Just bought a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D and looking to combine practical know-how with inspiration? This one-stop, easy-to-read guide covers all the basic functions of the camera, and everything beyond.For the basics, turn to the quick start guide, which will get you up and running in five minutes.For an understanding of your camera's many controls and features, check out the section called “;The Camera.”; If all you need is a quick explanation, you'll find it. If you're looking for the Whole Story, you'll find that, too. Settings that affect how your pictures look are accompanied by full-color examples that show you exactly what you can expect. This section also covers the camera's menus, playback features, memory, and power sources.
Studio photography is a common career path for aspiring photographers and students but the professional and commercial nature of the field makes it a challenging area to break into.
Whilst other introductory books on the subject are often bogged down with too much technical detail or too many €˜show-off’ shots, Studio Photography: Essential Skills offers a practical and accessible guide to the fundamental techniques for successful studio photography. Whether photographing a person or a product, you need control over the light, mood and look to arrive at the perfect result for a particular assignment. This book takes a commercial and creative approach and considers the important elements of lighting, exposure, capture, art direction and the studio setting to ensure a successful shoot.
Find solutions quick with this accessible encyclopedic guide. Conveniently organized in a clear A-Z format, this illustrated ready reference covers every action you are likely to make as a photographer. You'll never want if far from your side while you work with Photoshop. It covers all of Photoshop's mass of tools concisely in an intuitive, colorful layout.This visual resource is the ideal companion to every Photoshop book on your shelf. Associate website www.Photoshop-A-Z.com features matching video tutorials for each step-by-step tutorial. For Photoshop users at all levels, it covers everything from the everyday to the hidden features you need in a pinch.Author: Philip Andrews314 Pages
Michael Freeman’s Perfect Exposure – The Professional Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs
Michael Freeman’s Perfect Exposure – The Professional Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs
Clear, direct and guaranteed, the perfect exposure method looks at the way professionals work, and lays out the decisions and sequences with absolute clarity, while incorporating the latest, powerful post-processing techniques. Choosing the exposure for a photograph is infinitely complex and one of photography’s most absorbing paradoxes because it affects everything in the image and its effect on the viewer. Understanding how and why exposure works is essential, not only because it helps you to decide what is instinctively “right,” but this book will give you confidence in that decision–an invaluable skill for every single photographer. Full of beautiful photographs taken by Michael Freeman, this book will arm you with the tools you need for perfect exposure of your photographs.
Michael Freeman is the author of the global bestseller, The Photographer’s Eye. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer’s Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs.
An outstanding image consists of more than just acceptable exposure and sharp focus – the two components that most photography instruction emphasize. A fascinating subject doesn’t necessarily result in a good image, and likewise, it’s possible to create an impressive image from a mundane subject. How do you capture that perfect image, and more importantly, what makes it great? That’s where this book comes in. Rather than wasting time trying one approach after another until something seems right or memorizing a list of rules, discover a new, more comprehensive and yet intuitive way to think about photography and see the world around you by using visual intensity. The quality of your imagery and the speed of your workflow will both vastly improve once you are able to use these techniques to articulate why you prefer one image to another. Mother and son team Ellen and Josh Anon have spent years perfecting their visual intensity based approach to composition, and in this gorgeous, full color guide, they’ll share their techniques with you so that your overall photographic experience, both in terms of time investment and quality of output, will become far more satisfying.
Nude photography can be intimidating, for the artist and the subject. Technique, creativity, and psychology all need to be considered and executed seamlessly to achieve a photographer’s desired artistic and professional result. Author Louis Benjamin has built a career by studying the intricacies of the perfect nude photography photo shoot and he has compiled what he has learned for you in this second edition of the best-selling book, The Naked and the Lens.
This revised text updates and builds upon the key concepts presented in the first edition that guide photographers from finding models and planning a shoot, all the way through to post production. New material includes discussions of the latest equipment, software, web publishing options, as well as fresh and more diverse photographs and interviews.
