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Langford's Starting Photography, 5th Edition

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You can photograph creatively - from scratch. Don't waste valuable time and money in trial-and-error. Find out now how to create unforgettable pictures with this best-selling, ultimate introduction to photography. Langford's Starting Photography, now in its 5th edition and fully updated with cutting-edge digital methods, is packed with new sections, including portrait photography, shooting sports and action, capturing fireworks, and creating stunning still life images. Inspirational color images throughout show what you can achieve, with practical suggestions for experimental projects to improve your technique.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. About the authors
  7. 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
      1. Projects Developing a personal approach
  8. Part 2: Camera, Sensors and Film
    1. 7 Camera principles
    2. 8 The camera
    3. 9 Sensors
    4. 10 Films
    5. 11 Scanners
  9. 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 Set for digital success
      1. Projects
  10. 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. 22 Action and sports photographs
      1. Projects Tackling self-set themes
  11. Part 5: Controlling Light
    1. 23 Lighting for people photographs
    2. 24 Lighting objects
    3. 25 Outside shooting
    4. 26 Flash and its control
    5. 27 Layout and lighting in the studio
      1. Projects
  12. Part 6: Photographic Workflow
    1. 28 Demystifying the photographic process
  13. Part 7: Digital Processing and Printing
    1. 29 Introducing the digital photography tools
    2. 30 Transferring pictures from the camera to computer
    3. 31 Processing the picture file
    4. 32 First steps in enhancing
    5. 33 Editing techniques
    6. 34 Printing your digital files
  14. Part 8: Black and White Film Processing and Printing
    1. 35 Processing a film
    2. 36 Contact printing
    3. 37 Enlarging
      1. Projects
  15. Part 9: Experimental and Constructed Images
    1. 38 Letting the image move
    2. 39 Exploring reflections
    3. 40 Using lens attachments
    4. 41 Combining pictures
    5. 42 Creative digital
    6. 43 Print manipulation
      1. Projects
  16. Part 10: Presenting and Assessing Your Work
    1. 44 Finishing off
    2. 45 Presenting pictures in sets
    3. 46 Non-traditional presentation
    4. 47 Evaluating your results
  17. Part 11: Troubleshooting
    1. 48 Film users: assessing the results from the lab
    2. 49 General shooting faults
    3. 50 Digital users: checking images on the desktop
  18. 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
  19. Glossary
  20. Index