THE SOFT TOUCH A PHOTOGRAPHERS GUIDE TO MANIPULATING FOCUS

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The Soft Touch

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ISBN : 9781608959501
Genre : Photography
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Image sharpness is one of photography’s yin/yang propositions. Soft focus can impair a photograph, and just as readily enhance it—in some cases, greatly enhance it. What we perceive as blur, as soft zones in a picture, function in very much the same manner as deep shadows or overexposed highlights. By minimizing or concealing certain details in the image by selectively throwing areas out of focus at will, the photographer can direct a viewer’s attention through the image as he or she intends. Like the rest stops in a piece of music, creatively manipulated zones of softness can totally govern a photograph’s overall impact. There are dozens of ways to selectively reduce sharpness in any part of an image, and three important reasons for a photographer to be fluent in his or her ability to create a soft-focus look: (1) to emphasize important picture details by subordinating or eliminating others; (2) to reduce or remove details of a subject that undermine a picture’s intent, and (3) to create a mood impression, an aura, that suggests something about a subject that doesn’t actually appear in the frame. In this book, Jim Cornfield surveys in detail the art of selectively using soft focus in your photography. Readers will learn about the history of soft-focus photography, then move to technical discussions for creating the effect in-camera (taking advantage of spherical aberrations, circles of confusion, and bokeh—the way a lens, due to its unique properties and specific aperture shape, renders image areas that lie outside of the focus range—often described as “good” or “bad” bokeh). Next, readers will move on to a study of post-capture image manipulations using Photoshop and third-party plugins in order to re-create traditional effects. Finally, the author includes an appendix of currently available optical and digital products intended for the creative application of soft-focus effects. Armed with the tools needed to produce a predictable soft-focus look, readers will be able to expand their photographic repertoire for enhanced artistic expression and stand-out work that will draw clients and generate client referrals.
Category: Photography

The Boudoir Photography Cookbook

Author : Jennifer Rozenbaum
ISBN : 9781608958801
Genre : Photography
File Size : 70.29 MB
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Jen Rozenbaum presents sixty essential skills that will help you to fine-turn every aspect of your boudoir shoot. She begins with a look into what qualifies as boudoir, identifies the subgenres of boudoir portraiture, and then launches into a targeted look at various posing strategies that will really amp up your subject's gorgeous curves for a sexy, sultry look. You'll also find a host of image concepts that you might want to incorporate into your repertoire, plus lighting sources and setups Jen favors for creating sizzling shots, and even tips for selecting a wardrobe that downplays perceived flaws and celebrates your subject's assets. Of course, Rozenbaum doesn't stop there. There are even sections on changing up lenses for portrait variety, working with a Lensbaby (a specialty lens that offers a 'sweet spot' of focus), and pulling out all of the stops with today's must-have light source: the Westcott Ice Light.
Category: Photography

Skin

Author : Lee Varis
ISBN : 9780470906637
Genre : Photography
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Category: Photography

American Photography

Author : Miles Orvell
ISBN : 0192842714
Genre : Art
File Size : 50.23 MB
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Presents an overview of the history of American photography, covering how American photographers view the world, the nature of photographic exploitation, experimental techniques, and the works of prominent photographers.
Category: Art

The Savvy Guide To Digital Photography

Author : Paula M. Kalamaras
ISBN : 0790613093
Genre : Photography
File Size : 84.51 MB
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Focuses on the use of a digital camera and the peripheral devices that go along with the art. This work covers scanning, manipulation and artistic effects, and aims to help users make most of their digital camera. It includes topics such as taking photos, scanning and storage, printing and sharing budget considerations, and choosing a camera.
Category: Photography

Photographing Pattern Design In Nature

Author : Arnold Wilson
ISBN : 9781408110966
Genre : Photography
File Size : 54.53 MB
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How to take close up photos of natural objects, revealing the beautiful patterns within.
Category: Photography

Seeing The Better City

Author : Charles R. Wolfe
ISBN : 9781610917766
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 37.74 MB
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In order to understand and improve cities today, personal observation remains as important as ever. While big data, digital mapping, and simulated cityscapes are valuable tools for understanding urban space, using them without on-the-ground, human impressions risks creating places that do not reflect authentic local context. Seeing the Better City brings our attention back to the real world right in front of us, focusing it once more on the sights, sounds, and experiences of place in order to craft policies, plans, and regulations to shape better urban environments. Through clear prose and vibrant photographs, Charles Wolfe shows those who experience cities how they might catalog the influences of urban form, neighborhood dynamics, public transportation, and myriad other basic city elements that impact their daily lives. He then shares insights into how they can use those observations to contribute to better planning and design decisions. Wolfe calls this the "urban diary” approach, and highlights how the perspective of the observer is key to understanding the dynamics of urban space. He concludes by offering contemporary examples and guidance on how to use carefully recorded and organized observations as a tool to create change in urban planning conversations and practice. From city-dwellers to elected officials involved in local planning and design issues, this book is an invaluable tool for constructive, creative discourse about improving urban space.
Category: Architecture

Faking It

Author : Mia Fineman
ISBN : 9781588394736
Genre : Photography
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This catalogue is published in conjunction with Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from October 11, 2012, through January 27, 2013; at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., from February 17 through May 5, 2013; and at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from June 2 through August 25, 2013.
Category: Photography