Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures

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An updated, accessible guide to photography from two leading experts in the field, the National Geographic Photography Field Guide appeals to both aficionados and amateurs with its encyclopedia coverage of everything from choosing film to virtual photography. Featuring up-to-the-minute information on new film, filters, cameras, lenses, and advances in digital photography as well as step-by-step instruction, this revised guide is an indispensable tool for creating superb ...
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Overview

An updated, accessible guide to photography from two leading experts in the field, the National Geographic Photography Field Guide appeals to both aficionados and amateurs with its encyclopedia coverage of everything from choosing film to virtual photography. Featuring up-to-the-minute information on new film, filters, cameras, lenses, and advances in digital photography as well as step-by-step instruction, this revised guide is an indispensable tool for creating superb pictures.

Professional photographers Peter K. Burian and Robert Caputo reveal every secret and component involved in creating photos, including the basics of composition, color, and light; manipulating film, exposure, and shutter speeds; coping with situations from weather to fast-moving subjects; techniques for shooting architecture, close-ups, portraits, and underwater adventures; plus a new section explaining black and white photography—all in a user-friendly and easy-to-reference format. With exquisite images and useful tips from award-winning professionals, this inspiring and informative volume illustrates the keys to turning everyday situations into vibrant visual moments to cherish forever.

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Learn the basics of photography from the best in this excellent guide. National Geographic Photography Field Guide is a great resource for photographers at various skill levels, including complete information on equipment, composition, flash, and digital effects. The book also offers a wealth of stunning photographs to illustrate key concepts such as light and exposure.
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Written by two National Geographic writer/photographers, this fairly comprehensive introduction to taking photographs details basic equipment (cameras, lenses, and other gear), film, light, composition, exposure metering, electronic flash, subjects for 35mm photography, special situations (underwater and aerial photography), and computer imaging. But perhaps the most interesting and informative sections of the book are the profiles of Sam Abell, William Albert Allard, Annie Griffiths Belt, David Alan Harvey, James L. Stanfield, Michael Yamashita, and other notable photographers. The book concludes with helpful information on travel, photography publications, websites, and other resources. As one would expect, it is amply illustrated with exquisite, high-impact, color images made on location. This substantial book aimed at photographers looking for practical advice from the pros is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792274988
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: NG Photography Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

ESSENTIAL BASICS 8
Getting Started With Photography 10
Composition 24
Cameras 34
Lenses 54
Light 76
Electronic Flash And Accessories 92
Film: The Photographer's Palette 112
Exposure And Exposure Metering 134
Gear And Maintenance 150

A WORLD OF SUBECTS 160
Weather 162
Art and Photojournalism 168
Landscapes 174
People 182
Beyond the Barriers 190
Getting Close to People 210
Architecture 216
Making History Come Alive 224
Festivals, Parades, And Sports 230
Capturing the Essence 234
Close-Up Photography 240
Motion---Stopping It, Using It 244
Finding the Symbol 250
Evening And Night 256
The Cultural Essay 264

MAKING PHOTOGRAPHS UNDER PRESSURE 270
Underwater 272
Visual ImpactUnderwater 274
Animals 280
Working on Wild Turf 294
Aerials 300
Adventure 302
Environmental Photojournalism 312

COMPUTER AND PHOTOGRAPHY 318

USEFUL INFORMATION 336
Preparing For Travel 336
Displaying And Organizing Your Photographs 339
Web Sites 341
Photography Magazines And Books 342
Glossary Of Terms 344
Index 348
Credits 352

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Very Basic

    I bought the book with the expectation of learning some advanced techniques that National Geographic photographers use in getting some of the stunning shots shown in the magazine but was sadly mistaken. Any beginning how to book covers the same subject matter. Overpriced for what you get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Indispensable to any photographer

    I have only positive things to say about this book. It's portable, easy to understand, logical and intuitive layout, has beautiful pictures with explanations, some of National Geographic's pro photographer's inspiring stories and backgrounds.. an all-around must-have for any person seriously interested in photography. An indispensable, inspiring guide to beginners and pros alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    A Great Book for Beginners to Pros.

    What better group to share their skills and techniques than National Geographic's best photographers. This book is the best I have read on the subject. It is concise, logically layed out and filled with valuable tips on all aspects of photography. It even includes a gray card for metering on the inside covers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    The best I've seen yet!

    I have read many books on this subject and found this book to be very straightforward and easy to follow. Photography is only a hobby for me, and this book gave me all the information I needed to take better pictures. I originally checked out this book at a local library and liked it so well I bought my own copy! This is also the first book I've seen that addresses digital cameras.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    Essential to the gear bag

    This book is a wealth of info for the photographer, regardless of ability. The information is very clearly presented. It is not only a good addition to your library but because of its compact size you will probably end up adding it to your camera bag.

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