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How Digital Photography Works, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2007
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3630-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3630-7

A full-color, illustrated adventure into the high-tech wonders inside your digital camera by the author/illustrator team that created the bestselling How Computers Work.

With clear and simple explanations that say, “You, too, can understand this,” and brilliant, full-color illustrations, How Digital Photography Works, Second Edition, gives you detailed information on the hidden workings of digital cameras, professional picture-taking techniques, and even photo-editing software. Some of the topics covered in this groundbreaking book include:

·         How Digital Viewfinders Frame Your Pictures

·         How Twin Lens Cameras and Tilt-and-Shift Lenses Change the Rules

·         How Cameras Focus on Moving Targets

·         How Exposure Systems Balance Aperture and Shutter

·         How Electronic Flashes Create a Burst of Light

·         How Studio Lighting Creates a Perfect Lighting Environment

·         How Color Calibration Makes What You See on the Screen Match What You See on Paper

·         How Your Camera’s Microprocessor Manipulates Images

·         How Photoshop Expands a Photographer’s Artistry


Introduction

Part 1: Getting to Know Digital Cameras 

Chapter 1         The Workings of a Digital Camera

Chapter 2         Inside Digital Video Cameras 

Part 2: How Digital Cameras Capture Images

Chapter 3         How Lenses Work 

Chapter 4         How Light Plays Tricks on Perception 

Chapter 5         How Digital Exposure Sifts, Measures, and Slices Light 

Chapter 6         How Technology Lets There Be Light 

Chapter 7         How Light Becomes Data 

Chapter 8         How New Tech Changes Photography 

Part 3: How the Digital Darkroom Works 

Chapter 9         How Software Changes Pixels by the Numbers 

Chapter 10       How Digital Retouching Rescues Family Heirlooms 

Chapter 11       How the Digital Darkroom Makes Good Photos into Great Fantasies 

Part 4: How Digital Print-Making Works 

Chapter 12       How Computers and Printers Create Photographs&nbs

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Table of Contents

Introduction  xii

Part 1: Getting to Know Digital Cameras  2

Chapter 1   The Workings of a Digital Camera  6

    Gathering the Light  8

    Creating the Image  10

    Storing the Image  12

Chapter 2   Inside Digital Video Cameras  14

    How the Digital Camcorder Captures Future Memories  18

    How a Professional Digital Video Camera Works  20

Part 2: How Digital Cameras Capture Images  22

Chapter 3   How Lenses Work  26

    How Light Works  28

    How a Lens Bends Light  30

    How We Perceive Detail  32

    How a Lens Focuses an Image  34

    The Magnifying Glass Effect  36

    How Lenses Don’t Focus  38

    How Active Autofocus Makes Pictures Sharp  40

    How Passive Autofocus Sees Sharp and Fuzzy  42

    How a High-Tech Motor Moves the Lens  44

    How the Eye Controls Autofocus  46

Chapter 4   How Light Plays Tricks on Perception  48

    How Viewfinders Frame Your Pictures  50

    How Lenses See Far and Wide  52

    How Digital Lenses Manipulate Space  54

    How Optical Zooms Zoom  56

    How Digital Zoom Fakes It  58

    How Perception Creates Depth of Field  60

Chapter 5   How Digital Exposure Sifts, Measures, and Slices Light  62

    How a Diaphragm Controls Light  64

    How a Shutter Slices Time  66

    How a Camera Measures Light  68

    How Light Meters See the World  70

    How Digicams Juggle Exposure and Creativity  72

    How Exposure Systems Balance Aperture and Shutter  74

    How Digital Photographers Remain Masters of Their Domains  76

    How Digital Cameras Create a Whiter Shade of White  78

    How Speed Creates Noisy Pictures   80

    How Histograms Run the Gamut  82

Chapter 6   How Technology Lets There Be Light  84

    How Electronic Flash Works  86

    How the Flash Knows When to Quit  88

    How Shutter and Flash Sync  90

    How a Flash Turns Eyes Red  92

    How Fill Flash Works  93

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