Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging
—George Schaub, Editorial Director, Shutterbug and eDigitalPhoto magazines
With a three or more megapixel digital camera or a good scanner, affordable image-editing software, and a photo-realistic printer, you have all the tools you need to create absolutely stunning images. But understanding all your options and getting the best possible results can be daunting. What features should you look for in a digital camera? What accessories do you need? How do you capture the best possible images with your digital equipment--and make corrections when you don't? What are the advantages of RAW capture? How can you get consistently great prints?
Peter K. Burian, coauthor of the best-selling National Geographic Photography Field Guide, has taken the digital plunge and lived to write about it. The result is a practical, accessible guide that demystifies the world of digital photography and imaging--a must-read whether you're a photography enthusiast making the leap to digital, a gadget lover looking for the latest technology, a novice photographer, or anybody who regularly works with images.
Inside you'll find:
- A buyer's guide to the essential equipment and software: learn the pros and cons of compact digicams versus digital SLR cameras; choose a suitable scanner; find the right imaging program for your needs; select the perfect photo printer
- Focusing, composition, and lighting tips for making snapshots that you'll be proud of
- Pro tips and techniques for using all your camera's advanced features
- Techniques for getting scans of exceptional quality, whether you're scanning prints, slides, or negatives
- Recommendations on upgrading your computer and peripherals for digital imaging
- Professional methods for fine-tuning your images in the digital darkroom
- Techniques for creating color or black-and-white prints of exhibition quality
- Tips on optimizing your images for use in e-mail, online albums, and web pages
Chapter 1: Introduction to Digital Cameras.
Chapter 2: Introduction to Scanners.
Chapter 3: Computer Setups for Digital Imaging.
Chapter 4: Software for the Digital Darkroom.
Chapter 5: Choosing a Photo Printer.
Part 2: Capture.
Chapter 6: Making Digital Images.
Chapter 7: Picture-Taking Tips.
Chapter 8: Scanning Techniques.
Part 3: Optimizing Images.
Chapter 9: Color Management Demystified.
Chapter 10: Introduction to Image Editing.
Chapter 11: Advanced Image Editing.
Chapter 12: Images and the Internet.
Chapter 13: Making Exhibition-Quality Prints.
Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.
Figure 1.2 caption. Currently says "...1 to 6 megapixels." Should say, "...1 to 8 megapixels."
The last line of the Note in the middle of the page says "but for a 4, 5, or 6 megapixel camera". Please replace that phrase with "but for a camera with higher resolution capability,"
Fourth bulleted item should read: "Models with a resolution over 5 megapixels cost $500 and up.
Para 3, Sentence 1, please replace "Still rare in compact cameras, Continuous Autofocus mode allows" with "An increasing number of compact cameras include a Continuous Autofocus mode, which allows"
Recommendation sidebar title is incorrect. Should read "Recommendation: Most Important Digital SLR Camera Features" not "..Most Important SLR Digicam Features"
4th full paragraph, Sentence 3 says "They cost $1000 and up." Please change to "They cost $500 and up."
Caption for Fig. 2.4: parenthetical says "($1000+)". Please change to "($500+)
Recommendation sidebar, 3rd Paragraph, line 2 says "2700 dpi to 2900 dpi resolution ($500+)" Please change the parenthetical to "($300+)".
Recommendation sidebar, last line says "($750+)". Please change parenthetical to "($500+)"
Fig. 6.16 caption says "1/4 sec." Should say "4 sec.".
Item 6, line 3 says, "...adjust the preview image until it looks just right in the Preview image. Please just delete everything after "right" and add a period: "...adjust the preview image until it looks just right."
Second-to-last paragraph on the page, line 4 mentions a price of "$229". Should be "$179". Same para, line 7 says "$500", should be $300+
Item 5 says, "...such as Digital ICE or FARE," Should be "...such as Digital ICE or Auto Dust Brush,"
7th paragraph, 4th line, change "for $169" to "for $119 and up."
2nd paragraph, 2nd line, change "less than $170" to "$119 (ColorVision Inc.’s ColorPlus)"
Title for last section should be revised to Using the Shadow/Highlight Utility: Exercise 1
Replace Figure 12.2 image with f1202r.tif.