Furnishes an overview of digital photography, covering such topics as cameras, exposure, lighting, shutter speed, depth of field, and resolution--and tips on how to avoid hours of photo-editing by taking great photographs the first time.
Picture Perfect Posing
Author: Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher: New Riders
Photographer, author, and educator Roberto Valenzuela has a proven track record for teaching and explaining difficult concepts to photographers of all skill levels. His remarkable ability to break down complicated ideas into understandable, approachable elements that photographers can truly grasp–and then use their newfound knowledge to improve their photography–made his first book, Picture Perfect Practice, a breakout success. In Picture Perfect Posing, Roberto takes on the art of posing. For many photographers, after learning to compose an image and even light it properly, a portrait can still easily be a failure if the pose is not natural, elegant, and serving the needs of both the subject and the photographer. Instead of just showing page after page of poses–like most posing books on the market–Roberto actually breaks down the concept of posing by examining the anatomy, starting with the core foundation: the spinal chord and neck. Building from there, Roberto discusses every component of what makes poses work, as well as fail. How should the model hold her hands? Bend her elbows? Position her fingers? Should the model look toward or away from the camera, and why? It all depends on what the photographer wants for the shot, and Roberto discusses the entire process, from the intent of the photographer through the execution of the pose. For those who have been discouraged by an inability to pose their subjects, or who have simply not known where to start in order to "figure it out," Picture Perfect Posing is the essential resource they need to learn how posing truly works, and how they can learn to direct the exact pose they need for the shot they want.
Need inspiration? Get the best out of your equipment and explore your creative side with The Art of Digital Photography. Still life or action, portrait or abstract - whatever your subject, discover how to take amazing digital images with expert photographer and inspiring teacher, John Hedgecoe. Learn the fundamentals of composing an image - from lighting, camera angle, drama, color, time of day, style to subject matter. Get the most out of your camera, so whatever moment you are capturing: from stunning landscapes, action-packed sport, beautiful weddings to playful children you'll be picture perfect again and again. We'll show you what others only tell. Enjoy 500 breathtaking photos and learn how to take great pictures every time with The Art of Digital Photography.
How to make better pictures using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Working with digital photographs in raw format isn’t just for pros. Today, point-and-shoot cameras can capture images in raw format, giving shutterbugs of all stripes additional control and editing flexibility for richer, more vibrant photographs. If you’re ready to learn how you can use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements to make the most of your camera’s raw capabilities, this book is the place to start. Author and photographer Ben Long introduces you to the raw format, explaining when it offers advantages over your camera’s default options, and then shows you how best to use it. In this book, completely updated for Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Elements 7, you’ll learn: How your digital camera captures and stores data The pros and cons of working with Camera Raw data versus standard JPEG files How to sort and process images using Camera Raw in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Basic Photoshop and Photoshop Elements editing techniques, such as adjusting for exposure, brightness, contrast, and saturation How to work with the Camera Raw histogram to improve the color and tone of your images Great techniques for shooting to get the best from the raw format
DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D7100 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY is the best all-in-one resource and reference for the Nikon D7100. This new addition to the Nikon line features ISO up to 6,400, a new exposure sensor with 2016-pixel resolution, and full HDTV video. With this book in hand, you will explore the world of digital photography, sharpen your creativity, and get great results with your Nikon D7100. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, DAVID BUSCH'S NIKON D7100 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY covers all the features of this sophisticated camera in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lenses, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy Nikon D7100 "road map," an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera's features and controls. With David Busch as your guide, you'll be in full creative control, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced hobbyist, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge, creativity, and confidence with the Nikon D7100 today.
