Langford's starting photography : a guide to better pictures for film and digital camera users.

by Langford, Michael, 1933-Looking glass; Andrews, Philip, 1964-Looking glass; Langford, Michael, 1933- Starting photography.

Publisher: Oxford : Focal, 2005.Edition: Fourth edition / Michael Langford, Philip Andrews.Description: vii, 294 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0240519671.Subject(s): PhotographyNote: Previous ed.: published as Starting photography. 1999.Note: Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

If you are serious about learning photography this is the book needed to get started. This authoritative classic, written by a leading international photography writer and lecturer has been updated by successful photographer, lecturer and best-selling Photoshop Elements author, Philip Andrews. Benefit from his skill, experience and knowledge quickly as you learn how to use photography creatively, from scratch. All the fundamental basics are covered: how to select and compose a good picture; how different cameras operate, whether film or digital; how to use the camera's controls - shutter speed, focus, zoom, flash etc; advice on how best to tackle different subjects - people, places, animals, landscapes, or close-ups, as well as invaluable scanner and printing techniques.

Previous ed.: published as Starting photography. 1999.

Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. vii)
  • Part 1
  • Picture Making (p. 1)
  • 1 Seeing and photographing (p. 1)
  • 2 Using the viewfinder - framing up (p. 5)
  • 3 Creating a point of emphasis (p. 9)
  • 4 Picking lighting conditions (p. 13)
  • 5 Pattern, texture and shape (p. 16)
  • 6 Using color (p. 20)
  • Projects Developing a personal approach (p. 23)
  • Part 2
  • Camera, Sensors and Film (p. 25)
  • 7 Camera principles (p. 25)
  • 8 The camera (p. 28)
  • 9 Sensors (p. 41)
  • 10 Films (p. 44)
  • 11 Scanners (p. 49)
  • Part 3
  • Creative Use of Camera Controls (p. 55)
  • 12 Shutter speeds and movement (p. 55)
  • 13 Focus and aperture (p. 57)
  • 14 Choice of exposure (p. 62)
  • 15 Changing focal length (p. 70)
  • 16 Flash and its control (p. 76)
  • Projects (p. 82)
  • Part 4
  • Tackling Different Photographic Subjects (p. 84)
  • 17 People (p. 84)
  • 18 Places (p. 89)
  • 19 Animal portraits (p. 98)
  • 20 Landscapes (p. 103)
  • 21 Close-up subjects (p. 110)
  • Projects Tackling self-set themes (p. 117)
  • Part 5
  • Troubleshooting (p. 119)
  • 22 Film users: assessing the results from the lab (p. 119)
  • 23 General shooting faults (p. 124)
  • 24 Digital users: checking images on the desktop (p. 128)
  • Part 6
  • Using the Studio (p. 132)
  • 25 Layout and lighting (p. 132)
  • 26 Photographing people in the studio (p. 136)
  • 27 Photographing objects in the studio (p. 141)
  • Projects (p. 145)
  • Part 7
  • Digital Processing and Printing (p. 147)
  • 28 Introducing the digital photography tools (p. 147)
  • 29 First steps in image processing (p. 153)
  • 30 Editing techniques (p. 159)
  • 31 Printing your digital files (p. 172)
  • Part 8
  • Black and White Film Processing and Printing (p. 178)
  • 32 Processing a film (p. 178)
  • 33 Contact printing (p. 184)
  • 34 Enlarging (p. 191)
  • Projects (p. 203)
  • Part 9
  • Experimental and Constructed Images (p. 204)
  • 35 Letting the image move (p. 204)
  • 36 Exploring reflections (p. 210)
  • 37 Using lens attachments (p. 212)
  • 38 Combining pictures (p. 216)
  • 39 Manipulating prints (p. 224)
  • Projects (p. 232)
  • Part 10
  • Presenting and Assessing Your Work (p. 234)
  • 40 Finishing off (p. 234)
  • 41 Presenting pictures in sets (p. 238)
  • 42 Non-print-based presentation (p. 243)
  • 43 Evaluating your results (p. 252)
  • Appendices (p. 255)
  • Appendix A Computer connection types (p. 255)
  • Appendix B Camera memory cards (p. 255)
  • Appendix C Digital camera sensor sizes and resolution (megapixels) (p. 257)
  • Appendix D Suggested starting speeds/apertures for difficult night scenes (p. 258)
  • Appendix E Scanner connections (p. 258)
  • Appendix F What resolution should I pick? (p. 259)
  • Appendix G ISO settings and their uses (p. 260)
  • Appendix H Minimum shutter speeds to stop camera shake (p. 261)
  • Appendix I Settings to control depth of field (p. 261)
  • Appendix J Suggested starting speeds to freeze the action of different events (p. 262)
  • Appendix K Flash guide numbers, apertures and distance (p. 262)
  • Appendix L Rollfilm and sheet film cameras (p. 263)
  • Appendix M Using a hand-held meter (p. 265)
  • Appendix N Batteries (p. 267)
  • Appendix O Health and safety in photography (p. 268)
  • Appendix P Chemically treating black and white prints (p. 269)
  • Glossary (p. 272)
  • Additional technical details on the pictures in this book (p. 282)
  • Index (p. 285)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Philip Andrews has written extensively on digital photography, traditional photography, & multimedia for many magazines & newspapers, including "Amateur Photographer", "British Journal of Photography", Practical Photography", & "Digital Photo & Design".

(Bowker Author Biography)

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