Digital Photography Essentials
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Final Release Date: March 2011
Pages: 264

In film-based photographic education, strong programs and writings have placed great emphasis on making a negative. But to get to the negative, good exposure is required. The beginning of the photographic process significantly affects the final outcome of an image - a fact that has not changed with digital photography.

Capture: Digital Photography Essentials concentrates on photography from a digital-capture workflow point of view. The text addresses both the opportunities and limitations of digital photography, and how to work with those opportunities and around the limitations. Authors Glen Rand, Chris Broughton, and Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler discuss the digital tools that allow photographers to capture, create, and maintain high-quality digital photographs. Readers will learn to maximize the potential of their images through an understanding of the core principles and more advanced aspects of the digital photographic process.

Various projects that are based on tested teaching concepts for digital photography can be found throughout the text, as well as numerous images that are both inspirational and instructional.

Topics include:

  • Digital Cameras
  • Sensors and Lenses
  • Basic Exposure
  • Digital Exposure
  • Digital Capture Workflow
  • Image Files
  • Parametric Editing
  • Digital Zone System
  • HDRI
  • Hybrid Imaging
  • Capture Technology
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Capture: Deep Theory Executed Opulently

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    Cap­ture by Rand, Broughton and Quintenz-Fiedler is an opu­lent manual that plumbs the depths of pho­to­graphic the­ory, present­ing it with clar­ity and extends the tra­di­tional ana­logue into the digital dis­cuss­ing the aspects that make work­ing digital unique. This is a principle-based approach that pos­its that full appre­ci­ation of the the­ory can lead to free and cre­at­ive exploit­a­tion of the your poten­tial. Its not hands-on work­shop approach. This is more of a con­cep­tual approach that dis­cusses the factors you should be con­sid­er­ing when under­tak­ing digital pho­to­graphy. Its all about the sci­ence of image and light.
    The biggest chal­lenge with this approach is that you have to take the time to read, con­sider, pon­der and to approach the cre­at­ive pro­cess in a lin­ear fash­ion. This calls for a spe­cific way of learn­ing and apply­ing that suits only a par­tic­u­lar sec­tor of the pho­to­graphic com­munity. This is by no means a cri­ti­cism, as a lin­ear thought­ful approach Cap­ture is a bril­liant exe­cu­tion. How­ever, when try­ing to describe who will bene­fit from this book it must be noted that for the hands-on, work­shop, see and do type, this may not be the appro­pri­ate manual.
    The Bey­ond sec­tion in par­tic­u­lar is very well presen­ted. It iden­ti­fies the some of the chal­lenges and trends at the cut­ting edge of digital pho­to­graphy today. The book is aimed at the con­tem­plat­ive pho­to­grapher who will take the time to appre­ci­ate the sci­ence behind the prac­tise. The pho­to­graphy presen­ted in the book is stun­ning in its own light. The pho­to­graphs have been superbly selec­ted by the authors (some from their own port­fo­lios) which really enhance the pleas­ure of the experience.

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