Digital Photography for Next to Nothing: Free and Low Cost Hardware and Software to Help You Shoot Like a Pro
DescriptionTake photos like a pro without breaking the bank by using FREE and nearly FREE software and hardware explained in this book.
- Get professional looking shots from a low-cost camera
- Save money by building your own lighting rigs, tripods, monopods and stabilisers for next to nothing
- Learn how to use older lenses on modern digital cameras, and make your own macro lens, lens hoods, flash diffusers, flash concentrators, decorative Bokeh effect lenses and more
- Use dozens of FREE and low cost photo applications for processing, viewing, cataloguing, editing, creating HDR, and photo stitching
- Build powerful photography processing and editing suites with free software and plugins that go head to head with expensive tools like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
Chapter 1: Getting the Best from a Low-Cost Camera.
How Cheap Is ""Cheap""?
Getting to Know Your Camera.
Ten Universal Questions for Every Shot.
Chapter 2: Why Most Snaps Fail to Impress.
Some Common Errors.
What Makes a ""Good"" Snapshot?
Ten Cost-Nothing Tips for Better Snaps.
Chapter 3: First Steps in Portraiture with FREE and Low-Cost Lighting.
Creating One-Lamp Portraitures.
Making Your Own Low-Key Lighting Kit.
Creating No-Lamp Portraitures: Taking It Outdoors.
Using Scrims to Soften Sunlight.
Getting More Lights for Less.
PART II: GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY.
Chapter 4: Choosing a Better Camera.
The Four Digital Camera Types.
Shopping Around for a New Camera.
Getting an Entry-Level DSLR at a Rock-Bottom Price.
Read FREE Reviews Online: 10 Leading Review Sites.
Chapter 5: Keeping It Steady: Tripods, Monopods, and VR Lenses.
Blur Reduction: A Big Step Towards Better Photographic Technique.
Using Tripods and Heads.
Low-Cost Tricks for Reducing Blur.
Chapter 6: Saving Money on Lenses.
Why People Argue About Lenses.
Recommended High-Value Lenses.
Using Older Lenses on a New Camera.
Chapter 7: In Praise of the 50mm Lens.
Using a Lens Chart.
Using 50mm with Full-Frame, 1.5x, 1.6x, and 1.7x Crop Factor Sensors.
Five Reasons to Buy the ""Nifty Fifty"".
Shooting with a 50mm Lens.
PART III: KEEPING COSTS DOWN.
Chapter 8: Cost-Cutting Tips for Better Photography.
Setting White Balance.
Cropping: The Pro Technique Available to All.
Chapter 9: Shooting RAW and Processing It For FREE.
The Rise of the RAW Format.
The Snags of Using RAW.
Software for RAW Processing.
Chapter 10: Shooting Macro Without a Macro Lens.
Four Ways to Get Macro Shots.
Lighting for Your Macro Shots.
Using Lens Stacking to Take Macro Shots.
Making a Tabletop Studio for Macro Photography.
Building a Mini Light Box for Small Product Photography.
Chapter 11: DIY: Cleaning Your DSLR Sensor.
Common Contaminants and How to Get Rid of Them.
Cleaning the Chamber.
Testing Your Cleaning Method.
Chapter 12: DIY: Making Your Own Lens Hood.
Considering Lens Hood Types.
Finding Lens Hood Templates Online.
Making a Superhood for a 50mm Lens.
Making a Flexihood for a Telephoto Lens.
Chapter 13: More DIY Photo Fun Accessories.
Making Pop-Up Flash Diffusers.
DIY Accessories for Flash Guns.
Making Your Own Lenses.
Getting Decorative Bokeh Effects.
Getting Soft Focus Without a Special Lens.
Finding Low-Cost Tripods for Your Compact Camera.
Emulating Aerial Photography Without the Airplane.
Chapter 14: FREE Photo Calculators.
Printing, Cutting, and Assembling Your Own FREE Exposure Calculator.
Using the Golden Ratio.
For a Few Dollars: Photo Calculation Software for the iPhone.
Optical System Calculators.
Print Size Calculation.
Chapter 15: FREE and Low-Cost Utility Software.
FREE and Low-Cost Exif Tools.
FREE and Low-Cost Screen Capture Utilities.
FREE Color Pickers.
FREE Online Color Analysis.
FREE File Archiving Utilities.
Low-Cost Image Compression Software.
FREE JPEG Lossless Rotation.
FREE and Low-Cost Data Recovery Software.
""Free Scan"" Photo Recovery Software.
PART IV: SCRUTINIZING, SORTING, AND RESIZING YOUR IMAGES.
Chapter 16: Monitor Calibration for Next to Nothing.
Calibration for Windows and Mac.
FREE Online Monitor Calibration.
FREE Online Tutorials on Monitor Calibration.
Chapter 17: FREE and Low-Cost Image Viewers.
