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Mastering Digital Photography, Second Edition

Book Description

Coverage includes—

  • David D. Busch has been demystifying arcane computer and imaging technology since the early 1980s. However, he had a successful career as a professional photographer for a decade before he sat down at the keyboard of his first personal computer. Busch has worked as a newspaper photographer, done commercial studio and portrait work, shot weddings, and roved the United States and Europe as a photojournalist. His articles on photography and image editing have appeared in magazines as diverse as Popular Photography and Imaging, Petersen’s PhotoGraphic, Rangefinder, and The Professional Photographer, as well as computer magazines such as Macworld and Computer Shopper. He’s currently reviewing digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper.

  • Full-color book with excellent illustrations.

  • Written by a working photographer and well-known author in the digital photography field.

  • Full-color images clearly illustrate each hands-on lesson.

  • Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
      1. Dedication
    2. About the Author
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. Contributor Bio
    5. Preface
    6. Introduction
      1. Why Another Digital Photography Book?
      2. What You’ll Find Here
      3. Who Are You, Anyway?
      4. Who Am I?
      5. What You Need
      6. Chapter Outline
        1. Part I: Your Lean, Mean Pixel Machine
        2. Chapter 1: Digital Photography from 50,000 Feet
        3. Chapter 2: Inside a Digital Camera
        4. Chapter 3: Mastering Camera Controls
        5. Chapter 4: Dealing with Digital Camera File Formats
        6. Part II: Techniques Unlimited
        7. Chapter 5: Action Photography
        8. Chapter 6: People Photography
        9. Chapter 7: Scenic Photography
        10. Chapter 8: Architectural Photography
        11. Chapter 9: Travel Photography
        12. Chapter 10: Macro Photography
        13. Appendix A: Illustrated Glossary of Photographic and Digital Terms
    7. I. Your Lean, Mean Pixel Machine
      1. 1. Digital Photography from 50,000 Feet
        1. How You Got Here
        2. How the Technology Got Here
        3. Transferring Skills
          1. Basic Composition
          2. Lens Selection
          3. Selective Focus
          4. Choosing the Right Film
          5. Darkroom Techniques
          6. Retouching
          7. Compositing
          8. Color Correction
          9. Monochrome
          10. Filters
        4. Key Uses for Digital Photography
          1. Photojournalism
          2. Portrait Photography
          3. Photoillustration
        5. Where We’re Going
          1. Making Your Images Your Own
          2. Is Film Dead?
          3. Pricing
          4. Ethics
        6. Next Up
      2. 2. Inside a Digital Camera
        1. Guided Tour of a Digital Camera
        2. How a Digital Camera Works
          1. Capturing the Image
          2. Viewing the Image
          3. Taking the Picture
        3. Making Sense of Sensors
          1. The Unfulfilled Promise of Foveon Technology
          2. CMOS vs CCD
        4. About Digital SLRs
        5. Selecting a Digital Camera
          1. Defining Your Expectations
            1. Do You Plan to Edit Your Images?
            2. What Are Your Resolution Requirements?
            3. Do You See Photography as a Creative Outlet?
            4. How Many Pictures Do You Take in One Session?
            5. Will Your Camera Be a Long-Term Investment?
            6. Is Size Important?
            7. Is the Camera Likely to Be Lost, Stolen, or Damaged?
            8. Do You Want to Share Lenses and Accessories with a Conventional Film Camera?
          2. Choosing a Camera Category
            1. Basic Point-and-Shoot Models
            2. Intermediate Models
            3. Advanced Models
            4. Prosumer Models
            5. Professional Models
        6. Choose Your Weapons
          1. Understanding Lens Requirements
            1. Lens Aperture
            2. Manual Exposure Adjustments
            3. Zoom Lens
            4. Focus Range
            5. Add-on Attachments
          2. The Myth of Resolution
          3. Storage Options
          4. Exposure Controls
          5. Viewfinders
          6. Other Features
        7. Next Up
      3. 3. Mastering Camera Controls
        1. Taking Control
        2. Understanding Exposure
          1. When an Exposure Isn’t
          2. How Exposure Is Calculated
          3. Bracketing
        3. Working with Autoexposure
          1. Exposure Zones
          2. Aperture Priority
          3. Shutter Priority
          4. Program Modes and Scene Modes
          5. Manual Exposure
          6. Locking Exposure
        4. Manipulating Focus
          1. Using Autofocus
            1. Basic Focus Modes
            2. Advanced Focus Parameters
        5. Sequencing
        6. Other Kinds of Exposures
        7. Next Up
      4. 4. Dealing with Digital Camera File Formats
        1. Why So Many Formats?
        2. Image Size, File Size, and File Compression
          1. What’s Image Compression?
          2. The Next Step in Compression
        3. Key File Formats
          1. JPEG
          2. JPEG 2000
          3. GIF
          4. PNG
          5. PCX
          6. TIFF
          7. PICT
          8. PDF
          9. BMP
          10. RAW
        4. JPEG, TIFF, and RAW
        5. A Sampling of RAW Browsers
          1. Camera Vendor Solutions
            1. Nikon Capture
            2. Canon EOS File Viewer Utility/EOS Capture/Digital Photo Professional
            3. Other Proprietary RAW Converters
          2. Third-Party Solutions
            1. IrfanView
            2. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
            3. Bibble Pro
            4. BreezeBrowser
          3. Manipulating RAW Files in Photoshop CS
