Black and White Photography Field Guide
The essential guide to the art of creating black & white images
Focal Press – 2013 – 192 pages
Photographers everywhere have come to trust Ilex’s Field Guides as the
ultimate in portable photo expertise. Packed with practical knowledge
and all written by specialist professional photographers, these handy
titles have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. In this
volume, renowned photographer Michael Freeman addresses one of
photography’s most popular- and challenging- areas: black and white.
With advice on lighting, shooting, conversion and post-production, this
is know-how that no photographer can afford to be without.
Want to get the best out of your digital
camera? Not quite sure how to capture up-close shots? Want easy to
follow, expert advice on the best ways to creatively capture macro shots
you can be proud of?
This is your ticket to go beyond a snapshot
to create a fine art print that you’ll be so proud of. Macro and
close-up photography involves a unique skill set in terms of exposure,
lighting, and of course, composition in particular. You can take a quick
photo of a sunflower in your back yard that will look mundane and
typical OR you could learn how to take a picture of just a part of it-up
close-and create a work of art. Let this book be your guide!
Screenwriting Tips, You Hack
150 Practical Pointers for Becoming a Better Screenwriter
By Xander Bennett
Published September 28th 2011 by Focal Press – 224 pages
Screenwriting Tip #99
Voice-over usually feels like scaffolding. You know-something you left in there when you were constructing the first draft, but really should have torn out after it served its purpose.
Screenwriting Tip #120
Always remember that funny trumps everything. Your script could be written in crayon with your name spelled wrong on the cover, but if it’s genuinely funny, none of that matters.
Screenwriting Tip #156
The easiest way to write kick-ass protagonists is to make them incredibly good at what they do.
Confused at the outline stage? Stuck in the swamp of Act Two? Don’t know who your protagonist is or where she’s going?
You might feel like a hack. But don’t worry-you’re not alone. Even the most experienced writers feel like this at times. Sometimes we just need a few short pointers and reminders to set us on the path again.
Xander Bennett worked as a script reader in the trenches of Hollywood, reading and covering hundreds of mediocre screenplays. After months of reading about heroic Sea World trainers, transgendered circus detectives and crime-fighting chupacabras, he couldn’t take it any more. Xander started a blog called ‘Screenwriting Tips, You Hack’, a place designed to provide short, witty tips on screenwriting for amateur writers all the way up to journeymen scribes.
This book is the evolution of that blog. Dozens of the best scripts (along with many brand-new ones) have been expanded into bite-sized chapters full of funny, insightful, highly usable advice. Let Xander’s pain be your gain as you learn about the differences between film and television structure, how to force yourself to write when you really don’t want to, and why you probably shouldn’t base your first spec script around an alien invasion.