Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, 2nd Edition
Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age is a groundbreaking introductory book that clearly and concisely provides the instruction and building blocks necessary to create thought-provoking digitally based photographs. It is an adventurous idea book that features numerous classroom-tested assignments and exercises from leading photographic educators to encourage you to critically explore and make images from the photographers' eye, an aesthetic point of view... [more]
Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change
You want to look through the lens of your camera and change the world. You want to capture powerful moments in one click that will impact the minds of other people. Photographic images are one of the most popular tools used to advocate for social and environmental awareness. This can be as close to home as drug use, prostitution, or pollution or as far away as famine, war, and the plight of refugees and migrant workers. One well-known example of an activist photographer would be landscape photographer Ansel Adams, who trudged to Washington with stunning images of the American west to advocate protecting these areas. His images and testimony were instrumental in creating the National Park System and garnering specific protection for Yellowstone National Park. More recently, Robert Glenn Ketchum's images of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge raised awareness of why this area should be protected. Nigel Barker's seal photographs advocate against seal clubbing. What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make the world a better place?
This book provides a comprehensive theory of, and history of, photography as activism. It also includes interviews with contemporary photographers. It is a call to action for young photographers to become activists, a primer of sorts, with advice for how to work with NGOs and non-profits and how to work safely in conflict zones and with suggestions for distribution on websites, blogs, and interactive agencies... [more]
Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, 4th Edition
This book is renowned for being the book to own if you want to understand lighting!
This is better than all the other how-to books on the market which just provide set examples for photographers to follow. Light Science and Magic provides photographers with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light to allow individual photographers to use lighting to express their own creativity. It will show you how to light the most difficult subjects such as surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and people.
With more information specific for digital photographers, a brand new chapter on equipment, much more information on location lighting, and more on photographing people, you'll see why this is one of the only recommended books by www.strobist.com... [more]
The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated
Images, 2nd Edition
Photographic technology is
evolving at an ever-accelerating rate. In order to excel at this
complex craft, students need to master both creative vision as
well as technical skills to produce images that are visually inspiring
as well as technically accurate.
In this highly visual, informative new book, Angela Faris Belt
discusses the four crucial elements of photography that are essential
for successful technical and conceptual image-making... [more]
Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels, 5th Edition
The classic textbok for Color Photography courses is back in print and completely revamped for a digital photography audience. Students learn from step-by-step instruction, illustrative charts, and unbelievably inspirational imagery. World-renowned artists give insight as to "how they did that" and the author provides challenging assignments to help take photography to a new level. With aesthetic and technical instruction like no other, this book truly is the bible for color photography... [more]
Langford's Advanced Photography: The Guide for Aspiring Photographers,
Michael Langford was a renowned author, teacher, and photographer. Established in the mid 1960 s, his photography books have inspired, taught, and guided millions of students and enthusiasts in their photographic ambitions. Langford's Advanced Photography is a well structured, pragmatic, and comprehensive companion for any photographer wanting to take their photography to the next level. Covering all the essentials of photography, the title starts with the basics of equipment and lenses, guiding the reader through to lighting and tone control, subjects, and traditional and digital workflows, and then how to extend beyond traditional photography. Completed with a chapter on reproduction and archiving and a chapter on business practice, this book gives any aspiring photographer all the skills he or she needs to make it as a professional photographer... [more]
Digital Collage and Painting: Using Photoshop and Painter to Create Fine Art,
If you already know your way around Photoshop and Painter and want to use these amazing programs to take your skills further, this book is for you! Much more than a simple "how-to" guide, Susan Ruddick Bloom takes you on a full-fledged journey of the imagination and shows you how to create incredible works of fine art. Supplemented by the work of 20+ World-renowned artists in addition to Sue's own masterpieces, you'll learn how to create watercolors, black and white pencil sketches, texture collages, stunning realistic and fantastical collages, and so much more, all from your original photographs. If you are eager to dive into the world of digital art but need a refresher on the basics, flip to Sue's essential techniques chapter to brush up on your Photoshop and Painter skills, and you'll be on your way in no time. Whether you're a novice or an established digital artist, you'll find more creative ideas in this book than you could ever imagine. Fully updated for new versions of Painter and Photoshop and including brand new work from contemporary artists, Digital Collage and Painting provides all the inspiration you need to bring your artistic vision to light... [more]
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop
If you already have a good knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and are looking to advance your skills, Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop is the book you've been waiting for. Renowned photographers Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe impart their Photoshop tips and workflow, showing you how to use a vast array of rarely seen advanced Photoshop techniques. Whether the subject is serious retouching work, weird and wonderful compositions, or planning a shoot before you've even picked up a camera, you can be sure that the advice is based on years of practical experience... [more]
Photographic Composition: A Visual Guide
However amazing the subject or technically excellent the photography, the single biggest factor in deciding whether a photograph is good or bad is how well it is composed.
