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Renowned photographer and digital expert Tom Ang helps you master the essentials of digital photography in this jargon-free guide. Discover all you need to know, including which type of camera to buy, how to post your images on the web, and more. Clearly explains the key features of digital cameras, software, and accessories, Features practical tips on how to improve your technique, Covers image manipulation basics, from fine-tuning to special effects, Includes inspirational ideas for exploring the full potential...
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Overview

Renowned photographer and digital expert Tom Ang helps you master the essentials of digital photography in this jargon-free guide. Discover all you need to know, including which type of camera to buy, how to post your images on the web, and more. Clearly explains the key features of digital cameras, software, and accessories, Features practical tips on how to improve your technique, Covers image manipulation basics, from fine-tuning to special effects, Includes inspirational ideas for exploring the full potential of digital images.
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Why two books by the same author on the same subject, published by the same publisher? Digital Photography; An Introduction and the KISS Guide to Digital Photography are very similar but have a slightly different approach. Although both are easy to read and are suitable for the beginner photographer, the first book is written in a more traditional format and will appeal to someone with more experience with traditional photographic techniques. While both volumes are filled with beautiful photographs that illustrate the author's points, the second book uses cartoon graphics, "simple summaries," and more white space and colorful layout notations. It is organized from the simplest issues to the most complex. The first book has a more "professional" look and feel and appears to go into more depth on some issues, including using specific models of cameras and equipment, which may make it seem out-of-date in a short time. Either book fills the niche of guidebook to the world of digital photography, depending on which approach meets the reader's comfort level. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, DK, 223p. illus. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Nola Theiss
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This handy, affordable little guide introduces both amateur and professional photographers to the full range of creative possibilities of digital photography. Ang here begins with an overview of equipment and software, as well as setting up an ideal workroom. He next turns to the making of digital photographs, including zooms, electronic flash, composition, and color balances. Separate chapters are devoted to scanning, including resolution, file formats, and color management; image manipulation, including cropping, burning and dodging, and color balance; and, finally, troubleshooting the myriad problems of digital imaging. This final chapter also includes a very useful glossary and lists of manufacturers, web resources, and software sources. Thorough, well organized, clearly written, and appropriately illustrated with many helpful photographs, this is one of the very best introductions to this new exciting field. Highly recommended, especially for general collections for amateur photographers that don't already have Ang's Digital Photographer's Handbook, just out last year from DK. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789496966
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Keep It Simple Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Ang is an award-winning photographer, best-selling author, and contributor to magazines such as What Digital Camera, MacUser and Creative Arts. He is the author of DK's Digital Photography Masterclass and How to Photograph Absolutely Everything.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Total Photography
Photographic pathways     10
Digital camera features     12
Digital cameras     14
Memory cards     20
Choosing a scanner     22
Choosing software     24
Printers: Choosing and using     26
Computers: Choosing and using     28
Computer accessories     30
Setting up a workroom     32
Photography for the digital age
Picture composition     36
Image orientation     42
Image proportions     44
Composition and zooms     46
Digital zooms     48
Camera movement     49
Digital close-ups     50
Quick fix: Image distortion     54
Quick fix: Lens problems     55
Influencing perspective     58
Changing viewpoints     60
Quick fix: Leaning buildings     62
Quick fix: Facial distortion     63
Color composition     64
Strong color contrasts     66
Quick fix: Color balance     70
Silhouettes/backlighting     72
Accessory flash     74
Quick fix: Electronicflash     76
Radical conversions
Scanning: The basics     80
Using flatbed scanners     82
Quick fix: Scan resolution     84
File formats: A summary     86
Quick fix: Problems with scans     88
Quick fix: Inaccurate printer colors     91
Basic color management     92
All about image manipulation
First steps     96
Cropping and rotation     98
Quick fix: Poor subject detail     100
Quick fix: Poor subject color     101
Levels     102
Burning-in and dodging     104
Sharpening     106
Quick fix: Image distractions     110
Quick fix: Image framing     112
Quick fix: Converging parallels     113
Color balancing     114
Color adjustments     115
Curves     118
Bit-depth and color     123
Color into black and white     124
Duotones     132
Tritones and quadtones     134
Sepia tones     135
Split toning     136
Hand-tinting     138
Cross-processing     140
Filter effects      142
Selecting pixels     154
Quick fix: Removing backgrounds     156
Masks     158
Grayscale and color     160
Text effects     162
Cloning techniques     164
Photomosaics     170
Image stitching     172
The output adventure
Proofing and printing     176
Output to paper     180
Quick fix: Printer problems     182
Permanence: Ink and paper     184
Poster-sized printing     185
Publishing on the Web     188
Going further     192
Mounting an exhibition     194
Copyright concerns     196
Shopping for equipment     198
Disabilities     200
Survival guide     201
Glossary     203
www.resources     214
Picture sources     216
Manufacturers     217
Software sources     218
Index     220
Acknowledgments     224
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