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Take Your Best Shot: Tim Grey Tackles Your Digital Darkroom Questions Paperback – August 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0596518257 ISBN-10: 0596518250

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media (August 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596518250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596518257
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Grey is a prolific writer and lecturer on digital photography. Tim is a popular speaker at various seminars and trade shows. He is the author and co-author of several books related to digital photography, including the Tim Grey guides, published by Sybex/Wiley. In his "Digital Darkroom Questions" (DDQ) email service, he answers questions from photography enthusiasts and pros. He's also written hundreds of magazine articles for publications such as Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro and PC Photo, and is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors. In 2007, he launched his own four-color quarterly photography magazine, DDQ (Digital Darkroom Quarterly). Tim is a reliable, diligent writer known for his work ethic.


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Tim Grey is regarded as one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging, offering clear guidance on complex subjects through his writing and speaking. He loves learning as much as he possibly can about digital imaging, and he loves sharing that information even more.

Tim's work combines several of his greatest passions: technology, teaching, photography, writing, and travel. All of these have been part of his life in some way for as long as he can remember, and became a major focus starting in high school. He has been focused on digital photography and imaging for over 10 years.

Tim has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, including the best-selling Photoshop CS4 Workflow and Take Your Best Shot. He has also had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, and PC Photo, among others. He publishes the Digital Darkroom Questions email newsletter, as well as the Digital Darkroom Quarterly print newsletter. Tim teaches through workshops, seminars, and appearances at major events. He is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of Instructors.

With such a busy schedule, Tim doesn't get much time to actually take pictures. He squeezes in as much photography as he can during his business travels, and also takes advantage of every opportunity to photograph near his home in Bellevue, Washington.

Tim can be contacted at tim@timgrey.com.

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If you want enhance your enjoyment of digital imaging as well as the quality of your images, your best shot will be Tim's "Best Shot".
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Tim Grey's books are clear, concise and full of practical, useable information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Schultz on August 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I generally like the Q & A format in books and this volume uses this style to the fullest extent. It is absolutely chock-full of great ideas, tips and tidbits that are essential knowledge for the beginner digital photographer as well as those who are more experienced. Tim Grey expertly answers questions that I had and many questions that I hadn't even thought of beforehand. I was especially pleased with his inside info and candid responses to queries about brand name cameras, types of printers and the best lenses. I especially appreciated his honest answer as to which photographers would most benefit from owning Adobe Lightroom and other expensive software. This book has already paid for itself many times over by preventing me from making some ill-advised purchases.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles I. Maas on June 24, 2009
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Digital photography is a subject both wide and deep, encompassing a lot more than just knowing how to turn on that convenient compact camera. Frustrating to many entry-level image makers is the realization not long after starting to shoot away that there are certain fundamentals that need to be mastered in order to avoid confusion and chaos as the number of image files grows exponentially. Making high quality images to start with, preserving the quality of image files while preparing for multiple uses, and creating a storage methodology that allows you to actually find the images you want when you want them are all dependent on learning a core set of underlying digital imaging principles.
This is a technical field with its own language -- if you don't understand digital imaging terms, it will be next to impossible to learn those underlying principles, and learning anything in these attention-challenged times is hard enough. Tim Grey has made it his business for nearly a decade to help explain digital imaging terms and processes in a precise but colloquial and highly readable style that has made him a standout among the host of educators who have flocked to the field. Tim started his free Digital Darkroom Questions e-mail bulletin in the fall of 2001 and has continued it ever since, answering questions from readers in a manner that illuminates the subject with unusual clarity for all subscribers. In this book he as compiled the most salient questions and answers into a highly readable and informative work both for beginners and seasoned veterans as well.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Nichols on August 15, 2008
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I can't really add anything to Gordon Schultz's review except to say that I agree with it 100%. Tim Grey has written an excellent book in a very user-friendly format which is chock full of information on every aspect of digital photography. If you're into RAW conversions, Photoshop editing, and home printing then unless you're an experienced pro, you need this book. I simply can't recommend it highly enough.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jain on October 5, 2008
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This book is a collection of (presumably) common questions, and Tim Grey's answers. Most of this information can be found on the Web easily, but for someone who is just getting started it might be useful to have such a compendium. On the other hand, for anyone who already does know what the difference between JPEG and RAW images is etc, the answers in this book don't have enough depth (especially when talking about how digital cameras work), and are sometimes incomplete (e.g. there is no mention of watermarking in the response to a question about "securing" images). At the same time, some of the questions are over-specific (e.g. "What Do the Highlighted Menu Items In Photoshop CS3 Mean?"). Even if the format of the book doesn't allow for detailed answers, I'd at least expect pointers to further information (there isn't even a reference section).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret McNamee on August 28, 2008
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Great Book. I am a subscriber to the regular TimGrey.com but found the book a wonderful source of review and reinforcement. It is hard to keep up with the ever-quick changes that occur in this ever changing digital world and I appreciate the sharing of up-to-the-minute information. Thanks Tim!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Kalman VINE VOICE on September 5, 2008
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This book is presented in question and answer format.

As an advanced hobbyist photographer, these were exactly the questions I've had. The answers were clear, with (when needed) step-by-step instructions on how to do the task.

I have two recommendations: For photographers -- get the book and also subscribe to the author's newsletter (one question/answer each). For the author -- write a second volume, soon.
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