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Surreal Photography

Book Description

Surreal digital photography is not only an enjoyable extension of many enthusiast’s repertoire, but is has firmly established a foothold in the world of art. This book reveals the latest developments in the field and demystifies the techniques used by modern surreal photographers, whether they favor SOOC (straight out of the camera) or sophisticated digital manipulations. Breaking down the shooting and editing process for any reader to follow and emulate, this book provides step-by-step instructions for creating extraordinary scenes. With contributions from numerous artists—including Natalie Dybisz, Jon Jacobsen and Dariusz Klimczak— readers will be able to explore many different artistic styles from impossible landscapes to unsettling portraits.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED
    1. A concept of the surreal
    2. Cameraphones & compact cameras
    3. Analog cameras & lo-fi photography
    4. Interchangeable lens cameras
    5. Stock photography
  8. CHAPTER 2: PHONEOGRAPHY & COMPACT CAMERAS
    1. Choosing & using apps
    2. Getting some app-spiration
    3. Quick & dirty with compact-camera filters
    4. Cross-processing
    5. Multiple exposures
  9. CHAPTER 3: CAMERA TECHNIQUE
    1. Lenses
    2. Long exposures
    3. Infrared
  10. CHAPTER 4: A DIGITAL DARKROOM
    1. Editing packages—where to begin?
    2. Layers
    3. Levels & Curves
    4. Making selections
    5. More on selections
    6. Content Aware Move & Content Aware Extend
    7. Color
    8. Masks
    9. Clouds, Drop Shadows, & Lighting Effects
    10. Brushes & Blending
    11. Liquify
  11. CHAPTER 5: AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON
    1. Filters & Presets
    2. Actions
  12. CHAPTER 6: A SURREAL GALLERY
    1. Urban Vulture—Tracy Munson
    2. One Step & Then the Next Gets You Where You’re Going—Janine Graf
    3. Cashmere—Amy Weber
    4. Wingardium Leviosa—Megan Wilson
    5. The Weight of Time—Julie de Waroquier
    6. Miniature #2—Vanessa Paxton
    7. Relax—Maria Kaimaki
    8. Autumn Mood—Gwladys Rose
    9. Wind—Adrian Sommeling
    10. Natural Nature—Jess Rigley
    11. About Accepting—Jon Jacobsen
    12. Frozen Inferno—Paula Cobleigh
    13. Love at First Sight—Shon E. Richards
    14. Foreboding—Krishan Gungah
    15. Swimming Palace—Bethany de Forest
    16. Winter Soul—Dariusz Klimczak
    17. Come Join Us—Andrii Bondart
    18. Headache—Christophe Kiciak
    19. Learning to Fly—Nikolai Gorski
    20. Swan Lake—Eve Livesey
    21. Untitled—Sarolta Bán
    22. Dear Deer, You Don’t Belong Here!—Stella Sidiropoulou
    23. Memoirs—Lisa Karlsson
    24. To Dream the Dream of Seagulls—Marc Ward
    25. The Spectators—Miss Aniela (aka Natalie Dybisz)
  13. Glossary
  14. Index
  15. Acknowledgments & contributor biographies
  16. Reference