The Understanding Series table of contents

THE UNDERSTANDING SERIES Understanding Graduated Neutral Density Filters– how to use them in the field. An alternative to HDR Understanding Video– an introduction for still photographers Understanding Aspect Ratios and the Art of Cropping– squares or rectangles, the choice is yours Understanding Soft Proofing– using your profiled monitor and printer toreallysee what you’re going to get Understanding Printer Colour Management— the proper settings for using profiles Understanding Raw Files— whether to choose to shoot in raw or JPG format, and why Understanding Contrast Masking— a simple Photoshop technique for opening shadow areas and reducing contrast Understanding Digital USM— what is the Unsharp Mask and what does it do? Understanding Histograms— how to read the digital camera’s most useful exposure evaluation tool Understanding MTF Charts— what is MTF, and how to read lens charts Understanding Digital Sensor Cleaning— the why, how and tools required Understanding Digital Workflow— suggested steps and settings to use when working with a digital SLR Understanding Mirror Lock-Up— the simplest technique for creating vibration-free sharp images Understanding Medium Format— a primer on the jargon, and the equipment available Understanding Depth of Field— a tutorial, includingHyperfocal Distanceand theCircle of Confusion Understanding Polarizers— a tutorial on how to use the most important filter for colour photography  Understanding Lens Contrast— an in-depth tutorial byMike Johnston Understanding Bit Depth— a tutorial on hi-bit images and when and why to use them Understanding Sharpness— a tutorial onresolutionandacutance Understanding Resolution— explores the basics of digitalInputandOutput Understanding Camera Movements— theinsandoutsof tilts and shifts Understanding Colour Theory— academic colour theory applied to landscape photography Understanding the DSLR Magnification Factor— what it is, how it works, benefits and drawbacks Understanding ProPhoto RGB– are you throwing away much of the colour gamut your DSLR is capable of? Understanding Lens Diffraction– does stopping down a lens make it sharper, or not? Understanding Exposure— the world’s 10 stop range. Why it’s so tough and how to handle it