Shoot to Thrill
“If you’re looking for a fresh, offbeat style, you’ll enjoy this book.” --John Nack
If you’re packin’ heat and a D-SLR, SHOOT TO THRILL is like having a bullet-proof vest. Loaded with tips, dames, laughs, tales of noir, and photos shot from the hip!
HARD TIMES, TOUGH TALK, HARD-BOILED SOLUTIONS
A BOOK TO INSPIRE AMATEURS & PROS ALIKE.
Written in the style of a pulp detective novel, this book goes beyond the mechanics of shooting and teaches us all how to “see” with a fresh vision. Shoot to Thrill teaches creative techniques such as
- Achieving dramatic film noir lighting
- Getting the ring flash look (the rage in fashion photography)
- Experimenting with High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI)
- Capturing breaking news, and a lot more
Offers valuable “two-fisted tips” on how to score killer shots—from still life to action.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Derek Pellis a writer, visual artist, and photographer. He’s the author of more than 20 books, including Morbid Curiosities, Doktor Bey’s Bedside Bug Book, Assassination Rhapsody, and The Little Red Book of Adobe LiveMotion. Novelist Robert Coover calls Pell “...a wordplay master and a parodist of great wit and cunning.” Larry McCaff ery declared him “the most wickedly funny writer in America.” The New York Times Book Reviewreferred to him as “a British misanthrope-humorist”—despite the fact he was born in New York City. He describes himself as “self-uneducated,” although he attended The Art Institute of Chicago and The Goodman School of Drama.
Pell worked as a press photographer for United Press International (UPI) for several years. As a freelance photojournalist, his photographs have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Lens Culture, L.A. Weekly, The London Times, New York Magazine, Interview, The Village Voice, American Forests, and Zink.
He created the popular “hard-boiled” column The Laptop Detective, which appeared monthly in PC Laptop Magazine, and for 12 years served as editor-in-chief of the online technology review, DingBat. Today, Derek lives in San Diego, California, where he edits Zoom Street(www.zoomstreet.org), an online magazine devoted to digital photography.
Table of Contents
introduction: the F Stops Here
Prologue: I Cover the Watergate
CHAPTER 1 Packin' Heat
Assault & Batteries
Cheap Thrills: Odds 'N Ends
CHAPTER 2 Call for Backup!
How Many Backups Are Enough?
If the Mob Can Get Organized, So Can You
Photoshop, Lightroom, & Bridge, Oh My!
Creating a Custom Preset
A View From the Bridge
CHAPTER 3 Private Eyes
Method Acting: Comedy or Tragedy?
You're the Lead, Not the Walk-On
Find the A.N.G.E.L.
CHAPTER 4 Hand-to-Cam Combat
Get to Know Your ISO
Whose White Balance Is It, Anyway?
Play It Again, S.A.M.
Shutter Priority (S)
Manual Mode (M)
Busting the Bracket Racket
Exposure Compensation (EV)
CHAPTER 5 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Noir
Imagining Light and Re-creating It
Nighttime Is the Right Time...For Noir
Portable Flash Is Your Buddy
An Ounce of Bounce = Fills & Thrills
Grids, Snoots, Gobos, & Chizzlers
A Knockout in the Ring
What, Me Pop-Up?
The Big Guns: Studio Strobes
CHAPTER 6 A Thirst for Burst
Speed Traps: The Curse of Burst
Twist 'N Shoot
"You Lookin' for Action?"
Good Burst, Bad Burst
There's More to Burst Than Sports
Take a Break from the Action and Look Around
CHAPTER 7 From Chump to Champ
Did Somebody Call the Crops?
The Case of the Missing Subject
Less Is More...More or Less
Stretchin' the Truth
Sharpen Me Deadly
"Have You Tried Calling Noise Abatement?"
Manipulations, Great and Small
Trick or Treat?
Art for Art's Sake (and for Pete's Sake, Too)
There Ain't Nothin' Like a Dame
The Blemish Masters
CHAPTER 8 The Devil Is In the Details
HDRI on the Streets of San Diego
Cheap Thrills Contest
Bypass the Bleached Blonde with the Luger
High Pass: The Knockout Punch
High Pass Thrills and Chills
CHAPTER 9 "I've Been Framed!"
Hangin' on the Web
Hangin' on the Wall
A Rogue's Gallery Meets MoMA
Print It for Posterity
CHAPTER 10 "Play It Again, Cam..."
Hybrid on a Hot Tin Roof
Dead Pans and Zoom Goons
"We Didn't Need Faces. We Had Dialogue."
A DV Thrill
The Happy Ending
APPENDIX A Hot Links, Cool Leads
Camera Bags and Straps
Online Pubs, Blogs, and Reference
APPENDIX B A Hard-Boiled Library
Nuts 'N Bolts
Art Photography/Critical Works
9780789742407 TOC 8/24/2009