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PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN PHOTO WORKSHOP

Book Description

While digital technology has made acceptable photos easy to achieve, this book is about taking exceptional photos that preserve the essence of childhood. You'll learn to trust your instincts and your own unique vision and discover how to create beautiful photographs in a variety of lighting situations, all while sharpening your observation skills and learning how to involve your subjects. Plus, insightful tips on understanding what equipment is right for you will help you get great results when working with any age group.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. WHO SHOULD PHOTOGRAPH CHILDREN
    2. WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM COACHING PHOTOGRAPHY
    3. WHAT IS AHEAD
  6. 1. THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN
    1. 1.1. ADVICE FOR THE ASPIRING PROFESSIONAL
    2. 1.2. BE INSPIRED
    3. 1.3. RESOURCES FOR INSPIRATION
    4. 1.4. THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY
    5. 1.5. Assignment
  7. 2. THE LOOK OF A PHOTOGRAPH
    1. 2.1. YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING
    2. 2.2. GOING BEYOND AUTOMATIC: EXPOSURE BASICS
    3. 2.3. SHUTTER SPEED
      1. 2.3.1. MOVEMENT
      2. 2.3.2. RULE OF THUMB: SHUTTER SPEED SELECTION
      3. 2.3.3. FREEZING MOVEMENT
      4. 2.3.4. BLURRING MOVEMENT
    4. 2.4. APERTURE
    5. 2.5. ISO
    6. 2.6. DEPTH OF FIELD
    7. 2.7. USING PROGRAM MODES
      1. 2.7.1. PORTRAIT MODE
      2. 2.7.2. SPORTS MODE
      3. 2.7.3. LANDSCAPE MODE
      4. 2.7.4. CLOSE-UP OR MACRO MODE
      5. 2.7.5. APERTURE PRIORITY MODE
      6. 2.7.6. SHUTTER PRIORITY MODE
    8. 2.8. WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    9. 2.9. Assignment
  8. 3. SEEING THE LIGHT
    1. 3.1. LEARNING TO SEE LIGHT
    2. 3.2. AVAILABLE LIGHT
    3. 3.3. THE SWEET LIGHT: DAWN AND TWILIGHT
    4. 3.4. USING REFLECTIONS AND SHADOWS
      1. 3.4.1. REFLECTIONS
      2. 3.4.2. SHADOWS
    5. 3.5. PHOTOGRAPHING IN FOG OR WITH OVERCAST SKIES
      1. 3.5.1. FOGGY DAYS
      2. 3.5.2. OVERCAST SKIES
    6. 3.6. FINDING CONTOURING LIGHT
    7. 3.7. USING SOFT WINDOW LIGHT
    8. 3.8. KNOWING WHEN TO COMPROMISE
    9. 3.9. Assignment
  9. 4. MANIPULATING THE LIGHT
    1. 4.1. INDIRECT LIGHT
      1. 4.1.1. PORCHES OR OVERHANGS
      2. 4.1.2. OPEN SHADE
    2. 4.2. DIRECT LIGHT
      1. 4.2.1. DIRECT SUN
      2. 4.2.2. CREATING A HALO: USING RIM OR BACKLIGHTING
    3. 4.3. TO FLASH OR NOT TO FLASH
      1. 4.3.1. CONCEPT OF MAIN LIGHT AND FILL
      2. 4.3.2. BOUNCE IT
      3. 4.3.3. DIFFUSE IT
    4. 4.4. DIRECTION OF LIGHT
      1. 4.4.1. FLATTER: USING FLAT OR FRONT LIGHTING
      2. 4.4.2. CONTOUR: USING REMBRANDT OR 3-D LIGHTING
    5. 4.5. LIGHT MODIFIERS
      1. 4.5.1. REFLECTORS
      2. 4.5.2. DIFFUSERS
      3. 4.5.3. GOBOS OR SUBTRACTIVE LIGHTING
    6. 4.6. COLOR TEMPERATURE OR WHITE BALANCE
    7. 4.7. BASIC STUDIO LIGHTING
      1. 4.7.1. ONE-LIGHT SETUP
      2. 4.7.2. METERING
      3. 4.7.3. THE FINAL RESULT
    8. 4.8. Assignment
  10. 5. COMPOSING PHOTOGRAPHS
    1. 5.1. SNAPSHOTS VERSUS PORTRAITS
    2. 5.2. FOCUS ON FEELING
    3. 5.3. KEEPING IT SIMPLE
      1. 5.3.1. WATCH YOUR BACKGROUNDS
      2. 5.3.2. USING NEGATIVE SPACE
    4. 5.4. FRAMING THE IMAGE
      1. 5.4.1. GENERAL FRAMING GUIDELINES
      2. 5.4.2. FRAMES WITHIN THE FRAME
    5. 5.5. PARENTS AS PROPS
    6. 5.6. THE RULE OF THIRDS
    7. 5.7. USING LINES
      1. 5.7.1. PARALLEL LINES
      2. 5.7.2. DIAGONAL LINES
      3. 5.7.3. CONVERGING LINES
      4. 5.7.4. S AND C CURVES
    8. 5.8. BREAKING THE RULES
    9. 5.9. Assignment
  11. 6. WHAT'S YOUR STYLE?
