The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography Essentials

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-06
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You're no idiot, of course. You have albums full of photos, and some of them look pretty good, but you'd like to learn how to kick things up a notch and add that WOW factor to your images.

Author Biography

Mark Jenkinson is an award-winning photographer and the author of over 30 photojournalistic feature stories for such magazines as Men-'s Journal, Fortune, Town & Country, Men-'s Health, and Discovery, as well as human interest and celebrity/business personality profiles. He-'s published an estimated 30,000 photographs in virtually every major magazine in the world and teaches photography at New York University-'s Tisch School of the Arts. His fine art photography is represented by Andrea Meislin Gallery.

Table of Contents

Getting Started: Basic Camera Equipment and Essentialsp. 3
Camera 101p. 3
Getting to Know Your Camerap. 6
Anatomy of a Single-Lens Reflex Camerap. 8
The Lensp. 9
The Viewing and Focusing Systemp. 9
The Focal Plane Shutterp. 11
The Light Meterp. 12
Pros and Cons of SLRsp. 12
Setting Up Your Camerap. 13
Camera Accessoriesp. 15
Tripodsp. 15
Quick Releasesp. 18
Gaffer Tapep. 19
Cable Releases and Remotesp. 19
Filters and Lens Hoodsp. 19
Skylight and Ultraviolet Haze Filtersp. 21
Polarizing Filtersp. 22
Card Readersp. 23
Digital Storage Devicesp. 24
Point-and-Shoot Camerasp. 24
Exploring Photographic Opticsp. 27
The 50 mm Normal Lensp. 28
Focal Length and Angle of Viewp. 30
Aperture and F-stopp. 32
How Aperture Is Determinedp. 32
How Aperture Controls Exposurep. 33
Lens Aperture and Depth of Fieldp. 34
Here's How It Worksp. 34
How to Use, See, and Predict Depth of Fieldp. 36
Depth of Field: Inherent to Focal Lengthp. 37
Why Should We Care?p. 38
Depth of Field and Distancep. 39
Focal Length, Angle of View, and Compositionp. 39
Autofocus: What It Is and How to Use Itp. 40
Other Lensesp. 43
Prime Lensesp. 44
Long Zoomsp. 44
Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lensesp. 45
Lensbabiesp. 46
Teleconvertersp. 48
Understanding Photographic Exposurep. 55
How Exposure Worksp. 55
The Basic Exposure Controlsp. 58
Aperture (F-stop) and Exposurep. 58
Shutter Speedp. 59
ISO Setting (Film Speed)p. 59
How It All Goes Togetherp. 60
Choosing Film Speedp. 60
Shutter Speed Decisionsp. 61
Setting Aperturep. 61
How Light Meters Workp. 63
Your Light Meterp. 65
Verifying Proper Exposurep. 67
Other Metering Modes on Your Camerap. 68
Spot Meteringp. 69
Handheld Light Metersp. 70
Formats: Digital Sensors and Traditional Filmp. 77
All Megapixels Are Not Created Equalp. 78
A Note About ISO Settings and Digital Noisep. 79
Capture Format: JPEGp. 81
Pros and Cons of JPEGsp. 84
Capture Format: RAWp. 84
Wait! Why Not Just Shoot a JPEG?p. 86
Pros and Cons of RAW Filesp. 87
Filmp. 88
Film Speed and Grainp. 88
Types of Filmp. 89
Black-and-White Negative Filmp. 89
Pros and Cons of Black-and-White Filmp. 91
Color Slide/Transparency Filmp. 91
Pros and Cons of Color Transparencies/Slide Filmsp. 93
Color Negative Filmsp. 94
Pros and Cons of Color Negative Filmsp. 96
Format FAQsp. 96
Photography Rules and Conventionsp. 99
Some Conventions of Compositionp. 100
The Rule of Thirdsp. 101
The Spiralp. 102
