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Real World Digital Photography, 3rd Edition

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  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 9"
  • Edition: 3rd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-326203-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-326203-2

Whether you’re a serious photographer or a hobbyist, the advice and instruction found in this comprehensive, best-selling guide to digital photography will help you advance your skills to produce consistent professional results.

Real World Digital Photography addresses the wide range of topics surrounding digital photography, including up-to-date descriptions of the latest camera technologies, expert advice for taking better photographs, and tips and techniques for optimizing images to look their best in print and on the Web. Adventurous photographers can explore new sections explaining high dynamic range as well as panoramic and night photography. You’ll also learn how to establish an effective, efficient workflow using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop — the two must-have tools for any serious photographer.

In Real World Digital Photography, Third Edition you’ll learn about:

  • The essential technical considerations and professional skills to improve your photography
  • How digital cameras work and the resulting impact on how and what you photograph
  • Fundamentals of digital photography, including how to use lighting, composition, and lens choice to create compelling images
  • How to establish a digital editing workflow that produces successful, repeatable, reliable results
  • Practical image-editing techniques to improve tone and contrast, correct colors, enhance sharpness, and more
  • How to photograph source images to create stunning high dynamic range and panoramic photographs
  • The essential requirements of a professional color-managed workflow so that what you see is really what you print
  • Expanding your creative options with night photography, time lapse, and stop motion photography
As you're reading the book, share your photographs with the authors and others reading it via the book's Flickr group at

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Table of Contents

Part One: Digital Photography Essentials

Chapter One: Nuts and Bolts of Digital Imaging
Resolution = Information
Bit Depth
Color Modes
File Formats
Understanding the Concepts

Chapter Two: How a Digital Camera Works
Lens to Imaging Sensor to Media
The Lens
The Viewfinder and LCD
The Shutter
The Imaging Sensor
Storing the Image
Types of Digital Cameras
How to Decide
How to Shop
Making a Final Decision

Chapter Three: Essential Accessories
Your Camera Bag
The Camera Manual
More Batteries
More Storage
The Importance of a Tripod
More Light
Essential Filters
Dealing with Dust
Odds and Ends
What’s in Your Photo Studio?

Part Two: Digital Photography Techniques

Chapter Four: Digital Photography Foundations

Setting Up Your Digital Camera
Exposure Modes
Taking the Image
Digital Photography Is Photography

Chapter Five: Seeing the Light
Measuring the Light
Exposure Compensation
Evaluating Exposure: Using the Histogram
White Balance
Evaluating Image Quality on the LCD Screen

Chapter Six: Multiple Exposures and Extending the Frame

Noise Reduction
Night Photography
Stop Motion
DSLR Video

Part Three: The Digital Darkroom

Chapter Seven: Building a Digital Darkroom

The Darkroom
The Computer
Essential Accessories
Preferences and Color Settings
Ready for Images

Chapter Eight: Working in the Digital Darkroom
DAM Workflow Overview
Converting RAW Files
Image Workflow
Protecting Your Images
Basic Tonal Adjustments
Basic Color Correction
Global Image Clean Up
Selective Image Clean Up
Improving the Light
Targeted Adjustments
Converting Color to Black and White
Back to Photography

Part Four: Output, Manage, and Present

Chapter Nine: From Capture to Monitor to Print

The Importance of Color Management
Understanding Limitations
Monitor Profiling
Printer Profiling
Preparing to Print
Printing via Lightroom
Outside Printing
The Perfect Print

Chapter Ten: The Digital Portfolio
Presenting Photos Online
Protecting Photos Online
Digital Slide Shows
The Benefits of Sharing


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