Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs
Photography is now more popular than ever thanks to the rapid development of digital cameras. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is for this new wave of DSLR dabblers and users of compact system, and bridge cameras. It contains no graphs, no techie diagrams and no camera club jargon. Instead, it inspires readers through iconic images and playful copy packed with hands-on tips.
Split into five sections, the book covers composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing. Images taken by master photographers - including Henri Cartier- Bresson, Sebasti o Salgado, Fay Godwin, and Martin Parr - serve to illustrate points and encourage readers to try out new ideas.
Today's aspiring photographers want immediacy and see photography as an affordable way of expressing themselves quickly and creatively. This book answers that need, teaching readers how to take photographs using professional techniques.
""Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs" is the perfect quick reference for photographers to toss in their camera bag for a bit of inspiration and reminder of the basics." - "GeekDad"
Henry Carroll studied photography at the Royal College of Art, and his work has been exhibited worldwide. Building on his experience teaching A-Level Photography, he founded frui.co.uk, a company specializing in photography courses, holidays and events.
Introduction Start by ignoring everything Composition Leading lines / Landscape or portrait? / Framing / Foreground interest / Close-ups / Symmetry / The rule of thirds / Working the frame / Visual weight / Breaking the rules Exposure Modes / Shutter speed and shutter priority / Slow shutter speeds / Tripods / Fast shutter speeds / Aperture and aperture priority / Shallow depth of field / Deep depth of field / ISO / Manual / Exposure compensation Light Hard light / Soft light / Natural and artificial light / White balance / Inbuilt flash / Fill flash Lenses Lenses made easy / Wide angle: short focal length / Telephoto: long focal length / Standard focal length / Prime lenses / Macro photography Seeing Decisive moments / The dangers of perfectionism / What is beauty? / The art of seeing / Get physical / Tough love / Take your time / Be specific / The importance of intrigue / The X factor / Shoot a project Conclusion The secret to taking great pictures