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The Perfect Photo

Book Description

"Perfect" is a purely subjective term when it comes to art. A journey toward the perfect photo is a journey without a defined destination. There are photographs that are technically perfect and others that stand out because of their message or composition. Although the perfect photo remains a matter of taste, it is still something every photographer strives for.

With this volume, Elin Rantakrans and Tobias Hagberg provide the beginning to intermediate photographer a wide range of practical tips that cover capture, composition, and editing—all with the aim of helping you achieve better photos. Each concept is illustrated with beautiful, inspiring images.

Our promise: Use 7 of these 70 tips and you will be a 10% better photographer. Try it!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. CHAPTER 1. CAMERA EQUIPMENT
    1. 1 What Is the “Right” Equipment?
    2. 2 Simple Protection for Your Camera
    3. 3 Batteries and Memory Cards: Never Leave Home Without Them
    4. 4 Alternative Data Formats
    5. 5 An Everyday Lens
    6. 6 Accentuating Details
    7. 7 Showing Wide Spaces
    8. 8 Avoiding Blurry Images
  7. CHAPTER 2. BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE, THE EASY WAY
    1. 9 The Right Shutter Speed
    2. 10 Full Control, Partial Automation
    3. 11 Adjusting ISO Speeds for Brightness
    4. 12 Faster ISO Speeds in Dim Light
    5. 13 Controlling Image Noise
    6. 14 Aperture and Optimal Focus
    7. 15 Reducing Depth of Field
    8. 16 Increasing Depth of Field
    9. 17 Effects with Fast Shutter Speeds
    10. 18 Effects with Slow Shutter Speeds
    11. 19 Focal Length Determines Shutter Speed
    12. 20 The Sunny 16 Rule
    13. 21 Controlling White Balance
    14. 22 Is Full-Frame Right for You?
    15. 23 Learn from Your Own Photos
  8. CHAPTER 3. CAPTURING THE BEST LIGHT
    1. 24 Getting to Know Varieties of Light
    2. 25 Just the Right Touch with Snow and Sand
    3. 26 Sunrise: The Light of Dreams
    4. 27 The Special Quality of Twilight
    5. 28 Working with Backlighting
    6. 29 The Human Tripod
    7. 30 Avoiding Washed-Out Contrast
    8. 31 Using a Gray Card
    9. 32 High Key Photography
    10. 33 Low Key Photography
  9. CHAPTER 4. COMPOSITION
    1. 34 Dynamic Picture Compositions
    2. 35 Take Advantage of Patterns and Colors
    3. 36 The Best Perspective
    4. 37 Emphasizing What Counts
    5. 38 Discovering Details
    6. 39 Photographing Well Known Subjects
    7. 40 Telling a Story
  10. CHAPTER 5. IMPRESSIVE LANDSCAPES
    1. 41 Enchanting Landscapes with Depth
    2. 42 Devising a Dramatic Sky
    3. 43 Nature Photographs That Really Work
    4. 44 Successful Photographs of Animals
    5. 45 Getting Up Close
  11. CHAPTER 6. PORTRAITS
    1. 46 Don’t Be Shy
    2. 47 Taking Timeless Portraits
    3. 48 Providing a Wider Perspective
    4. 49 Creating a Neutral Background
    5. 50 Lighting a Portrait
    6. 51 Arranging Group Photos
    7. 52 Allow Plenty of Time When Photographing Kids
  12. CHAPTER 7. BRINGING MOVEMENT INTO THE EQUATION
    1. 53 Capturing Actions and Emotions
    2. 54 Conveying Speed
    3. 55 Capturing Movement with Flash
    4. 56 Enchanted Impressions of Water
  13. CHAPTER 8. EFFECTIVE USE OF FLASH
    1. 57 Dimming the Flash
    2. 58 Mood Lighting
    3. 59 Brightening Shadows with Flash
    4. 60 Avoiding Red-Eye
  14. CHAPTER 9. STARTING OUT IN THE DIGITAL DARKROOM
    1. 61 Transferring Images with a Memory Card Reader
    2. 62 The Digital Darkroom
    3. 63 First Things First: Backup
    4. 64 Cropping Images
    5. 65 Rotating and Aligning Images
    6. 66 Colors, Brightness, and Contrast
    7. 67 Eliminating Red-Eye
    8. 68 Enhancing Sharpness
    9. 69 Reducing Images for E-mail
    10. 70 Safely Storing Digital Images
    11. 71 Displaying Your Images on the Internet
  15. Afterword
  16. Photo Credits
  17. Index
  18. Footnote
    1. Chapter 1