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Light and Lens

Book Description

Fills a missing gap by taking the traditional educational approach to teaching photography in an art department, with the emphasis on the new angles introduced by digital technology

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Artist Contributors
  9. Chapter 1. Why We Make Pictures: A Concise History of Visual Ideas
    1. The Grammar of Photography
    2. The Evolution of Photographic Imaging
    3. Determining Meaning
    4. BPS: Before Photoshop
    5. The Digital Imaging Revolution
    6. New Media
    7. Questions about Photo-Based Imagemaking
    8. Additional Information
  10. Chapter 2. Design: Visual Foundations
    1. Learning to See: Communicating with Design
    2. Beginner’s Mind
    3. The Design Process
    4. The Nature of Photography: Subtractive Composition
    5. Departure Point
    6. Attention Span and Staying Power
    7. Photography’s Privilege
    8. The Language of Vision
    9. Photography’s Native Characteristics
    10. Design Principles
    11. Visual Elements
    12. References
  11. Chapter 3. Image Capture: Cameras, Lenses, and Scanners
    1. The Role of a Camera
    2. What Is a Camera?
    3. How a Camera Imaging System Works
    4. Digital Cameras
    5. Types of Cameras
    6. Choosing a Camera
    7. Camera File Formats
    8. Opening Files
    9. The Lens System and Exposure
    10. Digital Camera Features
    11. Camera, Lens, Monitor, and Sensor Care
    12. Scanners
    13. Frame Grabber
    14. Storing Digital Images
    15. Living Photography: Authorship, Access, and the World’s Largest Picture Book
  12. Chapter 4. Exposure and Filters
    1. Exposure Basics
    2. Filtering the Light
  13. Chapter 5. Seeing with Light
    1. Natural Light
    2. The Time of Day/Types of Light
    3. Artificial Light
    4. Basic Lighting Methods
    5. Lighting Accessories
  14. Chapter 6. Observation: Eyes Wide Open
    1. How We See
    2. Why We Make and Respond to Specific Images
    3. The Effects of Digital Imaging
    4. Aesthetic Keys for Color and Composition
    5. Figure-Ground Relationships
  15. Chapter 7. Time, Space, Imagination, and the Camera
    1. In Search of Time
    2. The Perception of Time
    3. Controlling Camera Time
    4. Imaging Software Solutions
    5. References
  16. Chapter 8. Digital Studio: Where the Virtual Meets the Material World
    1. Displaying the Image File: Transferring Image Files for Display, Web, or Print
    2. Working with a Digital Negative: The Original Capture
    3. True Resolution and the Real World
    4. Making Photographic-Quality Prints
    5. Images and the Computer Workstation
    6. Software and Imaging Applications
    7. Basic Digital Imaging Categories and Tools
    8. Common Toolbar Icons from Photoshop
    9. The Computer as a Multimedia Stage: Moving Images
    10. The Internet and the World Wide Web
    11. The Digital Future
    12. Technical References
    13. Manufacturers’ Websites
  17. Chapter 9. Presentation and Preservation
    1. Digital Retouching and Repair
    2. Archival Presentation
    3. Digital Archives
    4. References for Digital Archives
    5. Digital Print Stability
    6. Camera Copy Work
    7. Presenting Work on a Disk
    8. References
  18. Chapter 10. Seeing with a Camera
    1. The Framing Effect: Viewpoint
    2. Selective Focus
    3. Contrast
    4. Dominant Color
    5. Harmonic Color
    6. Isolated Color
    7. Monochrome Images
    8. Perspective
    9. Quiet or Subdued Color
    10. Highlights and Shadows
    11. Attraction and Repulsion
    12. Counterpoints and Opposites
  19. Chapter 11. Solutions: Thinking and Writing about Images
    1. Thinking Structure: A Process for Discovery and Problem Solving
    2. A Thinking Model
    3. The Photograph as a Matrix
    4. Size Matters
    5. Communicating Cultural Knowledge
    6. The Image Experience: Photographic Meaning Is Unstable
    7. Writing about Images
    8. Essentials of Image Discussion
    9. John Cage’s Rules
    10. References
  20. Chapter 12. Photographer on Assignment
    1. Making Portraits: Who Am I and Who Are You?
    2. Fauxtography: Photography’s Subjective Nature
    3. Picturing Social Identity
    4. Interior Experience: The Significance of Daily Life
    5. Fabrication for the Camera: Directorial Mode
    6. Time-Honored Themes
    7. The Display: Another Picture Reality
    8. Text and Images
    9. Artists’ Books and Albums
    10. Artists’ and Photographic Books: References
    11. Self Assignment: Creation and Evaluation
  21. Addendum I: Safety: Protecting Yourself and Your Digital Imaging Equipment
    1. Ergonomic Workstations
    2. Monitor Emissions: ELF/VLF
    3. Eyestrain
    4. Proper Posture/Lower Back Problems
    5. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    6. Taking Breaks
    7. Neutral Body Positioning
    8. Change Your Working Position
  22. Addendum II: Careers
    1. The Working Photographer
    2. Getting Started
  23. Index