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Whether you're new to digital photography or a seasoned shooter, this latest edition of Ben Long's popular guide is your one-stop resource for advice and clear how-to information on every aspect of digital photography, from shooting to postproduction to printing. COMPLETE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, SEVENTH EDITION starts with the basics; no prior knowledge of photography is needed. By the end of the book, you'll have a deep understanding of the art and technology of photography and be ready to tackle complex ...

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Whether you're new to digital photography or a seasoned shooter, this latest edition of Ben Long's popular guide is your one-stop resource for advice and clear how-to information on every aspect of digital photography, from shooting to postproduction to printing. COMPLETE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, SEVENTH EDITION starts with the basics; no prior knowledge of photography is needed. By the end of the book, you'll have a deep understanding of the art and technology of photography and be ready to tackle complex photographic challenges. Among the many essential elements of digital photography covered are: • Extensive details of the camera's controls. • In-depth tutorials on the ins and outs of exposure. • Detailed chapters on seeing, composition, and the "artistry" of photography. • Full instruction in how to craft a post-production workflow that works for you. • Tutorials on all the essentials of image editing, from raw processing to retouching. • Full coverage of printing and output. Photographer Ben Long brings his extensive experience to bear, helping you over conceptual hurdles and leading you to a clear understanding of how to take great photos. With this book in hand, you will master the equipment, the process, and the art of digital photography.

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Intended both for amateur photographers and for traditional film photographers who wish to understand the new technology, this manual explains how to produce high quality digital photographs. Covers basic technological concepts, basic photography, choosing equipment, building a work station, shooting, exposure, preparing images for editing, color and tone correction, special effects, and other topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584503569
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/25/2004
  • Series: Charles River Media Graphics Series
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer and writer. The author of over a dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he has been a longtime contributor or contributing editor to many magazines and is a Senior Contributing Editor for Macworld magazine. He is the author of two-dozen courses on photography and video production for Lynda.com. His photography clients include 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world. In his spare time he dabbles in computer programming and has written Photoshop utilities that have been used by The British Museum, The New York Stock Exchange and the White House.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Eyes, Brains, Lights , and Images. 2. Getting to Know Your Camera. 3. Camera Anatomy. 4. Image Transfer. 5. Image Sensors. 6. Exposure Basics. 7. Program Mode. 8. Advanced Exposure. 9. Finding and Composing a Photo. 10. Lighting. 11. Raw Shooting. 12. Special Shooting. 13. Workflow. 14. Editing Workflow and First Steps. 15. Correcting Tone. 16. Correcting Color. 17. Image Editing in Raw. 18. Masking. 19. Black and White Conversion. 20. Layers, Retouching, and Special Effects. 21. Panoramic Stitching and HDR Merging. 22. Output 23. Glossary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Great Book for Beginners



    I have always enjoyed taking snapshots and on occasion have gotten lucky and captured something special. I wanted to get serious about my photography, and I picked up this book. If you are like I was and white balance, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed are foreign concepts, this book is for you. The author goes into great detail about those subjects and really goes over some common features on DSLR and some point-and-shoot cameras, and explains how and when to use them.

    He also discusses in great detail about finishing your images in your image editor with sample pictures from his website to correct some common problems in digital photos.

    If you are inexperienced, I highly recommend this book. In just a few days you will have a basic understanding of photography. Then you can go on to some more detailed books about the type of photography you would like to get better at.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    Exellent in all regards

    Long's 3rd edition of his highly regarded digital photography handbook is the best single photography text resource of which I'm aware. Its strengths are in technical thoroughness combined with a readable style. His discussions of photographic principles are models of clarity, and his treatment of topics unique to the digital domain never dodges the hard stuff but remains comprehensible.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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