The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images [NOOK Book]

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Photography is a complex craft. Some excel at the technical side of image-making, focusing perfectly on the subject, releasing the shutter at just the right moment and making exposures with the precise amount of light. Others are artists and storytellers, capturing a fleeting moment in time which inspires a viewer to gaze upon an image and ponder its meaning. The best photographers are masters of both.

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The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images

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Overview

Photography is a complex craft. Some excel at the technical side of image-making, focusing perfectly on the subject, releasing the shutter at just the right moment and making exposures with the precise amount of light. Others are artists and storytellers, capturing a fleeting moment in time which inspires a viewer to gaze upon an image and ponder its meaning. The best photographers are masters of both.

In this highly visual, informative new book, Angela Faris Belt discusses the four crucial elements of photography that are essential for successful technical and conceptual image-making:

.the photographic frame and its borders
.quality of focus as determined by the aperture or lens
.shutter speeds and their effects in relation to time and motion
.the physical media used to create the aggregate image

Step-by-step guidance including informative screen shots, traditional darkroom and Photoshop techniques, suggested exercises, and before and after images help both film and digital photographers improve their skills, learn new techniques, and better understand their craft. More than 300 stunning, full color images and portfolios featuring the work of over 40 prestigious artists provide visual inspiration as well as a gorgeous collection of artwork for photography enthusiasts.
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"How do we provide an effective framework for photographers to investigate without getting lost or distracted by photographic 'politics'? This book gets you thinking about 'why to' rather that 'how to'. It includes practical information and delves into the thinking process that underlies the making of all good photographs. This account provides a timeless structure and not only accommodates but also embraces the fact that cameras, software and darkrooms are constantly changing. It provides a wealth of information and guidance to help all photographers improve skills, and ways of seeing, and more. Angela Faris Belt is fine art photographer and educator for more than 18 years. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally."—WetPaint.com

"The kinds of topics that are addressed in this book are happening in a highly animated way among photography educators. The idea of visual literacy—photographers needing both technical and conceptual skills, being informed about their subject matter through interdisciplinary research, and using all of the tools available to make work—that is a distinctive driving concern for all of us engaged in this education."—Dennie Eagleson Associate Professor of Photography, Antioch College

"Diverse and stunning examples beautifully support the text and provide additional inspiration. Not only does this book explore the dichotomy between fine art and commercial photography, but it also deftly integrates technique and vision, thus enabling photographers to take their work to the next level. More importantly, it promotes the notion that anyone can give substance to their ideas through the language of photography."San Francisco Book Review.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080555812
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Angela Faris Belt is a fine art photographer who has worked as a professional educator for fifteen years. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has received several awards and recognition for her fine art work and her work in photography education. She lives with her husband David in the mountains outside of Denver, Colorado, and serves as full-time faculty at The Art Institute of Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Framing and Borders; Using Multiple Frames; Focus, Apertures and Depth of Field; Shutter Speeds: Time and Motion; Image Surface: Tint, Tone and Texture






















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