Amongst the wealth of books aimed at helping you to understand and use your camera equipment and software, Creative DSLR Photography is a rare gem that focuses on the real art of photography and the creative, design and composition skills needed to take your work to the next level.
Beginning with the basics of visualisation and perception, the book gives clear guidance on how to interpret a scene, define a subject and develop a personal style. It covers the key creative factors to be considered pre-capture, whilst shooting and post-capture, taking a practical approach and offering valuable pointers that you can incorporate into workflow immediately to dramatically improve results.
Written by two accomplished professional photographers, Creative DSLR Photography is packed with inspiring images from travel, nature and landscape photography, amongst other genres, and includes pro tips on how these stunning shots were created.
Part of Focal's Digital Workflow series, aimed at helping photographers to work faster, work smarter and creative great images. Current series titles include Canon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide, Apple Aperture 2 and Mac OS X for Photographers.
About the Author
Chris Coe (www.chriscoe.com) is an accomplished professional photographer and photography educator.
Since turning professional in 1992, he has photographed landscapes, people, architecture, gardens, travel destinations and wildlife around the world. Most of his work is commissioned for specific advertising and editorial projects or for stock libraries.
He has shot over 40 travel and coffee table books and has undertaken commissions for a wide range of major multinational companies. His images have been widely published in newspapers, magazines and books. Examples of his published work can be found in the "in print" section of this website.
Chris has presented photographic features for TV and he lectures on a variety of photographic subjects, including travel, landscape and stock photography, at numerous major international conferences. He has also written articles about photography for specialist photographic, travel and lifestyle magazines.
Together with fellow professional photographers and friends, Nick Meers and Chris Weston, and digital imaging expert, Terry Steeley, Chris runs a series of photography courses and digital imaging courses in the UK and overseas, covering everything you need to know about photography to enjoy it as a hobby, as a profession or to get started as a new career.
In 2003, Chris founded the now prestigious international photography awards, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), www.tpoty.com.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Visualisation and image values in the digital age; Section 1: Visualisation and perception; Lenses and perspective; Light; Tone and contrast; Exposure; The zone system applied; Noise; Focus; Creating emphasis and order; The defining moment; Section 2: Interpreting the scene; Defining the role of photography; Defining your subject; The art of omission; The five elements of design; Deconstructing the image space; Getting your message across; The abstract image; Developing a personal style; Section 3: Expression; The score and the performance: Understanding the photographic process; Limitations of digital cameras; RAW conversion; Post-capture exposure; Colour interpretation; Fixing digital and optical aberrations; Fine tuning a digital image; Selective exposure; Selective colour; Creating a monotone image; Sharpening; The digital print; End matter; Useful links; Index