The Advanced Digital Photographer’s Workbook; Professionals Creating and Outputting World-Class Images
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.
The Art of the Storyboard- Third Edition, 2nd Edition
A filmmaker’s introduction
By John Hart
Communicate your vision, tell your story and plan major scenes with simple, effective storyboarding techniques.
Using sketches of shots from classic films, from silents to the present day, John Hart leads you through the history and evolution of this craft to help you get to grips with translating your vision onto paper, from the rough sketch to the finished storyboard. More than 150 illustrations from the author’s and other storyboard artists’ work illuminate the text throughout to help you master the essential components of storyboarding, such as framing, placement of figures, and camera angles.
Beginning college film/TV, animation, art students as well as amateur filmmakers. Novice.
The Storyboard’s Beginnings: Where it all started
The Storyboard Artist Is a Part of Preproduction Team
Basic components of the Storyboard
Create on Demand – How to Accommodate the Production Team
On Planes and Perspective
Added Emphasis on Design, Composition and Color
Showing Action in Your Storyboard
Depth of Field and Light Sources
Dynamics of the Shot
Animatics – The Future of Motion Control
By John Hart, Award-winning author, lecturer, storyboard artist, graphic designer and photographer. Based in New York.
The Camera Assistant, 1st Edition
A Complete Professional Handbook
Author : D Hart
Published: 27 Dec 1995
Imprint: Focal Press
Details both the practice and the theory necessary to be a camera assistant.
Concentrates on technique, not equipment.
Serves as a comprehensive manual, which teaches the necessary methods to get the job done and stay employed.
Veteran camera assistant Doug Hart describes in this comprehensive technical guide all of the important facets and duties of the first and second camera assistants’ jobs. Whether it is feature films, episodic television, documentaries, commercials, or music videos, The Camera Assistant: A Complete Professional Handbook explains both the practice and theory behind it with a concentration on technique rather than equipment. In addition, personal anecdotes from the author’s years behind and beside the camera provide insight into this demanding field.
Key topics include film formats and aspect ratios, testing lenses and camera equipment, focus theory, film loading and labeling, scene blocking, marking actors, shooting tips, slating, paperwork, equipment maintenance, set etiquette, and finding work. This is not a camera equipment handbook; it is a comprehensive procedures manual which describes and explains the most important responsibilities of the camera assistant on the set, the theory behind the practice, and the methods that get the job done properly and keep the assistant frequently employed.
Douglas C. Hart has been a freelance first-camera assistant on feature films, documentaries, television shows, and commercials for more than 20 years, including 10 years (and 10 films) as first-camera assistant to Gordon Willis, ASC, as well as work in 42 states and 26 foreign countries. His work includes Presumed Innocent, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cosby Mysteries, and CBS’s Central Park West. He is a member and former president of the International Photographers Local 644, IATSE, and teaches the Camera Assistant Workshops at the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine.
Defining photography is impossible. Revealing it is another matter, and thats what The Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography does, with each turn of the page.History: The technical origins and evolution of photography are half of the story. The other half consists of the ways that cultural forces have transformed photography into a constellation of practices more diverse than any other mode of representation. Photographers can tell a more in-depth story through a photo like Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother than a journalist ever could with the written word alone.Major themes and practitioners: Over 25 entries, many with supporting illustrations, examine the figures, trends, and ideas that have contributed most heavily to the history and current state of photography.Contemporary issues: The issues influencing photography today are more complex than at any other time in its history. Questions of ethics, desire, perception, digitization, and commercialization all vie for attention. Hear what the experts have to say about crucial issues such as whether or not the images we take today will last the test of time, and if so, how?When material is covered this skillfully, concise is no compromise. The Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography is packed with useful information, compelling ideas, and – best of all – pure pleasure.* Over 100 color images * Images from Ansel Adams, Howard Schatz, and Jerry Uelsmann to name just a few * International contributors from the top of their fields
The Green Screen Handbook, Second Edition is a comprehensive how-to manual that walks you through the many integral techniques required in preproduction, production, and postproduction to use green screen effectively. Step-by-step instruction and time-saving tips cover matting and keying basics; lighting and digital camera essentials; setups using fabric, portable background panels, and paint; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multi-colored screen composites; directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more.
Additionally, this new edition has been updated to include:
- Coverage of the latest digital camera technologies, lighting gear, and compositing and editing software
- Advice on using apps for portable devices that will help you light and shoot better green screen
- Examples and case studies of real-world green screen and compositing projects in film and television productions
- An extensive companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/foster) featuring downloadadble project files and streaming video tutorials
You can’t afford to miss out! The Green Screen Handbook, Second Edition is a one-stop shop for all of your green screen solutions.
