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Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0782142907
ISBN-10: 0782142907
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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"A must-read for those who want to enhance their digital photography experience."
—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

About the Author

Peter K. Burian is a freelance photographer specializing in stock photos for advertising and photo/text packages for editorial markets. He is the coauthor of the highly acclaimed photography best-seller The National Geographic Photography Field Guide and the author of a number of successful camera guides. He is a regular contributor to Shutterbug, Photo Life, eDigital Photo, PCPhoto, and Outdoor Photographer, as well as the MSN Photos website.

Product Details

  • Series: Mastering
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (February 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782142907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782142907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,225,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter Burian is a Toronto-based freelance stock photographer specializing in outdoor, travel, nature and active lifestyle images as well as photo/text packages. He markets his images through www.peterkburian.com and through Corbis, Alamy and The Stock Connection.

He is a Contributing Editor with several magazines, writing illustrated test reports of photo equipment and articles on photo technique for HERE'S HOW, Australian Photography, PHOTO LIFE & PHOTO SOLUTION, and Marketnews. (In the past he contributed to Shutterbug for 13 years, and was Editor of Shutterbug's Outdoor & Nature Photography magazine).

Peter K. Burian is also an instructor with BetterPhoto.com, teaching two on-line courses re: digital photography (equipment and techniques).

Co-author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide, he has written many Magic Lantern Guide books: to Sony and Pentax DSLRs & to the Powershot G12. In 2011, he co-authored the David Busch's Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P7100, and is currently co-authoring the P7700 Guide to be published in 2013.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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this book is very very basic, most of what is covered ( software current cameras etc.)will be out of date soon. do not expect to learn anything regarding taking better pictures ( shutter speed , mastering the light meter , etc. ). if you have absolutly no idea of how - what or why regarding digital cameras then this book is for you , but if you have any knowledge then pass up on this book
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This book is best suited for people with little understanding of photography who are looking to get started with a digital camera; the first two thirds of the book are largely meant for this audience. However, there is quite a bit in the last third of the book for readers who are moving from film to digital or learning how to use digital editing software. For this more advanced audience, there is even some useful advice on picking a digital camera in the first sections.

Although the core concepts covered in the book should carry forward for sometime, much of the book is becoming outdated (for example there is no discussion of the new Adobe digital negative format as an alternative to compressed TIFF for archiving images, and camera specs are also behind the times). An updated version would be welcome for the intended audiences, and I would most likely rate that book 4 to 5 stars.

Because this book is a broad introductory text, and does not go in-depth into any topic, use of the word "Mastering" in the title, not to mention trademarking this one word, is inappropriate.
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I must admit that the book title had me fooled. The cover looked stunning and I believed that this would be a book that would, indeed, help one to engage deeply in digital photography.

However, the book turned out to be little more than a basic primer on getting started in digital photgraphy. In fact, it didn't go into sufficient detail on anything and, despite the excellent paper stock and beautiful color photographs, was an extremely disappointing buy.
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I carefully read through the book and found it is a very informative tool that gives the readers a lot of tips and advices.

For readers who like to buy or upgrade digital equipment, there are chapters that listed major considerations and technology differences of equipment categories. For readers who already own digital equipment, the book shows you how to optimize your equipment to get the best result. Readers who like to improve photography would found advices of taking better pictures, and technique of digital darkroom.

The book explained complicate but important concepts in simple language, with deep enough detail. I found the book easy to read and very helpful. I had a lot of "I see" and "Now I know why/how" while I read through the book.

If you are new to photography or moving from film to digital, this is a must-read book for you.
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