Digital Photography Masterclass by Tom Ang, ISBN-13: 978-1465408563
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- Publisher: DK; New edition (July 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- 360 pages
- ISBN-10: 1465408568
- ISBN-13: 978-1465408563
“This is the digital photography equivalent of War and Peace.” – Shutterbug
For a few years, photography resembled a building site. We walked between piles of rubble from the ruins of once-great manufacturers who had not adapted to the new digital climate. We gazed upon the abandoned edifices of established practices, wondering what was to become of them, their glory days over. Between the destruction and emptied spaces, however, new structures were springing up— unpredictable shapes and unfamiliar forms. In fact, the new order was growing so quickly that we could see it burgeon as we watched.
Now the transformation of photography is complete. While the digital phenomenon was once seen as the enemy of traditional photography, then became accepted as its greatest boon, the disorder of change became the springboard for the most exuberant growth and vigorous expansion ever seen in the history of photography.
If you are one who has been newly entranced by photography, you are part of this truly tremor-inducing cultural, social, and visual revolution. And this book is written for you. It is for those of you who enjoy the creative rewards photography can deliver; those who simply delight in making photographs, and those who choose to succumb to it as an obsession. It is also for the many of you who will, by now, have tried your hand at manipulating your images too. You are all joined by a yearning to take your photography further.
While the book covers the techniques of digital photography, it does so in a number of special ways. Subjects are presented as tutorial masterclasses, each of which culminates in an invitation to you to carry out a self-paced assignment. You are then shown how these same assignments have been interpreted and completed by a selection of photographers from around the world. Their images have been chosen and critiqued to show you what others, like yourself, find achievable and what they find difficult.
The crowning glory of the book comprises interviews with outstanding photographers selected from around the world. Once ambitious amateurs like you, these photographers have pushed their art, creativity, and talent to go further. Their thoughts, motivations, and experience offer more invaluable advice and insight than can be obtained after years of individual study. Look, read, and re-read this section as inspiration for years to come.
And that is the core of my aim: if reading this book and seeing the images within it inspires you to pick up your camera and hit the road, then off you go. It’s been a good class.
Tom Ang is the author of more than 30 books, both in print and digital media. He serves as a juror on international competitions and was senior lecturer in photographic practices at the University of Westminster, London, for more than 12 years. Tom has also worked as a technical editor for specialty photography magazines and has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for his photographic coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition.
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