Zone
        1. Expressed Light
        2. Digital Zone System
        3. Zone Vocabulary for Digital Photography
        4. Using the Digital System
        5. Post-Capture Processing
        6. Digital Black-and-White
      2. 11. Beyond Exposure 2: HDRI
        1. Expanded Light
        2. Some Basics of HDRI
        3. Faux HDRI
        4. DSLR and Small-Camera-Based HDRI
      3. 12. Beyond Exposure 3: Hybrid Digital Photography
        1. A Place for Silver
        2. Megapixels versus Grains
        3. Pixel Arrangement
        4. Color
        5. Dynamic Range
        6. Workflow and Time
        7. Lens Issues
        8. Requirement for Electronic Systems
        9. Choosing a Hybrid Approach
      4. 13. How Digital Images are Created
        1. Capture to Visible
        2. The Digital Photographic Sequence
          1. Charging the Sensor
          2. Exposure
          3. Moving the Charge from the Sensor
          4. Changing the Image to Digital
          5. Image Processing
          6. Interpolation of Color
          7. Other Color Interpolation Designs
        3. Buffering
        4. Expansion of Dynamic Range
    5. Glossary
    6. A. Index of Photographers
    7. B.
    8. C. About the Authors
    9. Index
    10. About the Authors