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Studio Photography: Essential Skills, 3rd Edition

Book Description

John Child has refreshed and updated his inspirational studio photography guide to cover all the latest techniques. Now beautifully illustrated in full colour, featuring brand new student and author work, Studio Photography guides you through the techniques you need to create successful studio images.

Through a clearly structured learning approach, you will stimulate and express your creative ideas using a wide variety of activities and assignments. With a strong commercial orientation, the emphasis is highly practical and focuses on technique, communication and design within the genres of still life, advertising illustration, portraiture and fashion.

This successful guide is an essential tool for those working in a controlled environment where the image output is to film or digital file. You are encouraged to experiment whether you have expensive equipment, or are using natural light sources; either way you will see how it is possible to achieve acceptable results and develop your skills.

Revision exercises, useful links and up to date advice are featured on the associated website www.photographyessentialskills.com.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. Introduction to teachers
    2. Introduction to students
    3. Research and resources
    4. Visual Diary
    5. Record Book
    6. Presentation
    7. History
    8. Advancements in technology
    9. Current commercial practice
    10. Methodology
  6. Genres
    1. Introduction
    2. Advertising illustration
    3. Still life
    4. Portraiture
    5. Commercial portraiture
    6. Fashion
    7. Fashion since 1950
  7. Communication and Design
    1. Introduction
    2. Context
    3. Format
    4. Content
    5. Balance
    6. Composition
    7. Point of view
    8. Line
    9. Depth
    10. Perspective
  8. Art Direction
    1. Introduction
    2. Layouts
    3. Framing the image
  9. The Studio
    1. Introduction
    2. Health and safety
    3. Equipment
    4. Camera
    5. Lenses
    6. Light sources
    7. Equipment detail
    8. Organisation
  10. Light
    1. Introduction
    2. Artificial light
    3. Characteristics of light
  11. Exposure
    1. Introduction
    2. Aperture and time
    3. Light meter
    4. Using the light meter
    5. Lighting ratios
    6. Interpreting the meter reading
    7. Exposure compensation
    8. Digital exposure
  12. Image Capture
    1. Introduction
    2. Choosing a capture medium
    3. Limitations
    4. Latitude
    5. Push and pull
    6. Cross processing
    7. Image preview
    8. Digital capture
  13. Creative Controls
    1. Introduction
    2. Focus
    3. Depth of field
    4. Selective focus
    5. Preview
    6. Duration of exposure
    7. Creative exposure compensation
    8. Perspective
  14. using light
    1. Introduction
    2. Working with studio lights
    3. Flash
    4. Tungsten
    5. Diffusion
    6. Reflection
    7. Filtration
    8. Mixed light sources
    9. Illusion of movement
  15. Lighting still life
    1. Introduction
    2. Assignment 1 ‘Box’
    3. Assignment 2 ‘Ball’
    4. Assignment 3 ‘Texture’
    5. Assignment 4 ‘Flowers’
    6. Assignment 5 ‘Metal’
    7. Assignment 6 ‘Desk’
    8. Assignment 7 ‘Rust’
    9. Assignment 8 ‘Black and White’
    10. Assignment 9 ‘Cutlery’
  16. Lighting people
    1. Introduction
    2. Assignment 1 ‘High key’
    3. Assignment 2 ‘Low key’
    4. Assignment 3 ‘Mid key’
    5. Pose
  17. Lighting on location
    1. On location
    2. Interior location
  18. Assignments
    1. Introduction
  19. Revision exercises
  20. Glossary
  21. Resources
  22. Index