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Complete Digital Photography, Fifth Edition

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As digital cameras and image editing software become more technologically advanced and affordable, photography has become more popular and accessible to photographers of all ages and skill sets. While these advances have helped beginning photographers take better pictures, these same photographers often don't have the technical skills required to take great photos. Complete Digital Photography, Fifth Edition guides you through every aspect of digital photography, from shooting through postproduction and printing, to help you master the theory and technical skills required of a great photographer. In an easy-to-understand format, you'll uncover the fundamental photographic knowledge you need to solve common dilemmas and challenges and advance your photographs to a new level. You'll learn everything from how a camera works and how to choose the camera that's right for you, through shooting, image editing, output, and workflow. You'll also explore the basics of artistry in photography, including finding a subject, composition, lighting, and more. This fifth edition features both new material and a revised and more user-friendly organizational structure. Tutorials and exercises throughout the book will help you practice the techniques presented in each chapter.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. Eyes, Brains, Lights, and Images: Understanding How You See
    1. How Your Eyes See
    2. How to Learn Photography
  6. Getting to Know Your Camera: Using Auto Mode for Snapshot Shooting
    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
  7. Camera Anatomy: Holding and Controlling Your Camera
    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. Image Transfer: Building a Workstation and Transferring from Your Camera
    1. Choosing a Computer
    2. Monitors
    3. Software
    4. Importing Images
    5. Moving On
  9. Image Sensors: How a Silicon Chip Captures an Image
    1. How an Image Sensor Works
    2. Turning Data into an Image
    3. Meanwhile, Back in the Real World
  10. Exposure Basics: The Fundamental Theory of Exposure
    1. Over- and Underexposure
    2. Exposure Control Mechanisms
    3. Returning to Auto Mode
  11. Program Mode: Taking Control of Exposure, Focus, and More
    1. Switching to Program Mode
    2. Focusing Revisited
    3. White Balance
    4. Drive Mode
    5. Manual Override with Program Shift (Flexible Program)
    6. Calculating a Safe Shutter Speed for Handheld Shooting
    7. Putting It All Together
  12. Advanced Exposure: Learning More About Your Light Meter and Exposure Controls
    1. The Light Meter Revisited
    2. Adjusting Exposure
    3. In-Camera Histograms
    4. Bracketing
    5. Scene Modes Revisited
    6. Image Processing Parameters Revisited
    7. Enough with the Button Pushing
  13. Finding and Composing a Photo: Learning the Art of Photography
    1. Looking Versus Seeing
    2. Finding a Subject
    3. Building a Shot
    4. Composition
    5. Composing with Light and Dark
    6. Mixing, Matching, and Ignoring
    7. Six Practices for Better Shooting
    8. Equipment Doesn’t Matter (Usually)
    9. Combining Art and Craft
  14. Lighting: Reflectors, Strobes, and the Process of Controlling Light
    1. Controlling Available Light
    2. Broad and Narrow Lighting
    3. Flash Photography
    4. Further Lighting Study
  15. Raw Shooting: Gaining More Editing Power Through Raw Format
    1. What Raw Is
    2. Why Use Raw
    3. The Downsides of Raw
    4. Configuring Your Camera to Shoot Raw
    5. Exposing for Raw
    6. It’s Worth Experimenting
  16. Special Shooting: Camera Features and Techniques for Specific Situations
    1. Black and White
    2. Infrared Photography
    3. Stable Shooting
    4. Landscape Photography
    5. Shooting Panoramas
    6. Macro Photography
    7. High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging
    8. Shooting Concerts and Performances
    9. Shooting Events
    10. Shooting Sports
    11. Street Shooting
    12. Shooting at Night
    13. Underwater Photography
    14. Product Shots
    15. Using Filters
    16. Exploring on Your Own
  17. Workflow: Managing Your Images and Starting Postproduction
    1. Postproduction Workflow
    2. No Right or Wrong to Workflow
    3. Sorting Images
    4. IPTC Metadata
    5. Keywords
    6. Collections
    7. Opening Images in Photoshop
    8. Other Bridge Commands
    9. It’s Not Which Software, It’s What You Do with It
  18. Editing Workflow and First Steps: Understanding the Order of Edits and Making Your First Adjustments
    1. Editing Order
    2. Histograms Revisited
    3. Cropping
    4. Straightening
    5. Correcting Geometric Distortion
    6. Correcting Perspective
    7. Correcting Chromatic Aberrations
    8. Dust and Spot Removal
    9. Red Eye
    10. Saving Your Image
  19. Correcting Tone: Ensuring That White, Black, and Overall Contrast Are Correct
    1. What Is Tone?
    2. Levels
    3. Should You Worry About Data Loss?
    4. Curves
    5. Learning to See Black as Black
  20. Correcting Color: Repairing, Improving, and Changing Color
    1. Levels and Curves and Color
    2. Hue/Saturation
    3. Vibrance
    4. The Story So Far
  21. Image Editing in Raw: Correcting the Tone and Color of Raw Files
    1. Raw Workflow
    2. Raw Editing
    3. Basic Raw Adjustments
    4. More About White Balance
    5. More About Highlight Recovery
    6. More About Fill Light
    7. Additional Adjustments in Photoshop Camera Raw 4.0
    8. Copying Your Edits from One Image to Another
    9. What More Do You Need?
  22. Masking: Using Masks to Constrain Your Adjustments
    1. Mask Tools
    2. Adjustment Layers
    3. Selective Edits in Camera Raw
    4. Advanced Masking
    5. Saving Revisited
  23. Black-and-White Conversion: Turning Your Color Images into Black-and-White Images
    1. Simple Grayscale Conversion
    2. Photoshop’s Black-and-White Command
    3. Other Black-and-White Conversion Techniques
    4. Black-and-White Conversion in Camera Raw
    5. Black-and-White Plug-ins
    6. Refining a Grayscale Image
    7. Low Contrast Images
  24. Layers, Retouching, and Special Effects: Additional Editing Tools and Concepts for Improving Your Images
    1. Layers
    2. Brushes and Stamps
    3. Applied Editing Techniques
    4. Noise
    5. Photoshop Smart Objects
    6. Where to Go from Here
  25. Output: Taking Your Images to Print or Electronic Output
    1. Resizing
    2. Sharpening
    3. Painting Sharpening
    4. Web and Email Output
    5. Outputting Electronic Files
    6. Choosing a Printer
    7. Printing
    8. Conclusion
  26. Glossary
  27. About the CD-ROM
    1. Overall System Requirements
    2. Disk Contents
    3. Acrobat Reader System Requirements
  28. Index