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Overview

The London, Upton, Stone series has helped over 1,000,000 photography students capture their potential.

The new 8th edition of A Short Course in Photography introduces students to the fundamentals of photography and suggests ways in which they might create photographs that have meaning. With a special focus on black and white photography, the book also explores digital techniques and web photography resources, equipment, cameras and camera accessories, the exposure and development of film, and the making and finishing of prints. All aspects of the process are explained and illustrated clearly in two-page spreads, each of which addresses a self-contained topic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205066407
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/14/2011
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 137,475
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Stone is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others. Books of his work include Stranger Than Fiction (Light Work, 1993),Historiostomy (Piltdown Press, 2001), and Why My Pictures are Good (Nazraeli Press, 2005).

He has also published six higher education titles that are widely used in university courses: A User¹s Guide to the View Camera, Darkroom Dynamics, Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, and A Short Course in Digital Photography.

Barbara London has authored and co-authored many photography books from their first editions to their current ones, including Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, A Short Course in Digital Photography, The Photograph Collector's Guide, and more.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Camera

Getting Started Camera and film

Loading film into the camera

Focusing and setting the exposure

Exposure readout

Exposing the film

What will you photograph?

Using a digital camera

Types of Cameras

Basic Camera Controls

More about Camera Controls

Inside a singlelens reflex camera

Shutter Speed Affects light and motion

Aperture Affects light and depth of field

Shutter Speed and Aperture Blur vs. depth of field

Getting the Most from Your Camera and Lens

Chapter 2 Lens

Lens Focal Length The basic difference between lenses

Normal Focal Length The most like human vision

Long Focal Length Telephoto lenses

Short Focal Length Wide-angle lenses

Zoom, Macro, and Fisheye Lenses

Focus and Depth of Field

Automatic Focus

Depth of Field Controlling sharpness in a photograph

More about Depth of Field How to preview it

Perspective How a photograph shows depth

Lens Attachments Making close-ups

Using filters

Polarization and other effects

Chapter 3 Film

Selecting and Using Film

Film Speed and Grain The two go together

Special-Purpose Films Infrared and chromogenic

Color in Film and Digital

Color Films

Chapter 4 Exposure

Normal Exposure, Underexposure, and Overexposure

Exposure Meters What different types do

How to calculate and adjust an exposure manually

Overriding an Automatic Exposure Camera

Making an Exposure of an Average Scene

Exposing Scenes That are Lighter or Darker than Average

Backlighting

Exposing Scenes with High Contrast

Low Light and Reciprocity

Exposures in Hard-to-Meter Situations

Chapter 5 Developing the Negative

Processing Film Equipment and chemicals you’ll need

Mixing and Handling Chemicals

Processing Film Step by Step Setting out materials needed

Preparing the film

Development

Stop bath and fixer

Washing and drying

Summary of Film Processing

How Chemicals Affect Film

Evaluating Your Negatives

Push Processing

Chapter 6 Printing

Printing Equipment and materials you’ll need

Making a Contact Print Step by Step

Processing a Print Step by Step Development

Stop bath and fixer

Washing and drying

Summary of Print Processing

Making an Enlarged Print Step by Step Setting up the enlarger

Exposing a test print

Exposing a final print

Evaluating Your Print for Density and Contrast

More about Contrast How to control it in a print

Local Controls Burning in and dodging

Cropping

Spotting

Mounting a Print

Equipment and materials you’ll need

Dry Mounting a Print Step by Step

Bleed Mounting/Overmatting

Chapter 7 Lighting

Qualities of Light From direct to diffused

Existing Light Use what’s available

The Main Light The strongest source of light

Fill Light To lighten shadows

Simple Portrait Lighting

Using Artificial Light Photolamp or flash

More about Flash How to position it

Using Flash

Chapter 8 Digital Photography

Equipment and Materials You’ll Need

Pixels Make the Picture

Digital Color Modes, gamuts, spaces, and profiles

Channels

Using Histograms and the Info Palette

Setting up a Workflow Stay organized

Workflow programs: Aperture and lightroom

Importing an Image

Scanning

Getting Started Editing an Image

Adjusting an Image Levels

Curves

Adjusting Part of an Image Selections

More Techniques Layers

