Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images / Edition 1

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An experienced workshop instructor, Rick Sammon has an approach to photography that is best described as "learning to see and seeing to learn." Rick avoids the technical jargon in favor of narrative captions. Throughout the book's seven parts, the photographic process unfolds for the reader from taking, making, editing, storing, and printing to sharing better digital images. Each lesson reveals itself through instructional photographs accompanied by narrative captions that lead fluidly from one image to the next.

Newcomers to photography will enjoy the opening parts of the book, "Before We Begin" and "Build on the Basics." Shooters making the transition to the new realm of digital photography will be drawn to the middle parts of the book, "Welcome to the Digital Darkroom" and "Working and Playing in Photoshop." Photo hobbyists already dabbling in the digital world will want to examine the closing parts of the book, "Special Digital Effects and Techniques" and "More Photography Tips." Over 1,000 images from Rick's library form a visual travelogue of beautiful sites around the world. The book's package includes the Digital Photography Tutor, a CD-ROM fully compatible with PC/Mac computers that features Rick's "The Camera Looks Both Ways." Many images in "The Camera Looks Both Ways" -- a mini-course in the photography process -- are unique to the CD-ROM and do not appear elsewhere in the book. The book's CD-ROM also offers other digital learning tools, including Photoshop 7 tutorials and fully functional plug-in samples.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393325515
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: Includes CD-Rom
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

The Camera Looks Both Ways ... xiii
Part I Before We Begin 1
1 Photography or Bowling? 2
2 Let Me Introduce Myself 4
3 Using This Book 8
4 Film or Digital? 12
5 Seeing Pictures 16
Part II Build on the Basics 25
6 Camera Basics 27
7 See the Light 34
8 A Look at Lenses 39
9 The Zoom Lens Advantage 51
10 Shoot Sharp Pictures 56
11 Get a Good Exposure 63
12 Use Exposure Modes for Creative Control 70
13 Bracketing and Spot Metering 75
14 Pan to Create Motion 79
15 Focus on Autofocus 82
16 Be Aware of the Background 86
17 Indoor Photography: To Flash or Not 90
18 Outdoor Flash Techniques 97
19 Compose in Thirds 103
20 Compose Creatively 106
21 Crop Creatively 110
22 Create a Sense of Depth 113
23 Picture a Person in a Scene 117
24 Reflect or Diffuse Natural Light 120
25 Create Disequilibrium 125
26 Landscapes and Nature 128
27 Filters for Outdoor Photography 140
28 When the Weather Turns Bad 148
29 Basic Field Gear 154
Part III Cameras: The Way We Record Light 156
30 Choose a Camera or Two 159
31 Pick a Picture Resolution 169
32 Record Your Memories 173
33 Controlling Color 176
34 Is What You See What You Get? 181
35 Not All Digital Cameras Think Alike 186
Part IV Welcome to the Digital Darkroom 188
36 Choose a Computer 191
37 Move Pictures into Your Computer 198
38 Scan Film and Prints 201
39 Save and Organize Your Photos 206
40 Choose a Printer 209
41 Pick Paper for Your Printer 214
42 Printing Concepts and Tips 217
Part V Working and Playing in Photoshop 220
43 Meet the Power of Photoshop 223
44 Calibrate before Opening Photoshop 226
45 Try Easy Tools First 230
46 Choose a File Format: JPEG or TIFF 240
47 Manage File Size and Image Size 243
48 Increase the Canvas Size 249
49 Choose a Color Mode 251
50 Basic Image Adjustment 253
51 Curves, Brightness, and Contrast Adjustment 256
52 Take Control of Color 259
53 More on Hue and Saturation 267
54 Use Threshold, Invert, and Posterize 270
55 Discover Duotones 272
56 Work in Black and White, Photoshop Style 276
57 Learn about Layers 281
58 Use Adjustment Layers 286
59 Be Selective 289
60 Extract a Subject from Its Background 293
61 Make Your Subject Stand Out 297
62 Have Fun with Digital Filters 301
63 A Tour of Plug-Ins 306
64 Special Effects with Actions 314
65 Restore Old Photographs 319
66 Salvage Badly Damaged Photos 323
67 Rescue Image Details 325
68 Rescue Image Color 330
69 Add Text to Your Photographs 334
70 Awaken the Artist Within 338
71 Simple Artistic Techniques 341
72 Frame with Photoshop Actions 345
73 Too Much of a Good Thing? 348
Part VI Special Digital Effects and Techniques 352
74 Add Action to Still Photos 354
75 Create the Magical Mirror Effect 358
76 Liquify Reality 363
77 Control Perspective 366
78 Create Drop Shadows 369
79 Design a Montage 371
80 Lighting Effects 376
81 Create Flyers and Posters 380
82 More Fun with Digital Frames 384
83 Paint with the Art History Brush 388
Part VII More Photography Tips 392
84 Taking vs. Making a Picture 394
85 Tell the Whole Story 397
86 Take a Lot of Pictures 401
87 Look for the Details 404
88 Get to Know Your Subject 407
89 Respect Your Subject 410
90 Environmental Portraits vs. Head Shots 412
91 Adventures in Wildlife Photography 416
92 Close-Up Picture-Taking vs. Picture-Making 425
93 Shoot Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets 431
94 Glamour Photography 438
95 Shooting the City at Night 443
96 Shoot in the Snow 447
97 Take the Fun Shots, Too! 453
98 Try 3-D 455
99 Play with Print With Preview 457
100 Automate Contact Sheets 459
101 Automate Picture Packages 461
102 Turn Your Den into a Studio 463
103 Travel Totally Digital 468
104 Digital Slide Shows 473
105 Going Freelance 476
106 Make Your Own E-Book 480
107 Lost and Found 483
Glossary 485
Web Sites for Image-Makers 491
Recommended Reading 493
Acknowledgments 497
About the Author 501
Good Luck! 503
Index 505
Two Basic Rules 33
Lens Tech Talk 50
Red-Eye 96
Filters for Black-and-White Film Photography 147
Mixing Filter Types 147
Gear You'll Need for Wet-Weather Shooting 153
The Multiplication Factor on Digital SLRs 168
When Auto White Balance Is a Good Choice 180
Take the Mac vs. Windows Test 197
Real World Color 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    Easy Reading, Easy Learning

    Here is a book that truly is a ¿complete guide to digital photography¿. It covers all the bases and does so in a friendly and easy to understand way. A gallery of several hundred color photographs complements and reinforces the text. On each page, the author informs the reader what to do and then shows the results using interesting photographs he has captured from his travels around the world. Each page is an instructional `show and tell, tell and show¿. This is a great book by a noted photographer and writer. To the publisher¿s credit the book is well designed, printed on quality paper, and the reproductions of photographs are of the highest quality.

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