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Studio Photography: Essential Skills, 4th Edition

Book Description

Studio photography is a common career path for aspiring photographers and students but the professional and commercial nature of the field makes it a challenging area to break into.

Whilst other introductory books on the subject are often bogged down with too much technical detail or too many 'show-off' shots, Studio Photography: Essential Skills offers a practical and accessible guide to the fundamental techniques for successful studio photography. Whether photographing a person or a product, you need control over the light, mood and look to arrive at the perfect result for a particular assignment. This book takes a commercial and creative approach and considers the important elements of lighting, exposure, capture, art direction and the studio setting to ensure a successful shoot.

With a clearly structured learning approach and a wide variety of activities and assignments to inspire and engage you, this is an informative, stimulating guide to the basics. Broaden your skills and increase your earning potential with Studio Photography: Essential Skills!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. 1. Introduction
    1. Process and progress
    2. Independent learning
    3. Research and resources
    4. Visual Diary
    5. Record Book
    6. Presentation
    7. History
    8. Advancements in technology
    9. Current commercial practice
    10. Methodology
  7. 2. Genres
    1. Introduction
    2. Advertising illustration
    3. Still life
    4. Portraiture
    5. Commercial portraiture
    6. Fashion
    7. Fashion since 1950
  8. 3. Communication and design
    1. Introduction
    2. Context
    3. Format
    4. Content
    5. Balance
    6. Composition
    7. Point of view
    8. Line
    9. Depth
    10. Perspective
  9. 4. Art direction
    1. Introduction
    2. Layouts
    3. Framing the image
  10. 5. The studio
    1. Introduction
    2. Health and safety
    3. Equipment
    4. Camera
    5. Lenses
    6. Light sources
    7. Equipment detail
    8. Organisation
  11. 6. Light
    1. Introduction
    2. Artificial light
    3. Characteristics of light
  12. 7. Exposure
    1. Introduction
    2. Aperture and time
    3. Light meter
    4. Using the light meter
    5. Lighting ratios
    6. Interpreting the meter reading
    7. Exposure compensation
    8. Digital exposure
  13. 8. Image capture
    1. Introduction
    2. Choosing a capture medium
    3. Digital capture
    4. Latitude
    5. Limitations of film capture
    6. Push and pull
    7. Cross processing
    8. Image preview
  14. 9. Creative controls
    1. Introduction
    2. Focus
    3. Depth of field
    4. Selective focus
    5. Preview
    6. Duration of exposure
    7. Creative exposure compensation
    8. Perspective
  15. 10. Using light
    1. Introduction
    2. Working with studio lights
    3. Flash
    4. Tungsten
    5. Diffusion
    6. Reflection
    7. Filtration
    8. Mixed light sources
    9. Illusion of movement
  16. 11. Lighting still life
    1. Introduction
    2. Assignment 1 ‘Box’
    3. Assignment 2 ‘Ball’
    4. Assignment 3 ‘Texture’
    5. Assignment 4 ‘Flowers’
    6. Assignment 5 ‘Metal’
    7. Assignment 6 ‘Desk’
    8. Assignment 7 ‘Rust’
    9. Assignment 8 ‘Black and white’
    10. Assignment 9 ‘Cutlery’
  17. 12. Lighting people
    1. Introduction
    2. Assignment 1 ‘High key’
    3. Assignment 2 ‘Low key’
    4. Assignment 3 ‘Mid key’
    5. Pose
  18. 13. Lighting on location
    1. On location
    2. Interior location
  19. 14. Composites
    1. Composite images
    2. Composite lighting
    3. Composite techniques
    4. Composite solutions
  20. 15. Assignments
    1. Introduction
  21. Revision exercises
  22. Glossary
  23. Resources
  24. Index