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									Digital Photography Boot
Digital Photography Boot Camp
Author: Kevin Kubota

Edition: 2
Table of Contents

About the Author

1. Introduction
2. Digital Essentials
3. Creativity and Inspiration
4. Digital Capture Techniques
5. Workflow
6. Color Management
7. Photoshop Essentials
8. Photoshop Corrective Techniques
9. Photoshop Enhancements
10. Photoshop Actions
11. Printing and Presenting
12. The Big Picture


Designed to give professional photographers of all skill levels a complete look at the working digital
studio, this reference goes from start to finish—from setting up the camera and capturing the best
possible images to organizing, enhancing, and printing the completed photos. Written by an experienced,
successful professional photographer and lecturer, this newly revised guide takes a lighthearted approach
to complete foundation information, as well as advanced tips and tricks for those ready to push their
digital imaging to the next level. Intensive chapters cover Photoshop essentials for retouching or adding
artistic effects, managing workflow and clients, and the many finishing options in the digital medium,
including slide shows, DVDs, and magazine-style albums and collages. With a clear and upbeat
approach, this reference provides quality technical information, while inspiring photographers to look
closely at their work to see where a little finesse could elevate their businesses.
*The DVD is not included with the digital version of this book.

1. Introduction

Be daring, be different be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative
vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
-Sir Cecil Beatin, British photograper and designer

When I originally wrote this book, I opened with a story about a photographer who wanted my opinion on
whether digital was as good as film. At that time, photographers were still skeptical—some had taken the
digital plunge, others were holding out, keeping dry at the side of the pool. Those who took the plunge are
now expert swimmers, so to speak, and the others eventually dove in (or were pushed) and are splashing
around, trying to catch up. Fortunately, there is much more education and information available now, so
becoming digitally proficient is almost as easy as, well, falling in a lake.So what was the answer to the
photographer’s question? “No,” I told him, “it’s better.” Today, not many photographers dispute the quality
of digital. Does it look like film? Probably not, and it probably never will. But most of us have gone beyond
trying to emulate the “good ol’ days” of film and now appreciate digital photography for what it is. It is a
beautiful, evolving, limitless medium. There’s no reason to discuss film any longer. We’ve moved on.One
of the things I love best about digital is that because it is constantly evolving, we are forced to keep
learning. This is not a hindrance but a benefit. The Japanese have a term, “kaizen,” which means
continuous improvement, or growth. It is a philosophy that can benefit all facets of business and personal
life. If we are not growing, we are dying. Digital keeps us young, even if it makes us prematurely gray.

THE BENEFITS OF DIGITALLet’s cut right to the chase. Digital has myriad benefits, not all of which can
be listed here. Here are a few that can be easily brought up in polite dinner conversation:
Benefits for the Photographer:

• Multiple originals. Never send irreplaceable film via mail. Create as many backups as necessary.
• Substantial materials cost savings. Shoot as much as necessary to get the image you need. No more
film, processing, and proofing expenses. Reduce your environmental waste production.
• Instant review/job insurance. You know the job is in the bag before you even set the camera down.
Share images with clients in-camera to ensure their approval.
• Creativity enhancer. Try new ideas, shoot more, experiment. Increase confidence in your creative
• Consistency in printing. Reproduce a print the same way from day to day or month to month. Avoid
worries about lab inconsistencies and changing personnel.
• Studio control over printing and final look. Prints can be given the studio’s “look” with simple Photoshop
techniques. Print on demand with in-studio printers.
• Myriad creative output options. This facet of digital will keep you excited about your work and enjoying
the impact of multimedia presentations.

Benefits for the Client:
• More creative images to...
Author Bio
Kevin Kubota
Kevin Kubota has been a professional photographer for 18 years and is the creator of He is a popular speaker and educator at photography conventions and schools,
and in 2007 he was named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the world by American Photo

"Offers easy-to-follow instructions on everything from camera set up to capture, organization, image
enhancing, printing, and much more. Kubota's advice is certain to simplify your move to digital."

"The book is well written, printed on high quality paper, and chock full of pictures that not only reinforce
the lessons but also are quite pleasing to the eye."

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