Portrait Photography

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Erik Valind

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133579921

Category: Photography

Page: 264

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In Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, author and photographer Erik Valind shows you how to get the best shots of your subjects–whether you’re in a studio or outdoors, at a family get-together, or at a formal event. Starting with the fundamentals of portrait photography, including how to select the right camera settings and lenses and how to compose your shots, Erik covers building a rapport with your subject, and offers suggestions for poses that flatter your subject to achieve great shots. He then addresses the problems and opportunities of both natural and indoor light, offering ways to resolve lighting challenges of both, showing when and how to use a flash and how to add and modify light to improve the quality of your images. Finally, he walks through several portrait scenarios, including creating single-person shots such as headshots and environmental shots, and group shots such as family and wedding photos. Follow along with Erik and you will: Learn the basics of capturing great portraits, such as focusing on the eyes, stepping back and zooming in, and turning your subject into the light Evaluate focal length, compression, and working distance to select the best lens for any given shoot Establish trust with your subject and provide helpful direction and feedback so they feel at ease and look their best Address challenges associated with natural light such as shade and direct light–and tame or redirect the light for improved photographs Improve the light with modifiers and other helpful tools such as strobes, umbrellas, and reflectors Go “behind the scenes” and walk through the process of creating great portraits with two chapters of start-to-finish examples Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the portraits you want every time you pick up your camera.
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Lighting for Digital Photography

From Snapshots to Great Shots (Using Flash and Natural Light for Portrait, Still Life, Action, and Product Photography)

Author: Syl Arena

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0133016382

Category: Photography

Page: 288

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Now that you’ve had your DSLR for a while, are you ready to take a much closer look at what creating a great image is all about? It’s all about light! The ability to see, influence, modify, control, and create light will take your images from snapshots to great shots! In Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer and bestselling author Syl Arena begins with a primer on light itself—how to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and hardness—and quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light. Then the book digs in to begin creating light with photographic lights, whether that’s small flash or big strobe, the pop-up flash on your DSLR or continuous lights. Follow along with Syl and you will: Learn the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers that make light bigger and softer, such as umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, and diffusion panels Understand how to control and shape the light itself with flags, grids, snoots, and the zoom function on your flash Appreciate the color temperature of light (whether that’s the sun, a light bulb, or a flash), and how to influence it with white balance settings on your camera and colored gels on your flash Learn how to take great pictures across many different genres, from product and still life images, to simple (and not so simple) portraits and group shots With Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you’ll learn not only how light behaves—you’ll learn all you need to know to get started on the journey of creating and controlling light in order to make great shots. And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you get great shots at flickr.com/groups/lightingfromsnapshotstogreatshots.
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Pet Photography

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Alan Hess

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133953602

Category: Photography

Page: 240

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This new entry in the From Snapshots to Great Shots series will teach readers everything they need to know about photographing their pets. Like all books in the series, the book will offer instruction on basic photographic technique, discussing exposure settings, lighting, equipment, etc. Then the book will dive into working with various types of animals, posing them, capturing action shots, and working with multiple subjects. From Snapshots to Great Shots is a beautiful how-to photography series that provides the perfect blend of instruction, inspiration, and reference for specific camera models and photography concepts. Featuring a clear, elegant design; outstanding images that educate and inspire; and a friendly, accessible voice, this series helps photographers get great shots every time they pick up their camera.
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Travel and Street Photography

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: John Batdorff

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133818306

Category: Photography

Page: 264

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Whether you’re heading to Paris or San Francisco, Patagonia or Yosemite, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to teach you how to take great shots. This guide by pro photographer John Batdorff will help you conquer the fundamentals of travel and street photography and capture stunning pictures. Batdorff starts with the basics–composition, light, and exposure–and how to plan and pack the right equipment for different types of shooting conditions. He also covers all the key camera features that affect your image. Once you’ve captured those shots, John takes you step-by-step through an effective workflow in Lightroom to organize your images and develop your own personal style. This guide is for beginning-to-intermediate digital photographers to understand the basics and bring their own unique artistic expression to any situation whether you’re taking landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, or food and drink shots. Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pack up your camera and take it on the road.
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Nikon D610

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Rob Sylvan

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133846008

Category: Photography

Page: 312

View: 8153

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Created expressly for the beginning photographer–no matter what camera you might be using–Peachpit’s best-selling From Snapshots to Great Shots books teach you the core fundamentals of photography, and show you exactly how to execute those fundamentals with your camera. Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D610, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the camera to take great pictures. With Nikon D610: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book covers basic techniques of beginning photography while walking you through the unique functions and characteristics of the D610. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Rob Sylvan, and you will: • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the D610 • Use the camera’s automatic modes to get better shots right away • Move on to the professional zone, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more • Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits • Find out how to get great shots in low light • Use the HD video capability for recording memorable live action • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter
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Nikon D7100

