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The Complete Guide to Digital Photography 4th ed. (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – April 1, 2008

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'Faultless... elegant and well-designed... covers all aspects of digital imaging' - What Digital Camera 'Manages to convey the theory and practicalities of the latest technology in a straightforward and down-to-earth manner' - Amateur Photographer 'An excellent overview of digital photography... this book's a sharpshooter' - T3 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer. He has written over twenty books on photography, including In the Oriental Style, The Spirit of Asia and Ancient Angkor, all published by Thames & Hudson. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Lark Photography Book
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 4 edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600593017
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,198,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with more than 100 book titles to his credit, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. He made the break from there in 1971 to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures extensively in the Amazon volume of their World's Wild Places series, including the cover, they encouraged him to begin a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has resulted in more than 100 books published. Of these, he is author as well as photographer, and they include more than 40 books on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into fifteen languages, and are available on other Amazon international sites.

They are supported for readers by a regularly updated site, http://thefreemanview.com

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Max Grenkowitz on December 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
My comments refer to the hard-cover version, 224 pages, ISBN: 0-500-54246-5.
I bought this book two days ago... and have already read it (actually the very same night of the afternoon I bought it)... I couldn't let go until I had read the lot. The book is very well written, exciting, fascinating, straight to the point, but still explaining detail where necessary.

The chapters a logically grouped, following the digital flow of the data.

I could claim the book is good because it is so recent, actually it has just been released a few weeks ago. The digital world is progressing at a pace, where related information becomes obsolete the minute it is printed. This is not the case with this book, the information is up-to-date (looking ahead), covering all aspects of digital imaging, combined with the pros and cons of the technology. Yes, cons! Ever wondered why your digital camera has this huge depth of field? This book provides the answer.

Do you hate reading software manuals? I never read them, and usually they are dull. Ever wondered how to get this dark mountain a bit lighter so it matches the bright skies?
Section three of the book "Techniques" will guide you through the steps of image manipulation in a way one can actually understand and follow. Good stuff!

I started with digital photography only three month ago. I started with a DX3900 (now enjoyed by my wife) and got myself a G2, which guided me to the conclusion that film is dead, long live digital photography! ... where I will eventually dispose of my SLR, an EOS 30. I shot 1,400 images in two month (which equals $1,170 of costs -- for film and delopement -- based on the conventional process).
Why am I telling this?
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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Snap, Crackle and Pop on April 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are already have some introduction to the fundamentals of photography, and are looking to explore digital photography (both technically and creatively) this is a very good book. It has a good discussion of hardware (cameras, etc.) and software (for editing and manipulating images). It also has a good discussion of approaches and techniques to taking photos. The book is extensively illustrated throughout with color photos and drawings, a real strength compared to most other books.
My bias is that most people should focus more on taking good photographs - paying attention to lighting, exposure, composition, etc. - than on technology. It takes a lot of editing to fix a bad shot. So the fact that this is written by a photographer is another big plus (though he appears to do mostly coffee table books, rather than guides).
A better book for some is Steve Bavister's Digital Photography. It's much clearer on the key fundamentals of photography. It has less detail all around, but that is a plus for those who want the main ideas quickly or looking for an accessible introduction. That's the book I bought for my teenage nephew; he's smart, but given his limited experience, I thought it better to give him a book with more emphasis on photography.
Note that Freeman's book discusses technical aspects of hardware and software generically, not specific to any program, which may be a negative for those users looking for a step-by-step guide to their programs or software. Also, if you don't think you'll ever do more than resize or fix red-eye, the technical discussion may not be much use to you. OR, it may open your eyes to what can be done!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By New England Yankee VINE VOICE on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have quite a few photography books - virtually all film and film processing related. All of those are looking pretty horribly dated. Even the most basic topics, like exposure and composition take on different implications in the digital world. As just one example, while relationships between aperture and shutter speed haven't changed, the finality of the exposure isn't as critical in digital, you have very different kinds of under and over-exposure considerations for post-processing, you have in-camera options (depending on the sophistication of the camera, of course) for adjustments, color curves, white balance, etc., and the results in terms of exposure artifacts and how you deal with them are just different.

What this means is that a book written for the digital photographer really should not be a re-work of an older film-based work. Freeman's Complete Guide to Digital Photography is written 100% from the digital point of view. It's brief bits of content regarding film cameras, formats, processing, lenses, etc. are only by way of explanation - and often the starting point for explaining why and how they are changing because of digital.

My purchase of this book is the result of a search in order to go back to square one. Like many, I'm late to digital, apart from owning a digital point and shoot camera or two. I wanted a book that didn't rehash what I already know about photography and wanted one that had the right balance of content range and emphasis to get me off on the right footing. Unfortunately, almost every beginner's digital photography book I found suffered from one or more of the following deficiencies: throwaway content (e.g.
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