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Langford's Advanced Photography, 7th Edition

Book Description

The 7th edition of Langford's Advanced Photography brings this bestselling advanced guide right up to date, with Michael Langford's renowned level of technical detail now extended to cover all the latest in digital technology.
Whether you are a serious enthusiast, a student or a training professional this book covers it all; from cameras, lenses, digital imaging sensors and films to insights into photography as an industry and how to manage accounts, charge for jobs and self promote to kick start your career. Genres are explored, from portraiture and photojournalism to aerial photography, and in-depth coverage of digital manipulation, film processing, colour theory, archiving and storage provide everything you need to know to extend your art into professional realms.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Picture credits
  7. Introduction
  8. 1 Amateur and professional photography
    1. Differences in approach
    2. How photographs are read
    3. Markets for professional photography
    4. Roles within a photographic business
    5. Turning professional
    6. Summary
  9. 2 Camera equipment
    1. Camera design
    2. Image format
    3. Specialized accessories
    4. Which one is best?
    5. Avoiding camera failures
    6. The digital revolution
    7. Digital camera equipment
    8. Comparing digital and silver halide camera equipment
    9. Summary
    10. Projects
  10. 3 Choosing lenses
    1. The lens designer’s problems
    2. Checking lens image quality
    3. Understanding modulation transfer function
    4. Buying lenses
    5. Special lens types
    6. Influences on image sharpness
    7. Using lenses created for mm systems on DSLRs
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  11. 4 Colour in photography
    1. Light and colour
    2. The human visual system
    3. Light sources and their characteristics
    4. Colour temperature
    5. Standard illuminants
    6. Classification of colour
    7. How we see colour
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  12. 5 Films – types and technical data
    1. Film design
    2. Choosing films
    3. Understanding technical descriptions
    4. Film MTF
    5. Characteristic curves
    6. Spectral sensitivity
    7. Reciprocity failure
    8. Product coding
    9. Special materials
    10. Summary
    11. Projects
  13. 6 Image sensors
    1. An introduction to image sensors
    2. Alternative sensor technologies
    3. Image artefacts associated with sensors
    4. Summary
    5. Projects
  14. 7 Lighting control
    1. Size of light sources
    2. Direction and angle of light
    3. Distribution of light
    4. Contrast and exposure
    5. Colour and colour temperature
    6. Practical control of colour
    7. Guidelines for lighting
    8. Lighting equipment
    9. Lighting principles in practice
    10. Summary
    11. Projects
  15. 8 Tone control
    1. Practical influences
    2. Tone control theory
    3. Precision measurement of exposure
    4. The zone system
    5. Putting the zone system to work
    6. Limitations to the zone system
    7. Tone changes after film processing
    8. Controls during enlarging
    9. Summary
    10. Projects
  16. 9 Subjects
    1. Sport and action
    2. Photo-journalism/documentary
    3. Portraiture
    4. Weddings
    5. Landscapes
    6. Architecture
    7. Built studio sets
    8. Studio still-lifes
    9. Natural history
    10. Aerial subjects
    11. Night skies
    12. Summary
    13. Projects
  17. 10 Digital imaging systems
    1. The computer workstation
    2. Inputs
    3. Types of scanners
    4. Scanner characteristics
    5. Setting up the scanner
    6. Image outputting – Displays
    7. Characteristics of display systems
    8. Image outputting – Digital printers
    9. Printer characteristics
    10. Summary
    11. Projects
  18. 11 Digital image manipulation
    1. What is workflow?
    2. General considerations in determining workflow
    3. Capture workflow
    4. Digital image files
    5. Choosing file format
    6. Image compression
    7. Properties of common image file formats
    8. Image processing
    9. Image processing workflow
    10. Digital colour
    11. Summary
    12. Projects
  19. 12 Film processing management and colour printing
    1. The processes themselves
    2. Points to watch
    3. Equipment
    4. Making a choice
    5. Process control
    6. Silver recovery
    7. Colour printing equipment
    8. Print materials
    9. Negative/positive colour printing
    10. Positive/positive colour printing
    11. Shading and printing-in
    12. Making a ring-around
    13. Additional points to watch
    14. Colour/exposure analysing aids
    15. Other colour lab procedures
    16. Summary
    17. Projects
  20. 13 Extending photography
    1. Photographing the invisible
    2. Underwater photography
    3. Panoramic photography
    4. Stereo photography
    5. ‘Hand-made’ image processes
    6. Summary
    7. Projects
  21. 14 Reproduction and archiving
    1. Reproduction of the printed page
    2. Supplying photographs for reproduction
    3. Picture libraries
    4. Images on the World Wide Web
    5. Multimedia
    6. Permanence, storage and archiving
    7. Summary
    8. Projects
  22. 15 Business practice
    1. Starting out
    2. Working as an assistant
    3. Becoming a photographer
    4. Running a business
    5. Book-keeping
    6. Charging for jobs
    7. Commissioned work
    8. Copyright
    9. Marketing your business
    10. Summary
  23. Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Optical calculations
    2. Appendix B: Gamma and average gradient
    3. Appendix C: Chemical formulae: Health and safety
    4. Appendix D: Lighting and safety
    5. Appendix E: Batteries
    6. Appendix F: Colour conversion filter chart
    7. Appendix G: Ring around chart
  24. Glossary
  25. Index