DescriptionThe hands-on instruction that digital photographers need to compose great shots
Introducing readers to the basic elements of design, this full-color guide shows photographers step by step how to frame great compositions before they take the shot. Instructions, advice, examples, and assignments cover all types of photography.
Approaches to Composition.
How You See.
The Origins of Composition.
Understanding Linear Perspective.
Composition and Photography.
Chapter 2: The Elements of Design.
Understanding the Elements of Design.
Arranging Design Elements in the Frame.
The Rule of Thirds.
The Golden Rectangle.
Chapter 3: Depth of Field Decisions.
The Plane of Critical Focus.
Previewing and Predicting Depth of Field.
Using the Hyperfocal Distance to Deepen Depth of Field.
Chapter 4: Slicing Time: Designing with Shutter Speeds.
Shutter Speed and Depth of Field: A Delicate Balance.
Freeze or Blur: How Shutter Speed Affects a Shot.
Using a Motor Drive.
Chapter 5: Capturing Light.
The Quality of Light.
The Direction of Light.
The Intensity of Light.
Chapter 6: Working with Color.
The Color of Sunlight.
Controlling Colors by Using Filters.
Chapter 7: Thinking in Black and White.
The Zone System.
Metering and Exposing for Black and White.
Working with Contrast Filters.
Chapter 8: Arranging Appealing Portraits.
A Little History.
Framing Your Photo.
Lighting the Scene.
Color versus Black and White.
Metering the Scene.
Chapter 9: Travel and Scenic Photography.
Packing Your Camera Bag.
Scoping Out Y Our Location.
Photographing People on Location.
Chapter 10: Still-Life and Close-Up Photography.
Photographing Still-Life Images.
Macro and Close-Up Photography.
Chapter 11: Improving Your Images.
Understanding File Formats.
Cropping or Resizing an Image.
Adjusting an Image's Contrast and Color.
Fixing the Lighting.
Applying Special Effects.
Backing Up and Archiving Your Image Files.
Taking the Next Step.