Filters

Retouching

Sharpening

Compositing

Making a Digital Image Step by Step

Soft Proofing

Printing

Storage, Archiving, Retrieval

Ethics and Digital Imaging

Chapter 9 Seeing Like a Camera

What’s in the Picture The edges or frame

The background

Depth of Field Which parts are sharp

Time and Motion in a Photograph

Depth in a Picture Three dimensions become two

Chaos becomes order

Photographing for Meaning

Portraits Informal: Finding them

Formal: Setting them up

Photographing the Landscape

Photographing the Cityscape

Photographing Inside

Responding to Photographs

How to Learn More

Troubleshooting

Glossary

Photo Credits

Bibliography

Index

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Preface

If you don't know anything about photography and would like to learn, or if you want to make better pictures than the ones you make now, A Short Course in Photography will help you. It presents in depth the basic techniques for black-and-white photography:

  • How to get a good exposure
  • How to adjust the focus, shutter speed, and aperture (the size of the lens opening) to produce the results you want
  • How to develop film and make prints

Most of today's cameras incorporate automatic features, but that doesn't mean that they automatically produce the results you want. A Short Course in Photography devotes special attention to:

  • Automatic focus and automatic exposure—what they do and, particularly, how to override them when it is better to adjust the camera manually

Some of the book's highlights include:

  • Getting Started. If you are brand new to photography, this section will walk you through the first steps of selecting and loading film, focusing sharply, adjusting the exposure, and making your first pictures. See pages 4-9.
  • Digital Imaging. In one sense, digital imaging is just another tool, but it is also an immensely powerful technique that is changing photography and that will empower those who know how to use it. See pages 152-157.
  • Projects. These projects are designed to help you develop your technical and expressive skills. See, for example, page 128 or 173.
  • Making Better Prints. Additional information about how to fine tune your prints by burning in and dodging (darkening or lightening selected areas), and by cropping the edges to concentrateattention on the portion of the scene you want. See pages 114-117.
  • Types of lenses, types of film, lighting, filters

Photography is a subjective and personal undertaking. A Short Course in Photography emphasizes your choices in picture making:

  • How to look at a scene in terms of the way the camera can record it
  • How to select the shutter speed, point of view, or other elements that can make the difference between an ordinary snapshot and an exciting photograph
  • Chapter 9, Seeing Like a Camera, explores your choices in selecting and adjusting the image, and covers how to photograph subjects such as people and landscapes

New to this edition are

  • Using a Digital Camera. How to make photographs digitally from start to finish
  • Up-to-date information on Health and Safety precautions in the darkroom
  • Technical updates throughout
  • Many new photographs and illustrations

This book is designed to make learning photography as easy as possible:

  • Every two facing pages completes a single topic
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions clarify each stage of extended procedures such as negative development and printing
  • Boldfaced headings make subtopics easy to spot
  • Numerous photographs and drawings illustrate each topic

Acknowledgments

Many people gave generously of their time and effort in the production of this book. Feedback from numerous instructors was a major help in confirming the basic direction of the book and in determining the new elements in this edition. At Prentice Hall, Kimberly Chastain and Bud Therien provided editorial support. Joe Scordato supervised the production of the book from manuscript to printer. Nancy Wells redesigned the book and helped make it even more user friendly.

Jim Stone
Barbara London

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2009

    great book!

    Detailed and clear info on technique issues. Talks the reader through developing and printing processes step by step.

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    Love it!

    This book is direct, to the point and that makes the book engaging for me.
    I have viewed other photography books and was disappointed because the author(s) added a lot of unnecessary fluff . I love the book and will NOT lend it out.

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    Readable in English too!

    I went through this book , figuring it like all other books that tell you about ' How to become a Photographer' No, not here. This one really comes fully equipped. Read the first pages and I already felt I learned from it.

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