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The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes

Book Description

Scott Kelby, author of the top-selling digital photography book of all time, is back with an entirely new book in his popular series that picks up right where part 4 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip-the-technojargon stuff you can really use today that made part 1 so successful.

In parts 1 through 4 of this series, the most popular chapter in the book has always been the last chapter: “Photo Recipes to Help You Get ‘The Shot’.” In each of those chapters, Scott shows a final image and then describes how to get that type of shot.

Here, in part 5, he gives you what you’ve been waiting for: an entire book of nothing but those amazing photo recipes. But, he took it up a big notch by adding a behind-the-scenes photo for every single recipe. Now you can see exactly how it was done, so you can get that exact same look every time.

In these extra pages, each spread allows you to dig in a little deeper and really unlock the power of these recipes. Scott breaks each spread into four segments: (1) he explains exactly what you’re seeing behind the scenes, (2) he lists all of his camera settings, and lens and lighting info—it’s all there, (3) he gives you his thought process, so you learn exactly why he does it this way, and (4) he shares all the post-processing in Lightroom or Photoshop that goes on after the shoot (this is something other books leave out). Plus, the whole book is packed with tips and insights you won’t find anywhere else.

This isn’t a book of theory, full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which settings to use, and exactly how and when to use them. With around 100 of the most popular photographic “tricks of the trade,” the entire book is designed to get you shooting like a pro starting today. You’re gonna love it.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedicaion Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Other Books by Scott Kelby
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Chapter One. Shooting Natural Light Portraits Like a Pro
    1. Seven Things You’ll Wish You Had Known...
    2. ...Before Reading This Book!
    3. Two More of Those Things
    4. One Last Thing
    5. For Better Light Outdoors, Shoot in Shade
    6. Final Image
    7. Diffusing Harsh Sunlight
    8. Final Image
    9. Diffusing a Larger Area
    10. Final Image
    11. Positioning a Reflector Outdoors
    12. Final Image
    13. Fix Dappled Light
    14. Final Image
    15. Direct, Contrasty Window Light
    16. Final Image
    17. Softening Window Light
    18. Final Image
    19. Shooting in Direct Sun
    20. Final Image
    21. Better Window Light
    22. Final Image
    23. Window Light Without Diffusion 2
    24. Final Image
  9. Chapter Two. Using Just One Light Like a Pro
    1. One Light Outdoors
    2. Final Image
    3. Dramatic Portrait Lighting
    4. Final Image
    5. Fashion Lighting
    6. Final Image
    7. Mixing Natural with Studio Lighting
    8. Final Image
    9. Big, Beautiful, Wrapping Light
    10. Final Image
    11. Entertainment Lighting
    12. Final Image
    13. Dramatic Side Lighting
    14. Final Image
    15. Filling In Shadows
    16. Final Image
    17. Simple, Flat Lighting
    18. Final Image
    19. Playing Up the Shadow
    20. Final Image
  10. Chapter Three. Using Two or More Lights Like a Boss!
    1. Beauty Look
    2. Final Image
    3. Two-Light Catalog Look (Men)
    4. Final Image
    5. Three-Light Catalog Look (Men)
    6. Final Image
    7. Edgy Lighting for Athletes
    8. Final Image
    9. Beauty Look with Wraparound Light
    10. Final Image
    11. One Main with Two Kickers
    12. Final Image
    13. Simplified Beauty Headshot Variation
    14. Final Image
    15. Fashion Lighting Variation
    16. Final Image
    17. Hurley-Look Headshot Lighting
    18. Final Image
    19. Working with V-Flats
    20. Final Image
    21. Two-Light Catalog Look (Women)
    22. Final Image
  11. Chapter Four. Hot-Shoe Flash Like a Pro
    1. Making the Light Even Softer
    2. Final Image
    3. Two-Light Location Setup
    4. Final Image
    5. One-Flash Environmental Portrait
    6. Final Image
    7. The Advantages of Using a Larger Softbox
    8. Final Image
    9. Simple One-Light Outdoor Flash
    10. Final Image
    11. Softening Flash with a Hand-Held Diffuser
    12. Final Image
    13. Using Sunlight as Your Second Light
    14. Final Image
    15. The “Instant Black Background”
    16. Final Image
    17. Using Gels with Flash
    18. Final Image
    19. Dramatic Sunset Portrait
    20. Final Image
    21. Using a Spot Grid for a Focused Beam
    22. Final Image
  12. Chapter Five. Shooting Weddings Like a Pro
    1. Controlling Light Outdoors
    2. Final Image
    3. Close-Up Detail Shots
    4. Final Image
    5. Mixing Natural Light with Strobes
    6. Final Image
    7. Reception Flash
    8. Final Image
    9. Be the Second Shooter
    10. Final Image
    11. Dramatic Lighting
    12. Final Image
    13. Using Natural Light Indoors
    14. Final Image
    15. Dramatic Edge Lighting with One Light
    16. Final Image
    17. Go Super-Wide for an Epic Feel
    18. Final Image
    19. The Lens Flare Look
    20. Final Image
    21. Controlling What You See in the Frame
    22. Final Image
  13. Chapter Six. Shooting Travel Like a Pro
    1. Hiding Tourists, Cars, Buses, etc.
    2. Final Image
    3. There’s a Picture in There Somewhere
    4. Final Image
    5. Moving to Hide Distracting Stuff
    6. Final Image
    7. Finding Simplicity in a Busy Outdoor Scene
    8. Final Image
    9. Shoot the Details Instead
    10. Final Image
    11. The Waiting Game Gamble
    12. Final Image
    13. Zooming to Hide Distractions
    14. Final Image
    15. Changing Time and Perspective
    16. Final Image
    17. Another Trick for Hiding Tourists
    18. Final Image
    19. Shooting the Food
    20. Final Image
    21. Going on a Stakeout
    22. Final Image
  14. Chapter Seven. Shooting Landscapes & Nature Like a Pro
    1. Shooting Streams
    2. Final Image
    3. Shooting Waterfalls
    4. Final Image
    5. Photographing Animals
    6. Final Image
    7. Shooting in Daylight
    8. Final Image
    9. Starbright Sun Effect
    10. Final Image
    11. Zoo Photography, Part 2
    12. Final Image
    13. Photographing in an Aquarium
    14. Final Image
    15. Shooting Individual Flowers
    16. Final Image
    17. Adding Water Drops to Flowers
    18. Final Image
    19. Shooting the Moon
    20. Final Image
  15. Chapter Eight. Shooting Other Stuff Like a Pro
    1. Product Photography
    2. Final Image
    3. Car Detail Shots
    4. Final Image
    5. Panning to Show Movement
    6. Final Image
    7. Shooting Action
    8. Final Image
    9. It’s All About Composition
    10. Final Image
    11. On-Location Product Shoot
    12. Final Image
    13. Lighting Pets
    14. Final Image
    15. Shooting Cityscapes at Dusk
    16. Final Image
    17. Shooting a Starry Sky
    18. Final Image
  16. Chapter Nine. Using Post Like a Pro
    1. Desatured Bleach Bypass Look
    2. Final Image
    3. High-Contrast Skin Look
    4. Final Image
    5. Tone-Mapped HDR Look
    6. Final Image
    7. Spotlight Effect
    8. Final Image
    9. Grungy, Aged Look
    10. Final Image
    11. Black & White
    12. Final Image
    13. Realistic HDR Look
    14. Final Image
    15. Creative White Balance
    16. Final Image
    17. Blur Vignette
    18. Final Image
    19. Dodging & Burning
    20. Final Image
    21. Duotone Look
    22. Final Image
  17. Index