Photographic Composition offers a unique take on this fundamental issue by offering instruction in a visual format. The book is laid out in a unique spread format of a beautiful image on one page, with an in-depth break down of why the rule of composition works in the image, and also how photographers can apply the techniques to their own photography.
Inspirational, instructive, and, most importantly, visually stunning and beautiful, photography master Richard Zakia teaches the lessons he has learned from over 40 years as a photographer. This is the book every photographer needs to own in order to create the outstanding images they always wanted to - but didn't know how... [more]
3D in Photoshop: The Ultimate Guide for Creative Professionals
This is the first book of its kind that shows you everything you need to know to create or integrate 3D into your designs using Photoshop CS5 Extended. If you are completely new to 3D, you'll find the great tips and tricks in 3D in Photoshop invaluable as you get started. There is also a wealth of detailed technical insight for those who want more. Written by the true experts—Adobe's own 3D team—and with contributions from some of the best and brightest digital artists working today, this reference guide will help you to create a comprehensive workflow that suits your specific needs. Along the way, you'll pick up troubleshooting tips and advice from the industry experts and you'll be inspired by many examples of full-color, original works of 3D art.
If you're already using Photoshop for your digital art and want to learn how to incorporate your 3D components into one workflow, you'll discover new ways of working with Photoshop that you probably never knew existed. Find out how to quickly generate beautiful 3D extrusions from text layers, selections, and more. Brush up on your painting, texture creation, and editing skills, and learn how to composite 3D to 2D scenes. You'll also discover the secrets to creating Lenticular images. It's all here in this comprehensive guide—the next best thing to sitting side-by-side with an Adobe expert while you create 3D magic... [more]
Langford's Basic Photography: The Guide for Serious Photographers,
Michael Langford was a renowned author, teacher, and practitioner of photography. His Langford's series of books have been established photography bibles sinc e the mid 1960s and have inspired millions of photographers.
Langford's Starting Photography offers a fun introduction to the subject. The focus is on teaching the fundamentals of photography for those wishing to move beyond happy-snapping, and looking to get to grips with the creative side of the camera.
Langford's Basic Photography offers a sound foundation in the subject of photography, augmented with project-based learning, and would be appropriate for introductory photography courses. It takes a structured approach , with chapter summaries and projects at the end of each section.
Langford's Advanced Photographyis the advanced-level companion to Basic. Together, the two books offer a complete course in the study of p hotography, both historical and practical, artistic and pragmatic... [more]
Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills
Master Photoshop CS5 project-by-project! Using a celebrated combination of real-world examples, step-by-step projects, and professional advice, two internationally recognized authors and Adobe Photoshop Ambassadors guide you through this powerful software package so you can start creating your own works of art in no time.
Broken into three parts to form a structured, self-study guide, Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills covers all the foundation skills to get you going, and then more advanced techniques to truly hone your image editing skills. A complete section of step-by-step imaging projects helps you practice your skills and learn how to create professional, quality images... [more]
How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The Art of Creating Realistic Photomontages, 6th Edition
How to Cheat in Photoshop shows you how to cheat in two important ways. First, you'll learn a professional montage artist's proven-to-be-successful tips for getting the best out of Photoshop's many features quickly and efficiently, so that you can create work under deadline while still maintaining quality. Second, you'll learn how to make an image look like something else entirely, for those moments when stock imagery just won't do and you don't have the time (or funding) to set up a photo shoot. Photomontage master Steve Caplin has been a recognized leader in the world of photo manipulation for many years, and in this invaluable resource for designers, illustrators, retouchers, students, and graphic artists, he shows exactly what methods he uses to create stunning imagery used in advertising, publishing, print media, and more.
Fully updated to cover all of the new features in Photoshop CS5, this book is also backwards-compatible and can be used with any version of Photoshop. The accompanying DVD for Mac and PC contains over two and a half hours of video tutorials for additional training, and on the book's popular website www.howtocheatinphotoshop.com, you'll find even more resources such as an "Ask the Author" forum, sample images from other How to Cheat fans, and weekly challenges so that you can test your own skills and see where your creativity can take you... [more]
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC
With the new edition of this proven bestseller, Photoshop users can master the power of Photoshop CS5 with internationally renowned photographer and Photoshop hall-of-famer Martin Evening by their side.
