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Basics of Video Sound 2E


Now fully updated to reflect the latest advances, the second edition of Basics of Video Sound is a primer for anyone wishing to learn about recording sound. It describes the principles and processes involved in obtaining professional results in educational, training and corporate environments.Assuming little prior knowledge, this book covers everything from how to choose a microphone and obtain the best quality recordings, to editing the results for the final screening. It features:- the latest advances in the use of disc and minidisc systems, computer based editing in audio post production- coverage of studio and location work- descriptions of the role of each crew member – full explanations of technical terms- health and safety precautions- practical advice on the equipment available and how to use itBasics of Video Sound aims to provide the reader with a rapid understanding of what is actually a complex process, without getting too bogged down in technical terms. It is equipment non-specific and references to technical matters are only included where necessary to understanding, for example a short explanation of the electricity and physics that is needed in order to become a good sound recordist.A basic introduction for anyone approaching the subject for the first time. All technical terms are explained in full. Offers practical advice on health and safety precautions as well as equipment and its use

Shoot on Location The Logistics of Filming on Location, Whatever Your Budget or Experience


Shoot on Location

The Logistics of Filming on Location, Whatever Your Budget or Experience

By Kathy McCurdy

Published February 23rd 2011 by Focal Press – 216 pages

You have a strong vision for how your movie should look, but how do you find the perfect spot to shoot and how do you organize the complex logistics of such a shoot once you find that perfect location? In this comprehensive guide, industry veteran Kathy M. McCurdy provides everything you need to know to get out on location-from how to break down the script, public relations tips for successful location scouting, negotiating with property owners, permitting on public property, how to handle complaints, and even where to put the very unattractive port-a-potties. It also includes samples of all the different forms and contracts you’ll need and breaks down everything from where to park the trucks to when you need police on the set. Filled with real-life examples and actual filming situations, Shoot on Location provides everything you need to know from scouting through the wrap.

Contents:  Off the Lot: Why Shoot on Location?; The Business of the Biz; Location Shooting; Before You Shoot; Shoot Then Wrap; What If; Appendix

Photography as Activism, 1st Edition


Photography as Activism, 1st Edition

Images for Social Change

Print Book

Author(S) : M Bogre

Published: 19 Sep 2011

Imprint: Focal Press

ISBN: 9780240812755

The only book to cover the most popular tool for social change – photography.

Key Features

* full-color with inspiring images
* will show you how to get exposure for your causes using your photographs
* covers major topics of activism such as: famine, war, environment, and much more
* teaches good techniques (from emotion to composition) to ensure you convey your message


You want to look through the lens of your camera and change the world. You want to capture powerful moments in one click that will impact the minds of other people. Photographic images are one of the most popular tools used to advocate for social and environmental awareness. This can be as close to home as drug use, prostitution, or pollution or as far away as famine, war, and the plight of refugees and migrant workers. One well-known example of an activist photographer would be landscape photographer Ansel Adams, who trudged to Washington with stunning images of the American west to advocate protecting these areas. His images and testimony were instrumental in creating the National Park System and garnering specific protection for Yellowstone National Park. More recently Robert Glenn Ketchum’s images of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge raised awareness of why this area should be protected. Nigel Barker’s seal photographs advocates against seal clubbing. What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make the world a better place?

This book provides a comprehensive theory of, and history of, photography as activism. It also includes interviews with contemporary photographers. It is a call to action for young photographers to become activists, a primer of sorts, with advice for how to work with NGOs and non-profits, how to work safely in conflict zones and with suggestions for distribution on websites, blogs, and interactive agencies.


* all levels of photographers interested in activism or using photography as a tool for social change
* photography students, global
* secondary: supplimentary text in a documentary/photojournalism course
* sociologists, political scientists or the general reader who is interested in activist causes

Nuts and Bolts of Filmmaking


Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking, an ideal book for the rapidly growing number of low-budget filmmakers, provides how-to information on the day-to-day techniques of actual low-budget production. Containing construction details describing how to replicate expensive tools for under $30 a piece, this book provides quick and inexpensive remedies to both the most common and most difficult production challenges. Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking is an invaluable resource to anyone looking to make a film without a big budget. * Achieve professional results with inexpensive materials from your local hardware store*A must-have reference for all low-budget and independent filmmakers* Time-saving tips and techniques with easy-to-follow photos

Lighting For Video, 3E


Lighting theory and application are thoroughly discussed in plain language. This is an excellent text for new students and for the more experienced communications professional who needs to learn basic lighting for a quality video product. Techniques such as 3-point lighting, illuminating subjects in natural light (outdoors), and special effects for mood are as relevant today as they were in 1991. The only drawback is that there are some newer lighting products on the market that build on the basics. For that type of information, I suggest you consult trade manuals. This book will educate the novice to intermediate videographer. It will inspire future lighting technicians.

More Food Styling for Photographers & Stylists


More Food Styling for Photographers & Stylists

A guide to creating your own appetizing art

By Linda Bellingham, Jean Ann Bybee, Brad G. Rogers

Published September 21st 2011 by Focal Press – 294 pages

Thanks to the exploding popularity of food-based television shows (entire networks, even), websites, books, and magazines, food stylists and food photographers are in more demand today than ever before. While there are many amazing opportunities for creative professionals to showcase their work in ads, cookbooks, blogs, and food packaging, there is also more competition for these jobs. Whether you are a food stylist who works alongside photographers or a food photographer yourself, you’ll find everything you need to know to give your portfolio that little extra push in this expert guide by three professionals with decades of experience in each field. More Food Styling for Photographers covers topics that Linda, Jean Ann, and Brad’s fans have been asking for, such as shooting food on location, working with packaged foods, building the perfect breakfast shot, and more. Clients and foodies eat with their eyes first, so don’t be afraid to play with your food – make sure it’s YOUR image that whets their appetite!

