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20th Century Photographers


20th Century Photographers

Interviews on the Craft, Purpose, and the Passion of Photography

By Grace Schaub

Edited by George Schaub

Focal Press – 2015 – 282 pages

This book is a compilation of interviews and
essays that cover a broad range of photographers and photographic
disciplines. Each photographer profiled made a living by concentrating
on a specific aspect of the craft, but in doing so transcended their
livelihood to become recognized for more than the type of images they
created. Each had a distinct “style,” creative approach, dedication to
the craft, point of view about themselves and the world.

These interviews were conducted during a seminal period in the shift
from film to digital and from print reproduction to global distribution
on the Internet. Just like their photographs continue to inspire today,
now these pros’ words can live on as an invaluable reference for the
photographers of the future. The truth and wisdom in this collection
transcend time and technology.



3D Postproduction

Stereoscopic Workflows and Techniques

By Rick Baumgartner

Focal Press – 2014 – 288 pages

Master the complex realities of 3D
postproduction workflows and solutions with this one-of-a-kind guide.
Brimming with techniques that have been used on actual 3D productions
and can easily be incorporated into your own workflows, Rick
Baumgartner’s 3D Postproduction offers you:

    • The best practices for 3D preproduction and production to ensure a smooth post process, saving both time and money
    • Abundant workflow diagrams, screen grabs, and checklists to reinforce your learning with visual cues
    • Common postproduction considerations such as dailies, assembly,
      cutting, and color correction, and how they differ between 3D and 2D
      post pipelines
    • Examples of 3D gone bad and how those scenarios can be avoided
    • In-depth interviews with working professionals and extensive
      tutorials that provide practical insight from the trenches of real-world
      3D postproduction
    • A companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/baumgartner)
      featuring project files and video clips demonstrating the 3D workflows
      covered in the book

An effective 3D postproduction workflow allows for easier and more
flexible editing, greater capacity for visual effects enhancement, the
ability to fix production mistakes, and much more. You can’t afford to
miss out! Bring your 3D projects to the next level with 3D Postproduction: Stereoscopic Workflows and Techniques.

A User’s Guide to the View Camera – Third Edition


A User’s Guide to the View Camera

Third Edition

By Jim Stone

Focal Press – 2016 – 166 pages

This reissued third edition of A User’s Guide to View Camera
introduces photographers to large-format cameras, covering their use
with both film and digital capture. Readers will learn the anatomy of
cameras with a separately adjustable back or front, the proper
techniques for using view cameras, and how to take care of large-format
cameras—all through straightforward and practical instruction and
abundant visual examples. This latest edition features:

• Practical approaches to mastering lenses, shutters, accessories, and the ever-important maintenance of your view camera

• Tips for both simple operation and advanced control of the camera,
including film holders, bellows, and tripods, and film handling and

• A section on digital equipment, offering updates on the nearly 200-year-long history of the view camera

Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer


Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer

A Creative Companion and Workbook

By Harold Davis

© 2016 – Routledge

256 pages

Coming from the perspective that true inspiration and great image making are at the core of any high-level photographic endeavour, Achieving Your Potential as a Digital Photographer presents an organized and cohesive plan for kickstarting creativity, and then taking the resulting work into the real world. The ideas presented have been formulated by Harold Davis over many years working as a creative artist and award-wining photographer, and in the celebrated workshops he has developed and led all around the world. These concepts are presented with accompanying exercises so that readers can put them into everyday practice as well as workbook pages bound into the book for note taking and journaling. This book will enrich your photographic practice whether the goal is simply to enrich your photography or to make money from your work.

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics – 5th Edition


Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

5th Edition

By David M. HowardJamie Angus


510 pages


The acoustics of a space can have a real impact on the sounds you create and capture. Acoustics and PsychoacousticsFifth Edition provides supportive tools and exercises to help you understand how music sounds and behaves in different spaces, whether during a performance or a recording, when planning a control room or listening space, and how it is perceived by performers, listeners, and recording engineers.

With their clear and simple style, Howard and Angus cover both theory and practice by addressing the science of sound engineering and music production, the acoustics of musical instruments, the ways in which we hear musical sounds, the underlying principles of sound processing, and the application of these concepts to music spaces to create professional sound. This new edition is fully revised to reflect new psychoacoustic information related to timbre and temporal perception, including an updated discussion of vocal fold vibration principles, samples of recent acoustic treatments, and a description of variable acoustics in spaces, as well as coverage of the environment’s effect on production listening, sonification, and other topics.

Devoted to the teaching of musical understanding, an accompanying website (www.routledge.com/cw/howard) features various audio clips, tutorial sheets, questions and answers, and trainings that will take your perception of sound to the next level.

