Just Available Light: Techniques for Digital Photographers


"Master the techniques you need to capture stunning images with available light"—P. [4] of cover.

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"Master the techniques you need to capture stunning images with available light"—P. [4] of cover.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608955565
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/10/2013
  • Series: Fast Photo Expert Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,567,050
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Deutschmann is a photographer and a photography instructor in the San Diego public school system. He is an award-winning marine-combat correspondent and the managing editor for the "Camp Pendelton Scout," the award-winning Marine Corps newspaper. Robin Deutschmann is a professional photographer. They are the cofounders of the San Diego In Focus Learning Center, a photography training center, and the coauthors of several books, including "Just One Flash," "Multiple Flash Photography," "Off-Camera Flash," and" Painting with a Lens." They live in San Diego.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Amazing Photographers Make It Look Easy 7

A Clear Vision 7

It's About Vision 7

What is Available Light? 8

It's Quite Simple, Really 8

Who Knew? 8

Travel Lightly 9

The Qualities of Light 10

The Direction of Light 10

Hard or Soft Light? 10

The Color of Light 11

The Digital Advantage 11

Manual Mode is a Must 12

Take Charge 12

Auto or Manual Focus? 12

A Focused Exercise 13

Exposure 14

Still Lifes 14

To Meter or Not to Meter? 14

A Different Approach 14

Individual Results May Vary 15

Aperture 16

Open Up or Stop Down? 16

Depth of Field 16

Other Factors Affecting Depth of Field 17

The Depth-of-Field Preview Button 18

Presto! 19

Play with Reciprocity 19

Shutter Speed 20

Safety Zones 20

Get it in Gear 21

ISO 22

Exposure Strategy 22

Getting the Job Done 23

Adding Light 23

The "Perfect" Exposure 24

An Exercise 24

Vision Is the Key 25

Be an Artist 25

The LCD: Instant Preview 26

The Power of Observation 26

Exposure is Critical 27

Message-Building 28

Start with an Idea 28

Choose Your Position 28

Select a Lens 28

Free Your Mind 28

Set the Aperture 29

Choose the Shutter Speed 29

Composition 29

No Editing Required 30

Using Your In-Camera Creative Options 30

White Balance 32

Contrast 34

Dialing-In a Feeling 34

Saturation 36

Supercharged Saturation 36

What do you see? 36

Maximizing Mood 38

Maximizing Mood, II 40

Don't Be Shy 40

True Artistry 41

A Black Background 42

A Moody Black Background 42

Lens Selection 44

About Focal Lengths 45

Choosing a Lens 45

Playing With Available Light 46

In the Company of Friends 46

Look Closely 48

Start with the End in Mind 48

Polarizers 50

The Basics 50

Pushing the Limits 50

Polarizers, Part II 52

Circular or Linear? 54

Simple Insurance 55

Don't Believe the Hype 56

Polarizer Only 56

Uncover the Magic 58

The Unveiling 58

Reflectors 60

Get Skilled 61

More about Reflectors 62

Challenges and Perks 62

Reflector and Polarizer 62

Taking Risks 64

Whose Gear Is It, Anyway? 64

"Grads" 66

How Grads Work 67

Stacking Your Grads 68

The Wow Factor 68

Handholding 69

The "Best" Light 70

The Power of Flash 72

An Ever-Available Source 72

The Benefits of Flash 72

How to Use a Flash 73

What Flash to Buy 73

Flash Exercise 74

Light Color 75

The Flash Stick 76

Night Photography 78

Hold Steady! 78

Chiaroscuro 80

Black & White Images 82

In-Camera Filters 82

The Pursuit of Excellence 82

More Black & White 84

In-Camera Infrared 86

Infrared Filters 88

"Cooking" Time 89

Conclusion 90

Index 92

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