        6. Next Up
    8. II. Techniques Unlimited
      1. 5. Action Photography
        1. The Two Keys to Great Action Shots
        2. Digital Cameras and Shutter Lag
          1. Testing for Shutter Lag
        3. Your Action Arsenal
        4. Lens
          1. Focal Length
          2. Aperture
          3. Optical vs. Digital Zoom
          4. Exposure Controls
            1. Exposure Modes
            2. Monitoring Exposure
          5. Focus Controls
          6. Electronic Flash
            1. Pros and Cons
            2. Flash Sync and You
            3. Compatibility
            4. Flash Exposure
          7. Tripods and Monopods for Action
          8. Your Digital Film
        5. Taking a Position
          1. Are You Ready for Some Football?
          2. Soccer to Me
          3. Take Me out to the Ball Game
          4. Nothing but Net
          5. Goony Golf
          6. Other Sports
        6. Here’s the Drill
          1. Preparation and Setup
          2. What ISO Speed Should I Use?
          3. What Exposure Do I Use?
          4. Planning Your Shot
          5. Freezing the Action
            1. Stopping Action with Panning
            2. Freezing Action Head On
            3. Freezing Action with Your Shutter
            4. Freezing Action with Electronic Flash
          6. Freezing Peak Action
        7. Shooting Sequences
          1. Selecting Sequence Modes
          2. Shooting Sequences
          3. Testing Your Camera’s Sequence Capabilities
            1. To Measure Maximum Individual Shot Rate
            2. To Measure Continuous Sequences
        8. Project for Individual Study: Stop a Bullet
          1. The Basic Steps (Oversimplified to the Extreme)
          2. The Hard Part
        9. Next Up
      2. 6. People Photography
        1. Home Studio—or Nature’s Studio?
        2. Setting Up Your Studio
        3. What You Need
          1. Your Portrait Camera
          2. Backgrounds
          3. Visible Means of Support
          4. Make Light Work for You
            1. Existing Light
            2. Electronic Flash
            3. Incandescent Lights
          5. Gadgets
            1. Flat Reflectors
            2. Soft Boxes
            3. Gobos and Cookies
            4. Barndoors/Snoots
            5. Umbrellas
        4. Portrait Lighting Basics
          1. The Nature of Light
          2. Direct versus Soft
          3. Balancing Light
            1. The Inverse Square Law
            2. Using Ratios
        5. Using Multiple Light Sources
          1. Main Light
          2. Fill Light
          3. Background Light
          4. Hair Light
        6. Lighting Techniques
          1. Short Lighting
          2. Broad Lighting
          3. Butterfly Lighting
          4. Rembrandt Lighting
          5. Side Lighting
          6. Backlighting
        7. Outdoor Lighting
        8. Posing and Shooting
        9. Project for Individual Study: Learn to Retouch
        10. Next Up
      3. 7. Scenic Photography
        1. What You Need
          1. Your Scenic Camera
          2. Lens Accessories
          3. Tripods
          4. Flash
        2. Landscapes
          1. Seven Simple Rules for Composing Your Landscapes
          2. Simplicity
          3. Front and Center
          4. Landscape Portraits
          5. Rule of Thirds
          6. Using Lines
          7. Balance
          8. Framing
          9. Fusion/Separation
          10. Color and Texture
        3. Key Types of Scenics
          1. Mountains
          2. Sunsets and Sunrises
          3. Sea and Water Scenes
          4. Panoramas
          5. Fireworks
          6. Snow Scenes
        4. Project for Individual Study: Infrared Photography
          1. What You Need
          2. Taking IR Photos
        5. Next Up
      4. 8. Architectural Photography
        1. What You Need
          1. Your Architectural Camera and Lens
          2. Working with Tripods
        2. Solving Architectural Photography Problems
          1. Getting Permission
          2. Choosing Your Shot
          3. Perspective Control
          4. Contending with Distracting Elements
          5. Solving Interior Lighting Problems
          6. Weather or Not
          7. Humor and Drama
          8. Documentation
        3. Project for Individual Study: Painting with Light
        4. Next Up
      5. 9. Travel Photography
        1. What You Need
          1. Keeping It Light
          2. Your Travel Gear
            1. Wither Your Digital Film?
            2. What Else to Take?
        2. Tips for Getting Great Travel Pictures
          1. Shoot Details
          2. Travel Landscapes
          3. Photographing People
        3. Next Up
      6. 10. Macro Photography
        1. Made for Each Other
        2. Close-ups Up Close
          1. Magnification
          2. Perspective
          3. Lighting
          4. Depth-of-Field
          5. Composition
        3. What You Need
          1. Your Camera
          2. Close-up Lenses
          3. Bellows and Extension Tubes
          4. Supporting Players
            1. Tripods
            2. Other Supports
        4. Lighting Equipment
          1. Working with Existing Light
            1. White Cardboard
            2. Foamboard
            3. Aluminum Foil
            4. Mylar Sheets
            5. Umbrellas
            6. Tents
            7. Black Cardboard or Cloth
            8. Electronic Flash
            9. Incandescent Lights
        5. Background Information
          1. Cloth
          2. Seamless Paper
          3. Poster Board
        6. Getting Down to Business
          1. Setting Up Your Subject and Background
          2. Setting Up Your Camera
          3. Setting Up Your Lights
          4. Setting Up Your Shot
          5. Smile!
        7. Close-ups for Online Auctions
        8. Project for Individual Study: Pitching a Tent
        9. Some Final Tips
        10. Next Up
      7. Appendix Illustrated Glossary of Photographic and Digital Terms