Mastering Digital Cameras (Author Interview)

Mastering Digital Cameras looks like a popular book.  What are some of the things you dig into?

This is my most comprehensive book.  I use it as a textbook when I tutor.  It discusses the evolution of photography and cameras.  Subjects include such rare topics as pin hole cameras and glass plates like those used by Ansel Adams.  The more you understand about how cameras work, the easier it will be to make sound decisions about cameras and lenses.  Chapters with detailed information about camera and lens options are particularly valuable.


Can you provide a link to some of your photos?

Some of my images are available for sale on two websites.  Fine Art America and Smugmug.  The links are:  and

Smugmug allows my images to be displayed full screen.  Fine Art America can print the images on a variety of items such as yoga mats, shower curtains, and tote bags.


What inspired you when writing Mastering Digital Cameras

I wanted to create a book that is comprehensive enough to use as a textbook for Photography.  The reviews have verified my success in accomplishing that goal.   


What will readers get out of your book?

Accelerated learning and confidence as photographers.  They will no longer be influenced by well meaning but misinformed friends and family.  Many people who own expensive cameras have no idea how to use them.  They just set the camera on automatic mode and point and shoot.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Mastering Digital Cameras?

Trying to be comprehensive without getting too technical.  Photography should be fun not a source of stress.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I am a retired engineer and corporate innovator.  In a sense, I was paid to invent new products.  So, even as an engineer, my work was more creative than analytical. 

In my mid-thirties I had some of my images enlarged to 20 X 30 and took them to a framing shop.  The owners of the shop liked my work and wanted to sell numbered prints.  I had no idea what that meant, so I declined their offer.  I have always regretted that decision.  I would have been a professional photographer 30 years earlier if I had accepted the offer.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

Just goggle Al Judge and you will find all my books.  You can also go to the Amazon Website and search for Al Judge.

My photos are available at . 

My MoreAlive@75 YouTube Channel can be found at with additional info at .