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: John Batdorff

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133443507

Category: Photography

Page: 288

View: 2177

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Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D7100, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the D7100 to take great pictures. With Nikon D7100: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, pro photographer John Batdorff, and you will: Learn the top ten things you need to get up and running with the D7100 Use the D7100’s automatic scene modes to get better shots right away Take full control over the look and feel of your images with professional modes Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits Find out how to get great shots in low light Use spot white balance in Live View and other new D7100 features And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your camera to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/nikond7100_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.
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Nikon D5200

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Rob Sylvan

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0133408396

Category: Photography

Page: 288

View: 6140

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Now that you’ve bought the amazing Nikon D5200, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the D5200 to take great pictures. With Nikon D5200: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer Rob Sylvan, and you will: Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the D5200 Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, and depth of field Use the D5200’s automatic scene and professional modes for more control over your images Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits Find out how to get great shots in low light Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your D5200 to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/nikon5200_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.
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Exposure

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Jeff Revell

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0132490420

Category: Photography

Page: 288

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Now that you've bought an amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to teach you how to take great shots, and that begins with understanding the fundamental principles of great photography. With Exposure: From Snapshots to Great Shots, popular photographer Jeff Revell starts with the basics of light, including how it works, and how to see it. In order to leverage this new understanding of light in your photography, Jeff walks the reader through one of the most important photographic principles--the exposure triangle: ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture. Learning to apply these three elements together is the gateway to both technical and creative control of your photography. The book covers all key camera features that affect exposure (regardless of what type of DSLR you have) including aperture priority mode, shutter priority mode, and exposure compensation. Throughout the course of the book, the reader will gain an understanding of exposure for many different situations, such as taking portraits, action shots, landscapes, and more. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.
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Composition

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Laurie S. Excell

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133813800

Category: Photography

Page: 264

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Now that you’ve bought an amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to teach you how to take great shots. That’s where Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Second Edition, comes in, teaching you the fundamentals of composition—the creative arrangement of elements in the shot, and the way a viewer’s eye travels through an image—so you can get great shots no matter what gear you use. In this book, author and professional photographer Laurie Excell starts with the basics of composition—such as the popular rule of thirds—and illustrates how elements like color, shape, angles, and contrast work to create compelling images. In the process, she covers all key camera features that affect composition (regardless of what type of DSLR you have), including the ability to freeze and convey motion depending on what shutter speed you choose, and the correlation between aperture and depth of field. In addition to dozens of brand-new images and more in-depth coverage on topics such as patterns and textures and arranging elements in a frame, this revised edition features several completely new chapters. These will include a chapter of step-by-step examples that highlight the compositional technique used to get just the right shot; a new chapter on black-and-white photography; and a chapter on what to do after the shot—enhancing and editing the images in post-processing. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book will help you bring your own unique artistic expression to any situation whether taking portraits, action shots, landscapes, or events, teaching you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera. The book includes coverage of Lightroom for image management; Nikon Capture NX2 for RAW processing; Photoshop for image processing; and NIK and OnOne software for creative effects.
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Wedding Photography

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Suzy Clement

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0132826089

Category: Photography

Page: 240

View: 8084

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Take control of your digital photography and learn the skills and techniques required to record once-in-a-lifetime events–weddings. This beautifully illustrated guide by pro photographer Suzy Clement will help you conquer the fundamentals and take authentic and memorable shots that capture the essence of the day. Clement starts with the basics–exposure, metering, composition, lighting, depth of field, and motion blur and panning–and covers the key camera features that affect your image. She provides expert advice and techniques for each stage of the day, breaking down the demands into manageable portions, with advice on moments to watch for, must-have shots, and how to bring your own unique artistic expression to the event. Follow along with this friendly and knowledgeable guide and you will: Understand how to create a schedule for the day’s photography, prepare for the shoot, and effectively scout the site before the wedding Learn tips for packing your bag, lens choices, lighting options, and working in black and white or color Find the story of the wedding day as it unfolds–getting dressed, the ceremony, bride and groom and group portraits, the reception, wedding details, guests, departure–and use your limited time effectively Master the techniques for organizing and presenting your images to the couple after the wedding, including editing down, categorizing images, and using online versus hard copy proofs And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your wedding photos, and discuss how you used your camera at flickr.com/groups/weddingsfromsnapshotstogreatshots.
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