This book will help you:

  • Gain a basic grounding in acoustics and psychoacoustics with respect to music audio technology systems
  • Incorporate knowledge of psychoacoustics in future music technology system designs as appropriate
  • Understand how we hear pitch, loudness, and timbre
  • Learn to influence the acoustics of an enclosed space through designed physical modifications

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2015 Release


Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2015 Release

3rd Edition

By Martin Evening

Focal Press – 2016 – 730 pages

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by Photoshop hall-of-famer
and acclaimed digital imaging professional Martin Evening has been
revamped for a thirteenth edition to include detailed instruction for
all of the updates to Photoshop CC on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including
significant new features, such as faster Camera Raw processing, Blur
Gallery noise matching, and new export options for quick image-saving
and layers as separate documents. This guide covers all the tools and
techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know
when using Photoshop CC, from workflow guidance to core skills to
advanced techniques for professional results. Using clear, succinct
instruction and real world examples, this guide is the essential
reference for Photoshop users. Accompanying the book is the
photoshopforphotographers.com website, fully updated with new sample
images, tutorial videos, and bonus chapters.

Adobe Premiere Pro Power Tips


Adobe Premiere Pro Power Tips

Secrets, Shortcuts, and Techniques

By Larry Jordan

© 2013 – Focal Press

312 pages

Stop wasting time! Let Larry Jordan’s Adobe Premiere Pro Power Tips power your editing. Whether you are migrating to Premiere Pro from other editing software, or you are a long-time Premiere editor, this must-have guide is packed with hundreds of bite-sized tips to get you up and running in no time.

Written with humor and deep technical understanding, Jordan shows you the secrets, shortcuts, tips, and techniques you need to make the most of Premiere Pro.

Like any professional production, the book starts with planning, then flows into scripting, shooting, logging, editing, audio mixing, and final output with hundreds of Power Tips covering Story, Prelude, Premiere, Audition and Adobe Media Encoder. These Power Tips will:

* Speed your editing

* Expand your knowledge

* Wow your clients (and keep them coming back for more!)

After Effects Apprentice – Real World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist, 4th Edition


After Effects Apprentice

Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist, 4th Edition

By Chris MeyerTrish Meyer

© 2016 – Focal Press

432 pages | 450 Color Illus.


Whether you’re new to After Effects and want to get up to speed quickly, or already a user who needs to become familiar with the new features, After Effects Apprentice was created for you. With 12 core lessons including a trio of projects combining After Effects with CINEMA 4D Lite, you’ll learn how to tap this program’s vast potential – whether you create motion graphics for network television, corporate communications, or your own projects.

Fully updated to cover the major new features added in After Effects CC, this edition of the book presents a professional perspective on the most important features a motion graphics artist needs to master in order to use After Effects effectively. You’ll learn to creatively combine layers; animate eye-catching titles; manipulate 3D space; color key, track or rotoscope existing footage to add new elements; and use effects to generate excitement or enhance the realism of a scene. Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions guide you through the features, with explanations of the “why” instead of just the “how” behind each technique. You’ll learn more than just the tools; you’ll learn skills that you can immediately put to work expressing your own ideas in your productions.

USER LEVEL: Novice–Intermediate

Topics include how to:

• Animate, edit, layer, and composite a variety of media.

• Manipulate keyframes and the way they interpolate to create more refined animations.

• Use masks, mattes, stencils and blending modes to add sophistication to your imagery.

• Create, animate, and extrude text and shape layers.

• Explore 3D space, including using CINEMA 4D Lite.

• Use tracking and keying to create special effects, such as replacing screen displays.

After Effects Expressions


Put the power of Expressions to work in your animations with controls and efficiencies impossible to achieve with traditional keyframing techniques.
No programming skills are required. Foundation concepts and skills orient the new designer and serve as a handy reference to the experienced one. Basics of creating Expressions, variables, commands, and Expression helpers precede the leap into JavaScript and math essentials for more advanced Expressions that include randomness and physical simulations.
Full color illustrations display the scripts and the resulting effects, Pick Whip techniques, and sequential animations. Downloadable companion files include QuickTime movies of the demo animations, and AE project files that permit you to examine the Expressions.

Alternative Photographic Processes


Alternative Photographic Processes

Crafting Handmade Images

By Brady Wilks

Focal Press – 2015 – 210 pages

Alternative Photographic Processes teaches techniques, both
analog & digital, allowing artists to bring a personal touch through
manipulation of a photograph, the negative, and the print. This book
stands apart from recent publications on alternative processes by
presenting a range of new approaches and methods to achieve popular
techniques, as well as providing step-by-step guidance for an array of
unique techniques meant to inspire artists working in various mediums.
Through detailed guidance, working artist examples, and info about the
contemporary use of these processes, this book will provide instruction
for students, educators, and artists to expand their creative toolbox.

