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Real World Digital Photography (2nd Edition) Paperback – November 29, 2003

ISBN-13: 078-5342223729 ISBN-10: 0321223721 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (November 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321223721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321223722
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Veteran author Katrin Eisman has written numerous photography books, including the previous edition of this guide and Photoshop Restoration & Retouching. Sean Duggan, co-author of Photoshop Artistry, is a photographer and digital artist who is also an instructor for the photography department of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He writes a regular Photoshop tutorial column for MacDesign magazine. Tim Grey is a digital imaging instructor who has written for magazines, including Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo. He is also the editor of the quarterly publication The Digital Image.


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I received a copy of this book for Christmas.
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If you are serious about digital photography this would be a good book to have.
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It is written very well and easy to understand while being entertaining.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Dennis L. Chamberlain on May 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Two thumbs up! I loved this book. Like a movie with subplots, Real World Digital Photography can be read and appreciated on many levels. It appears that the authors intend for it to be all things for all photographers, and in my opinion they've succeeded as well as can be expected. But if the book has one "focus", it would probably be for the experienced digital SLR user, and for the film SLR user who is considering making the conversion.
You can just use it as a reference book for questions about lenses, filters, white balance, metering, or practically any other photography subject - whether film or digital. However, many will prefer to read it cover-to-cover, even at 700 pages. The flow of the book is aided by innovative and intuitive approaches for the explanation of countless topics, including the comparison of the destructive effects of "over-editing" to too much sanding on a wood project. And the authors aren't afraid to voice their opinions about the benefits (or lack thereof) of Photoshop plug-ins, nor are they hesitant to make bold predictions - such as the forecast that tiff might eventually replace the psd format.
Every step along the way, the authors illustrate the differences between digital and traditional photography, which can give you a better understanding of photography in general. For example, the five-page analysis of the similarities and differences between film grain and digital noise provided a great platform for understanding both. The ten-page explanation of the ramifications of digital cameras' CCD's being smaller than a 35mm film frame provides a thorough understanding of lenses in general.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Frank D on February 11, 2004
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Marvelous! This book is encyclopedic in size and content. However, it presents the material in an easy-to-read style with a multitude of pictures, and with more pictures on the companion web site. I enjoyed reading it and gained much new information on the technology - digital photography basics from the camera thru file-handling to editing, managing files, printing and storage.
The chapters on editing are quite long, appropriately, for this discusses the "digital darkroom", the important difference from conventional photography. I have seen other books focused on material which is presented here in one or two chapters. But those chapters are long enough and detailed enough they could have been separate books. With all the material in one book the information is cross-referenced to integrate the various technologies into a cohesive whole that leads to making of better pictures, whether that be on the Internet or as prints. The book is divided into four sections: 1] Essentials; 2] Techniques; 3] Digital Darkroom; and 4]Output, Mange and Present. There are 4 chapters ranging from 12 to 112 pages. The Companion Web Site provides the pictures shown in the book so the reader may practice the editing techniques presented.
This book provides information on photographic equipment, software and techniques for use by a wide range of users. It covers cameras which are entry-level, deluxe point-and-shoot, "prosumer" and professional. While acknowledging that the basics of photography are the same for film and digital equipment, it identifies the differences in the digital camera and digital photography and discusses them in detail.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan Light on April 29, 2004
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This is the best single, overall volume on digital photography that I've seen.
Equipment selection, composition, lighting, camera settings, and post-production are all covered in detail.
This is not by any means a "For Dummies" book. If you are seriously into photography and are willing to spend the time, this book is an excellent resource.
The post-production material is very much centered around Photoshop. If are are interested in using another program, much of this material will be of limited use to you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frank Paris on November 18, 2004
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I went to a large bookstore today looking for a basic book on digital photography I could buy for my newbee sister so she could get some real insights into the camera I bought for her Christmas present. I'd looked through about fifteen different books and they all sucked until I looked at this one. I started paging through the beginning of the book and I thought, "This is perfect! It gives basic but rigorous descriptions of all the fundamentals that I would teach my sister myself if I lived near her." Then I started looking over the rest of the book and to my amazement, I found chapters written at a depth that even I was interested in reading (look up some of my digital photography on [...]) and I ordered a copy of it for myself. I am now about to order a copy of it for my sister!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arthur L. Lund on March 11, 2004
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I have lots of experience with film photography. I have been
buying books and trying to make the transition to digital
slr photography. Tim Grey finally wrote the book that I need.
It really fills the bill. If you already have the concepts
of film speeds, shutter speeds, aperature etc. down pat, this
is the book you need to help transfer that knowledge to the
digital world.
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