The Reading List: Mastering Photography

Mastering Composition: The Definitive Guide for Photographers
Mastering Composition:
The Definitive Guide for Photographers
Paperback – May 1, 2015
by Richard Garvey-Williams  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781450633
ISBN-13: 978-1781450635

Going beyond the rule of thirds, Author and professional photographer Richard Garvey-Williams argues that success lies in a combination of four elements: an impactful subject; dynamic composition; effective use of lighting; and, perhaps the most crucial, ability to invoke an emotional response in the viewer. Citing examples gleaned from a study of history—the Ancient Greeks' Golden Rule; Fibonacci's mathematical ratio; and principles known as the Gestalt theory—the author analyzes the concepts, rules, and guidelines that define successful composition in photography and offers practical guidance to achieving great results.

The book is illustrated with examples of the author's own beautiful nature photography, along with diagrams and notation to explain techniques most clearly. A final chapter in this definitive guide for all serious photographers discusses photography and its relationship to art before offering a considered conclusion to the exploration of this fascinating topic.

Mastering Landscape Photography
Mastering Landscape Photography
Paperback – May 1, 2015
by David Taylor  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781450846
ISBN-13: 978-1781450840

Landscape photography can be a solitary experience, but award-winning landscape photographer David Taylor believes creativity requires a certain amount of peaceful contemplation to flourish. What skills or requirements, therefore, does a successful landscape photographer need? An ability not to mind getting cold or wet is one that springs to immediately to mind, but a landscape photographer also has to understand how the weather and the seasons affect the landscape. Navigational skills are useful to find potential subjects. Above all, empathy for the natural world is a prerequisite.

Beginning with a comprehensive guide to the choice of cameras, lenses, and other equipment and accessories, Taylor goes on to discuss the fundamentals of exposure - aperture, shutter speed, ISO, dynamic range - and an appreciation of the effects of light on the landscape, at various times of the day and in all types of weather. The authoritative text explains the theories and "rules" of composition: the importance of balance, harmony, and symmetry, the power of leading lines, visual weight, and the ability to create depth in an image. A final instructive chapter details the practical techniques of post production workflow, from the processing of images to proofing, and to displaying or printing the final results.

Mastering Street Photography
Mastering Street Photography
Paperback – April 1, 2017
by Brian Lloyd Duckett (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781452695
ISBN-13: 978-1781452691

Street photography has a tradition dating back over a century, and today's digital world finds it enjoying a renaissance - yet there is little expert advice available. This is a practical guide to capturing the candid moments that reveal life at its most dramatic, absurd, or beautiful. Brian Lloyd Duckett demonstrates how the successful street photographer needs to be an unseen observer, with the camera a mirror of everyday scenes and unaware subjects.

A guide to equipment and technical skills leads into lessons in finding inspiration, developing projects, and composing different subjects and scenes - laying the foundations for you to impose your personality on your photography and develop your own distinctive style. The book also addresses such key issues as staying safe and within the law when photographing on the street, and the art of building an audience for your images.

Mastering Exposure
Mastering Exposure
Paperback – November 1, 2016
by David Taylor  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781452059
ISBN-13: 978-1781452059

Aimed at the more experienced amateur photographer, this concise guide explains the fundamentals of exposure and how varying three parameters—shutter speed, aperture, and ISO - can be used creatively and practically to determine correct exposure, but deliver substantially different results. The mechanics of exposure are discussed: the nature of light and how metering affects exposure; light's relationship to color; the importance of white balance; the use of flash; an appreciation of dynamic range; and the ability to read histograms.

Illustrated with the author's own stunning images, the book analyzes the effects of exposure on portrait, landscape, night and low-light photography, and when capturing action and sports images. Post processing techniques in the digital darkroom round off this invaluable guide to getting the best results from your photography.

Mastering Macro Photography
Mastering Macro Photography
Paperback – October 1, 2017
by David Taylor  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781452997
ISBN-13: 978-1781452998

With more manufacturers than ever before producing macro lenses and accessories, and digital technology offering fresh creative possibilities, there has never been a more exciting time to explore this macro world with your camera. This book explains the basics of equipment, focusing, exposure and magnification ratios alongside such topics as lighting for effect, employing color as a compositional device and using depth of field creatively.

The author explores digital techniques such as focus stacking and the use of smartphone apps both to compose shots on a camera via WiFi connection and to trigger cameras when shooting at high speed. With subjects ranging from classic close-ups such as plants and insects to micrographics and abstracts, plus showcases of the greatest exponents of close-up, this is a complete manual for achieving creative and professional results.

Mastering Portrait Photography
Mastering Portrait Photography
Paperback – April 1, 2016
by Sarah Plater  (Author), Paul Wilkinson  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781450854
ISBN-13: 978-1781450857

Sarah Plater and Paul Wilkinson present a modern, fresh and vibrant approach to portraiture that aims to capture a moment in the lifestyle of the person or persons in the picture. This authoritative guide contains clear, concise and jargon-busting text that discusses the essential technical aspects of photography from choosing a camera and equipment to an appreciation of exposure, aperture, metering, shutter speed, depth of field and white balance settings, in addition to how natural light, color, and movement affect a photograph.

Sarah Plater began experimenting with film photography over 15 years ago. She spent three years working at a high street photography studio, before leaving to concentrate on natural light portraiture. She has written for several popular photography magazines. Paul Wilkinson is a multi-award winning portrait and wedding photographer, partner photographer to chef Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and the Crazy Bear Group. He was UK Lifestyle and Location Portrait Photographer of the Year 2014. His stylish, relaxed and personal images have resulted in him becoming one of the leading photographers in the country.

Mastering Black & White Photography
Mastering Black & White Photography
Paperback – April 1, 2016
by John Walmsley (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781450870
ISBN-13: 978-1781450871

Mastering Black & White Photography is the definitive work on how to shoot black & white images on today's sophisticated SLR and compact digital cameras and smartphones. This book explains the theory behind digital photography, along with a guide to the equipment and software needed to take outstanding images.

The book explains the basics of exposure and good composition, file types, manipulating captured images using popular software, and applying special effects (such as split toning, simulating film grain, lith prints and using cyanotypes). A printing chapter discusses outputting and displaying images. A lovely book in itself with beautiful, inspiring photos.

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