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Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques

Book Description

Take your best shots with this invaluable guide to composition for DSLR cameras

Sometimes you get the best results by breaking the rules, but first you have to know what the rules are! In this indispensable photography guide, renowned photographer Harold Davis first walks you through the recommended guidelines for composing great shots with your DSLR camera-and then shows you how to break free, build your own unique style, and compose beautiful images with confidence.

  • Provides practical composition basics as well as the artistic tips and tricks eagerly sought by digital SLR camera lovers, who are growing in number as DSLR camera sales continue to grow

  • Explores the fundamental rules of composition-then how to break those rules to take captivating and unique images

  • Informs and inspires you with the author's own gorgeous examples of landscapes, portraits, close-ups, and other photos that illustrate his concepts

  • Helps you jump-start your creativity by showing you new ways to see

Go beyond the basics and create a photography style that's all your own with this must-have guide.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Credits
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. Cameras don't take photos, people do
    1. 1.1. Technique and Composition
    2. 1.2. Lenses and Focal Lengths
      1. 1.2.1. Sensor Size and Focal Length
    3. 1.3. Using a Fisheye Lens
    4. 1.4. Working with Macro Lenses
    5. 1.5. Choosing the Right Focal Length
    6. 1.6. Understanding Exposure
      1. 1.6.1. Using Exposure Modes
      2. 1.6.2. Using Exposure Histograms
    7. 1.7. Creative Exposures
    8. 1.8. ISO and Noise
    9. 1.9. Shutter Speed and Motion
    10. 1.10. Aperture, Focus and Depth-of-Field
      1. 1.10.1. Depth-of-Field
      2. 1.10.2. Focusing and the Hyperfocal Distance
    11. 1.11. Working with a Lensbaby
    12. 1.12. Blur and Bokeh
    13. 1.13. Understanding Dynamic Range
    14. 1.14. Extending Dynamic Range
    15. 1.15. Exposing for the Earth and Sky at Night
    16. 1.16. Multi-RAW Processing Beyond Landscapes
    17. 1.17. Bracketing Landscape Exposures
    18. 1.18. Combining Flower Captures
    19. 1.19. Extending Focal Range
    20. 1.20. Workflow and Digital Asset Management
  6. 2. Unleash your imagination
    1. 2.1. Using Visual Ambiguity
    2. 2.2. Seeing the Unexpected
    3. 2.3. The Power of Vision
    4. 2.4. Photography is Magic
    5. 2.5. A World of Mystery
    6. 2.6. Double Takes
    7. 2.7. Photography and Narration
    8. 2.8. Photography Is Poetry
    9. 2.9. Photography That Tells a Story
    10. 2.10. Researching Your Subject
    11. 2.11. Be Specific
    12. 2.12. Abstraction
    13. 2.13. Plausible Abstraction
  7. 3. Photography and paradox
    1. 3.1. Combining Images
    2. 3.2. Photography Is Deception
    3. 3.3. Playing with Scale
    4. 3.4. What Is Reality?
    5. 3.5. The Mystical Landscape
    6. 3.6. The Nature of Paradox
    7. 3.7. Surrealism
  8. 4. Photography is design
    1. 4.1. Lines
    2. 4.2. Shapes
    3. 4.3. Photography and Zen
    4. 4.4. Patterns
    5. 4.5. Iteration
    6. 4.6. Rhythm
    7. 4.7. Translating a 360° world
    8. 4.8. Seeing the Frame
    9. 4.9. Dividing the Frame
    10. 4.10. The Golden Ratio
    11. 4.11. Frames within Frames
    12. 4.12. Color
    13. 4.13. Light
    14. 4.14. Working with Tones
    15. 4.15. Seeing the Composition
    16. 4.16. Black and White
    17. 4.17. Contrasting Color with Black and White
    18. 4.18. Spirals
    19. 4.19. Perspective
    20. 4.20. Order and Disorder
    21. 4.21. Emphasizing What Matters
  9. Further Reading
  10. Glossary