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Landscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Now that you’ve bought that amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to capture stunning images. For photographers interested in landscape photography, this guide will help you conquer the fundamentals and take amazing outdoor shots.

Pro photographer Rob Sheppard starts with the basics–composition, light, and perspective–and describes how to connect with your scene. He covers all the key camera features that affect your image, including how changing focal lengths alters your perspective and the aperture’s direct correlation with depth of field. Once you’ve captured those shots, Rob takes you through simple post-processing steps in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements.

This guide is for beginning-to-intermediate digital photographers to understand the basics and bring their own unique artistic expression to landscapes and outdoor shooting. Beautifully illustrated with large and compelling 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. Equipment
    1. Understanding Your Gear to Take Better Photographs
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Cameras
    5. Choosing Gear
    6. The Tripod
    7. What’s in My Bag
    8. Chapter 1 Assignments
  8. 2. Seeing as Your Camera Sees
    1. Thinking about Light and Shadow
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. How the Camera Sees Differently from Our Eyes
    4. Focusing on the Photograph, Not Just the Subject
    5. Chapter 2 Assignments
  9. 3. Light
    1. Learning to See the Light for Better Landscape Photos
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. See the Light
    5. Directional Light
    6. The Color of Light
    7. Light and Exposure
    8. Chapter 3 Assignments
  10. 4. Composition
    1. Structuring Your Image to Communicate about a Landscape
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Getting Out of the Middle
    5. Paying Attention to Relationships
    6. Valuing Your Point of View
    7. Chapter 4 Assignments
  11. 5. Perspective, Space, and Depth of Field
    1. Gaining Control by Changing Lenses, Positions, and Apertures
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Perspective
    5. Depth of Field
    6. Going for a Deep Depth of Field
    7. Chapter 5 Assignments
  12. 6. Sky
    1. Working to Bring Out the Best in the Sky
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Deciding Whether the Sky Is Worth the Effort
    5. Using Sky Effectively in a Composition
    6. Tackling Exposure Challenges Found in the Sky
    7. Bringing Out the Clouds
    8. Chapter 6 Assignments
  13. 7. Connecting with a Landscape
    1. Finding Depth in a Location
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Understanding What’s Important
    5. Working the Landscape
    6. Going Beyond the Common Landscape
    7. Finding Out About Locations
    8. Chapter 7 Assignments
  14. 8. Black-and-White Images
    1. Examining the Rich Tradition and Today’s Potential of Black-and-White Landscapes
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. The Early History of Landscape Photography
    5. Black-and-White Photography Is More Than the Absence of Color
    6. Composing in Black-and-White Mode
    7. Variations in Light
    8. Looking at Color for Black-and-White Shooting
    9. Translating Color to Shades of Gray in the Computer
    10. Chapter 8 Assignments
  15. 9. HDR
    1. Capturing More of Your Landscape
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Poring Over the Picture
    5. HDR Basics
    6. HDR for Natural Effects
    7. Wild Effects and HDR
    8. Chapter 9 Assignments
  16. 10. Traditional Darkroom Work on the Computer
    1. Seeing How Ansel Adams’s Ideas Still Resonate in the Digital Age
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Poring Over the Picture
    5. Refine Your Photos with Traditional Darkroom Techniques
    6. Basic Photo Needs: A Workflow
    7. Case Studies
    8. Chapter 10 Assignments
  17. Index