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Langford's Starting Photography, 7th Edition

Book Description

Starting with the basics of camera control and moving on to shutter speeds, aperture, zoom and flash, Langford’s Starting Photography gives you the only introduction to digital photography you’ll ever need. Once you’ve mastered the basics, examples and projects allow you to explore the key methods for capturing a variety of subjects from portraits and pets to landscapes and sports photography, alongside straightforward advice on using editing software to get the best out of your digital shots, will have you producing unforgettable images in moments.

More inspiring than a textbook, more interesting than a reference, and more in-depth than a photography class, Langford’s Starting Photography is the only guide you need to start taking great images.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. About the authors
  7. Part 1 Picture Making
    1. Seeing and photographing
    2. Using the viewfinder – framing up
    3. Creating a point of emphasis
    4. Picking lighting conditions
    5. Pattern, texture and shape
    6. Using color
    7. Projects Developing a personal approach
  8. Part 2 Camera, Sensors and Film
    1. Camera principles
    2. The camera
    3. The rise and rise of the camera phone
    4. Sensors
    5. Films
    6. Scanners
  9. Part 3 Creative Use of Camera Controls
    1. Shutter speeds and movement
    2. Focus and aperture
    3. Choice of exposure
    4. Changing focal length
    5. Set for digital success
    6. Projects
  10. Part 4 Tackling Different Photographic Subjects
    1. People
    2. Places
    3. Animal portraits
    4. Landscapes
    5. Creating black and white images
    6. Close-up subjects
    7. Action and sports photographs
    8. Going with the flow
    9. Projects
  11. Part 5 Controlling Light
    1. The basics of great lighting
    2. Lighting for people photographs
    3. Lighting objects
    4. Outside shooting
    5. Flash and its control
    6. Layout and lighting in the studio
    7. Projects
  12. Part 6 Photographic Workflow
    1. Demystifying the photographic process
  13. Part 7 Digital Processing and Printing
    1. Introducing the digital photography tools
    2. Transferring pictures from the camera to computer
    3. Processing the picture file
    4. First steps in enhancing
    5. Editing techniques
    6. On-phone and in-camera enhancing
    7. Printing your digital files
  14. Part 8 Experimental and Constructed Images
    1. Letting the image move
    2. Exploring reflections
    3. Using lens attachments
    4. Combining pictures
    5. Creative digital
    6. Print manipulation
    7. Projects
  15. Part 9 Presenting and Assessing Your Work
    1. Finishing off
    2. Presenting pictures in sets
    3. Digital presentation
    4. Sharing Mobile Albums with Adobe Revel
    5. Sharing ‘on the fly’
    6. Evaluating your results
  16. Part 10 Troubleshooting
    1. Film users: assessing the results
    2. General shooting faults
    3. Digital users: checking images on the desktop
  17. 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 Using a hand-held meter
    13. Appendix M Batteries
    14. Appendix N Health and safety in photography
    15. Appendix O Black and white film processing and printing
    16. Appendix P Chemically treating black and white prints
  18. Glossary
  19. Index