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Location Photography: Essential Skills, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Covers all the fundamental skills required for location photography when using Digital, 35mm SLR and medium format cameras working with both existing light sources and introduced light.

Through a series of practical exercises the student photographer is shown the importance of image design, communication of content and the essential techniques required for competent and consistent images capture and creation. The basic essentials, from exposure, to framing the image and how to work with light and contrast are explained in detail. New in this edition are chapters covering 'Sensitivity and Image Capture' and 'Filters'.

Assignments are provided for genres such as landscape, environmental portraiture and the photographic essay. Illustrated throughout with student and author work, including a new 8-page colour plate section, Location Photography is an inspirational guide as well as a structured learning tool for mastering the essential techniques.

Mark Galer lectures in photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia - the leading photography course in the southern hemisphere. He is also co-writer and teacher on their new online photography courses. He has lectured in photography both in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial. He is also author of 'Photography Foundations for Art and Design', and co-author of 'Digital Imaging: Essential Skills' and 'Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills' also published by Focal Press. Email:

Table of Contents

  1. Fornt Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Picture Credits
  7. Contents
  8. Introduction
    1. Introduction to teachers
    2. Introduction to students
    3. Research and resources
    4. The work process
    5. Choice of equipment
  9. Exposure
    1. Introduction
    2. Intensity and time
    3. Hand-held light meters
    4. Taking a hand-held meter reading
    5. TTL light meters
    6. Interpreting the meter reading
    7. Revision exercise
    8. Gallery
  10. Sensitivity and Image Capture
    1. Introduction
    2. Choosing a capture medium
    3. Positive image capture
    4. Image characteristics
    5. Limitations
    6. Latitude
    7. Pushing and pulling film
    8. Cross processing
    9. Revision exercise
    10. Gallery
  11. Framing the Subject
    1. Introduction
    2. Communication and context
    3. Format
    4. Content
    5. Balance
    6. Subject placement
    7. The decisive moment
    8. Vantage point
    9. Line
    10. Depth
    11. Summary of basic design techniques
    12. Gallery
  12. Creative Camera Control
    1. Introduction
    2. Focus
    3. Duration of exposure
    4. A creative decision
    5. Perspective
    6. Summary of basic camera techniques
    7. Gallery
  13. Light
    1. Introduction
    2. Ambient light
    3. Characteristics of light
    4. Film latitude
    5. Exposure compensation
    6. Creative techniques
    7. Revision exercise
    8. Gallery
  14. Filters
    1. Introduction
    2. Filter categories
    3. Filter factors
    4. Revision exercise
    5. Gallery
  15. Lighting on Location
    1. Introduction
    2. Fill
    3. Reflectors
    4. Flash
    5. Choice of flash
    6. Guide numbers
    7. Flash as the primary light source
    8. Diffusion and bounce
    9. Fill-flash
    10. Flash as a key light
    11. Slow-sync flash
    12. Revision exercise
    13. Gallery
  16. The Zone System
    1. Introduction
    2. Zone placement
    3. Contrast control
    4. The zones
    5. Operating the system
    6. Calibration tests
    7. Perfecting the system
    8. Revision exercise
    9. Gallery
  17. Landscape
    1. Introduction
    2. History
    3. Personal expression
    4. Expressive techniques
    5. Detail
    6. Night photography
    7. The constructed environment
    8. Assignments
    9. Gallery
  18. Environmental Portraits
    1. Introduction
    2. Framing the subject
    3. Photographing strangers
    4. Character study
    5. Assignment
    6. Gallery
  19. The Photographic Essay
    1. Introduction
    2. Content
    3. Constructing a story
    4. Working styles
    5. Editing
    6. Ethics and law
    7. Distribution and sale of photo-essays
    8. Assignments
    9. Gallery
  20. Glossary