    1. 6.1. CLASSIC AND ROMANTIC
      1. 6.1.1. IN THE STUDIO
      2. 6.1.2. ON LOCATION
      3. 6.1.3. CLOTHING
      4. 6.1.4. CAPTURING THE MOOD
    2. 6.2. CONTEMPORARY
      1. 6.2.1. IN THE STUDIO
      2. 6.2.2. ON LOCATION
    3. 6.3. PHOTOJOURNALISTIC STYLE
      1. 6.3.1. ON LOCATION
      2. 6.3.2. MOOD
    4. 6.4. PREPARING PARENTS FOR THEIR CHILD'S PORTRAIT
      1. 6.4.1. OUTLINING EXPECTATIONS
      2. 6.4.2. ON THE SHOOT WITH PARENTS
      3. 6.4.3. KEEP SHOOTING
    5. 6.5. PORTRAIT PLANNING
    6. 6.6. Assignment
  12. 7. EVOKING EXPRESSION AND EMOTION
    1. 7.1. OBSERVING EMOTIONS AND MOODS
    2. 7.2. VISUALIZATION
    3. 7.3. REVEALING THE EYES: GATEWAY TO THE SOUL
    4. 7.4. INVOLVING YOUR SUBJECTS WITH NATURE
    5. 7.5. STUDYING BODY LANGUAGE, GESTURES, AND MOVEMENT
    6. 7.6. TELLING A STORY WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
    7. 7.7. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN
    8. 7.8. Assignment
  13. 8. AGES, STAGES, AND GROUPS
    1. 8.1. NEWBORNS
      1. 8.1.1. CHALLENGES
      2. 8.1.2. REWARDS
    2. 8.2. BABIES
      1. 8.2.1. THREE TO SIX MONTHS
      2. 8.2.2. SIX TO TWELVE MONTHS
    3. 8.3. TODDLERS
    4. 8.4. PRESCHOOLERS
    5. 8.5. SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN
    6. 8.6. TWEENS AND TEENS
      1. 8.6.1. TEEN BOYS
      2. 8.6.2. TEEN GIRLS
    7. 8.7. GROUPING FAMILIES
      1. 8.7.1. PARENT AND CHILD
      2. 8.7.2. SIBLINGS
      3. 8.7.3. FAMILIES
    8. 8.8. Assignment
  14. 9. EQUIPMENT FOR THE CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPHER
    1. 9.1. CONSIDERING A CAMERA UPGRADE
    2. 9.2. USING INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES
      1. 9.2.1. LENS SPEED
      2. 9.2.2. LENS FOCAL LENGTHS
      3. 9.2.3. PRIME LENSES
      4. 9.2.4. ZOOM LENSES
    3. 9.3. LOOKING INSIDE YOUR CAMERA BAG
    4. 9.4. Assignment
  15. 10. POST-PRODUCTION AND PRESENTATION
    1. 10.1. ESTABLISHING YOUR WORKFLOW
    2. 10.2. GETTING STARTED WITH IMAGE EDITING
    3. 10.3. IMAGE-EDITING WORKFLOW
    4. 10.4. BASIC RETOUCHING
      1. 10.4.1. USING LAYERS
      2. 10.4.2. REMOVING BLEMISHES AND SMOOTHING SKIN
      3. 10.4.3. EYE AND TEETH ENHANCEMENTS
      4. 10.4.4. CLONING OUT DISTRACTIONS IN THE BACKGROUND
    5. 10.5. CHANGING COLORS FOR IMPACT
      1. 10.5.1. BLACK AND WHITE CONVERSIONS
      2. 10.5.2. ACTIONS AND PLUG-INS
    6. 10.6. CROPPING TIPS
    7. 10.7. PRESENTATION GALLERY
      1. 10.7.1. STORYBOARDS
      2. 10.7.2. GALLERY-WRAPPED CANVAS PRINTS
      3. 10.7.3. COFFEE TABLE DIGITAL BOOKS
    8. 10.8. Assignment
  16. GLOSSARY