The Heart of Photography
Author: Michael Freeman
Publisher: CRC Press
In almost all photography it’s the quality of light that makes or breaks the shot. For professional photographers, chasing the light, waiting for it, sometimes helping it, and finally capturing it is a constant preoccupation — and for some an obsession. Drawing on four decades of doing just this, Michael Freeman takes a simple but practical approach to reacting to, and capturing photography’s most important commodity. There are just three sections titled Waiting, Chasing, and Helping: Waiting explains the kinds of lighting that photographers can anticipate and plan for, while Chasing explores the transient, serendipitous light that photographers have to work quickly to exploit. Helping, the final and most technical section, focuses on the skills and techniques for enhancing, reducing, or otherwise controlling light, covering everything from in-the-field shooting choices to technical transformations to post-production.
The Birth of Photography, a True Story of Genius and Rivalry
Author: Roger Watson,Helen Rappaport
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
An intimate look at the journeys of two men—a gentleman scientist and a visionary artist—as they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography During the 1830s, in an atmosphere of intense scientific enquiry fostered by the industrial revolution, two quite different men—one in France, one in England—developed their own dramatically different photographic processes in total ignorance of each other's work. These two lone geniuses—Henry Fox Talbot in the seclusion of his English country estate at Lacock Abbey and Louis Daguerre in the heart of post-revolutionary Paris—through diligence, disappointment and sheer hard work overcame extraordinary odds to achieve the one thing man had for centuries been trying to do—to solve the ancient puzzle of how to capture the light and in so doing make nature 'paint its own portrait'. With the creation of their two radically different processes—the Daguerreotype and the Talbotype—these two giants of early photography changed the world and how we see it. Drawing on a wide range of original, contemporary sources and featuring plates in colour, sepia and black and white, many of them rare or previously unseen, Capturing the Light by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport charts an extraordinary tale of genius, rivalry and human resourcefulness in the quest to produce the world's first photograph.
Author: John Hammond,Robin Capon
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
One of the ground-breaking books on acrylics - new in paperback. Acrylics is now a very popular medium with artists of all abilities, especially with the advent of new and better acrylic paints. 'Capturing Light in Acrylics' (HB 07134 8863 8) was and still is one of the best books on the subject. John Hammond, a highly successful practising artist, shares his experiences and knowledge of this incredibly adaptable medium and offers helpful advice, instruction and inspiration. Particular attention is paid to the skilful interpretation of light to convey the mood and atmosphere of a place. The section on Practical Considerations includes details on materials, equipment and colour mixing; Interpreting Light reveals the secrets behind light and tone, shadows, changing light and weather conditions; the Subjects and Inspiration sections cover choosing subjects, composition, working on location, landscapes, city views, boats and beaches, Mediteranean light and figures; and Developing Ideas details working with sketches, photography and studio painting. Practical explanatory text and inspirational illustrations combine to make this a valuable addition to any artist's bookshelf.
Author: Marilyn Simandle
The author shares her techniques for creating light-filled watercolor paintings and offers step-by-step demonstrations of essential methods.
Author: Paul Strisik
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
Legendary artist Paul Strisik was not the kind of artist you'd find cooped up inside a studio. As one of the great plein air painters of his generation, Paul preferred to be outdoors using the sun to light his subjects. His years of experience in capturing that natural light are offered here in Capturing Light in Oils.
Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850 to the Present
Author: Drew Heath Johnson,Peter E. Palmquist
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Surveys the work of the master photographers who have shaped the consciousness of the state of California and the nation for more than 150 years.
A Guide for Beginning Digital Photographers
Author: Steve Meltzer
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Light is what photography is all about, but many photographers find that it poses their toughest technical and artistic challenge. Fortunately, this easy-to-grasp guide shows both new digital camera owners and those with more experience how to understand, modify, and control light to create more compelling images. Learn all about the color, direction, and quality of natural light and how to adjust lighting to flatter the subject. Find out about the best lighting strategies for portraits, close-ups, interiors, performances, and outdoor occasions. This illuminating book starts you off with the basics--but by the time you’re through, you’ll have the knowledge to become a true lighting master.
An Inspirational and Instructional Guide to Landscape Photography
Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: Photographers Inst Press
Photographers can see the light—and learn how to capture it—with this outstanding collection that showcases Peter Watson’s impressive, sparkling, and perfectly lit landscapes. Peter discusses the camera, lens, and film he used, gives the exact exposure time, provides insights into filters and polarizers, and even reveals how long he had to wait before getting the right light. With its fascinating insight into the life of a professional and its invaluable guidance, this is an essential addition to every enthusiast’s library.
Author: Ian Cameron
Publisher: GMC PUBLICATIONS LTD
Although aimed at keen amateur photographers who wish to break into the professional market, the superb images and technical expertise offer something for all levels of skill and will also inspire those just becoming interested in photography and more established photographers who need to re-focus their photographic motivation. The book's primary goal is to draw the attention of readers to the absolute importance of light and how to make the best use of it, with an emphasis on being in the right place at the right time, anticipating fine light and ensuring that for the short duration that those qualities are present, they are successfully recorded to film or pixel. However, composition and technical expertise are also vitally important and Ian outlines the best field techniques for choosing the correct exposure, discusses depth of field, hyper-focal focusing, exposure bracketing and the use of appropriate filters.
Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer
Author: Amanda Lucidon
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
A collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama—many never before seen—coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from Official White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format. Michelle Obama is one of the most admired First Ladies in history, known for her grace, spirit, and beauty, as well as for the amazing work she did during her tenure to promote girls’ education, combat childhood obesity, and support military families. In Chasing Light, former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon, who spent four years covering the First Lady, shares a rare insider’s perspective, from documenting life at the White House to covering domestic and overseas travel. This collection of 150 candid photos—many previously unreleased—and Amanda’s narrative reflections reveal just what makes Mrs. Obama so special. From an affectionate moment with her daughters atop the strikingly empty Great Wall of China to exuberant moments with schoolchildren and quiet moments between the First Lady and President Obama, the photos are a vibrant, candid, and beautiful celebration of the First Lady, capturing the qualities and strengths that have made Mrs. Obama so beloved.
Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers
Author: Bob Davis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Author: Susan Bourdet
Publisher: North Light Books
Transform your paintings from ordinary to extraordinary - with light! Want to paint light-filled watercolors that reach out and draw viewers in? In this book, award-winning watercolorist and teacher Susan Bourdet shows you how. Through simple concepts and detailed step-by-step demonstrations, Susan demystifies the process of successfully depicting light in watercolor. You'll learn how to: Create convincing light effects and rich shadows Depict different light angles and times of day Render light on a variety of subjects, from feathers and fur to flowers, water and textures Take reference photos with exciting light and combine them into a believable composition that speaks to your viewers It's all the information you'll need to capture the magic of light in your watercolors! Includes 23 step-by-step demonstrations!
Author: Tim Deibler
Publisher: North Light Books
Paint the beauty of each season! If the thought of painting landscapes in oils seems daunting to you, this book by veteran artist Tim Deibler will put you at immediate ease. Tim's practical, time-tested instruction combined with tips, exercises and beautiful examples of his work, will help you visualize for others how you see the world around you—no matter what season it is. Tim teaches you how to paint successfully by beginning with the basics. You will: Master the four keys—shape, value, color, and edges—no matter what your painting style or media preference might be Plan any painting by using various block-in methods: monochrome, complementary color, full-color, and light and shadow block-in, or directly painting on the canvas Discover the secrets of successful plein air painting—choosing the right equipment, picking the best time of day to paint and settling on the lighting elements you'll use Understand the angles, shadows and reflections of light through each season, and practice painting the same scene throughout the year With Land & Light Workshop: Capturing the Seasons in Oils, it's easy to make your work stand out—whether it's with the sizzling hues of summer or the chilled blue tones of winter!
An Emotional Approach to Capturing the Illusion of Value, Form, Color and Space
Author: Albert Handell
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
An artist's guide to mastering the tricky hues and personalities of light reveals the role of light in painting and shows how light patterns move, thus allowing painters to "capture the illusion" of light in their own work. Original.
Author: Susan Sarback
In these pages, popular artist/instructor Susan Sarback puts aside abstract formulas and presents a different, immediate way to see and paint in color. Through this technique of full-color seeing, artists will expand their ability to see light and color in their environment, and to express this heightened visual awareness in their work.
The Cement Sculpture of Dionicio Rodríguez
Author: Patsy Pittman Light
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Over a period of some twenty years, Mexican-born artisan Dionicio Rodríguez created imaginative sculptures of reinforced concrete that imitated the natural forms and textures of trees and rocks. He worked in eight different states from 1924 through the early 1950s but spent much of his early career in San Antonio, where several of his creations have become beloved landmarks. More than a dozen of Rodríguez’s works have been included on the National Register of Historic Places. Patsy Pittman Light has spent a decade documenting the trabajo rústico (“rustic work”) of Rodríguez, along with its antecedents in Europe and Mexico, and the subsequent work of those Rodríguez trained in San Antonio. Rodríguez’s unique and unusual art will fascinate those new to it and delight those to whom it is familiar. San Antonio sites such as the bus stop on Broadway, the faux bois bridge in Brackenridge Park, and the “rocks” on the Miraflores Gate at the San Antonio Museum of Art, along with the Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock and Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, are just a few of the locations covered in this volume celebrating the life and work of a Latino artisan. Students and devotees of Texas and Southwestern art will welcome this book and its long-overdue appreciation of this artist. Additionally, this book will commend itself to those interested in Latino studies, art history, and folklore.
Author: Doug Dawson
Publisher: North Light Books
Overview: A source of inspiration as well as information, this fascinating exploration of color, shape, value and line shows artists how to use the concepts of good painting to create beautiful light and color with pastel.
Photography Homework Book Notepad Composition and Journal Diary
Author: Retrosun Designs
Publisher: Independently Published
They say a picture is worth a thousand words
The Essence of Photography
Author: Michael Freeman
Publisher: CRC Press
This is not a book about the fundamentals of shutter speed or how your camera works; it is a book that will teach photographers of all levels how to work with their cameras to capture moments whether they are occurring quickly or unfolding over many hours. Capturing the Moment is about a gesture, an expression, a ball in the net, a whale breaching, like Marilyn Monroe’s skirt flying up or Alfred Eisenstaedt’s image of a kiss between a soldier and nurse in Times Square. Moments in all forms are the true core of photography, and this book will explain how to anticipate them, recognise them, choose them, and capture them, through the eyes and wisdom of award-winning photographer and celebrated author Michael Freeman.