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Complete Digital Photography, 8th Edition

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In this thoroughly updated eighth edition of COMPLETE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, popular photographer, writer, and teacher Ben Long is your guide through the creative and challenging world of digital photography. In this book is everything you'll need to know in order to create great digital photos, from how a camera works and how to choose the right camera for you, to all the details of shooting, image editing, output, and workflow. The step-by-step tutorials included here offer great tips and techniques on improving your processes from start to finish; you'll learn about exposure theory, composition, lighting, complex masking, image adjustment, and much more. No prior experience is needed or assumed, and by the end of the book you'll be tackling complex photographic challenges with your own growing expertise. And the results will astound you.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About the Author
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1 EYES, BRAINS, LIGHTS, AND IMAGES
    1. How Your Eyes See
    2. How to Learn Photography
  8. 2 GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA
    1. Camera Basics
    2. Shooting in Auto Mode
    3. Shutter Speed and Status
    4. Playing Back Your Images
    5. Using Scene Modes
    6. Snapshot Tips
  9. 3 CAMERA ANATOMY
    1. Point-and-Shoots and SLRs Revisited
    2. Camera Parts
    3. Configuring Your Camera
    4. Holding the Camera
    5. More Practice with Auto
    6. Camera Care and Maintenance
    7. Media Cards
    8. Additional Storage Options
  10. 4 IMAGE TRANSFER
    1. Choosing a Computer
    2. Storage
    3. Monitors
    4. Software
    5. Importing Images
    6. Moving On
  11. 5 IMAGE SENSORS
    1. How an Image Sensor Works
    2. Turning Data into an Image
  12. 6 EXPOSURE BASICS
    1. Stops
    2. Over- and Underexposure Defined
    3. Exposure Control Mechanisms
    4. Why There Are Two Ways to Control Light
    5. ISO—the Third Exposure Parameter
    6. Returning to Auto Mode
  13. 7 PROGRAM MODE
    1. Switching to Program Mode
    2. Focusing Revisited
    3. How Autofocus Works
    4. White Balance
    5. Drive Mode
    6. Manual Override with Program Shift (Flexible Program)
    7. Calculating a Safe Shutter Speed for Handheld Shooting
    8. Putting It All Together
  14. 8 ADVANCED EXPOSURE
    1. The Light Meter Revisited
    2. Adjusting Exposure
    3. Controlling Exposure with Your Light Meter
    4. In-Camera Histograms
    5. Bracketing
    6. Scene Modes Revisited
    7. Image Processing Parameters Revisited
    8. Exposure Strategy
    9. Enough with the Button Pushing
  15. 9 FINDING AND COMPOSING A PHOTO
    1. Looking Versus Seeing
    2. Seeing Exercises
    3. Finding a Subject
    4. Building a Shot
    5. Composition
    6. Four Practices for Better Shooting
    7. Equipment Doesn’t Matter (Usually)
    8. Combining Art and Craft
  16. 10 LIGHTING
    1. Controlling Available Light
    2. Broad and Narrow Lighting
    3. Flash Photography
    4. Using Flash in Low Light
    5. Using Fill Flash in Bright Light
    6. External Flash
    7. Further Lighting Study
  17. 11 RAW SHOOTING
    1. What Raw Is
    2. Why Use Raw?
    3. The Downsides of Raw
    4. Configuring Your Camera to Shoot Raw
  18. 12 SPECIAL SHOOTING
    1. Black and White
    2. Infrared Photography
    3. Stable Shooting
    4. Landscape Photography
    5. Shooting Panoramas
    6. Preparing Your Camera for Panoramic Shooting
    7. Macro Photography
    8. High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging
    9. Shooting Concerts and Performances
    10. Shooting Events
    11. Shooting Sports
    12. Street Shooting
    13. Shooting at Night
    14. Underwater Photography
    15. Vacation Shooting
    16. Product Shots
    17. Using Filters
    18. Lens Extensions for Point-and-Shoot Cameras
    19. Exploring on Your Own
  19. 13 WORKFLOW
    1. Postproduction Workflow
    2. Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    3. Importing
    4. Selecting Your Pick Images
    5. Sorting Images
    6. IPTC Metadata
    7. Keywording
    8. Image Forensics
    9. Geotagging
    10. Additional Workflow Steps
    11. Mobile Workflow
    12. No Right or Wrong Approach to Workflow
  20. 14 EDITING WORKFLOWS AND FIRST STEPS
    1. Editing Order
    2. Histograms Revisited
    3. Preparing Lightroom
    4. The Lightroom Develop Module
    5. Cropping
    6. Nondestructive Editing
    7. Straightening
    8. Correcting Geometric Distortion
    9. Correcting Perspective
    10. Correcting Chromatic Aberrations
    11. Dust and Spot Removal
    12. Red Eye
    13. Undo and History
  21. 15 CORRECTING TONE
    1. Correcting Tone
    2. Auto Adjustment
    3. Curves
    4. Learning to See Black as Black
    5. Next Steps
  22. 16 CORRECTING COLOR
    1. Color Channels
    2. White Balance
    3. Saturation and Vibrance
    4. Copying Your Edits from One Image to Another
    5. The Story So Far
  23. 17 SELECTIVE EDITING AND MASKS
    1. Selective Editing in Lightroom
    2. Masking in Photoshop
    3. Launching an Image from Lightroom to Photoshop
    4. Selections and Masks
    5. Basic Masking with the Quick Selection Tool
    6. Working with Virtual Copies
    7. Masking Complex Edges
    8. Saving Masks
    9. Some Layer Basics
  24. 18 PHOTOSHOP ADJUSTMENT LAYERS
    1. Levels
    2. Adjustment Layers
    3. Where Should You Edit? Lightroom or Photoshop?
  25. 19 BLACK-AND-WHITE CONVERSION
    1. Lightroom B&W Controls
    2. Sepia Toning
    3. Split Toning
    4. Black-and-White Plug-ins
    5. Refining a Grayscale Image
    6. Getting a Silver Look
    7. Low-Contrast Images
  26. 20 LAYERS, RETOUCHING, AND SPECIAL EFFECTS
    1. Layers
    2. Brushes and Stamps
    3. Applied Editing Techniques
    4. Noise
    5. Vignetting
    6. Correcting Wide Angle Distortion
    7. Where to Go from Here
  27. 21 PANORAMIC STITCHING AND HDR MERGING
    1. Stitching Panoramas
    2. Correcting Stitched Panoramas
    3. Merging High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Images
    4. HDR Panoramas
  28. 22 OUTPUT
    1. Resizing
    2. Sharpening
    3. Web and Email Output
    4. Outputting Electronic Files
    5. Choosing a Printer
    6. Printing
    7. Conclusion
  29. Index