The fact that current compact cameras produce good (or at least, adequate) pictures in most photographic situations is at the root of this book. The main aim of the book is to show how such a camera can be operated and its controls tweaked to cover many different photographic conditions and requirements. (To put it another way, the chief goal of the book is to convince the reader that large, expensive cameras are absolutely necessary in only rare situations.) In addition, this book discusses the science of photography-including topics such as optics, lenses, colors, human vision, image sensors, exposure, and white balance-and explains the main types of cameras. Mathematics is used whenever it helps to illustrate a term or a concept, because it is my belief that the use of mathematics may greatly illuminate many subjects. However, the mathematical background required is minimal and is limited to angles, similar triangles, and basic algebraic manipulations.
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Table of Contents
Light and Optics
High Dynamic Range
History of Photography
Glossary of Photographic Terms
Compact Cameras Feature Guide
JPEG and TIFF
The Shape of a Lens
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