The Basic Book of Photography Fifth Edition

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/26/2003
  • Publisher: Plume

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For nearly three decades, The Basic Book of Photography has been the ideal handbook for beginning and experienced photographers alike.  This comprehensive edition has been expanded to include the latest technological innovations in digital photography and the most modern methods and products used in traditional film photography.

So whether you use a single lens reflex (SLR), compact, APS, single-use, instant, or digital camera, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to operate your photo equipment successfully to produce the most striking pictures.

This greatly expanded edition includes:

  • An all new chapter on digital cameras and imaging
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting techniques
  • Descriptions of all color, black-and-white, and infrared films
  • Procedures for processing your own pictures
  • Ways to enjoy your photography on the internet

With more than 395 instructive illustrations and an extensive glossary, The Basic Book of Photography help you become the photographer you always wanted to be.

Author Biography

Tom Grimm is a freelance photographer based in Oregon who has spent more than 40 years behind a camera and in the darkroom. He has taught at UC Irvine and has traveled to more than 125 countries on assignment for major publications. He is the co-author of The Basic Book of Photography.

Michele and Tom Grimm are freelance photographers and writers who have written and illustrated a dozen other adult and children’s books.  They live in Oregon.

Table of Contents

Smile, Say "Cheese"p. xxiii
Operating Your Camerap. 1
The "Best" Camerap. 3
The 35mm Revolutionp. 3
Single Lens Reflex or Compact Camera?p. 7
Protecting Your Camerap. 16
Safeguarding Your Lensesp. 19
Holding the Camerap. 21
Loading Your Camera--for Surep. 23
Changing Partially Exposed Rolls of Filmp. 28
Making Multiple Exposuresp. 30
Understanding Film Speeds (ISO)p. 33
Comprehending Shutter Speedsp. 37
Adjusting Lens Openingsp. 40
Figuring Focusp. 46
Dealing with Depth of Fieldp. 53
Recognizing Some Common Photo Abbreviationsp. 59
Determining Exposurep. 61
Setting the Film Speed (ISO)p. 61
Setting the ISO Automatically with DX-Coded Filmsp. 63
Understanding Automatic Exposure (AE) Controlsp. 65
Understanding Exposure Metering Systemsp. 69
Working with Exposure Override Controlsp. 73
Bracketing for the Best Exposurep. 77
Concerning Exposure Meter Photocellsp. 79
Dealing with Exposure Meter and Camera Batteriesp. 81
Considering Hand-held Exposure Metersp. 85
Simple Alternatives for Setting Exposuresp. 89
Making Accurate Exposure Readingsp. 91
Choosing Lensesp. 102
Types of Lensesp. 103
Determining the Quality and Cost of Lensesp. 110
Mounting Lensesp. 114
All About Autofocus Lensesp. 115
Praising Zippy Zoom Lensesp. 121
Tips for Using Telephoto Lensesp. 124
Working with Wide-Angle Lensesp. 130
Making It Big with Macro Lensesp. 133
Creating Large Images with Close-up Lensesp. 136
Nonoptical Options for Making Close-upsp. 139
Finding Out All About Flashp. 141
Day and Night Uses of Flashp. 142
Farewell to Flashbulbsp. 143
Types of Flash Equipmentp. 144
Determining Flash Powerp. 147
Understanding Flash Synchronizationp. 149
Features of Shoe-Mount Flashp. 153
Facts About Flash Batteriesp. 168
Concerns About Flash Cords and Connectionsp. 171
Figuring Manual Flash Exposuresp. 173
Fill Flash for More Flattering Photosp. 178
Bounce Flash for Better Picturesp. 184
Other Useful Flash Techniquesp. 187
