Digital Photography: Expert Techniques


Whether you're a new photographer or an experienced pro, this book will guide you through the labyrinth of options and choices you face from the moment you see a photo opportunity to the time you share your final results. And it will help you minimize the time needed to fix your mistakes along the way.

Through step-by-step procedures based on years of experience, professional photographer Ken Milburn describes a complete workflow sequence that begins with essential equipment and...

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Whether you're a new photographer or an experienced pro, this book will guide you through the labyrinth of options and choices you face from the moment you see a photo opportunity to the time you share your final results. And it will help you minimize the time needed to fix your mistakes along the way.

Through step-by-step procedures based on years of experience, professional photographer Ken Milburn describes a complete workflow sequence that begins with essential equipment and preparation, takes you through detailed editing techniques, and ends with your finished images looking the way you want, ready to be shown to the world.

This completely revised edition of Milburn's original bestseller teaches you everything you need to do before, during, and after the editing process.

  • Be prepared with the right equipment
  • Get the basic shots right
  • Organize your photos and find the gems
  • Make reversible adjustments
  • Refine your images with care
  • Use special effects cautiously and tastefully
  • Publish and share your images effectively

You'll also learn advanced techniques with Photoshop CS2 and Photoshop Elements, though this isn' t a typical Photoshop how-to book. Milburn's workflow strategy ensures that high-production jobs are done professionally with a minimum of frustration. With Digital Photography: Expert Techniques, you'll become a better (and more profitable) photographer.

In this absorbing book by professional photographer Milburn, a multitude of expert advice is offered to those who are ready to move to the next level of digital photography and digital image processing. Rather than discussing photography principles, the book focuses on workflow: time-tested, step-by-step procedures based on hard-nosed experience by and for genuine practitioners of the art.

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Ken Millburn will make you a far better digital photographer -- in every respect. Not just Photoshop (though this full-color book certainly offers plenty of outstanding Photoshop tips.) But also in workflow, and in problem solving -- both technical and creative.

Make the most of RAW files. Using an 18 percent gray card to make more accurate corrections. Choose the right tool for stitching panoramas. Create knockouts that automatically eliminate stray background color reflections. Select really complex discontinuous edges using Color Range or Threshold. Know when to blur, when to diffuse. Find the best third-party filters. Know when to calibrate your camera. Discover quicker, easier alternatives to tripods. Protect your images with watermarks.

Simply put, Millburn teaches techniques professionals must know, and serious amateurs will be thrilled to know. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596526900
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: O'Reilly Digital Studio Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Milburn has decades of experience as a professional photographer. With a degree in broadcasting and television production, Ken worked as assistant to world-famous photographers Stanley Ciccone (Macy's California Fashion Photography and Chief Staff Photographer for Australian Vogue) and Cal Bernstein (Marlboro Cigarettes, Wells Fargo Stagecoach ads, Max Factor, Pan American, staff photographer for Look Magazine). Ken has done work for Universal Pictures, Capital Records, Cole of California, Strega Liquers, and the Fluer Corporation among many others, and has used much of his photography to illustrate more than 300 magazine articles and 24 computer graphics books. Ken is the author of Digital Abstract & Macro Photography (Course Technology PTR), and Digital Photography Bible (Wiley).

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Table of Contents

1 A plan for nondestructive workflow 1
2 Be prepared 17
3 Bridging the gap 37
4 Streamlining camera raw 73
5 Nondestructive layering 123
6 Nondestructive overall adjustments 137
7 Making targeted adjustments 173
8 Repairing the details 189
9 Collage and montage 225
10 Creating the wow factor 261
11 Special purpose processing 303
12 Presenting your work to the world 329
A Workflow alternatives 375
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006


    Are you a photographer who is serious about producing the highest quality photographs in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Ken Milburn, has done an outstanding job of writing a 2nd edition of a book that focuses on digital SLR cameras that have higher megapixels of noninterpolated resolution, interchangeable lenses, and larger, more noise-free sensors. Milburn, begins by putting the organization of the entire book in perspective. Then, the author covers how to set your camera to be prepared for shots. Next, he discusses the Bridge in relation to Photoshop and to the myriad ways that it helps to keep your workflow organized. He also gets into more depth about streamlining your processing while in Camera Raw. The author then continues by describing in detail, how layers can be used to isolate destructive operations, so that they can be carried out without affecting anything else you¿ve done to the image. Then, he shows you how to use adjustment layers, which are completely nondestructive, to make overall image adjustments. Next, the author discusses making and using selections, masks, and other means of making adjustments that pertain only to portions of the image. He also covers all types of image repair, including retouching. The author continues by discussing the making of one image from multiple images using techniques of both collage and montage. Then, he presents the next stage of progressively more destructive editing: special effects. Next, the author covers specialized image processing. Finally, the author shows you how to prepare your image for output and then how to use that output to show off your talents in an efficient and cost-effective way. This most excellent book is more about workflow than it is about procedures in a specific program. Perhaps more importantly, this book contains most of the information you¿ll ever need as a professional digital photographer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Above and beyond the typical digital photography book

    There are many books available explaining how to make the most of Photoshop or how to get everything you can out of your digital camera. While this book goes into some of these topics, it goes a step further by looking at it from the point of view of a professional photographer. This insight is particularly welcome, which shifts the focus of the book from knowing how to use Photoshop to how to be a better photographer. The author takes the professional photographer¿s perspective (although this book can really be read and enjoyed by anyone serious about digital photography), which includes discussing issues such as storage, cataloging, CCD basics, and software. The author discusses some of his file naming techniques, shows some of the tools he uses, and provides recommendations for camera purchases. Rather than simply rehashing the same Photoshop tricks available in every other digital photography book, the author shows what professional photographers do (bracketing photographs) as well as different software that might be better suited for a specific task (stitching software to combine many individual photographs into one large image). Naturally, many other image manipulations are discussed, however, the central point of the discussions are always how to make a better photograph. I found discussions that focused on the photograph rather than the software tool very refreshing and quite interesting and useful. The author wraps up the book by providing some ideas on how to break into the business as a professional photographer. There is a discussion on printing photographs and how to create some beginning marketing materials. In all of these discussions, the focus remains on the photograph. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to individuals interested in a book that gives you more than the rest of the digital photography books out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    An Enduring Book

    So you've gone and spent some time learning the intricacies of Photoshop. Does that knowledge and your digital camera make you an expert on digital photography? Probably not! It is true that for digital photography, Photoshop is the standard, and knowledge of it is necessary. But not sufficient. This, basically, is the motivator of Milburn's book. He assumes you're conversant with the mechanics of Photoshop. But now that you have that down, his book concentrates on higher level skills. He has acquired these over 20 years as a digital photographer, from back when tools were totally primitive. The book is replete with tips on image composition. In the process, you learn to appreciate and use many perhaps hitherto obscure capabilities of Photoshop. Like being able to reduce noise in JPEGs. Or precise edge sharpening. Or painting with filters. And so on. Chances are that an introductory Photoshop book may have given these only cursory attention. Most Photoshop books are the equivalent of books on grammar and syntax. This book is about writing essays. The book is also a fun read. The visuals are dazzling! Printed on high quality glossy paper that will still be as fresh decades from now. Deliberately so. There is a timeless quality about the book. Its techniques will still be applicable years hence. Future versions of Photoshop will have at least the capabilities of the current Photoshop. And even if Photoshop gets supplanted by another product, that will be a superset of today's. Of course, there is no doubt that new techniques will be invented. And those will necessitate new texts. But digital photography is a mature enough field, as documented by this book, that it may endure.

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