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The Wild Side of Photography

Book Description

Geared toward the adventurous photographer, The Wild Side of Photography provides a rich source of ideas and inspiration for fun projects ranging from clever to unconventional.

Learn to build a shift/tilt lens for your DSLR from an old junkyard 120 film camera, try the camera toss, shoot images from a kite, use a peephole door viewer as a fisheye lens, or build your own pinhole camera. Get ready to capture the perfect aerial shot on your next commercial flight, and to paint beautiful night scenes using a flashlight as a lightbrush.

Author/designer, Cyrill Harnischmacher, brought together 20 international authors and their unique projects to produce this intriguing book.

Each project is presented with easy to understand instructional text, background info about the author and the project, and beautiful color images to illustrate what can be accomplished and how you can do it too.

Topics include:

  • Laptop ministudio

  • Camera hacks

  • Pole monopods for aerial photography

  • Blur (motion blur, camera motion, out-of-focus)

  • Low budget astrophotography

  • Kite photography

  • Using the scanner as a camera

  • LittlePlanet views

  • Texture blending

  • Camera and lens building projects

Table of Contents

  1. The Wild Side of Photography: Unconventional and Creative Techniques for the Courageous Photographer
    1. A Walk on the Wild Side
    2. 1. Landscape Blurs
      1. Introduction
      2. From Film to Digital
      3. Equipment
      4. Quality of Light
      5. Lenses
      6. Processing
      7. Conclusion
    3. 2. Landscape Blurs
      1. Introduction
      2. Processing Workflow
      3. RAW Conversion In Lightroom
      4. A - Histogram, color balance and exposure adjustments
      5. B - All the other adjustments I made in Lightroom
      6. C - Lightroom Presets
      7. A - Selective Color
      8. B - Black Point Adjustment Curve
      9. C - High Pass Contrast Filter
      10. D - Smudge Tool
      11. E - Shadows/Highlights Adjustments
      12. F - Vibrance Adjustment
      13. Conclusion
    4. 3. Show Time
    5. 4. Near and Far
      1. Telescopes
      2. Converting Your Lens
      3. Digiscoping
      4. A Simple Microscope
      5. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
    6. 5. Camera Obscura
      1. The Pinhole
      2. The Optics of Pinholes
      3. Back to Our Construction Kit
      4. First Attempts
      5. Dirty Sensors
      6. Problems with Flange Depth
    7. 6. Graffiti Made of Light
      1. Equipment
      2. Your Camera
      3. Sources of Light
      4. Tripods
      5. Other Accessories
      6. Planning Your Shoot
      7. What to Write?
      8. When to Go Light Writing
      9. Where Can I Go Light Writing?
      10. How Many People Are Involved?
      11. Camera Settings
      12. Off into the Night!
      13. Useful links and sources:
    8. 7. The Earth from Above
      1. Kites
      2. The Flowform Kite
      3. The Delta and the Delta Conyne Kite
      4. The Rokkaku Kite
      5. The Dopero Kite
      6. Kites continued... Line and Accessories
      7. More on Kite Safety
      8. Cameras
      9. Shutter Control Options
      10. The Camera Rig
      11. Point-and-Shoot Cameras
      12. SLR Cameras
      13. The Picavet
      14. Kite Aerial Photography Online Resources
    9. 8. Selective Focus
      1. Modifying the Lens
      2. Shoot Intuitively
      3. Cleaning the Lens
    10. 9. Color, Blur, and Verve
      1. The Search for Ideas
      2. Technique
    11. 10. Diver Down
      1. First Steps
      2. Sources of Light
      3. Underwater Camera Housings and Waterproof Compacts
      4. The Nikonos V
      5. ewa-marine
      6. Hard Plastic Housings
      7. Nikonos RS
      8. Periscopes and Other Shooting Aids
      9. Half and half—The Best of Both Worlds
      10. Photographing Fish in Aquaria
      11. For Serious Underwater Photographers
    12. 11. Night Sights
      1. Cameras and Lenses
      2. The Flash Unit
      3. Tripods
      4. Techniques
      5. Timed Multiple Exposure
      6. Fill Flash
    13. 12. The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars
      1. Shooting the Moon
      2. Avoiding Camera Shake
      3. The Top Hat Method
      4. Focusing
      5. The Right Place at the Right Time
      6. Exposure
      7. Inside Your Photos
      8. Detail Photos
      9. Photographing the Sun
      10. Solar Exposure Times
      11. Build Your Own Sun Filter
      12. Additional Sun Filters
      13. Specialized Solar Telescopes
      14. Shooting from a Fixed Viewpoint
      15. Lenses
      16. Shooting Techniques
      17. Photographing Star Trails
      18. Image Processing on a Computer
    14. 13. Klip-Klap
      1. Viewing Techniques
      2. Shooting Techniques
      3. The Stereo Base
      4. Links
    15. 14. The Flatbed Camera
    16. 15. What do You Print On?
      1. Other Suitable Printers
    17. 16. Gotcha!
      1. Equipment
      2. The Basic Setup
      3. Choosing Your Subject and Planning Your Shot
      4. The Famous Egg
    18. 17. Soft-Focus Lens
      1. Preparing for the Shoot
      2. Applying the Vaseline
      3. Horizontal Smears
      4. Vertical Smears
      5. Diagonal Smears
      6. Circular Smears
      7. Radial Smears
      8. Partial Smears
      9. Clear Center
      10. Make X Patterns
      11. Experiment
      12. Shooting Techniques
      13. Cleaning Off the Filter
    19. 18. Little Planets
      1. Spherical Panoramas
      2. Recommended Equipment
      3. Shooting Technique
      4. Capturing the Nadir
      5. Skillfully Twisted
      6. A Few Words about HDR Panoramas
      7. An Alternative Tool for the Thrifty
      8. Interactive Planets
      9. Useful links:
    20. 19. Light Changes Everything
      1. Introduction
      2. Outdoor People Shoot
      3. Indoor/Studio People Shoot
      4. Conclusions
    21. 20. A View From Above
      1. Materials List
      2. Step by Step Instructions for Construction
      3. Using the Aerial Photography Monopod in the Real World
      4. Real World Photo Examples
    22. 21. Camera Hacking
      1. Modifying Your Firmware
      2. Installing CHDK
      3. RAW Processing
      4. Additional Functionality
      5. Scripts
      6. Motion Detection Scripts
      7. Configuring a Script
      8. Sample Script
      9. Conclusions
    23. A. The Authors
      1. Michael Benecke
      2. Christian Bloch
      3. Anett Boettcher
      4. Berthold Daum
      5. Alain Briot
      6. Michael Diechtierow
      7. Mike Hagen
      8. Cyrill Harnischmacher
      9. Gottfried Huettemann
      10. Martin Krolop
      11. Michael & Karen McAllister
      12. Niklas Plessing
      13. Tobias Pohl
      14. Gerhard Rossbach
      15. Kai Wallasch