The Beginner's Photography Guide, 1st Edition

  • Chris Gatcum
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  • ISBN-10: 146541634X
  • ISBN-13: 9781465416346
  • DDC: 771
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released July 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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In contrast to the jargon-filled manuals that come with most digital cameras, The Beginner's Photography Guide presents step-by-step digital slr camera basics, while introducing and demonstrating a wide variety of techniques that will inspire the novice digital photographer. Grouped together by themes-color, composition, natural light, framing, and more-each camera technique is broken down into an easy-to-follow step-by-step sequence, and features annotated photographs and suggestions on getting the best from digital slr cameras and taking eye-catching photos.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.

Half Title Page.


Title Page.

Copyright Page.



About this Book.

1: Equipment.

2: Introducing Equipment.

3: Explaining Cameras.

4: Anatomy of a DSLR.

5: Through the Viewfinder.

6: On the LCD Screen.

7: Other Camera Types.

8: Holding Your Camera.

9: Explaining Accessories.

10: Additional Equipment.

11: Explaining Image Formats.

12: JPEG or Raw?.

13: Exposure.

14: Introducing Exposure.

15: Explaining Shooting Modes.

16: What are Scene Modes?.

17: What are Auto and Advanced Modes?.

18: Applying Program Mode.

19: Taking Creative Control.

20: Explaining Aperture Priority Mode.

21: Why Use Aperture Priority Mode?.

22: Applying Aperture Priority Mode.

23: Keeping Everything in Focus.

24: Using a Shallow Depth of Field for Portraits.

25: Isolating a Subject from the Background.

26: Explaining Shutter Priority Mode.

27: Why Use Shutter Priority Mode?.

28: Applying Shutter Priority Mode.

29: Freezing Movement.

30: Freezing Extreme Movement.

31: Creating Moderatemovement Blur.

32: Creating Extreme Movement Blur.

33: Panning for Sharpness and Blur.

34: Applying Manual Mode.

35: Taking Full Manual Control.

36: Explaining Metering Patterns.

37: What are Metering Patterns?.

38: Explaining Histograms.

39: What is a Histogram?.

40: Applying Exposure Compensation.

41: Fine-Tuning Exposure.

42: Using Automatic Exposure Bracketing.

43: Explaining High Dynamic Range.

44: What is HDR Imaging?.

45: Focusing.

46: Introducing Focusing.

47: Applying Essential Autofocus.

48: Using Multi-Area and Single-Point Autofocus.

49: Applying Focus Lock.

50: Focusing and Reframing.

51: Applying Manual Focus.

52: Controlling Your Point of Focus.

53: Applying Continuous Autofocus.

54: Tracking a Moving Subject.

55: Applying Prefocus.

56: Focusing on High-Speed Subjects.

57: Lenses.

58: Introducing Lenses.

59: Explaining Focal Length.

60: What is Focal Length?.

61: Applying Wide-Angle Focal Length.

62: Using a Wide-Angle Lens Outdoors.

63: Using a Wide-Angle Lens Indoors.

64: Applying Telephoto Focal Length.

65: Using a Telephoto Lens for Portraits.

66: Using a Telephoto Lens for Distant Subjects.

67: Applying Macro Focal Length.

68: Using a Macro Lens for Mobile Subjects.

69: Using a Macro Lens for Static Subjects.

70: Available Light.

71: Introducing Available Light.

72: Explaining Color Temperature.

73: What is the Color of Light?.

74: Applying White Balance.

75: Selecting the Correct White Balance.

76: Setting a Custom White Balance.

77: Applying Light Control.

78: Using Reflectors to Add Light.

79: Using a Diffuser to Soften Light.

80: Applying Low-Light Techniques.

81: Working in Low Light Outdoors.

82: Working in Dimly Lit Interiors.

83: Applying High-Contrast Techniques.

84: Exploiting Light and Shadow.

85: Exposing for the Highlights.

86: Applying Against-the-Light Techniques.

87: Creating a Halo of Light.

88: Creating a Silhouette.

89: Explaining Lens Flare.

90: How Do You Work with Lens Flare?.

91: Flash.

92: Introducing Flash.

93: Explaining Flash Essentials.

94: What are Sync Speeds and Guide Numbers?.

95: Applying Built-in Flash.

96: Using Fill-Flash.

97: Applying Hot Shoe Flash.

98: Bouncing the Flash.

99: Using Flash at Night.

100: Applying Off-Camera Flash.

101: Using a Simple Lighting Set-Up.

102: Painting with Light.

103: Image Enhancement.

104: Introducing Image Enhancement.

105: Applying Crop and Rotate.

106: Cropping for Impact.

107: Applying Levels.

108: Correcting Exposure.

109: Applying Curves.

110: Adjusting Contrast.

111: Applying Hue and Saturation.

112: Boosting Color.

113: Applying Monochrome Techniques.

114: Converting to Black and White.

115: Toning the Image.

116: Applying Sharpening.

117: Achieving Crisp Details.