PhotoActive: Using Free Image Manipulation Software

PhotoActive

Book 1
RHE Media Limited
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Photography can be an expensive hobby but it need not be as, these days, there is a wide range of free and low cost applications and software packages that offer sophisticated tools and techniques to help the amateur photographer to produce great photos. Using Free Image Manipulation Software explores the world of free (and almost free) image manipulation software and apps and provides guidance on how the software can help you to manipulate and enhance your photographs. This PhotoActive title also provides advice on free workflow software that can help you to process and store your images. The book covers software to use with digital cameras as well as apps for your smartphone or tablet, including, for example: Gimp, iPhoto, Picasa and Windows Media Centre for image manipulation, apps such as PureShot, Snapseed and Photogene4, and LightZone and DarkTable for image workflow. As well as considering what is on offer, Peter Cope examines what the software can and can’t do when it comes to techniques like: - Converting colour images to black and white; - Cropping, colour and composition; - Removing red eye, adjusting for contrast and lighting, sharpening; - Major manipulations and creative transformations. Peter Cope has written many books that help beginners and amateur photographers develop skills and learn techniques to take their images from good to great. In this book he provides the same practical advice, helpful tips and useful shortcuts so that you can make the most of the free software that is available. With lots of photos and screen shots that demonstrate what you can achieve with the different software packages, Using Free Image Manipulation Software is an invaluable guide to developing your image manipulation skills in a cost-effective manner. So save your cash and start with what you can download for free – you will be amazed at what you can achieve with your photos.
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About the author

Peter Cope has had a lifelong interest in photography that has seen him embrace both the creative and technology sides – as well as acting as an (often) unpaid ambassador for both. First by using a traditional darkroom and later a digital one he has been keen to push the limits. His involvement with digital photography has been particularly long, having worked on Image Photon Counting Systems, the precursors of modern digital cameras, as an astrophysics undergraduate student. His avid interest would lead him – when digital technology became widely available – to be the first person to submit a digital entry for a photographic contest. It caused much scratching of heads by the organisers but did gain him his first honourable mention in the photographic press. A true enthusiast, Peter is always armed with at least one camera. Hence, on holidays, days out and social events he can be found with a camera permanently primed and ready to fire. And his passion for technology extends beyond photography as he can often be found enthusiastically promoting all manner of devices in publications as diverse as MacUser, The Lady and Saga Magazine. Arguing that he is not so much a professional photographer as a passionate one, Peter continues to evangelise photography and in particular the benefits and fun that new technologies can bring. He is the author of many books on photography ranging from 100 Ways to Make Good Photos Great to The Smart Phone Photography Guide. Peter is married with two children who have suffered immensely as subjects for his photography. He is also an avid long distance runner who has frequently sacrificed a personal best time in order to stop for some photo opportunities along a marathon route.
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Publisher
RHE Media Limited
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Published on
22 Jul 2015
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Pages
82
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ISBN
9781910226353
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Language
English
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Genres
Photography / Techniques / General
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The top-rated and top-selling photography ebook since 2012 and the first ever Gold Honoree of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, gives you five innovations no other book offers:Free video training. 9+ HOURS of video training integrated into the book’s content (requires Internet access). Travel around the world with Tony and Chelsea as they teach you hands-on. Appendix A lists the videos so you can use the book like an inexpensive video course.Classroom-style teacher and peer help. After buying the book, you get access to the private forums on this site, as well as the private Stunning Digital Photography Readers group on Facebook where you can ask the questions and post pictures for feedback from Tony, Chelsea, and other readers. It’s like being able to raise your hand in class and ask a question! Instructions are in the introduction.Lifetime updates. This book is regularly updated with new content (including additional videos) that existing owners receive for free. Updates are added based on reader feedback and questions, as well as changing photography trends and new camera equipment. This is the last photography book you’ll ever need.Hands-on practices. Complete the practices at the end of every chapter to get the real world experience you need.500+ high resolution, original pictures. Detailed example pictures taken by the author in fifteen countries demonstrate both good and bad technique. Many pictures include links to the full-size image so you can zoom in to see every pixel. Most photography books use stock photography, which means the author didn’t even take them. If an author can’t take his own pictures, how can he teach you?

In this book, Tony Northrup (award-winning author of more than 30 how-to books and a professional portrait, wildlife, and landscape photographer) teaches the art and science of creating stunning pictures. First, beginner photographers will master:

CompositionExposureShutter speedApertureDepth-of-field (blurring the background)ISONatural lightFlashTroubleshooting blurry, dark, and bad picturesPet photographyWildlife photography (mammals, birds, insects, fish, and more)Sunrises and sunsetsLandscapesCityscapesFlowersForests, waterfalls, and riversNight photographyFireworksRaw filesHDRMacro/close-up photography

Advanced photographers can skip forward to learn the pro’s secrets for:

Posing men and women. including corrective posing (checklists provided)Portraits (candid, casual, formal, and underwater)Remotely triggering flashesUsing bounce flash and flash modifiersUsing studio lighting on any budgetBuilding a temporary or permanent studio at homeShooting your first weddingHigh speed photographyLocation scouting/finding the best spots and timesPlanning shoots around the sun and moonStar trails (via long exposure and image stacking)Light paintingEliminating noiseFocus stacking for infinite depth-of-fieldUnderwater photographyGetting close to wildlifeUsing electronic shutter triggersPhotographing moving carsPhotographing architecture and real estate
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