This absorbing book, by professional photographer and author Ken Milburn, offers a ton of expert advice to those who are ready to move to the next level with digital photography. Rather than a general discussion of photography principles, Digital Photography: Expert Techniques focuses on workflow: time-tested, step-by-step procedures based on hard-nosed experience by and for genuine practitioners of the art. The book's conversational tone presents detailed information about what to look for in today's affordable high-end digicams, how to use simple techniques and equipment to shoot breathtaking shots, instructions on shooting great panoramas, dos-and-don'ts for creating better Photoshop masks, and professional digital darkroom techniques for everything from knockouts to restoration to transforming your photos into watercolors. It even shows you how to get your most prized photographs printed and ready for exhibition.Contents include:
Understanding your digital camera from the inside out.
Creating effects with the camera: making panoramas, high-resolution matrixes, infrared photos, and more.
General composition and managing your workflow.
Using the digital darkroom and Photoshop CS to make your images professional caliber.
Understanding the power of Photoshop CS selections and masks.
Using special effects to save what's good, and get rid of the bad and the ugly.
Creating fictitious photos: bend and wrap images to fit an object, insert a more interesting skyscrape, and more.
Professional color and tonal management
Creating portfolios and presenting your images on the Web.
Digital Photography: Expert Techniques is in four-color front to back, allowing you to see each step in the Digital Photographer's workflow, including the steps in-between. Serious photographers, including professionals, who want to take advantage of the unique creative powers available through digital photography and digital image processing will find this problem-solving book invaluable.
Ken Milburn has been a photographer, both full- and part-time, for nearly five decades. Ken has written over 300 articles and columns for computer magazines as well as 17 books on web design, Flash, and (mostly) Adobe Photoshop and digital photography. Books currently in print include Digital Photography: 99 Tips to Make you Look Like a Pro, The Photoshop 7 Virtual Classroom, and Photoshop Elements 2.0--The Complete Reference (all from Osborne/McGraw-Hill), and The Digital Photography Bible, 2nd Edition, from Wiley. His newest book, for O'Reilly, the Digital Photographer's Handbook, releases in January 2004.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. Emily Quill was the production editor and copyeditor for Digital Photography: Expert Techniques. Philip Dangler was the proofreader. Melanie Wang and David Futato did the typesetting and page makeup. Reg Aubry and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Julie Hawks wrote the index.Emma Colby designed the cover of this book using Photoshop 5.5 and QuarkXPress 4.1. The cover images of fields are from Photos.com. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe Syntax and Linotype Birka fonts.David Futato and Melanie Wang designed and implemented the interior layout using InDesign CS. This book was converted from Microsft Word to InDesign CS by Andrew Savikas, Joe Wizda, and Julie Hawks. The text and heading fonts are Linotype Birka and Adobe Myriad Condensed; the sidebar font is Adobe Syntax; and the code font is TheSans Mono Condensed from LucasFont. The illustrations and screenshots that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia Freehand MX and Adobe Photoshop 7.