» » Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera

Download Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera epub

by Mikkel Aaland

"Be a part of the revolution." —Leo Laporte, TechTV

Shooting Digital is the authoritative guide to getting the most out of your digital camera. Noted photographer and best-selling author Mikkel Aaland has drawn on his 28 years of experience in the field and collected wisdom and images from more than 30 contributors, many of them professional photographers who shoot digital every day. The result is a wealth of pro tips, shooting techniques, and technical recommendations, accompanied by stunning photographs. Whether you're a digital photographer honing your skills or a film photographer making the transition to digital, you'll be inspired and equipped to get consistently great results.

Through straightforward explanation and illustrative examples you'll learn how to:

Use digital-specific techniques to take great pictures of people, events, sports, landscapes, buildings, and products Fully exploit the minimovie capabilities of your digital camera Recognize and compensate for the dreaded shutter release lag Use the LCD preview to turn portrait subjects into collaborators Create stunning panoramas and object movies Work with RAW data, the holy grail of digital photography Extend the tonal range of digital cameras Archive your digital images while on the road And much more...
Download Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera epub
ISBN: 0782141048
ISBN13: 978-0782141047
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Photography & Video
Author: Mikkel Aaland
Language: English
Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (July 3, 2003)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1416 kb
FB2 size: 1297 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 522
Other Formats: docx azw mobi txt

Digital media are not film. For any camera more complex than a point and shoot, a photographer will have to learn about a host of technical differences that effect the ultimate photograph, like white balance, histograms and file formats. Yet these same challenges also offer opportunities for new and creative uses that film doesn't provide.
Aaland aims his book at new converts to digital by explaining how digital differs from film. After a brief introduction to the subject, and the differences between the media, he offers individual chapters on shooting situations that explain how to shot pictures digitally. Chapters deal with portraiture, action and landscapes, among other genres. He uses case studies of particular photographs to show how the photographers adjusted their shooting technique to fit the requirements of digital cameras. I found these examples to be particularly helpful for understanding how I would have to change my shooting habits for digital. There is necessarily some overlap with the general techniques of photography, as when the author discusses lighting techniques for digital portraits. It's comforting to know that there is not much difference in this area between film and digital. On the other hand some of the advice is remarkably banal, as when he describes the "rule of thirds" and then tells you that you should develop composition skills on your own.
There are a few chapters in this book that are so peripheral to the theme of the book, but written about with such detail, that they seemed to me to be added as filler. For example, Aaland includes ten pages on object movies that seemed of little use to the average photographer. (Object movies are a series of digital photographs of an object, stitched together so that they can be presented on a computer as if one was circling the object. Their primary use is in advertising.)
Yet despite these failings, this book certainly eased the transition from film to digital for me. I wish that the author had spent more time using more genres as examples of the shifts required for the change but the book did the job I expected it to do,
Reading this book will teach you A LOT about how to use advanced features of your digital camera like aperture, focal length, ISO settings, and shutter settings. The author targets those who know a little, but only a little about cameras. Even for the complete novice, this would be a useful book. For those like myself, who have been using cameras for many years, but without any advanced knowledge, this book is perfect. He also goes into depth on photographic techniques for framing shots, catching elusive shots, and taking an ordinary shot and making it into something special. He even has a great little section on taking movies with your camera. Highly recommended! BTW, this book has excellent color photos to illustrate his points.
Wonderful book for the experienced hobbiest/prosumer film photographer finally making the transition to serious digital work. I've been shooting film for 30+ years; however, I've been doing mostly digital "point & shoot" with a Lumix LZ2 for the last two years. I made the transition to a serious digital camera and technique a couple of weeks ago with the help of the author's second edition, published in 2007.

Highly recommended for all (with the exception of the beginner who will need to know the basics regarding f-stops, , focal-length, shutter speeds, ISO, and depth-of-field). If you're finally making the transition like me, you'll find this book enlightening to the point of rekindling the joy of photography.
This book is clearly not pointed at true beginners (and says as much). It fills a huge gap in the existing material, a book for the intermediate shooter. I teach a digital photography class at the local community college, and the author addresses most (if not all) of the questions that the more experienced students ask. My students are not professionals, many are beginners, and I recommend this book to any students that might want to continue their studies. The book is also not for the advanced photographer, is a great middle step for those that find "beginner" books to basic, and feel they don't quite understand some topics in "advanced" books.