In this acclaimed reference work, Martin covers everything from the core aspects of working in Photoshop to advanced techniques for professional results. Subjects covered include organizing a digital workflow, improving creativity, output, automating Photoshop, and using Camera RAW. The style of the book is extremely clear, with real examples, diagrams, illustrations, and step-by-step explanations supporting the text throughout. This is, quite simply, the essential reference for photographers of all levels using Photoshop... [more]
Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook:
A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve
Teaching students how to manage their digital files can be extremely challenging. Authors Patti Russotti (professor at R.I.T.) and Richard Anderson (board member of the ASMP) provide you with the best workflow practices for planning and capturing to archiving your digital photography and everything in between. Stay current with the accompanying website that provides resources and links for ever- changing technology and the latest advances in workflow, including interactivity, QuickTime movie tutorials, the Seminar series presentations, and interviews with professional photographers. Co-published with the American Society of Media Photographers and DPBestflow (a Library of Congress- funded project), Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook is the most trusted resource for digital photographers and digital imaging artists... [more]
Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach,
The sixth edition of Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach features
penetrating interviews with leading professionals, hard-hitting
photographs, and easy-to-understand technical illustrations.
Students learn from the pros through interviews with photojournalists
from leading newspapers and major magazines, as well as with independent
freelancers and those working with international picture agencies.
This edition also features the best in photojournalism—including
new, award-winning international picture stories, some seen for
the first time—to teach and inspire future photojournalists... [more]
Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom:
A Complete Integrated Workflow Solution for Creating Stunning Monochromatic Images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and Beyond
This comprehensive reference will help your students maximize their workflow with coverage of all of the relevant new features of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, including every stage of the black and white process from capture to printing. Complex, key topics such as color management, optimizing the workspace, softproofing and calibration (both onscreen and for output), evaluating histograms, non-destructive editing, and much more are covered in depth through the use of clear step-by-step instruction and screenshots. In addition, breathtaking color and black and white photographs throughout the text will keep your students engaged and inspire them to expand their own creativity to limitless possibilities... [more]
The Photoshop Lightroom Workbook:
Workflow not Workslow in Lightroom 2
The Photoshop Lightroom Workbook is a no-nonsense guide to setting up an efficient workflow in Lightroom.
Authors Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer are co-founders of the renowned photography training and consultancy company D-65 (D-65.com). They are the perfect guides to lead students through the maze of technical problems and practical challenges that stand in the way of a seamless digital workflow with Lightroom at the core.
- Subjects are covered in clear, logically-ordered, self-contained chapters, with summaries and questions included at the end of chapters to reinforce learning
- Highly-illustrated, the book includes quality, inspirational images throughout
- Explains not only how to use Lightroom but also how best to work pre-capture to ensure you get the best out of Lightroom post-capture... [more]
Stoppees' Guide to Photography and Light:
What Digital Photographers, Illustrators, and Creative Professionals Must Know
Brian and Janet Stoppee have incorporated their decades of daily, hands-on expertise at image-making plus their leading seminars and one-on-one training into the most comprehensive guide to photographic lighting available!
It’s impossible to be successful in photography without a mastery of light. It’s the basis of all things photographic. The Stoppees welcome the reader into their professional world with a conversational tone that makes you feel as if you are a member of their team in pre-production planning, out on a shoot, or back at their studio, in post-production. They’ve packed the book with full-color, vibrant images and lighting diagrams that make the technology easy to quickly understand. This compendium of professional know-how shows you how to both manipulate nature’s light and create natural-looking illumination with artificial light sources. Whether you’re a professional photographer, you use photography in your profession, or you just want your images to look more professional, this book is your resource to creating far superior digital images... [more]
Langford's Starting Photography: The Guide to Creating Great Images,
The Focal Press introductory photography book, this authoritative classic by leading photography writer and lecturer Michael Langford has been refreshed and revised by best-selling photography author Philip Andrews for today's photographers. Strongly focused on digital, but with key references to traditional photography where relevant, to offer a full grounding in the topic, Langford's Starting Photography is an ideal technical introduction.
All the core basics are included, from how to select and compose a good picture to how different cameras operate and how to decipher their controls. Different subjects are explored, with advice on how to tackle people, places, animals, landscapes, and close-ups, and valuable guidance on presenting and assessing finished work. This established, detailed beginner's guide is the perfect choice if you're looking to develop your knowledge and skills and take your photography to the next level.... [more]
Digital Photography: Essential Skills, 4th Edition
In a market overwhelmed with ill-defined, low level digital photography guides, this book takes a refreshingly practical, focused approach to cover exactly what the learning novice and student needs to know to develop a creative, competent style and a seamless photography workflow.
Packed with quality images to inspire and enthuse, Digital Photography: Essential Skills covers all the essentials, from choosing cameras to perfecting capture, managing files, editing images and developing a creative, critical eye. With learning outcomes listed at the start of each chapter, step-by-step examples, a full glossary and activities to reinforce learning, this is a perfect resource for self-learning and classroom-based teaching.
As a working photographer and teaching lecturer, Mark Galer is the ideal guide to take readers through the skills and knowledge they need to take fantastic images... [more]
Studio Photography: Essential Skills, 4th Edition
Studio photography is a common career path for aspiring photographers and students, but the professional and commercial nature of the field makes it a challenging area to break into.
