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Langford's Advanced Photography, 8th Edition

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Langford's Advanced Photography

is the only advanced photography guide a serious student or aspiring professional will ever need. In this eighth edition, Efthimia Bilissi continues in the footsteps of Michael Langford by combining an unrivalled level of technical detail with a straightforward writing style while simultaneously bringing the text firmly in to the digital era.

This book covers the entire photographic process from a technical standpoint - not only detailing the 'how' but also explaining the 'why' that is so often missing from photography texts. From the workings of cameras, lenses, digital imaging sensors and software to new hot topics such as HDR imaging, digital asset management, and even running your own photography business, everything a serious photographer could need to extend their art into professional realms is covered.

The book also benefits from a full glossary, charts and inspirational full color images throughout, with summaries and projects at the end of each chapter to reinforce the theory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Picture credits
  7. Introduction
  8. 1 Colour in photography
    1. Colour in photography
    2. Light and colour
    3. Methods of colour reproduction
    4. Light sources and their characteristics
    5. Colour temperature
    6. Classification of colour
    7. How we see colour
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  9. 2 Camera equipment
    1. The digital revolution
    2. Camera design
    3. Image format
    4. The role of the camera in the imaging process
    5. Features of digital cameras
    6. Camera types: analogue and digital
    7. Which one is best?
    8. Specialized accessories
    9. Avoiding camera failures
    10. Comparing digital and silver halide camera equipment
    11. Summary
    12. 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 35 mm systems on DSLRs
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  11. 4 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. Still-life photography
    11. Location Interior lighting
    12. Flashguns
    13. Summary
    14. Projects
  12. 5 Tone control
    1. Practical influences
    2. Tone control theory
    3. Precision measurement of exposure
    4. High dynamic range imaging
    5. The zone system of exposure and development
    6. Putting the zone system to work
    7. Limitations to the zone system
    8. Tone changes after film processing
    9. Controls during enlarging
    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 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
  15. 8 Digital image management and manipulation
    1. The digital image
    2. Image workflow
    3. General considerations in determining workflow
    4. Image capture
    5. Image compression
    6. Choosing file format
    7. Properties of common image file formats
    8. Digital colour
    9. Image processing
    10. Image-processing workflow
    11. Summary
    12. Projects
  16. 9 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
  17. 10 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 (or dodging and burning-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
  18. 11 Extending photography
    1. Photographing the invisible
    2. Underwater photography
    3. Panoramic photography
    4. Stereo photography
    5. Hand-made image processes
    6. Summary
    7. Projects
  19. 12 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
  20. 13 Reproduction and archiving
    1. Reproduction of the printed page
    2. Supplying photographs for reproduction
    3. Picture libraries
    4. Images on the Internet
    5. Multimedia
    6. Permanence, storage and archiving
    7. Summary
    8. Projects
  21. 14 Professional photography
    1. How photographs are read
    2. Being a professional photographer
    3. Turning professional
    4. Markets for professional photography
    5. Roles within a photographic business
    6. Summary
  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. Appendix
    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: Color conversion filter chart
    7. Appendix G: Ring around chart
  24. Glossary
  25. Index