Top FREE and Low-Cost Image Viewers for Windows.
Image Viewers for Mac: Why the Mac Is Different.
Chapter 18: FREE and Low-Cost Photo Organizing Software.
The Difference Between Sorting and Cataloging.
Searching Through Untagged Images.
Other Good FREE Photo Organizing Software.
For a Few Dollars: More Photo Organizing Software.
Chapter 19: FREE and Low-Cost Image Resizing Tools.
Choosing the Right Tool.
FREE Desktop Image Resizing Software.
FastStone Photo Resizer.
FREE Software for Batch Resizing.
FREE Online Image Resizing Tools.
For Just a Few Dollars.
PART V: IMPROVING YOUR IMAGES.
Chapter 20: FREE and Low-Cost Image Enhancement Software.
Enhancement and Editing: What’s the Difference?
Recommended FREE Basic Image Adjustment Tools.
Other FREE Image Adjustment Tools.
FREE Batch Correction Image Adjustment Tools.
For a Few Dollars.
Chapter 21: FREE Image-Editing Software.
What to Look for in a FREE Image Editor.
The Top Four FREE Windows Products.
Seashore for Macintosh.
The Best of the Rest: All FREE.
Chapter 22: FREE Online Image Editors.
Online Software: The Long-Term Winner.
Featured Software: The Top Five.
Best of the Rest.
Chapter 23: FREE and Low-Cost Denoising Software.
Noise Reduction Software.
Recommended FREE Denoising Software.
FREE Multiplatform (Java-Based) Denoising Software.
For a Few Dollars: Low-Cost Denoising Software.
Chapter 24: Building Powerful Software Suites with Plug-ins.
Adobe Photoshop Elements: The Low-Cost Host for Best-of-Breed Plug-ins.
GIMP: Pimp Your GIMP with Dozens of Great Plug-ins.
Enhancing Paint.NET with Plug-ins.
PART VI: MAKING HI-RES MOSAICS, PANORAMAS, AND HDR IMAGES.
Chapter 25: Getting Hi-Res Images from a Low-Res Camera.
FREE Versus Commercial Stitching Software.
Chapter 26: Panoramic Photography.
Taking Panoramas Without a Tripod.
Finding the Optical Center of a Lens.
Why Is Panoramic Photography Normally Expensive?
The Panosaurus: a Low-Cost Panoramic Head.
Building Your Own Panoramic Head.
Chapter 27: Low-Cost Panoramic and Virtual Tour Software.
Software for Making Panoramas.
Software for Displaying Panoramas.
Chapter 28: Creating High Dynamic Range Images.
Two Reasons to Use HDR.
Commercial or FREE? Which Software Is Best for HDR?
FREE HDR Software.
Low-Cost HDR Software.
PART VII: SHARING & PUBLISHING YOUR WORK.
Chapter 29: FREE Image Hosting.
What to Look for in a FREE Image Host.
Selected FREE Image Hosting Providers.
Chapter 30: FREE Online Photo-Sharing Sites.
Must-Have Photo-Sharing Features.
Selected FREE Online Photo-Sharing Sites.
Photo-Sharing Sites with FREE Basic Accounts.
FREE Sites with Additional Features.
Chapter 31: Online Photo Communities.
What Online Photo Communities Can Do for You, and You for Them.
Communities FREE to Registered Users.
Low-Cost Photo Communities.
Smaller and Specialist Photo Communities.
Chapter 32: FREE Web Publishing Software.
Using PHP to Create Your Online Gallery.
FREE PHP-Based Photo Gallery Software.
FREE Flash Gallery Creation Software.
CSS-Based Image Galleries.
FREE Java-Based Photo Gallery Software.
Creating AJAX-Based Photo Galleries.
FREE Website Design Software with Gallery Features.
PART VIII: GETTING READY TO PRINT.
Chapter 33: Low-Cost Image Rescaling Software.
Why Is Most Up-Rezzing Software So Pricey?
Some Low-Cost Image-Rescaling Alternatives.
Chapter 34: Low-Cost Online Printing Services.
Cheaper Than Home Printing.
Online Photo Printers with Opening Offers (U.S. and International).
Online Photo Printers with Opening Offers (U.K.).
Directories of FREE Photo-Printing Offers.
Premium Printing Services.
PART IX: LEARNING MORE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, FOR NEXT TO NOTHING.
Chapter 35: FREE Online Tuition.
How to Evaluate Online Instruction.
Highly Recommended FREE Online Tutorials.
FREE Video Tutorials on Photography.
FREE Photoshop Tutorials Online.
Chapter 36: FREE Online Photo Resources.
Photo Megasites You Have to Visit.
Leading Camera-Specifi c Websites.
FREE Photography Magazines Online.
FREE Art Photography Magazines Online.
Sites for Landscape Photographers.
Sites for Nature and Wildlife Photographers.
Sites for Photojournalists.
Sites for Portrait Photographers.