Brimming with beautiful pictures, this successful book guides you through a project-based, progressive curriculum so that you can build all the essential skills to enhance photographs creatively and professionally with Photoshop CS3. If you are an aspiring professional, enthusiastic amateur photographer, or a student learning photography, digital imaging, art and design, or design graphics, you'll be amazed at the stunning results you can achieve!New! DVD is included FREE. Additional learning materials include * full-resolution, royalty-free images to download for trying-out your new techniques * over 8 hours of QuickTime movie tutorials to support the practical projects * Presets from layer styles to curves, shapes, and gradients * indispensable RAW files for editing practiceAnd dont miss the companion website with updates, practice material, and more at www.photoshopessentialskills.com!”The perfect companion guide for Photoshop users of multiple levels.” Photoshop Creative Magazine”This book provides excellent coverage of Photoshop as a digital darkroom tool, as well as covering a truly amazing amount of background information. It is very readable and is truly a gem.”Mark Lewis, Director, Mount Saint Mary College, USAThe Essential Skills Photography Series from Focal Press uniquely offers a structured learning experience for photographers of all ages, with both the underlying theory and loads of invaluable 'how to' and real-life practice projects – all from the most talented photography practitioners/educators in the world.Each subject includes:* learning objectives for each section for class use or self-study * color images of student and teacher/author work* activities to check learning outcomes* assignments to put theories into creative practice* full glossary of termsOther titles in the series:Studio Photography: Essential Skills by John Child, Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills by John Child and Mark Galer and Digital Photography in Available Light by Mark Galer.*An affordable resource that distills the complexity of Photoshop CS3 to the essentials* Retouch photographs, create makeovers, produce sophisticated montages, and create special effects with clear, step-by-step projects * Practice with activities that show the 'why', along with the 'how-to' * Follow a structured learning approach to gain fundamental skills…and more
Canon Speedlites and Nikon Speedlights are small, off-camera flashguns that can provide big results – if you know how to use them properly. Acclaimed Boston photographers Lou Jones, Bob Keenan and Steve Ostrowski guide you through the technical and creative aspects of how to get the most out of these powerful tools in this indispensable guide, packed full of inspirational images and comprehensive diagrams of the lighting set ups used to capture them.
They are significantly more advanced, lighter and considerably cheaper than a standard flashgun, and have many advantages. They are small (and cheap) enough that a number can be carried in your kit, and they can be used in combination, triggered wirelessly. They use through-the-lens (TTL) metering, which allows you to use the in-camera LCD and histograms to calculate the required power/direction, rather than havng to use a light meter or trial and error. They use proprietary, dedicated technology (from Canon and Nikon) that means there are no compatability issues.
Getting the most out of them, however, remains a mystery – most photographers still just use their speedlights in the same way as a standard flash gun. This is where this book comes in.
by John Herbert. Journalism in the Digital Age: Theory and Practice for Broadcast, Print and Online Media Provides the practical techniques and theoretical knowledge that underpin the fundamental skills of a journalist. Provides the practical techniques and theoretical knowledge that underpin the fundamental skills of a journalist. It also takes a highly modern approach, as the convergence of broadcast, print and online media require the learning of new skills and methods. The book is written from an international perspective – with examples from around the world in recognition of the global marketplace for today’s media. This is an essential text for students on journalism courses and professionals looking for a reference that covers the skill, technology and knowledge required for a digital and converged media age. The book’s essence lies in the way essential theories such as ethics and law, are woven into practical newsgathering and reporting techniques, as well as advice on management skills for journalists, providing the wide intellectual foundation which gives credibility to reporting. CONTENTS: Journalism in the digital age; A questioning profession; Working in a modern newsroom; The purpose and meaning of news; Ethics, law and free speech; Journalism language; Language of print; Writing features; Reporting for broadcast; Broadcast presentation; Interviewing for print; Interviewing for radio and TV; Features and documentaries for radio and TV; Public affairs reporting; Investigative reporting; Specialist reporting; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography Softbound: 349 pages ; 0.75 x 9.25 x 6.25″; ISBN: 0240515897
by Ken Pender. This book is a guide to creating a wide range of graphic effects, from scanning and manipulating photographs to exciting 3D graphics and the creative use of typography. Written for both PC and Mac platforms. Comprehensive, cross-platform, DIY guide to the creation of a wide range of graphic effects: from the scanning and manipulation of photographs to exciting 3D graphics and the creative use of typography. Benefit from a design professional’s experience, not the software vendors! Part one leads you through a summary of the rapid advances in graphic design software and hardware now available to the PC or Mac user, followed by a structured overview of the rich array of resources to the digital designer in the form of drawing, painting and 3D applications, clipart, photolibraries, scanned images, digital photographs and new Internet sources. Part Two is structured in the form of a series of Workshop sessions. Each session explains in simple language the methods and techniques used to create the wide variety of over 300 graphic design examples included in the book. The examples are based on a wide range of popular PC and Mac applications, covering vector drawing, painting, scanning, photoeditng, use of special effect filters and the creation of 3D effects. Ken Pender is a freelance graphic arts professional. He has also worked for 25 years with IBM and was Manager of their European Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology Centre in Germany. Part 1 – Materials and tools; Raw materials; Drawing tools; Painting tools; Scanning and Photoediting; 3D tools; Part 2 – Workshop; Lines and shapes; blends and contours; perspective and enveloping; Three dimensional effects; Type; Image manipulation; Filters and special effects; Painting; Summary; Glossary. Illustrated in B&W. Softbound. 8-1/4 x 11-5/8″. 323pp. ISBN 0-240-51477-7