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Your Photos Stink!

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When it comes to photography, getting from awful to awesome can be as simple as shifting the camera a few inches, tweaking the exposure just a bit, or making a simple lighting change. The trick is to develop your eye and your photography skills by learning from experts, experimenting with your technique, and shooting lots of photos. In YOUR PHOTOS STINK!: DAVID BUSCH'S LESSONS IN ELEVATING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY FROM AWFUL TO AWESOME, veteran photographer and author David Busch shows you how to create awesome images over a wide range of subjects-showing flawed photos alongside their improved versions, with clear explanations of how the fixes were made. Covering techniques of composition, exposure, post-processing, and more, and featuring dozens of side-by-side examples of awful/awesome photographs from subjects like nature, travel, and city life, Busch teaches you to see the most common problems that trouble photographers and how to correct them. Get ready to step up your game, with YOUR PHOTOS STINK!: DAVID BUSCH'S LESSONS IN ELEVATING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY FROM AWFUL TO AWESOME.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Authors
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1 Great Techniques
    1. Fruit Water Splash
    2. Letchworth Infrared Pond
    3. Decisive Moment
    4. Swept Away
    5. Flying High
    6. I Can Fly
  10. Chapter 2 Capturing the Spirits of People and Animals
    1. Daniela
    2. Girl with Daffodil
    3. Elinor
    4. Civil War Reenactor
    5. Old Blue Eyes
    6. Rick
    7. Kayla’s Concert
    8. Chris-to-pher
    9. Grandson
    10. Melanie
    11. Model
    12. Child
    13. Tunisian Family
    14. Tunisian Camel Rider
    15. Mary Jane
    16. Bonaire Iguana
    17. Tri-Colored Heron
    18. Cleveland Red Panda
    19. Casual Pet Portraits
  11. Chapter 3 Visualizing in Black-and-White
    1. Viaduct Falls
    2. Whitney Portal Falls
    3. The Arcade Circa 2012
    4. Have a Seat
    5. Lakeview Beach
    6. Edgewater Ice
    7. Manikin
    8. Tim McGraw
    9. Endeavor
  12. Chapter 4 Creative Cropping
    1. Cheetah
    2. Waiting for the Battle
    3. 99%
    4. Plates
    5. At Street Fair
    6. Droplets
    7. Lighthouse
    8. Entrance
    9. Stairwell Looking Down
  13. Chapter 5 Composition
    1. Setup for Surprise
    2. 9/11 Flag Memorial
    3. Ravenna Balloon A-Fair
    4. B&O Railyard
    5. 4 Strings
    6. Safety Deposit Cleveland Trust
    7. Party Project
    8. Letchworth State Park
    9. Roaring Fork
    10. Praying Mantis
    11. Tell Me Your Story
    12. Jag-A
    13. India Crowds
    14. Slide
    15. Tetons Fence
  14. Chapter 6 Exposure
    1. Blitzkrieg Bikers
    2. Balloon Glow
    3. McWay Falls
    4. South River Vineyard Star Trails
    5. Sunny Day in Antarctica
  15. Chapter 7 Getting Up Close
    1. Turn Left on Red
    2. Thorn Branch
    3. Dahlia
    4. Sunflower
    5. Unfolding Fern
    6. Dew Drop Refraction
    7. The Redhead
    8. Sally Lightfoot Crab
    9. Orchid Mania
    10. Orange Orchid
  16. Chapter 8 Effective Lens FX
    1. Tunnel View
    2. Ricketts
    3. Easter Head
    4. Mobius Arch
  17. Chapter 9 HDR Effects
    1. Hale Farm Sheep
    2. Pine Mountain
    3. Fall Back Road
    4. Warner & Swasey Observatory
    5. Volvo Graveyard
    6. Hall of Fame Museum
  18. Chapter 10 Photoshop Transformations
    1. Venus
    2. Crow View
    3. Victorian Home
    4. Warrior Masks
    5. Mansfield Reformatory
    6. Snowy Egret
    7. System 8
    8. Thunderbirds Crossing
    9. Paco—CF-18 Pilot
    10. San Juan Hotel
    11. Grumpy’s Café
  19. Chapter 11 Cloning and Compositing
    1. Inspiration Point
    2. Cubano Farmer
    3. AD-5 Skyraider
    4. Just Blend
    5. Banana Split in Alaska
    6. Dreamt About Space Battle
    7. Clown in City Hall
    8. Tall Ship
    9. Carla
    10. Beaver Marsh Sunrise
  20. Chapter 12 Scenics
    1. Yucca Sunset
    2. Crystal Cove Waves
    3. El Capitan
    4. Oregon Coast
    5. Sunflowers
    6. Antelope Canyon
  21. Appendix About the Photographers
    1. Nancy Balluck
    2. Elizabeth Barker
    3. Susan Bestul
    4. Robert Boyle
    5. Zach Bright
    6. John Earl Brown
    7. Shirley DeWitte
    8. Debbie DiCarlo
    9. Rob Erick
    10. Erik C. Heinrich
    11. Jerry Hilinski
    12. Angelo Jacobs
    13. Harry Kaulfersch
    14. Maria Kaiser
    15. Don Keller
    16. Jan Kocsis
    17. Dan Kozminski
    18. Matthew Kuhns
    19. Roger Moore
    20. Susan Onysko
    21. Anita Orenick
    22. Brian O’Riordan
    23. Barb Pennington
    24. Joseph Polevoi
    25. Shannon Rice
    26. Debra Rozin
    27. Ed Rynes
    28. Dan Sandy
    29. Donna Schneider
    30. Michele Schneider
    31. Mawele Shamaila
    32. Martin Shook
    33. George Sipl
    34. Alexander Stulock
    35. Jon Theobald
    36. Jamie Umlauf
    37. Dennis Wert
    38. Vicki Wert
    39. Eric Wethington
    40. Rick Wetterau
  22. Index