Digital photography has come of age: not only are sales of digital cameras overtaking conventional cameras both in unit sales and value, but amateur photographers can now obtain image quality to match that of the professionals. "Advanced Digital Photography" tells readers how to advance their digital photography, and helps increase their skills, success rate, and enjoyment. This book brings together authoritative technical background with 'secrets' from power users and numerous picture-making ideas - all designed to take the reader's digital photography several steps further. By showing numerous sets of 'before' and 'after' images, by showing the chosen shot as well as discarded options, this book illustrates the processes that lead to advanced digital photography. Key effects such as duotone modes, unsharp masking, curves manipulation, and channel mixing are discussed in depth but in clear and simple language. Central topics such as colour management, resolution, and scanning are also treated in depth - with five workshops and step-by-step guides - to enable the reader to lay a superb foundation for improving their digital photography.
By bringing together a wealth of material in a single volume, "Advanced Digital Photography" is a must-have book for the modern photographer.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: How to advance your digital photography DIGITAL IMAGING PRINCIPLES The imaging chain Software operations Understanding digital colour How scanners work How printers work MASTERING HARDWARE Know Your Digital Camera Better Scanner Techniques MASTERING YOUR SOFTWARE Advanced Tone Control Digital Dodge and Burn Advanced Retouching Cropping and Distortion Correction Artefacts and Noise Advanced Colour Control Advanced Masking and Selection Working with Type Advance Compositing Advance Painting Increasing File Size Advanced Black & White Advanced Digital Darkroom Advanced Digital Filters Advanced Sharpness Control High-Pass Sharpening MASTERING YOUR MATERIALS Organizing your Images Output your Images Output to Web REFERENCE Glossary Software and Web Resources Index Acknowledgments
Tom Ang has worked as a technical editor, editor, and picture editor on several magazines. His own photography -- both digital and film -- has been internationally exhibited. He is a regular contributor to magazines such as MacUser, What Digital Camera and Ag Photographic. Tom won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for his photography of the Marco Polo Expedition and he is a specialist on Central Asia. He is the author of Picture Editing (Focal Press), Silver Pixels, Dictionary of Photography and Digital Imaging (Argentum), and Digital Photography and Tao of Photography (Mitchell Beazley). Tom is Senior Lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster, London.