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Comprehensive, up-to date, practical and easy to use, A Complete Guide to Digital Photography is the definitive reference for anyone who wants to get the most out of their digital camera.

CHAPTER 1 Cameras, lenses and accessories:
The digital camera: features, types, pixels, memory, getting started, care, maintenance and cleaning.
Lenses: zoom, fixed, legacy, reverse lens macro, improvised lenses, tilt lens.
Accessories: software, plug ins, beanbags, stringpods, tripods, lightstands, cookies, filters, reflectors.

CHAPTER 2 Taking great pictures:
Photo techniques: image frame, composition, design, graphic elements, light and colour, focus, depth of field, exposure, white balance.
Photo ideas: Portraits and people, still life, reportage, travel, architecture, landscapes, sports and action, weddings, gardens and flowers, children, pets and animals, abstracts.
Creative shooting: creative white balance, cross polarizing, star effects, soft focus, zoom-burst, long daylight exposure, night photography, star trails, panning, time-lapse, shooting smoke, high-speed water drops, painting with light, TTV photography, shooting in stereo.
Lighting effects: off-camera flash, portable diffuser, snoot, portable grid spot, portable ringlight, portable beauty dish, studio strip light, studio ringlight, studio softbox, light cube.
Moving images: camera vs camcorder, planning a shoot, filming, special effects, editing.

CHAPTER 3 The Digital darkroom:
Basic digital techniques: saving, auto fix, cropping, straightening, resizing, sharpening, brightening and darkening, removing redeye, black and white.
Advanced digital techniques: colour management, adjusting colours, levels, curves, advanced curves, channels, cloning, dodge and burn, layers, masks.
Digital processing and printing: digital Polaroid, cross processing , digital cyanotypes, digital lith, infrared, model world, panoramas, blurring backgrounds, adding movement, restoring old prints, wall art, inject transfers, scanner art.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Paperback with flaps edition (19 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089XJS30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

One of the best photography books for beginners

 22 Nov 2011
By Willem
This book is a great reference for taking, processing and printing better-looking photos. However, apart from being a reference, the book is filled with assignments and discussed photography and all it facets, ranging from photography subjects (portraits, landscapes, travel photography, nature and wildlife, etc.) to the digital darkroom. Photo editing is often neglected in books for photography enthousiasts even though we hardly ever see an unprocessed image these days. Although there are better books on editing, there are few that provide so much detail for quick fixes to improve your photos. And those quick fixes will improve your photos dramatically without taking too much time and leaving not enough time to take even better photos. Great book!

Complete Guide to Digital Photography

 20 Nov 2011
By Mr. David B. Wright "Berk"
Ian Farrell explains the intricacies of operating a digital camera with simplicity and detail. The examples and case studies are excellent. In the fallow period of dark autumn days this is a complete work for the overhaul of our camera techniques. It is amazing how few of the many alternatives we use, but Farrell does expand the knowledge and operational choices of aperture, focus, ISO and shutter speed. This is an excellent reference library for the dedicated amateur photographer.

Best Digital Photography Book I’ve Ever Read!

 2 Feb 2012
By Billy’s Grandad
This book really is the best digital photography book I’ve ever read and I’ve read quite a few. It has the advantage, I suppose, of being new and bang up to date but the clarity of explanations of technical features and procedures sets it apart from all others. I found the sections involving Photoshop to be very clearly explained and the final section of assignments is inspiring. I could go on, but I’ll just say…”buy it!”

Awesome book

 10 Oct 2012
By Mr. C. Gough "Wipe0wt"
This book is great if your a newbie or even if you already have experience, it actually is interesting instead of super boring like other ones

The best photography book on the market

 17 Feb 2013
A great book for both beginners and intermediate level enthusiasts. Has lots of useful tips for different styles of photography which I did not find in other books I have read. Also has lots of suggested projects that you can work through with tips on how to achieve certain effects. Images in the book are stunning and nicely demonstrate the style/technique being discussed. A big thumbs up!

.A good buy for those with computer skills who are taking up photography as a hobby

 3 Jan 2013
By Sue TR
purchased this for my son who has just taken up photography as a hobby. He has picked up many tips in a short time,Chose this as it doesn’t focus on how to put pictures on computer and how to enhance but on composition and choosing and getting the most out of equipment

Great book for someone entering the world of great photography

 17 Jan 2013
By McSerbian
A Complete Guide to Digital Photography
I have bought several books about digital photography but have to say that I like this one the most. Very well written with a lot of examples and settings how to achieve them.
Now, I just need to go out and try some of the tips and tricks. I have already seen huge improvement in the way how I approach composition and camera settings – photos are just so much better compared to where I was before.


Excellent – covers basics to intermediate

 26 Dec 2012
By galjulie "galjulie"
Love this book! Quite thick (400+ pgs) but it does cover so many topics (6 chapters, many many topics and assignments to instill the knowledge you’ve just gained). No real jargon, simple English but not dumbed down for those that know a little. Fab pics and layout. Great feel to the book overall. You just want to keep reading. Covers things that others assume you already know

Excellent guide for budding photographers

 4 Aug 2012
By SteveR-S
Taking a good photograph is only half the story. What you can then do with software such as photoshop completes the picture. This book shows clearly, in easy to access chapters, how to achieve both. As a guide it is comprehensive but simple to dip in and out of according to your needs. Highly recommended.

Very good book!

 26 April 2012
By Mr. A. L. Cooper "jetset"
Great book, have really enjoyed it so far & have been flying through it. I have been learning more about photography through it and with cross referencing this with my David Busch’s D7000 book, I have also learnt more about my camera so it’s been really good. Definitely worth a read.
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