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Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers

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You may be passionate about photography, and own a digital SLR with perhaps more advanced equipment as well. But do the photographs you take with this powerful equipment come out as well as you'd like?

With this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, you learn how to apply the techniques and principles of classic photography so you can make great images with today's digital equipment. Harold Davis, author and renowned fine art photographer, puts the focus in Practical ...

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Overview

You may be passionate about photography, and own a digital SLR with perhaps more advanced equipment as well. But do the photographs you take with this powerful equipment come out as well as you'd like?

With this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, you learn how to apply the techniques and principles of classic photography so you can make great images with today's digital equipment. Harold Davis, author and renowned fine art photographer, puts the focus in Practical Artistry on light and exposure, two crucial concepts you need to understand and master if you are to truly capture the images you see.

Davis presents a generous number of his own images in each chapter, complete with technical information and an explanation of what he was trying to achieve. These striking photographs not only illustrate the lesson at hand, but also serve as inspiration for your own efforts. Browsing the photographs alone will tell you a lot.

Topics covered in this book include:

  • Camera, lenses, and equipment
  • Understanding exposure and measuring light
  • Relationship of aperture to shutter speed and ISO
  • Working with depth of field
  • Natural lighting, studio lighting, and the use of flash
  • Light and color temperature
  • Working with white balance
  • Photographing at dawn or dusk
  • Photography at night
  • Capturing motion
  • Telling a story with your image
  • Capturing people, places, and things
  • Setting up a digital workflow
  • RAW processing and double RAW processing
  • Adjusting exposure and reducing noise
  • Black & white photography
  • And much more
Concise and to the point, Practical Artistry clearly demonstrates that photography, essentially, is writing with light, and that the type of images you produce depend on the many choices you have for using that skill. Harold Davis gives you an array of choices in full living color.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Because the art and craft of photography have changed so radically in recent digital years, the holistic art of photography is in danger of being lost. Fine art photographer Davis, who considers today's photographer part traditional photographer and part digital artist, argues that a great photograph starts with the photographer's understanding of light and proceeds with a creative control of exposure. He describes what makes up an exposure-aperture, shutter speed, and sensitivity-and explains both when to change each of these settings and what the likely impact will be. His compelling images of flowers, bridges, cliffs at sunrise, and cities at night illustrate each aspect of his ideas, showing how light can be captured and manipulated to stunning effect. Highly recommended for fine art photographers; commercial photographers will benefit from Jack Neubart's Location Lighting Solutions, with its emphasis on advertising photography.
—Daniel Lombardo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596529888
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/12/2008
  • Series: Practical Artistry Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,098,593
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Davis is an author, photographer, and expert technologist. Harold's photographs have been widely published, exhibited, and collected. Many of Harold's fine art photography posters are well known, including some recent alternatively processed digital flower images published by New York Graphic Society.

Harold is the author of more than twenty books, and has written (and illustrated with his photographs) Digital Photography: Digital Field Guide (Wiley), The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite and the High Sierra (Countrymen/W.W.Norton), 100 Views of the Golden Gate (Wilderness Press). He is the lead author of a new series of books about digital photography from O'Reilly Digital Media. In addition, Harold has three popular websites (www.digitalfieldguide.com), (www.photoblog2.com), and (www.digitalnight.us) and blogs regularly for O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

1 Understanding Exposure 12

2 Working with Aperture 50

3 Selecting Shutter Speed 80

4 ISO and Noise 104

5 Using Light 116

6 Digital Darkroom 150

Index 176

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    EXPOSING THE LIGHT!!

    Are you a Digital Photographer who is looking for a creative way to explore your world? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Harold Davis, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that treats the techniques of classical photography and the tools of the digital artist holistically. Davis, begins by explaining that the aperture (one of the three components of an exposure) refers to the size of the opening in the camera lens. Then, the author discusses how it is important to have a good general sense of how aperture relates to the depth of field. Next, he discusses how the shutter speed does not set a speed but rather, this setting controls a duration of time specifically, the duration of time that the shutter is open. The author also discusses digital¿s powerful and flexible ability to dial in light sensitivity. He continues by showing you how correct creative exposures can be used to expose for one area of a subject, with the understanding that other parts of the photo will be adjusted in post-processing. Finally, the author discusses post-processing in the digital darkroom. This most excellent book aims to present the best practices of the craft of photography in the context of the digital era. But, more importantly, the author designed this book for you on a number of different levels.

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