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Langford's Starting Photography, 4th Edition

Book Description

If you are serious about learning photography this is the book needed to get started.

This authoritative classic, written by a leading international photography writer and lecturer has been updated by successful photographer, lecturer and best-selling Photoshop Elements author, Philip Andrews.

Benefit from his skill, experience and knowledge quickly as you learn how to use photography creatively, from scratch. All the fundamental basics are covered: how to select and compose a good picture; how different cameras operate, whether film or digital; how to use the camera's controls - shutter speed, focus, zoom, flash etc; advice on how best to tackle different subjects - people, places, animals, landscapes, or close-ups, as well as invaluable scanner and printing techniques.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Part 1: Picture Making
    1. 1 Seeing and photographing
    2. 2 Using the viewfinder – framing up
    3. 3 Creating a point of emphasis
    4. 4 Picking lighting conditions
    5. 5 Pattern, texture and shape
    6. 6 Using color
    7. Projects Developing a personal approach
  7. Part 2: Camera, Sensors and Film
    1. 7 Camera principles
    2. 8 The camera
    3. 9 Sensors
    4. 10 Films
    5. 11 Scanners
  8. Part 3: Creative Use of Camera Controls
    1. 12 Shutter speeds and movement
    2. 13 Focus and aperture
    3. 14 Choice of exposure
    4. 15 Changing focal length
    5. 16 Flash and its control
    6. Projects
  9. Part 4: Tackling Different Photographic Subjects
    1. 17 People
    2. 18 Places
    3. 19 Animal portraits
    4. 20 Landscapes
    5. 21 Close-up subjects
    6. Projects Tackling self-set themes
  10. Part 5: Troubleshooting
    1. 22 Film users: assessing the results from the lab
    2. 23 General shooting faults
    3. 24 Digital users: checking images on the desktop
  11. Part 6: Using the Studio
    1. 25 Layout and lighting
    2. 26 Photographing people in the studio
    3. 27 Photographing objects in the studio
    4. Projects
  12. Part 7: Digital Processing and Printing
    1. 28 Introducing the digital photography tools
    2. 29 First steps in image processing
    3. 30 Editing techniques
    4. 31 Printing your digital files
  13. Part 8: Black and White Film Processing and Printing
    1. 32 Processing a film
    2. 33 Contact printing
    3. 34 Enlarging
    4. Projects
  14. Part 9: Experimental and Constructed Images
    1. 35 Letting the image move
    2. 36 Exploring reflections
    3. 37 Using lens attachments
    4. 38 Combining pictures
    5. 39 Manipulating prints
    6. Projects
  15. Part 10: Presenting and Assessing Your Work
    1. 40 Finishing off
    2. 41 Presenting pictures in sets
    3. 42 Non-print-based presentation
    4. 43 Evaluating your results
  16. Appendices
    1. Appendix A Computer connection types
    2. Appendix B Camera memory cards
    3. Appendix C Digital camera sensor sizes and resolution (megapixels)
    4. Appendix D Suggested starting speeds/apertures for difficult night scenes
    5. Appendix E Scanner connections
    6. Appendix F What resolution should I pick?
    7. Appendix G ISO settings and their uses
    8. Appendix H Minimum shutter speeds to stop camera shake
    9. Appendix I Settings to control depth of field
    10. Appendix J Suggested starting speeds to freeze the action of different events
    11. Appendix K Flash guide numbers, apertures and distance
    12. Appendix L Rollfilm and sheet film cameras
    13. Appendix M Using a hand-held meter
    14. Appendix N Batteries
    15. Appendix O Health and safety in photography
    16. Appendix P Chemically treating black and white prints
  17. Glossary
  18. Additional technical details on the pictures in this book
  19. Index