Alternative Photographic Processes – HARDBACK


Alternative Photographic Processes

Crafting Handmade Images

By Brady Wilks

© 2016 – Focal Press

210 pages

Alternative Photographic Processes teaches techniques, both analog & digital, allowing artists to bring a personal touch through manipulation of a photograph, the negative, and the print. This book stands apart from recent publications on alternative processes by presenting a range of new approaches and methods to achieve popular techniques, as well as providing step-by-step guidance for an array of unique techniques meant to inspire artists working in various mediums. Through detailed guidance, working artist examples, and info about the contemporary use of these processes, this book will provide instruction for students, educators, and artists to expand their creative toolbox.



Alternative Scriptwriting

Beyond the Hollywood Formula, 5th Edition

By Ken DancygerJeff Rush


486 pages

Learn the rules of scriptwriting, and then how to successfully break them!

Unlike other screenwriting books, this unique guide pushes you to challenge yourself and break free of tired, formulaic writing–bending or breaking the rules of storytelling as we know them. Like the best-selling previous editions, seasoned authors Dancyger and Rush explore alternative approaches to the traditional three-act story structure, going beyond teaching you “how to tell a story” by teaching you how to write against conventional formulas to produce original, exciting material. The pages are filled with an international range of contemporary and classic cinema examples to inspire and instruct.?

New to this edition:

New chapter on the newly popular genres of feature documentary, long-form television serials, non-linear stories, satire, fable, and docudrama

New chapter on multiple-threaded long form, serial television scripts

New chapter on genre and a new chapter on how genre’s very form is flexible to a narrative

New chapter on character development

New case studies, including an in-depth case study of the dark side of the fable, focusing on The Wizard of Oz and Pan’s Labyrinth

Analog Synthesizers: Understanding… 1st Edition


Analog Synthesizers

Understanding, Performing, Buying- from the legacy of Moog to software synthesis, 1st Edition

By Mark Jenkins


322 pages

In this book, the technical explanation of the nature of analog sound creation is followed by the story of its birth and its subsequent development by various designers, manufacturers and performers. 

The individual components of analog sound creation are then examined in detail, with step by step examples of sound creation techniques. Then the modern imitative analog instruments are examined, again with detailed instructions for programming and using them, and the book is completed with appendices listing the major instrument lines available, hints on values and purchasing, other sources of information, and a discography of readily available recordings which give good examples of analog sound synthesis. 

The CD which accompanies the book gives many examples of analog sound creation basics as well as more advanced techniques, and of the abilities of the individual instruments associated with classical and with imitative analog sound synthesis. 

Animation: From Pencils to Pixels


Animation from Pencils to Pixels

Classical Techniques for the Digital Animator

By Tony White

© 2007 – Focal Press

520 pages

Just add talent!

Award-winning animator Tony White brings you the ultimate book for digital animation. Here you will find the classic knowledge of many legendary techniques revealed, paired with information relevant to today’s capable, state-of-the-art technologies.

White leaves nothing out. What contemporary digital animators most need to know can be found between this book’s covers – from conceptions to creation and through the many stages of the production pipeline to distribution. This book is intended to serve as your one-stop how-to animation guide. Whether you’re new to animation or a very experienced digital animator, here you’ll find fundamentals, key classical techniques, and professional advice that will strengthen your work and well-roundedness as an animator.

Speaking from experience, White presents time-honored secrets of professional animaton with a warm, masterly, and knowledgeable approach that has evolved from over 30 years as an award-winning animator/director.

The book’s enclosed CD-Rom presents classic moments from animation’s history through White’s personal homage to traditional drawn animation, “Endangered Species.” Using movie clips and still images from the film, White shares the ‘making of’ journal of the film, detailing each step, with scene-by-scene descriptions, technique by technique. Look for the repetitive stress disorder guide on the CD-Rom, called, “Mega-hurts.” Watch the many movie clips for insights into the versatility that a traditional, pencil-drawn approach to animaton can offer.

Applied Photographic Optics – 3rd Edition


Applied Photographic Optics

3rd Edition

By Sidney Ray

© 2002 – Focal Press

680 pages


Selected by the American Library Association’s ‘Choice’ magazine as “best technical book”, the first edition of this book soon established itself as the standard reference work on all aspects of photographic lenses and associated optical systems. This is unsurprising, as Sidney Ray provides a complete, comprehensive reference source for anyone wanting information on photographic lenses, from the student to the practitioner or specialist working with visual and digital media worldwide.

This third edition has been fully revised and expanded to include the rapid progress in the last decade in optical technology and advances in relevant electronic and digital forms of imaging. Every chapter has been revised and expanded using new figures and photographs as appropriate, as well as extended bibliographies. New chapters include details of filters, measurements from images and the optical systems of digital cameras. Details of electronic and digital imaging have been integrated throughout. More information is given on topics such as aspherics, diffractive optics, ED glasses, image stabilization, optical technology, video projection and new types of lenses.

A selection of the contents includes chapters on: optical theory, aberrations, auto focus, lens testing, depth of field, development of photographic lenses, general properties of lenses, wide-angle lenses, telephoto lenses, video lenses, viewfinder systems, camera movements, projection systems and 3-D systems.