CONTENTS:  Introduction to Food Styling; Sets and Settings; Chilling Facts about Cold Beverages (including a new section on beer and cocktails); Tips and Techniques for Turning Off-the-Shelf Items into Photo-Worthy Works of Art: Working with Packaged Foods (pizza, pie shells, etc.); Mexican Food; Hot Dogs; Breakfast (including working with pancakes); Shooting Food on Location; Product Line Shots (ex: shooting a montage for a bakery); Tricks of the Trade: Working with smoke, drips, pours, including hands in the shot



This is the classic guide for analog photography enthusiasts interested in high-quality darkroom work. The fourth edition from darkroom master Steve Anchell is packed with techniques for silver-based processing. In addition to “recipes” for darkroom experiments, this book contains invaluable information on developers, push-processing, reversal processing, enlarged negatives, pyro formulas, printing, and toning prints. The Darkroom Cookbook also offers advice about where to get darkroom equipment, how to set up a darkroom, safe darkroom working spaces, and more. Key features of this revised edition include:

  • Over 200 step-by-step or do-it-yourself formulas
  • Tips for mastering the “ingredients” of analog photography processing, namely the chemicals used to develop, fix, stop and tone
  • Special technique contributions and stunning black and white imagery by professionals such as Bruce Barnbaum, Tim Rudman, John Sexton, and more.

Placing Shadows: Lighting Technique for Video Production


A mix of theory and practical applications, Placing Shadows covers the physical properties of light and the selection of proper instruments for the best possible effect. For the student, advanced amateur, and pros trying to enhance the look of their productions, this book examines the fundamentals and is also a solid reference for tips on better performance. * Heavily illustrated in full color! * Covers the fundamental properties of light as well as many tips and tricks * Includes up-to-date equipment and techniques such as lighting for High Def, HMI lighting, etc.

Content Rights for Creative Professionals / Copyrights and Trademarks in a Digital Age


Access to the most up-to-date copyright and trademark information. Provides a firm understanding of the principles underlying the ownership and use of content. Content Rights for Creative Professionals is for professionals and students working in all areas of media (film/video, photography, multimedia, web, graphics, and broadcast) who need to know what the law requires and how they should properly utilize copyrights and trademarks. This book outlines critical concepts and applies them with explanations in real-life applications, including many cases from the author’s own practice as well as those of various media professionals. This 256 page text is a practical guide designed to provide its reader with a firm understanding of the principles underlying the ownership and use of content, so that when questions arise, they will be able to make correct, well-informed decisions—whether concerning their personal works, or works of others that a company wishes to copyright or trademark. In addition, the reader will be more capable of exercising sound judgment in structuring employment and contract relationships and of acquiring and/or licensing works, which are at the core of the business of communicating. CONTENTS: Copyright; Trademarks; The Internet; Work for Hire; Content and Broadcasting; Content and Cable, Satellite, and Telephone Industries; Free Lancing; Trade Secrets and Patents; Case Studies; Glossary of Terms; Tips; Checklists; Forms

Copper Plate Photogravure


by David Morrish and Marlene MacCallum. Copper Plate Photogravure describes in comprehensive detail the technique of traditional copper plate photogravure as would be practiced by visual artists using normally available facilities and materials.

Copper Plate Photogravure describes in comprehensive detail the technique of traditional copper plate photogravure as would be practiced by visual artists using normally available facilities and materials. Attention is paid to step-by-step guidance through the many stages of the process. A detailed manual of technique, Copper Plate Photogravure also offers the history of the medium and reference to past alternative methods of practice

Basic Lighting Worktext for Film & Video


Basic Lighting Worktext for Film and Video guides the film and video student through a series of readings, exercises and projects designed to provide the fundamentals of light science. In addition to up-to-date descriptions of equipment and tips on how to use it properly, the book provides numerous set-ups that illustrate the techniques and thoughts behind proper studio and location lighting.From this book, you will learn:* The fundamentals of light and electricity in film* The fine distinction of lighting for video versus lighting for film* How to identify and filter sources such as daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, arc, HNI and industrial discharge lamps* The use of lensed and open-faced lighting fixtures* How to modify with barndoors, scrims, snoots, nets, cookies, and other accessories* Variations on the basic three-point lighting setup* The duties of each member of a lighting unit* How to light night exteriors, day interiors, and campfires* High-key, low-key, and modulated value lighting* How to scout locations, plan lighting, plots, and pre-rig sets

The Advanced Digital Photographer’s Workbook; Professionals Creating and Outputting World-Class Images


Packed with real-world yet incredibly practical and effective solutions, this handbook helps move digital photographers to a new level of performance. Contributors include 12 world-class professional digital photographers who share their tips and tricks. The authors provide details to move readers beyond the basics of capture, processing, and output to more sophisticated workflow functions and techniques.

Scientific Photography and Applied Imaging


by Sidney F Ray. A definitive guide to using photography as a tool in science, technology and medicine.


The only definitive book to fully encompass the use of photography and imaging as tools in science, technology and medicine. It describes in one single volume the basic theory, techniques, materials, special equipment and applications for a wide variety of uses of photography, including: close up photography and photomacrography to spectral recording, surveillance systems, radiography and micro-imaging.

This extensively illustrated photography ‘bible’ contains all the information you need, whether you are a scientist wishing to use photography for a specialist application, a professional needing to extend technical expertise, or a student wanting to broaden your knowledge of the applications of photography