How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures From Your Digital Camera

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This paperback edition of How To Photograph Absolutely Everything by renowned photographer, author, and broadcaster Tom Ang, delivers exactly what the title promises. Avoiding intimidating technical jargon, he explains the basic elements of photography - light, color, composition, and focus - then goes on to show how to make them work for you. From still lifes to children's parties, thunderstorms to sunsets, close-ups to panoramas, every photographic subject, technique, and challenge is covered. Using ...

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Overview

This paperback edition of How To Photograph Absolutely Everything by renowned photographer, author, and broadcaster Tom Ang, delivers exactly what the title promises. Avoiding intimidating technical jargon, he explains the basic elements of photography - light, color, composition, and focus - then goes on to show how to make them work for you. From still lifes to children's parties, thunderstorms to sunsets, close-ups to panoramas, every photographic subject, technique, and challenge is covered. Using step-by-step photographs and instructions, Tom shows you how to take the best possible picture in any situation. Want to photograph city lights at night, animals in action, a family portrait? Tom makes it easy. Employing a user-friendly "recipe" formula, he shows you the best approach for each subject, gives expert tips on improving an image, and tells you how to set up your camera - so you really can't go wrong. Inspiring galleries at the end of each section describe alternative techniques to try for every subject. There are also tips on basic post-production, showing how to crop, improve color and contrast, and remove unwanted elements of an image. How to Photograph Absolutely Everything guarantees to make a better, more confident photographer of absolutely everyone who reads it.

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When Ang first began working professionally as a photographer and picture editor, digital photography was in its infancy. Today, it has removed the expense and inconvenience from picture taking and put the creative capability of a darkroom within reach of anyone with a computer. This author of 17 titles on video and photography has just published two landmarks for this particular time in an ever-changing field. How To Photograph Absolutely Everythingis the most useful and comprehensive book on the subject available for the nonprofessional. Ang begins with the elements of digital photography, from choosing equipment to framing images. Five chapters follow on how to photograph real-life situations and events, e.g., portraits, weddings, and sports events. Artistic expression (working with reflections, color, light, and abstract forms) and practical photography (for auctions, selling a car, and business promotion) round out the volume. Ang's Advanced Digital Photographyrevises a book first issued in 2003. Technically detailed yet clearly written, it's for the serious photographer or professional and remains a rich source for mastering the manipulation of digital images. Both books are highly recommended.


—Daniel Lombardo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756643089
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 1/19/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 121,559
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     08
Elements of photography
Introduction     12
Which digital camera do I choose?     14
What else to consider?     16
Camera settings     18
Finding focus     20
Judging exposure     22
Zoom settings     24
Framing images     26
Picture space     30
Time tips     32
Capturing light     34
Using color     36
Brightness and levels     40
Color balance and saturation     42
Contrast and tone     44
Removing distractions and sharpening     46
Cropping and resizing     46
People
Introduction     52
Portraits on sunny days     54
Children at play     56
People in action     58
Holiday highlight     64
Creating a silhouette     66
Informal child portraits     68
Candid shots     70
Using dramatic lighting     74
Posed child portraits     76
Alternative portraiture     80
Beautiful baby pictures     82
Children year by year     84
Family self portrait     88
Informal family portraits     92
Formal portraiture     94
Capturing the party spirit     96
Nude study     98
Character-driven portraits     100
Unposed portraiture     104
Gallery     106
Landscapes and nature
Introduction     112
A mountain view     114
Gardens in bloom     116
Flowers in close-up     118
Flowers and foliage     120
A rustic landscape     126
Panoramic views     128
Landscapes in black and white     130
Sunlight through trees     132
Misty woodlands     134
Seasons and weather     136
Reality and reflection     142
Colors of the seashore     144
Crashing waves     146
Fast-flowing water     148
A tranquil scene     150
A city waterscape     154
The colors of sunset     156
An alluring moonlight     158
Cloud formations     160
Gallery     162
Animals
Introduction     170
Posed pet portraits      172
Fun pet portraits     174
Equine elegance     176
Birds in flight     180
Exotic birds in close-up     182
Garden birds     184
Wildlife close to home     186
The natural look     192
Wildlife from a car     194
Around the animal park     198
At the aquarium     202
Movement underwater     204
Gallery     206
Architecture
Introduction     212
Focusing on details     214
Form and space     216
The postcard look     220
Nighttime illuminations     222
Romantic ruins     224
Abstract views     226
Large enclosed areas     228
Dimly lit interiors     230
Modern interior spaces     232
Iconic city landmarks     236
World landmarks     238
Radiant stained glass     242
City fountains     244
Bridge life     246
Contrasting old and new     250
An unusual city skyline     252
City streets     254
A nocturnal cityscape     258
City skyscrapers     260
Reflected city     264
The city by night     266
Black-and-white street scene     268
Cityscapes from a vehicle     270
An urban landscape     272
Gallery     276
Events
Introduction     282
An explosion of color     284
Milestone moments     286
A children's party     288
Wedding photography     290
Wedding-day details     292
The spirit of carnival     296
A street demonstration     300
The magic of Christmas     302
Festivals around the world     304
Intimate music venues     308
On-stage drama     310
The thrill of the race     312
A theatrical production     314
Gallery     318
Artistic expression
Introduction     324
Exploring art     326
Sharpness and blur     330
Light trails at night     332
Abstracting the everyday     334
Color and light     336
Reflections     338
Impromptu still lifes     344
Still lifes      346
Patterns from chaos     350
Exploring textures     352
Art on the street     354
Gallery     358
Other applications
Introduction     364
Practical photography     366
Photography for online auctions
Promoting a business
Selling your car
Recording your belongings
Charting a building project
Photographing home interiors
Promoting a cause
Scrapbooking
Cataloguing collections
What the eye can't see     372
Strobe lighting
Satellite imaging
Kirlian photography
Space photography
Galaxy photography
Infrared imaging
X-ray photography
High-speed photography
Glossary     376
Index     379
Ackowledgments     384
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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Excellent Book - Really helps make your photographs spectacular

