title of Real World Digital Photography doesn't adequately indicate
the scope and sheer practical usefulness of the information within.
The authors not only give a clear breakdown of how to choose and use
a digital camera, they also cover everything from sound photographic
advice (lighting, framing and cropping) to manipulation of digital
images (primarily in Photoshop). This latter section is especially
well written; it covers everything necessary for colour correction:
levels, histograms, the unsharp mask filter--all explained clearly
but without an overwhelming amount of detail.
are fairly comfortable with the concept of photography but find the
digital part a stumbling block, Digital Photography for Dummies should
get you over the hump. Julie Adair King, a photographer and graphics-software
specialist, deftly explains such concepts as resolution, f-stop, and
King is also refreshingly up-front about the differences between film-based
and digital photography, spelling out the shortcomings of the latter
in the early pages of the book. Her advice, from the most basic to
the more advanced aspects of the field, is well thought out and simple
without being condescending. She informs readers, for example, that
you needn't use high pixel resolutions simply for placing images on
a Web page. Such tips come as a relief to fledgling photographers
on a budget, or novices who may be led to believe they have to use
the highest-quality settings at all times.
Aside from the technical concerns of working with
the camera and computer, King also provides sound tips on composition
and lighting. And since retouching is one of the principal benefits
of digital photography, King spends a fair amount of time discussing
photo-editing software. And while most of the examples are in black
and white, the most important examples are included in a 16-page
colour plate section in the middle of the book.
For those of you considering jumping into the world
of digital photography, you will be hard pressed to find a better
guide to getting started than Digital Photography for Dummies.