Whilst other introductory books on the subject are often bogged down with too much technical detail or too many "show-off" shots, Studio Photography: Essential Skills offers a practical and accessible guide to the essential techniques for creative and successful studio photography. Whether photographing a person or a product, this book shows you how to take control of the light, mood, and look to arrive at the perfect result for a particular assignment. Taking a commercial and creative approach, John Child considers the important elements of lighting, exposure, capture, art direction, and the studio setting to ensure a successful shoot... [more]
A Practical Guide to Choosing a Space, Displaying Your Work, and Everything in Between
Creating and organizing successful photography exhibitions requires business finesse and expertise as well as artistic ability. Exhibiting Photography offers step-by-step guidance, paired with anecdotes and case studies of real situations to help photographers at any level improve their business skills, explore new exhibiting techniques, and learn to self-promote with confidence.
Addressing the technical and aesthetic concerns of amateur and professional photographers, rarely discussed in such detail, Shirley Read’s informative new book explores:
- The process of finding the right exhibition space
- How to design and install an exhibition
- The right and wrong way to approach a gallery
- How to navigate contracts
- Pricing and selling
- How to establish budgets and timetables
Exhibiting Photography also includes documents and checklists to help photographers stay organized and maximize the success of an exhibition.
Enhance your artistic ability by mastering the fundamental social, strategic, and organizational skills that successful photographers utilize when navigating the world of art exhibition and commerce... [more]
Basic Photographic Materials and Processes, 3rd Edition
Photography is both an art and a science. While many books speak to the art of the craft, this book gets to the science. A classic textbook that offers the most comprehensive treatment of the science of photography available, this edition has been updated throughout to reflect the changing needs of today's students. Topics covered include light and photometry, optics, sensitometry, tone reproduction, visual perception, and more. Covering both analog and digital photography for both color and black and white, this scientific textbook gives materials and processes students the foundation they need to truly understand the photographic process…[more]
Perception and Imaging: Photography—A
Way of Seeing, 3rd Edition
How do you experience a photograph?
What do you want a viewer to feel when they look at your image? Perception
and Imaging explains how we see and what we don’t
see. Relevant psychological principles will help you predict your
viewer’s emotional reaction to your photographic images,
giving you more power, control, and tools for communicating your
desired message. Knowing how our minds work helps photographers,
graphic designers, videographers, animators, and visual communicators
both create and critique sophisticated works of visual art. Benefit
from this insight in your work... [more]
Basic Critical Theory for Photographers
If you want to understand the key debates in photography and
learn how to apply the fascinating issues raised by critical theory
to your own practical work, this is the book for you! This accessible
book cuts through often difficult and intimidating academic language
to deliver understandable, stimulating discussion and summaries
of the original texts.
Key works by great writers such as Sontag and Barthes are explored,
along with those from other prominent critics. You are guided through
a broad range of issues, including the differences between Eastern
and Western art, post-modernism, sexism, the relationshipbetween photography and language, and many other crucial debates. The book
is illustrated by many classic images by eminent international
Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive
Use of Ideas, Materials, and Processes,
Third Edition continues to provide a reliable source
of techniques and ideas for the use of alternative and contemporary
photographic processes that photographers have come to depend on.
Professional photographers and advanced students seeking to increase
their skills will discover modern and classic methods of creating
and manipulating images. This practical guide integrates technical
methods with the aesthetic outcome. It offers readers clear, step-by-step
instructions on historic and on contemporary processes that integrate
both the technical information and the aesthetic inspiration needed
to create outstanding photographs... [more]
Pinhole Photography: From Historic Technique to Digital Application, 4th Edition
A respected guide for students, amateurs, and advanced photographers
—inside you will find more varieties of pinhole cameras for beginners,
expanded instructional information on pinhole and zone plate practices,
and new information on where to get pinhole supplies throughout
the world. With listings of workshops, pinhole photographer's websites, pinhole books available, and a guide to commercial and individual
suppliers of pinhole equipment, this is the one guide you'll need
to navigate the industry... [more]
The Darkroom Cookbook,
The art of darkroom developing and printing will never go out of style. Master darkroom specialist Steve Anchell is back to prove it in this long-awaited third edition of his enormously successful Darkroom Cookbook. Packed with over 200 "recipes," some common and others rare gems, you'll discover something new every time you open this guide, whether you're new to the darkroom or have been making your own prints for years. In addition to the formulas, you'll find tons of useful information on developers, push-processing, where to get darkroom equipment, how to set up your own darkroom, how to work and play in your darkroom safely, and much more. This handy guide will become a constant companion for every darkroom enthusiast creating prints at home or in the studio.... [more]