My book “The Living Digit”

My book “The Living Digit” has been published.

The Living Digit

Size: 17×24 cm
First edition: 7000 copies
284 pages, softcover
More than 200 colour reproductions
Language: Russian
Publishing house: “Treemedia Content”, Moscow, 2013
ISBN 978-5-903788-22-4

This book is about the colour in digital photography. It is written by a coulourist photographer, who builds in his own work upon the artistic knowledge about the colour, and applies the advanced post-processing techniques. The author takes a wholistic approach, looking into all the aspects of working with colour – from the peculiarities of human colour perception, the interrelation between the colour and the composition, the criteria for assessing the colouristic expression, to the process of photography, Raw-conversion, and colour correction in Adobe Photoshop. The technical aspects of working with the digital photography are taken from the point of view of the artistic perception, so that the reader gets the understanding of how to make the instruments serve the creative idea.

The book is intended for wide audience of photographers, and can be of interest as well for the colour correctors, designers, and other specialists, working with digital photography. It aims to help all those, who strive for the colouristic harmony and expression in digital photography.

Table of contents

About the author
What is this book about?
Who is this book intended for?
Chapter 1. Let’s agree on terminology
Chapter 2. Where does the colour live?
Chapter 3. Saturated colour
Chapter 4. Undersaturated colour
Chapter 5. Detalization
Chapter 6. Why are the paintings dark?
Chapter 7. Background for the colour
Chapter 8. Light-coloured paintings
Chapter 9. Loss of shadow detail
Chapter 10. More mud and clay – more interplay
Chapter 11. Reference neutral colours
Chapter 12. Why is Kodak warmer?
Chapter 13. Film or digital?
Chapter 14. Painters’ experience
Chapter 15. “Honesty” in photography
Chapter 16. Colour of the skin — red or yellow?
Chapter 17. Issues with the digital colour
Chapter 18. The shortest way
Chapter 19. Raw Photo Processor
Chapter 20. Film profiles in RPP
Chapter 21. Where do diamonds come from?
Chapter 22. An example of processing in RPP
Chapter 23. An example of processing in ACR (Lightroom)
Appendix A. How do the “Curves” work?
Appendix B. RPP for beginners
List of reproductions

Note: “Chapter 23. An example of processing in ACR/Lightroom” is written by Alexander Serakov – an expert on Adobe products and the official speaker of Adobe in Russia.

Sample pages

Where to buy?

The exhaustive list of sites, where the book can be acquired (in Russian)

Currently the book is available only in Russian. By the summer/autumn of 2013 we are planning to publish it also in English translation

My thanks to Karen Hovhannisian for translating this post in English.


14 thoughts on “My book “The Living Digit”

  1. From the List of Chapters and the photographs, your book seems to be very interesting.
    I am looking forward to the English edition.
    Please keep us updated

      1. That’s good to hear! I was about to ask you the same question. More English language articles about RAW processing (using RPP) would be very much appreciated in the meantime…

  2. If you have a English version I will buy it as the quality of the articles on your website is very good. Sorry I don’t understand Russian.

  3. When can i purchase the english version? Even in e format, I would like to learn more about color. Great images by the way keep up the good work. Just a suggestion maybe an article on color and doing it in photoshop.

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