Mastering the Basics of Photography

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The perfect camera-bag companion for every serious novice photographer who shoots on location in the field, this clear, nontechnical book shows how to achieve desired effects every time. The basics of camera function are explained in language that’s easy to understand, giving complete coverage of film, light, lens apertures, shutter speeds, exposure, metering, and focusing, with printing, storing, and showing of work also included. Fully explored are composition and training the photographer’s eye to handle light and contrast, with many sample assignments offering fledgling photographers practice shots to sharpen skills. The full range of popular subjects includes adults, children, events, and travel; flowers, gardens, nature, and animals; landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, and sunrises; abstractions, graphics, impression, and close-ups; buildings, interiors, and still lifes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581150544
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,168,416
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 6.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan McCartney has traveled the world on assignment for corporate clients such as British Airways, the U.S. Army, and Warner Brothers Records. Her photographs have appeared in Time, The Economist, Glamour, the New York Times, Popular Photography, and other leading publications. Having taught at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union, she continues to conduct a wide variety of workshops. Her other books include Mastering the Basics of Photography, Travel Photography, and Nature and Wildlife Photography, all published by Allworth Press. She lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    Easy to understand

    Susan has made a book that is easy to understand and simple to use. The book is well organized in a step- by -step basis. A great book to grasp the basics of photography!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    All a beginner needs to get started

    This gem of a book not only contains all the basics a beginner needs to get started, but actually goes much further. Fundamentals of equipment and composition are supplemented by a series of self-assignments where photographers learn by doing. It¿s also packed with practical tips such as how to shoot in rain and snow, using slow shutter speeds to simulate motion, breaking down barriers between photographer and subjects, and creative techniques for using flash on and off-camera. If I were looking for a basic text that would also move me into more advanced photography, this would be the one.

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