Real World Aperture
Author: Ben Long
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Released to near universal acclaim, Apple's Aperture is an all-in-one post-production tool for professional photographers. Featuring a RAW-focused workflow, Aperture lets photographers import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive images more effectively and efficiently than ever before. In this guide, best-selling author Ben Long takes Aperture users to the next level, providing them with a more in-depth understanding of Aperture's tools, as well as lots of tips and work-arounds to get the most out of the program. In addition, the coverage of fundamental raw theory and practice will help the reader master the program's high-end editing features. More than just a step-by-step tutorial, this book will help photographers develop a fundamental understanding of the philosophy and approach that underlies Aperture's design. Aperture is now available and retails at $299
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, offering powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images. In this completely updated bestseller, author Martin Evening describes features in Lightroom CC (2015 Release)/ Lightroom 6 in detail from a photographer's perspective. As an established commercial and fashion photographer, Martin knows firsthand what photographers need for an efficient workflow. He has been working with Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product's development and providing valued feedback to Adobe. As a result, Martin knows the software inside and out, from image selection to image editing and image management. In this book he'll teach you how to: • Work efficiently with images shot in raw or JPEG formats • Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow • Create and manage a personal image and video library • Quickly apply tonal adjustments to multiple images • Integrate Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop • Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal portfolios • Make the most of new features in Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 such as face recognition, multi-image processing for HDR and panoramas, GPU support for the Develop module, and Slideshow and Web improvements Photographers will find Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book indispensable tools in their digital darkrooms. “With Martin’s expert guidance, you’ll soon find that you have precisely the tools you need to turn your concentration back where it belongs–on making better pictures!” –George Jardine, digital photography consultant “As a photographer himself, Martin Evening knows what tools photographers need to realize their creative vision. In this book, he shows not only how Adobe Photoshop Lightroom works but also why it will become an essential part of any photographer’s workflow.” –Greg Gorman, photographer
Offers tips and techniques for setting up and executing a boudoir photography shoot, covering topics ranging from preparing a subject and arranging lighting to post-processing, as well as providing advice for male photographers.
Light Science & Magic
Author: Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, Paul Fuqua
Publisher: CRC Press
Photographic lighting is a topic that will never go out of style, no matter how sophisticated cameras and other technology get. Even with the most high-tech gear, photographers still need to put a lot of thought and vision into lighting their photographs in order to get great results. This key skill has the power to dramatically and quickly improve photographs. Light Science and Magic provides you with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light, with examples and instructions for practical application. Featuring photographs, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions, this book speaks to photographers of varying levels. It provides invaluable information on how to light the most difficult subjects, such as surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and portraits. This new edition includes: All new chapter titled "Setting Up Your New Studio" A re-vamped and expanded chapter 8 now titled "Making Portraits" New appendix of reliable photo gear sources Over 100 new photographs and informational sidebars Updated information about advances in flash equipment, LED panels and fluorescent lights Styles of lighting continue to change, but the nature of light will always remain the same. Once photographers understand the basic physics of lighting, they can apply that knowledge to a broad range of photographic styles.
For the very first time, renowned international photographer and bestselling author Michael Freeman reveals all the insider secrets that professionals keep for themselves alone. Everyone from enthusiastic amateurs to seasoned experts will learn plenty of the tried-and-true, field-tested techniques Freeman has discovered through years of experience. He helps you think and shoot like an expert, providing advice on everything from shooting in poor weather conditions to simulating complex lighting setups, from enhancing depth of field to fixing damaged files and organizing your photos effectively. His easily digestible nuggets of information explain how to make the most of your digital camera…even if you have limited resources. And that’s important, because to get a great photo, you must fully exploit your camera’s capabilities—and this guide shows you how.
Author: John Batdorff
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D7100, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the D7100 to take great pictures. With Nikon D7100: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, pro photographer John Batdorff, and you will: Learn the top ten things you need to get up and running with the D7100 Use the D7100’s automatic scene modes to get better shots right away Take full control over the look and feel of your images with professional modes Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits Find out how to get great shots in low light Use spot white balance in Live View and other new D7100 features And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your camera to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/nikond7100_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.
Everything you need to know in one take-anywhere field guide! This all-in-one guide from renowned photographer, instructor, and author Bryan Peterson will help you take better photos anytime, anywhere–with any camera. Want to finally understand exposure? Interested in learning to "see" and composing your images more creatively? Ready to master the magic of light? It’s all here, the techniques every amateur photographer needs to take better nature, landscape, people, and close-up photos. You’ll even get creative techniques, like making "rain" and capturing "ghosts," and practical advice on gear, equipment, and postprocessing software. Filled with Bryan’s inspirational photographs, this is the one essential guide for every camera bag.
Geronimo Stilton meets outer space in this cosmically fun spin-off series! The spacemice have received an invitation to participate in the intergalactic soccerix championship. It's a tournament for the most popular sport in space! But Geronimo doesn't even know how to play soccerix, let alone lead a team to victory against aliens with bizarre skills (like flying)! Can the spacemice team prevail?
In the lagoon near Old Mouse City, cavemice have discovered a giant oyster. It holds a pearl of megalithic proportions! Since the mice of the lagoon don't have the tools to fish the oyster out of the water, they call on Geronimo Stiltonoot to help. Can figure out how to get the pearl before the saber-toothed tigers catch wind of it?