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Complete Digital Photography (Digital Photography Series) Paperback – June 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1584505204 ISBN-10: 1584505206 Edition: 004th
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; 004 edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584505206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584505204
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alexandre V. P. Vale on May 24, 2009
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I graduated in photography in 93, just before digital was considered serious photography, unless you wanted to spend $ 13,000 on a less than a megapixel camera. I had a view camera and a decent 35 mm and a canon D60 second generation camera. I used digital for many jobs, but film was still the top choice.

When I decided to upgrade my camera and software, I found that I was behind on both accounts, and needed an information source that would make me understand digital as close to what I know about the film process. This book was the link I needed.

For photographers coming from film and still not so sure about digital, (sometimes, but fewer and fewer times, film beats digital, but not by as much as a film photographer thinks anymore). This book was a great source to understand the digital process as well as I understood film. Although it has explanations that are for true beginners, I still had things to learn.

But when it came to digital workflow and photoshop CS3 resources, it made me realize how many hours I had lost in post processing doing things using older versions of photoshop, and missing out in many features that did the work for me, it made me regret not buying it sooner, it now saves me 70% of the time I used to take from organizing to processing and preparing the photos for their different outputs. I was a film photographer in a digital world, doing things the hard way, and not knowing it.

For film photographers needing to upgrade, and for beginners this is a MUST, even if some of the basic information is not new, the way we do it now is. You will need more books after this one, sometimes more technical ones, sometimes to detail newer techniques (like HDR photography).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Y. Slavcheva on May 18, 2010
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I bought this book at the same time I bought my first DSLR. I intended to use the book as a supplement to a 5-week class I took on digital photography and that is what I would recommend it for. As a stand-alone book, I am not sure that it would serve a novice photographer as well if it is used simply as an introduction and not in conjunction with an instructor-led course. The book provides great technical background and goes into a lot of detail about digital photography, not just photography. I wish it had more illustrations as the text becomes dry pretty quickly but then again, the merits of this book are its technical depth and details. There is a very long chapter on how to select a camera so if you have alrady bought one, this chapter would be pretty irrelevant to you. I still browsed it but keep in mind the book is a little dated in that respect. Nevertheless, I feel the book gave me a good foundtation and I definitely had a better graps of shutter speed, aperture, depth of field than everybody else in the class who relied on the instructor and the handout alone. I plan to continue using this book as a reference and expand my photo library with books on specific subjects/genres/techniques.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Nelson on July 15, 2009
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I am not a professional photographer, although I have owned more than one digital camera and recently purchased my first digital SLR. I have acquired several digital photography books over the past few years. No single book can do it all, but if I could have only one this would be my clear choice. The writer is a pro, as one reviewer noted, but his writing style simplifies the subject to the extent possible. If a person only wants to learn the basics for shooting in Auto mode then the camera's user guide will usually suffice and another book probably isn't necessary. I first read this book rather rapidly, start to finish. Since then I use it frequently as a quick reference, picking subjects as needed to refresh my memory or acquire more detail. The book is well organized and it's easy to find particular topics. The author covers pretty much the whole scene including camera selection, digital technology, composition, working with digital files, producing prints, and use of photo editors with emphasis on Adobe products. If you are a reader who truly wants to acquire useful information and who is willing to think, then I recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Bristow on April 29, 2008
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Complete Digital Photography (4th Ed) is a good basic explanation of how digital photography differs from film. Having browsed the 3rd edition before buying the 4th, I found much of the 4th Ed to be repetitive and there was not substantive new material. That does not diminish the value of this book if you are getting started in digital photography. This book should be of value to the novice photographer as well as the accomplished amateur who is switching from film to digital. Warning: if you are looking for a book to guide you through the artistic side of photography -- the 'how-to-take-a-great-picture' instructions, this is not the book for you. This book explains how things work, why they work the way they do, and can serve as an excellent reference for the novice digital photographer as he or she gets more into the craft and wants to try new things. As a relatively accomplished amateur film photographer, it has eased my transition to SLR-digital.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By charlie anderson on January 1, 2008
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This review will be, by necessity, a little incomplete ,in that I read the whole book but the post processing part-I only skimmed
Nonetheless, I found this book to be highly readable, informative, and logically laid out. The author starts with basics- technical information on just what digital photography is. The second part is an outstanding treatment of how to choose the appropriate digital camera for one's needs, while the third part has tips on shooting & the last part on post processing.
The author accomplishes what I consider to be an extremely difficult task. What's that? Taking an extremely technical topic and explaining it in thorough but understandable way.
Some may think there is a paucity of pictures; just check out the enclosed CD. There may be other other equally good books out there-no doubt.
But my point is this is excellent choice and is money well spent. And it really doesn't matter your skill level-there is much in here to chew on regardless of your level of expertise.
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