The MIDI Manual
A Practical Guide to MIDI in the Project Studio, 3rd Edition
By David Miles Huber
Focal Press – 2007 – 384 pages
The MIDI Manual is a complete reference on MIDI, written by a well-respected sound engineer and author. This best-selling guide provides a clear explanation of what MIDI is, how to use electronic instruments and an explanation of sequencers and how to use them. You will learn how to set up an efficient MIDI system and how to get the best out of your music.
The MIDI Manual is packed full of useful tips and practical examples on sequencing and mixing techniques. It also covers editors/librarians, working with a score, MIDI in mass media and multimedia and synchronisation. The MIDI spec is set out in detail along with the helpful guidelines on using the implementation chart.
Illustrated throughout with helpful photos and screengrabs, this is the most readable and clear book on MIDI available.
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.
The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers, 2nd Edition
A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers
Find quick answers to these and hundreds of other questions in this new edition of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers. This no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English-no law degree required! Arm yourself with the practical advice of author Thomas Crowell, a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer.
This new edition features:
This book is the next best thing to having an entertainment attorney on retainer!
“Crowell, entertainment and intellectual property rights lawyer, presents this pocket guide providing vital and useful legal information for independent filmmakers. With this well organized reference, producers can navigate the murky legal waters associated with the filmmaking process. Crowell covers everything from protecting intellectual property to dealing with Hollywood actors’ agents and even benefitting financially from state film taxes and product placement. Presented in accessible language, without all the obfuscation of legal jargon, this guide provides adequate legal counsel for those embarking on producing an independent film.”–Book News, Reference & Research
Getting Started; Development; Getting the Rights; Financing; Preproduction; PRODUCTION; The Production Office; Legal Issues on the Set; Shooting Permits; Child Actors; Intellectual Property; Shooting Schedules; Location Damage; Personal Injury; Transportation and Accomodations; Overtime and Overages; POSTPRODUCTION; Editing; Music Licensing; Reshoots and Doubling; Looping and ADR; Animation, Titles, and Special Effects; Laboratory Agreements; DISTRIBUTION; Distributors; Chain of Title and Deliverables; Net Profits; Royalties, Accounting, and Audits; Marketing and Promotion; Ancillary Rights; Assignment of Rights; LEGAL TAILOR; Appendix A, Contracts; Appendix B, Intellectual Property Law, Appendix C, Business Entities; Legal Resources; Index
By Thomas A. Crowell, Practicing in New York and New Jersey, Thomas A. Crowell is a lawyer who counsels his clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues. For over a decade prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Crowell produced television news and children’s entertainment.
The Steadicam® Operator’s Handbook
By Jerry Holway, Laurie Hayball
Published October 1st 2012 by Focal Press – 458 pages
Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK is the number one comprehensive guide to becoming a successful owner and operator of the Steadicam. Packed with interviews and instruction by the world’s premier Steadicam professionals, this book will get you up and running with your rig in no time. You will learn a wide range of practices for the Steadicam, including the physics and balancing through a series of step-by-step line dances and practice shots, to the most personal aspects of filmmaking—how individual operators make creative and practical decisions using this unique camera support system. You will also learn the business side of a Steadicam career, from buying your best rig to negotiating deals with producers and unit production managers. Also included are observations and anecdotes—inspirational, funny, instructive, and cautionary—written by a number of other experienced Steadicam operators around the world, including the legendary inventor of the Steadicam himself, Garrett Brown. THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK is both a master class and a master reference for all camera operators and directors who want to move the camera well.
- Updated movie examples and ample coverage of new technologies and accessories, including Garrett Brown’s new invention, The Tango® and using a Steadicam for filming 3D
- Offers a complete course in itself: whether you’re a novice or experienced Steadicam operator, you can use this book to build your skill set and move forward in your career
- Companion website (www.steadicamoperatorhandbook.com) provides exclusive video instruction and interviews from Steadicam pros
The award-winning third edition of 'The Underwater Photographer' dragged the topic kicking and screaming in to the digital age and with the fully updated fourth edition highly respected photographer and tutor Martin Edge takes you deeper in to the world of Underwater Photography.
Practical examples take you step-by-step through the basic techniques from photographing shipwrecks, divers, marine life and abstract images to taking photographs at night. Brand new chapters cover not only highly specialist Underwater Photography techniques such as low visibility/greenwater photography, but also the digital workflow needed to handle your images using the latest software such as Lightroom.
Packed with breathtaking images and an easy to read style honed from over twenty years of diving photography courses, this book is sure to both educate and inspire underwater photographers of all skill levels.
* Beautifully illustrated throughout with inspirational full colour underwater images – and the lowdown on how they were taken
* Covers the highly respected philosophy of the 'Think & Consider' system
* Full of practical tips on how to get the most from your equipment