If you have been shooting photos primarily in AUTO mode, you are not alone! Most people can use a camera that way with no problem, however many become intimidated the moment they hear terms like aperture or shutter speed.
Rather than going to show you every option of your camera, this book will guide you through the principles that rule photography and exposure, giving you the knowledge and tools to perfectly understand the process and fully utilize the power of your camera.
I believe in teaching at the student's pace. That's why I have divided the book in 10 sections, each covering a single topic, further broken up in smaller chapters. You will also find both color photographs and simplified diagrams that will help visualize the concepts. The book extensively covers the process of composition, what makes a good photograph, and tips and techniques that will point you in the right direction.
By the end of the book you will learn:
* Adjusting exposure to control the brightness of your photos
* Setting your aperture to blur or focus the background
* Setting your shutter speed to freeze action or blur motion
* Setting your White Balance according to the scene
* Using exposure compensation for tricky lighting situations
* What P, A/Av, S/Tv and M modes are
* What camera scenes are
* What a histogram is and how to use it to take better pictures
* How to use the camera's light metering system
* How to use the camera's auto-focusing system
* The difference between full frame and crop sensor cameras
* The difference between RAW and JPEG files
and also, advanced techniques like:
* Focus stacking
* Long exposure
* Image averaging
* Camera panning
Several chapters also include a list of practice exercises that you are encouraged to undertake as a starting point for better learning.
While not overwhelming you with unnecessary jargon, this book doesn't shy away from using the correct technical terminology. I believe that this will ultimately empower you to join future photography conversations that will further grow your expertise and lead you towards capturing your vision into stunning photographs.
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
Tony goes beyond teaching you how to use Lightroom. Tony shows you why and when to use each feature to create stunning, natural photos. When Lightroom isn t the best tool, Tony suggests better alternatives.
Combining the benefits of video training and book learning, this video book gives you over 14 hours of video and dozens of free presets and raw images to practice with. If you learn better with video, watch the video training and refer to the book for quick reference. If you prefer reading, the book is concise and practical, and each chapter links to relevant videos when you want to understand a topic more deeply or see it used in the real world.
Tony covers every aspect of Lightroom in-depth, but structures his teaching so that both beginner and advanced photographers can learn as efficiently as possible. If you just want a quick start, you can watch the first video or read the first chapter and you'll be organizing and editing your pictures in less than an hour. If you want to know more about a specific feature, switch to that video or jump to that chapter in the ebook. If you want to know everything about Lightroom, watch the videos and read the book from start to finish.
In the first half of The Photographer’s Guide to Posing, Lindsay discusses how the camera sees, and thus how camera angle, lens choice, and perspective all affect the appearance of your subject. Lindsay then covers things that ruin a pose—such as placement of the hands, and your subject’s expression and posture. Next, Lindsay dives into “posing essentials,” outlining her approach to start with a “base pose,” then build on that to create endless posing opportunities. She also discusses posing the face—with specific sections dedicated to the chin, jaw, eyes, and forehead—as well as posing hands.
In the second half of the book, Lindsay dedicates entire chapters to posing specific subject matter: women, men, couples, curvy women, families and small groups, and large groups. In each chapter, Lindsay addresses that subject matter’s specific challenges, provides “go-to poses” you can always use, and covers how to train the eye to determine the best pose for your subject(s). Lindsay also teaches you how to analyze a pose so that you can create endless posing opportunities and continuously improve your work.