Diagonals, Zigzags, and S-Curvesp. 103
Dynamic Symmetryp. 104
Negative/Positive Spacep. 105
The Dutch Angle/Lassop. 106
The Frame Within a Frame and the Dirty Framep. 109
Watch the Backgroundp. 110
Talent vs. Practicep. 112
Practice the Rulesp. 112
Break the Rulesp. 112
Move, Don't Zoom!p. 113
Invent Pressure and Goalsp. 114
Reinvent the Everydayp. 114
Go Someplace Newp. 116
Shoot Digital Endlesslyp. 116
Light Is Color, and Color Is Lightp. 121
Color Perceptionp. 123
How We See Colorp. 123
Proportions of Color in Light Sourcesp. 125
Black Body Light Sourcesp. 125
How Film Sees Colorp. 126
Non-Black Body Sourcesp. 128
Flash and LEDsp. 129
Digital Photography and Color Balancep. 132
Creating a Custom White Balancep. 134
Learning to See in Colorp. 135
Turn Off Auto White Balancep. 136
Assignment: Seeing Colorp. 136
Looking at Lightp. 136
The Sunp. 137
Other Common Sourcesp. 139
Light Directionp. 141
Shadow Qualityp. 143
Flash: Lightning in a Bottlep. 145
Shoe-Mounted Flashp. 145
Multiple and Wireless Flash Setupsp. 146
Learning Lighting: The Strobist Blog and Flickr Groupp. 152
Photographing Peoplep. 155
Portraitsp. 156
The Bathroom Mirror as a Camerap. 156
Why We Look Different in Photosp. 157
The Psychology of Portraiturep. 157
How to See Others the Way They See Themselvesp. 158
Lens Selectionp. 159
Lighting for Portraitsp. 160
A Primer on Three-Point Lightingp. 161
Contextp. 165
Candid Photographs of Peoplep. 170
Point of View in Candid Photographyp. 171
People FAQsp. 171
Shooting Eventsp. 179
Weddingsp. 180
Your Role at a Weddingp. 180
Scouting the Locationp. 183
Techniquep. 185
Bar and Bat Mitzvahsp. 186
Sportsp. 187
Outdoorsp. 188
Indoor Sportsp. 189
Hidden Knowledgep. 190
Recitals and Performancesp. 192
Thinking Cinematically and Editoriallyp. 193
Event FAQsp. 194
Planning Aheadp. 195
Rent or Borrow Extra Equipmentp. 196
What to Bringp. 196
Travel and Landscape Photographyp. 199
Travel Photography Is Hardp. 200
It's All About Being Therep. 201
The Vantage Point of Spacep. 201
The Vantage Point of Timep. 202
The Vantage Point of Identityp. 203
Think Ahead: What Do You Need?p. 206
A Travel Appraochp. 208
An Assignmentp. 208
Travel FAQsp. 211
Painting with Lightp. 212
Shooting at Nightp. 213
Shooting RAWp. 215
Mindful Travel with Cameras and Gearp. 217
The Least You Need to Knowp. 217
Shooting Still Lifes: The Secret Life of Thingsp. 219
Thinking About Still Lifesp. 220
Lighting for Still Lifesp. 223
Incandescent Light Bulbsp. 224
Lighting with LEDsp. 225
Flashp. 226
Controlling the Quality of Lightp. 227
Still-Life FAQsp. 230
A Simple Lighting Setup for Soft Lightp. 230
Lighting with Purposep. 233
Digital Imaging, Archiving, and Printingp. 237
Computer Equipment: Who Said Digital Was Cheap?p. 238
Monitorsp. 238
Printersp. 239
Using the Right Printer Paperp. 240
Kiosks and the Internetp. 240
Archiving Your Workp. 241
iPhotop. 242
Adobe Photoshop Elementsp. 243
Adobe Photoshop Lightroomp. 244
The Least You Need to Knowp. 245
Be On Your Way Nowp. 247
Taking Next Stepsp. 248
Using Photo-Sharing Web Sitesp. 248
Making Custom Photo Booksp. 249
Maintaining Your Portfoliop. 250
Online Photography Resourcesp. 251
Internships and Assistingp. 253
Workshops and Classesp. 254
Glossaryp. 256
An Overview of Photoshop Editing Toolsp. 266
Indexp. 278
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