Digital Family Photography

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This book offers comprehensive and easy-to-follow advice on how to make the most of "people pictures" of all kinds: from simple but essential techniques to more advanced and challenging projects. People and families are easily the most popular subject for photographers, be it by traditional film or digital photography. "Digital Family Photography" embraces both image capture and post-production techniques, with the emphasis on working digitally. With full-color and a portrait layout, the photos in the book are ...

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Overview

This book offers comprehensive and easy-to-follow advice on how to make the most of "people pictures" of all kinds: from simple but essential techniques to more advanced and challenging projects. People and families are easily the most popular subject for photographers, be it by traditional film or digital photography. "Digital Family Photography" embraces both image capture and post-production techniques, with the emphasis on working digitally. With full-color and a portrait layout, the photos in the book are truly brought to life. Aimed at those new to photography, this book is useful for anyone who has been enticed by the value, quality, and efficiency that digital cameras have to offer.

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You’ve got a great digital camera, but your family photos are no better than when you used a $10 throwaway. Get Digital Family Photography and learn what professional photographers know about capturing the heart and soul of the people you love.

We’ve seen plenty of digital photography books, but hardly any of them spend much time on family photography. In this full-color, oversize book, Michael Wright covers nothing but.

Sure, there’s the technical stuff. Bracketing exposures when your child’s in a scene with complex mixtures of light and shadow. Going beyond standard settings to use flash creatively. Handling difficult lighting situations (children blowing out birthday candles in the dark). Fixing imperfect pictures with software in your “digital darkroom.”

But the heart of the book is entirely human. How to become nearly invisible so you can capture your child as he or she is: pure, unselfconscious, natural. How to capture “moments” that seem as elusive as butterflies. How to take a full day’s worth of family photos: a “day in the life” portfolio.

And: how to take great action shots. How to bring the immediacy and excitement back into your sports shots. How to set up your own simple portrait studio (imagine the savings)! How to shoot babies, children, couples, groups, holiday parties. Even weddings. But don’t tell your engaged friends you’ve learned how. You might find yourself working instead of partying. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592001088
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/21/2003
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wright studied Fine Art at St. Albans foundation course, 1972-3, and went onto study Fine Art at Liverpool College of Art and Design, graduating in 1976. He gained a post-graduate bursary, continuing his studies at the Royal Academy schools and was awarded silver and bronze medals for sculpture, graduating with a post-graduate diploma in 1979. Wright took up part-time post teaching art in a North London junior school, continuing his art practice and exhibiting. He was invited as a guest lecturer to teach on the Foundation course at St. Albans and Liverpool College of Art and Design Fine Art program. Wright was subsequently offered a permanent teaching post at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire, and developed a degree program in Art and Design. He was Course Leader for the Fine Art degree program 1993—99, and is currently a senior lecturer in the Fine Art program. Wright acted as a consultant on the Art School series for Dorling Kindersley, published in association with the Royal Academy of Arts, 1992, and authored two titles in the series, Introduction to Pastels and Mixed Media. Wright has written several introductions to artists' catalogues and more recently undertook an MA by Research entitled Drawing: conceptual models of landscape space 1999-2002. Wright continues to teach Fine Art, electronic imagery and photography on the degree course at the University of Hertfordshire and is exhibiting work in Britain and Europe. His current practice is concerned with the creative interface between the material processes of painting and drawing and the new developments in lens and digital technologies. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Your Digital Camera 2. Taking Great People Shots 3. Digital Darkroom Techniques 4. Sharing Your Pictures

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