    This is the 4th photography book I have purchased by this author. I have give two as gifts and kept two for myself. If you want to take your photos to the next level this is the book for you. The book layout is outstanding. Do you want to know tricks for taking great pictures of your dog? Then flip to the section dedicated to this. How about taking pictures of historic buildings that are different than the ordinary wide-angle shot that everyone takes. Well, flip that that section in the book. The book gives you ideas on how to look at your subjects differently. There are ideas that made perfect sense but until I saw it in the book I never thought of it.

    The author focused this book towards the typical point and shoot digital camera. Don't be fooled though. If you use a D-SLR camera this book is still for you. If your using a D-SLR you should understand the basics of A-S-P-M. All you have to do is ignore the picture of the basic consumer camera and apply the lessons to your camera.

    The hard part with this book is trying to remember it all. There is so much information its going to take me awhile. This book isn't designed to read starting at the front and ending in the back. This book is designed to help you in the specific areas of photography that you want help with.

    Excellent buy and a must have for photographers that want to take their pictures to that next level of WOW.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Very Complete

    This book is very complete, it has lots and lots of different subjects and it contains helpfull information.

    Te only bad thing is that I bought it thinking it was more professional but it is more basic than I thought. For example, in many cases it tells you to set the camera to an automatic setting like "portrait" "action", etc... instead of teaching about the manual way of doing this with a professional camera.

    For a more professional use, I recommend "Digital Photography Masterclass" by the same author. It is a more updated book.

    For beginners in photography, the book is great. Very good illustrated with many examples and usefull tips.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

    Great guide book

    Very well written, organized and ease to understand all the photography techniques. What I liked the most is the fact the author organize the photo categories and provides tips for each shot situation, even he tells you how to set the camera for a particular type of shot.

    What also liked, are the photos that illustrates the whole book.

    Great reading for the photography enthusiast and also for the amateur photographer that are willing to improve their shots.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Covers EVERYTHING! UNBELIEVABLE VALUE! 152% satisfaction! Min. requirements for this book? ONLY A SIMPLE POINT & SHOOT DIGITAL CAMERA (don't have one yet? The book can help you pick a camera that suits your needs,) AND DESIRE TO SHOOT BETTER PIC

    Awesome fully comprehensive book w/ how-to for the novice, hobbyist or amateur. Tons of beautiful photos & inspiring ideas. I often flip through this as just a picture book. Can't really think of a subject matter not touched upon.

    Easy to read & designed for use by digital virgins OR well-practiced amateurs. Instructions on how-to replicate examples are of use for ANY type of digital camera from your low-end point & shoot on.

    This book shows you how-to take incredible photos often using the different auto-settings on your camera. Wait to invest that large sum of money on a DSLR until you've read this book!

    The book starts out on the basics of digital cameras & breaks down many of the common cameras used today including Nikon Cool Pics. The book goes on to disuss how to photograph anything!

    Throughout the book Ang touches on all the photography basics including manual settings, ISO speeds, lighting, flash, composure, digital editing & much more! I believe I would have had to buy a multitude of more expensive & likely technically "heavy" books to provide the information (and way past then some!) I was desiring.

    Such an incredible value (ONLY 25 BUCKS!) and a MUST-READ manual to be referenced for years to come.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    Great reference book!

    Great reference book!

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