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Michael Freeman's Photo School Fundamentals

Book Description

Photography is international best-seller Michael Freeman’s life, and in this book he works together with fellow photography experts to share his and their knowledge with anyone who wants to learn not only how to take better photos, but also why those photographs work and where they fit in with the history of the craft. Inspired by the structure of a college course and the benefits of a collective learning environment, this book teaches the fundamentals of photography not just through comprehensive lessons and instructions, but also through challenges in which readers can participate. Sample work from Michael’s students provides inspiration, and critical evaluations of the results ensure that the core concepts are being grasped every step of the way. Additionally, readers can join in by sharing their work via the series’ dedicated website.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Student Profiles
  8. Exposure
    1. A Record of Tonalities
    2. Right Versus Wrong Exposure
    3. Underexposure & Overexposure
    4. Creative Use of Over- or Underexposure
    5. ISO Speeds
    6. Get the Shot with a High ISO
    7. Lens Apertures
    8. Demonstrate Depth-of-Field Control
    9. The Math Behind the Numbers
    10. Shutter Speed
    11. Freeze the Action
    12. Aperture & Shutter Speed: The Reciprocal Relationship
    13. Exposure Modes
    14. Histograms & Meters
    15. How Light Meters See the World
    16. In Search of Middle Gray
    17. Metering Modes
    18. Selective Metering Modes
    19. Limit Yourself to Spot Metering
    20. Color Temperature
    21. White Balance Control
    22. Set a Creative White Balance
    23. Handling Extreme Contrast
    24. Adjust with Exposure Compensation
    25. High Dynamic Range Imaging
    26. Combat the Contrast with HDR
    27. The Zone System in a Digital World
    28. Low-Key Images
    29. Shoot the Shadows with a Low-Key Shot
    30. High-Key Images
    31. Hug the Highlights with a High-Key Shot
  9. Light & Lighting
    1. Bit-Depth & Tonality
    2. The Sun Throughout the Day
    3. Dealing with Strong Sunlight
    4. Shooting into the Sun
    5. Face the Sun Head-On
    6. Golden Light
    7. Clouds & Light
    8. Weather Extremes
    9. Your Choice of Rain, Fog, or Snow
    10. Incandescent Light
    11. Fluorescent Light
    12. Vapor Discharge Light
    13. Mixed Light
    14. Camera-Mounted Flash
    15. Balancing Flash to Ambient Light
    16. Bounce, Diffuse, or Sync your Flash
    17. Studio Flash
    18. Continuous Light
    19. Lighting Accessories
    20. Home Studio
    21. Positioning the Light
    22. Light a Portrait
    23. Soft Light
    24. Enveloping Light
    25. Bathe your Subject in Soft Light
    26. Hard Light
    27. Chiaroscuro
    28. Kick It Up a Notch with Hard Light
    29. Side & Edge Lighting
    30. Bring Out the Texture
    31. Personal Lighting Styles
    32. Find Your Own Personal Lighting Style
  10. Composition
    1. Pick Your Subject
    2. Filling the Frame
    3. Horizontals & Verticals
    4. Subject Placement
    5. The Golden Ratio
    6. Using Lines to Pull Attention
    7. Diagonal, Curved, & Imaginary Lines
    8. Lead with Lines
    9. Seeking a Balance
    10. Symmetry
    11. Strengthening with Triangles
    12. Balance Your Composition
    13. Color
    14. Accentuating Color
    15. Compose with Color
    16. Pattern & Repetition
    17. Follow a Pattern
    18. Natural Frames
    19. Negative Space
    20. Of Light & Shadow
    21. People
    22. Capturing Couples
    23. A Couple’s Portrait
    24. Focal Length
    25. Wide-Angle Lenses & Perspective
    26. Broaden your View with a Wide-Angle
    27. Telephoto Lenses
    28. Reach Out with a Telephoto
    29. Panning
    30. Motion Blur
    31. Communicate Movement through Blur
  11. Digital Editing
    1. The Digital Workflow
    2. Raw-Processing Software
    3. Post-Production Software
    4. Raw-Processing Workspace
    5. Raw-Processing Tools
    6. Post-Production Workspace
    7. Post-Production Tools
    8. Rotating & Cropping
    9. Correcting White Balance
    10. Adjusting Exposure
    11. Basic Image Optimization
    12. Removing Spots & Blemishes
    13. Sharpening
    14. Sharpen Up a Shot
    15. Noise Reduction
    16. Clean Up a Noisy Shot
    17. Tone Curves
    18. Color Correction
    19. Black & White Conversion
    20. Convert to Black & White
    21. Dodging & Burning
    22. Levels
    23. Levels Adjustment
    24. Color Adjustment
    25. Adjust Your Color
    26. Layers
    27. Adjustment Layers
    28. Blending
    29. Removing Unwanted Objects
    30. Panoramas
    31. Stitch a Panorama
  12. Glossary
  13. Index