Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography 2.0

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Computers - 477 pages
In this thorough revision of his best-selling guide, Rick Sammon covers all the steps in the digital photographic process. The book teaches basic technical picture taking and the art of photography, plus introductory and advanced digital techniques.

Orchestrating over 1,000 images into easy-to-read lessons, Sammon uses an approach of "learning to see and seeing to learn" with pairs of images, software screen shots, and the best photographs from his own shooting assignments.

New for this edition, all the image editing tips feature the popular Adobe Photoshop® Elements®; file format discussions now include working with Camera RAW files; and more than 170 new color images have been added.
 

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Contents

BEFORE WE BEGIN
1
Photography or Bowling?
2
Let Me Introduce Myself
4
Using This Book
10
Film or Digital?
14
Seeing Pictures
17
BUILD ON THE BASICS
27
Camera Basics
29
Color Variations
251
Brightness and Contrast
253
Levels
254
Hue and Saturation
263
Work in Black and White Elements Style
269
Learn about Layers
271
Use Adjustment Layers
276
Be Selective
279

SIDEBARS
38
? See the Light
39
A Look at Lenses
44
Lens Tech Talk
55
The Zoom Lens Advantage
56
Shoot Sharp Pictures
61
Get a Good Exposure
68
Use Exposure Modes for Creative Control
75
Bracketing and Spot Metering
80
Pan to Create Motion
84
Focus on Autofocus
87
Be Aware of the Background
91
To Flash or Not
95
RedEye
101
Outdoor Flash Techniques
104
Compose in Thirds
110
Compose Creatively
113
Crop Creatively
117
Create a Sense of Depth
120
Picture a Person in a Scene
124
Reflect or Diffuse Natural Light
129
Create Disequilibrium
132
Landscapes and Nature
135
2? Filters for Outdoor Photography
147
When the Weather Turns Bad
154
Gear Youll Need for WetWeather Shooting
159
Basic Field Gear
160
CAMERAS THE WAY WE RECORO LIGHT
163
Choose a Camera or Two
165
Pick a Picture Resolution
172
Record Your Memories
176
Controlling Color
178
Color Space
181
Is What You See What You Get?
183
Not All Digital Cameras Think Alike
188
WELCOME TO THE OIGITAL DARKROOM
190
Choose a Computer
193
Take the Mac vs Windows Test by Joe Farace
198
Move Pictures into Your Computer
199
Scan Film and Prints
202
Choose a Printer
207
Pick Paper for Your Printer
212
Printing Concepts and Tips
215
WORKING AND PLAYING IN PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
217
Meet the Power of Photoshop Elements
220
Calibrate Your Monitor
225
Real World Color by Joe Farace
228
Try Easy Tools
229
JPEG or TIFF
239
Manage File Size and Image Size
242
Increase the Canvas Size
247
Quick Fix vs Standard Edit Mode
249
Extract a Subject from Its Background
283
Make Your Subject Stand Out
286
Fun with Digital Filters
290
A Tour of PlugIns
297
Playing with Effects
305
Restore Old Photographs
308
Salvage Damaged Photos
312
Rescue Image Details
314
Rescue Image Color
317
Add Text to Your Photographs
320
Awaken the Artist Within
323
Simple Artistic Techniques
325
Frame with Elements Effects
328
SPECIAL DIGITAL EFFECTS ANO TECHNIQUES
330
Add Action to Still Photos
332
Create the Magical Mirror Effect
336
Liquify Reality
341
Control Perspective
344
Design a Montage
346
Lighting Effects
349
Create Flyers and Posters
352
More Fun with Digital Frames
356
Paint with Brushes
360
MORE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
364
Taking vs Making a Picture
366
Tell the Whole Story
369
Take a Lot of Pictures
373
Look for the Details
376
Get to Know Your Subject
379
Respect Your Subject
382
Environmental Portraits vs Head Shots
384
Adventures in Wildlife Photography
388
CloseUp PictureTaking vs PictureMaking
397
Shoot Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets
403
Glamour Photography
409
Shooting the City at Night
414
Shoot in the Snow
418
Take the Fun Shots Too
423
Print Preview
425
Picture Packages and Contact Sheets
427
Turn Your Den into a Studio
430
Travel Totally Digital
435
Going Freelance
440
Lost and Found
444
Glossary
447
Web Sites for ImageMakers
453
Recommended Reading
455
Acknowledgments
459
About the Author
463
Good Luck
465
Index
467
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Rick Sammon is the author of the Complete Guide to Digital Photography 2.0, Exploring the Light, and other books. He travels widely on photography assignments and to give his popular workshops and seminars. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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