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Travel and Street Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Whether you’re heading to Paris or San Francisco, Patagonia or Yosemite, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to teach you how to take great shots. This guide by pro photographer John Batdorff will help you conquer the fundamentals of travel and street photography and capture stunning pictures.

Batdorff starts with the basics–composition, light, and exposure–and how to plan and pack the right equipment for different types of shooting conditions. He also covers all the key camera features that affect your image. Once you’ve captured those shots, John takes you step-by-step through an effective workflow in Lightroom to organize your images and develop your own personal style.

This guide is for beginning-to-intermediate digital photographers to understand the basics and bring their own unique artistic expression to any situation whether you’re taking landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, or food and drink shots.

Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pack up your camera and take it on the road.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. The Goal of This Book
    2. What You Will Accomplish
    3. How Much Experience Do You Need?
  6. 1. Equipment
    1. What’s in my bag?
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. What’s the Best Camera?
    4. Selecting Lenses
    5. Sturdy Foundations
    6. Stocking Up on Accessories
    7. Building the Perfect Kit
    8. Chapter 1 Assignments
  7. 2. Planning the Journey
    1. Your photography trip, from departure to arrival
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Researching Your Trip
    4. Creating an Itinerary
    5. Creating the Shot List
    6. Insurance
    7. Traveling Workflow
    8. Packing Your Gear
    9. Arrivals and Departures
    10. Chapter 2 Assignments
  8. 3. Finding the Light
    1. Understanding exposure
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Exposure Exposed!
    4. ISO
    5. Aperture
    6. Shutter Speed
    7. Camera Setup
    8. Metering Modes
    9. Finding the Light
    10. Guided by the Light
    11. Exposure Compensation
    12. Chapter 3 Assignments
  9. 4. Composition
    1. Creating with intention
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Rule of Thirds
    4. Lines
    5. Creating Depth
    6. Shapes
    7. Color
    8. Patterns
    9. Layers
    10. Frames Within Frames
    11. Motion
    12. Shadows
    13. Reflections
    14. Perspective
    15. Juxtaposition
    16. Humor
    17. Adding Local Flavor
    18. Composing with Intention
    19. Chapter 4 Assignments
  10. 5. Observation vs. Engagement
    1. How to approach street and travel photography
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Are You a Street Photographer or a Travel Photographer?
    4. To Observe or to Engage?
    5. Observing
    6. Engaging
    7. Case Studies: Portraits
    8. Chapter 5 Assignments
  11. 6. Cities and Streets
    1. Getting the most out of urban travel
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Gear Suggestions
    4. Becoming Street Smart
    5. Advanced Creative Techniques
    6. Close-Ups
    7. Cityscapes
    8. Night Photography
    9. Long Exposure
    10. Food and Drink
    11. No Flash Allowed!
    12. Reflections
    13. Public Transportation
    14. Shooting Film
    15. Chapter 6 Assignments
  12. 7. Landscapes, Rural Life, and Road Trips
    1. Getting the most out of travel to the countryside
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Landscapes
    4. Local Flavor
    5. Wildlife
    6. Flowers and Local Plants
    7. Specific Destinations
    8. The Family Road Trip
    9. Chapter 7 Assignments
  13. 8. The Legalities
    1. Street and travel photographers’ rights
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Knowing Your Rights
    4. Public Spaces
    5. Special Considerations
    6. Private Property
    7. Harassment
    8. Model Releases
    9. Property Releases
    10. Top 10 Dos and Don’ts to Stay Legal
    11. Chapter 8 Assignments
  14. 9. Workflow
    1. Creative systems for the visual artist
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Developing a Workflow
    4. System Considerations
    5. Post-Processing Workflow
    6. Importing Images
    7. Backup Solutions
    8. Selecting Images
    9. Processing Images
    10. Developing a Personal Style
    11. Conclusion
    12. Chapter 9 Assignments
  15. Index
  16. 10. Sharing Your Work
    1. Getting Your work seen
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Applying the Finishing Touches
    4. Five Easy Steps to Get Your Work Noticed
    5. Exporting Images
    6. Creating an Online Gallery
    7. Printing Your Own Work
    8. Outsourcing Your Printing
    9. Making Photo Books
    10. Chapter 10 Assignments