Complete Idiots Guide to Photography Like a Pro

Author(s): Petersen's Photographic Magazine


In this updated edition the focus is on expanded chapter coverage on the hottest trend in photography: digital cameras and electronic image editing. This book contains easy-to-follow instructions on how to choose and expertly use a point-and-shoot 35 mm and auto-focus SLR camera. Illustrations.


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Primedia's PHOTOgraphic(R) Magazine is a how-to magazine dedicated to increasing photographic knowledge, skill and enjoyment. Edited for amateurs by professionals, PHOTOgraphic blends equipment coverage with helpful features to create an exciting challenge for the reader. Photographic is the source book for information regarding camera equipment and accessories, workshops, schools, contests, books, seminars, photo travel and digital photography.

I. CAMERAS: TOOLS OF THE TRADE. 1. You and Your Camera. Ready, Aim, Shoot. Photo Philosophy 101: What Photography Is. From Pinhole to Point-and-Shoot. Cameras, Cameras, Cameras! Cameras Don't Shoot Pictures--People Do. Photograph or Snapshot? 2. 35mm Point-and-Shoot Cameras. What's the Best Camera? No Loading Required! Fixed-Focus Reloadable Cameras. Autofocus Zoom Cameras. The Best of Both Worlds. 3. Camera Features. A Gray Area That Makes Things Clear. Focusing Modes. Zoom Modes. Exposure Modes. Metering Modes. Flash Modes. Advance Modes. Continuous Advance. Multiple-Exposure Mode. Other Features. 4. Master the Mechanics. I'm in the Booklet. Power Trip: What You Need to Know About Batteries. Becoming Attached to Your Camera. Steady as She Goes. Pushing the Button. Through the Looking Glass. Focusing. Setting Shooting Modes. Loading Film (Aaarrrggghhh!). Taking Care. 5. APS: Amazingly, Positively Simple! What Is APS? Would You Believe It? I Have a Code. Image Quality. But Seriously, Now!. APS Cameras. APS Films. APS Accessories. II. OTHER VITAL STUFF. 6. All About Films. How Film Works. 35mm vs. APS. Film Speed. So Which Film Should You Use? 7. Exposure Exposed. Why It's Important. What Is Proper Exposure, Anyway? Shutter Speeds and F-Stops. How the Camera Determines Proper Exposure. What If Your Meter Fails? Bracketing Exposures. 8. Processing: Turning Your Film Into Pictures. Types of Processing Labs. Working with the Lab. Digital Services. Doing It Yourself. 9. Lenses--Interchangeable Eyes. What Is a Lens? Getting Focused. Letting the Light Shine In. The Long and Short of It. How Deep Is My Field? Interchangeable Eyes. Double Your Pleasure. Lens Talk. TLC for Lenses. 10. The Brilliance of Flash. Why Use Flash? Fascinating Flash Facts. Back in the Good Old Days (Not!). Flash Exposure. Fill-Flash. Slow-Sync Flash. Strobe Flash. Bounce Flash. Off-Camera Flash. Problems, and What to Do About Them. Angle of Coverage. 11. Useful Shooting Accessories. Lens Hoods. Triggering Devices. Tripods. Other Camera Supports. Storing and Carrying Your Photo Gear. Date-Backs. Optional Power Sources. 12. Photo Filters. Colored Filters. Filter Factors. Color Balance. Fine-Tuning Color with CC Filters. Mixed Light Sources. Polarizing Filters. Neutral-Density Filters. Graduated Filters. Types of Filters. Taking Care of Your Filters. III. HOW TO MAKE BETTER PHOTOS WITH ANY CAMERA, RIGHT NOW. 13. The Secret Is in the Seeing. The Magic of Seeing. Missing the Bull's-Eye Can Be a Good Thing. The Rule of Thirds. Viewfinder Awareness. Simplicity. Form vs. Function. A Sense of Direction. Tripods--the Serious Shooter's Best Friend. Where Should I Put That Horizon? The Classic S-Curve. It's Okay to Move the Camera. Framed! Timing Is Everything. Putting It All Together. Making It Happen. 14. Does the Camera See What I See? As Time Goes By, in the Blink of an Eye. Freezing Motion with Flash. Long Time, Go See! Really Long Exposures. Depth of Field: A Little or a Lot. Do You See What I See? Odd Eyes. Overexposed? Double Your Pleasure. 15. Shedding Light on the Subject. Light and Shadow. Hard Light and Soft Light. How Much Is Enough? What Color Is White? Putting It All Together. Common Photographic Light Sources. IV. HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH! 16. How to Photograph People. Saving Faces. The Height of Deception. Lighting Up Their Lives. People Films. Posing. What's Going On Behind My Back? Weddings. Pets. 17. How to Photograph Landscapes. Aerial Photography. Clouds. That Person-al Touch. Landscape Lenses. Landscape Films. 18. How to Photograph Action. Freeze It or Blur It? Getting Focused. Action Lenses. Point of View. Lighting. Action Films. 19. How to Get Closer to Your Subjects. How to Get Close. Close-Up Lenses. Split-Field Lenses. Extension Tubes. Bellows. Macro Lenses. Lens-Reversing Rings. Tele-Converters. Close-Up Equipment Tips. Close-Up Shooting Tips. 20. How to Photograph Great, Outdoors. Bagging Beasties. People Outdoors. Flora. Buildings. Outdoor Films. 21. Travel Photography. Research. Deciding What to Take. Taking It. On the Way. Things to Photograph While Traveling. 22. Using the Light That Is There. What You Need to Shoot in Dim Light. Focusing in Dim Lighting. Photographing Shows and Concerts. Night Photography. V. EXTRAS! EXTRAS! 23. In-Camera Special Effects. Special-Effects Lenses. Focus Effects. Reflections and Flare. Special Films. Special-Effects Filters. A Parting Thought. 24. Digital Imaging. What Do You Need? Editing Photos. Getting In. Storage. Getting the Photos Back Out. Other Fun Stuff. 25. In the Darkroom. Black-and-White. Film Development. Doing It. The Contact Sheet. Making Your First Print. Processing and Drying the Print. VI. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Buying Photo Equipment. Appendix B. Displaying Your Pictures. Appendix C. Photo Addresses and Websites. Appendix D. Further Reading. Appendix E. Contemporary Camera Equipment. Index.

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  • : 9780028643878
  • : pearpe
  • : pearpe
  • : 1.0
  • : July 2002
  • : 232mm X 187mm X 10mm
  • : United States
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  • : Petersen's Photographic Magazine
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd edition
  • : 771
  • : 456
  • : illustrations