Ben Long

Complete Digital Photography

Ninth Edition

The best-selling handbook to all things related to digital photography.

About the Book

In this thoroughly updated ninth edition of Complete Digital Photography, popular photographer, writer, and teacher Ben Long is your guide through the creative and challenging world of digital photography. Here you will find everything you’ll need to know in order to create great digital photos, from how a camera works to all the details of shooting, image editing, output, and workflow. The step-by-step tutorials included here offer great tips and techniques on improving your processes from start to finish; you’ll learn about exposure theory, composition, lighting, complex masking, image adjustment, and much more. No prior experience is needed or assumed, and by the end of the book you’ll be tackling complex photographic challenges with your own growing expertise. And the results will astound you.


The ninth edition of Complete Digital Photography will be available in December, 2018. To stay informed of the release, and to get a free sample chapter (Chapter 09 — Finding and Composing a Photo), sign up for our low-volume mailing list. It’s easy and quick, and we won’t spam you with unnecessary email.

Table of Contents

  1. Eyes, Brains, Lights & Images
  2. Getting to Know Your Camera
  3. Camera Anatomy
  4. Preparing a Computer
  5. Image Sensors
  6. Exposure Basics
  7. Program Mode
  8. Advanced Exposure
  9. Finding & Composing a Photo
  10. Lighting
  11. Raw Shooting
  12. Special Shooting
  13. Workflow
  14. Editing Workflows & First Steps
  15. Correcting Tone
  16. Correcting Color
  17. Selective Editing & Masks
  18. Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  19. Black & White Conversion
  20. Layers, Retouching, & Special Effects
  21. Output

What People Are Saying

I’ve been recommending this book to students in my "Basic Photography" classes for several years now…I recommend it for beginning to intermediate digital shooters who are seriously interested in learning about post-processing.

Amazon review

This is an excellent introduction to digital photography, from understanding your camera to taking photos to processing those photos on your computer.…You will get a good foundation from this book for your further learning about photography.

Amazon review

About the Author

Ben LongBen has been writing about technology and photography for more than 20 years. In addition to Complete Digital Photography, he has written more than a dozen books on other photo topics, and teaches workshops all over the world, through Juniper Workshops. Ben also has a fervent following on Lynda.com, where he hosts new classes on everything from Photoshop to camera training to compositional techniques.

Book Specs

  • ISBN 13: 978-1-7326369-0-3
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 408
  • Size: 8 in. by 10 in.
  • Publish date: December 18, 2018