Practical Considerations with Flashp. 193
Selecting Filmsp. 196
Types of Filmp. 199
Special-Purpose Filmsp. 204
Speeds of Filmp. 207
Sizes of Filmsp. 211
Processing of Filmsp. 214
Color and Black-and-White Films Currently Availablep. 218
Improving Photos with Filtersp. 225
Understanding Filter Factorsp. 231
Three Filters for All Filmsp. 233
Filters for Color Photographyp. 241
Filters for Black-and-White Photographyp. 247
Filters for Fun and Special Effectsp. 251
Considering Accessory Equipmentp. 256
Tips About Tripodsp. 256
Considerations About Camera Bagsp. 266
Multiple Choices with Multifunction and Data Backsp. 269
Fast Filming with Motor Drivesp. 270
Buying Used Accessory Equipmentp. 272
Using Point-and-Shoot and Other Convenience Camerasp. 274
Mastering 35mm Compact Camerasp. 276
Avoiding Compact Camera Calamitiesp. 291
Better Snapshots with APS (Advanced Photo System) Camerasp. 292
Simple Shooting with Single-Use Camerasp. 297
Almost Gone but Not Forgotten: Instamatic and Disc Camerasp. 300
On-the-Spot Prints with Polaroid Instant Camerasp. 301
The Impact of Convenience Camerasp. 305
Experimenting with Digital Cameras and Computer Photo Electronic Imagingp. 307
Resolution Is the Key to Digital Image Qualityp. 309
Digital Camera Detailsp. 311
Composing Effective Photographsp. 316
Pictures with a Purposep. 316
Have a Center of Interestp. 318
Put the Main Subject Off Centerp. 318
Get in Closep. 320
Keep the Horizon Straightp. 320
Watch the Backgroundp. 321
Check All Anglesp. 322
Try Leading Linesp. 324
Frame the Subjectp. 325
Vary the Formatp. 326
Include Size Indicatorsp. 327
Focus for Effectp. 328
Expose Accuratelyp. 331
Include Some Actionp. 332
Use Good Timingp. 338
Consider Colorp. 340
Use Your Imaginationp. 341
Learning About Lightingp. 344
Basic Types of Lightingp. 346
Outdoor Lighting Concernsp. 348
Indoor Lighting, Especially for Portraitsp. 352
Photographing Under Special Conditionsp. 359
Shooting with Existing Light and at Nightp. 360
Creating Close-ups and Making Photographic Copiesp. 369
Having Fun with Infrared Filmsp. 383
Making Multiple Exposuresp. 387
Flying with Your Camerap. 395
Adventuring Underwater with a Camerap. 398
Shooting Through Binocularsp. 411
Trying a Telescopep. 412
Working with a Microscopep. 414
Traveling with a Camerap. 416
What to Photographp. 416
Some Practical Advicep. 421
Equipment to Takep. 424
Film Brands and Pricesp. 428
Which Film Speeds?p. 430
How Much Film?p. 430
Protecting and Processing Filmp. 431
Mailing Film for Processingp. 433
Identifying Filmp. 433
Regulations Against Photographyp. 434
U.S. Customs Considerationsp. 436
Buying Photo Equipment Abroadp. 437
Processing Films and Printsp. 440
Processes for Color and Black-and-White Filmsp. 442
Processing in Black-and-Whitep. 443
Developing Filmp. 445
Printing Contact Proof Sheetsp. 449
Selecting Enlarging Papersp. 455
Choosing an Enlargerp. 459
Making Enlargementsp. 466
Analyzing Any Faults in Your Photographsp. 472
Other Errorsp. 474
Showing Off Your Photographsp. 477
Editing Your Photosp. 477
Selecting the Best Images for Displayp. 478
Mounting and Framing Enlargementsp. 480
Converting Photos for Computer and Video Displayp. 483
Projecting Slides and Pleasing Your Audiencep. 485
Finding Yourself in Photographyp. 497
Photo Books, Magazines, and Newslettersp. 497
Photo Advice and Sources on the Internet, CD-ROM Discs, and Videotapep. 499
Photo Schools, Workshops, Tours, Clubs, and Contestsp. 501
Photography for Profitp. 503
A Glossary of Photographic Termsp. 506
Weights and Measuresp. 550
Indexp. 553
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