Focus On Series by Focal Press
Focus On Photographing People by Haje Jan Kamps
Portraiture is one of the most popular types of photography and this book by Haje Jan Kamps focuses on the most important topics. The author begins with an introduction to Portraiture and the equipment needed to achieve your goals. He discusses everything from camera and lens to outfitting an entire studio. He then covers the basics of good portraiture and how to go beyond the automatic camera settings to achieve better photos. He also teaches the basics of good composition such as the familiar rule of thirds and when it's better to break the rules. Moving beyond the basics, Kamps explains how to add creativity to your photos, especially street photography. Next, the author discusses editing software, common problems and their fixes.
Focus on Composing Photos by Peter Ensenberger
Composition can make or break a photograph and Peter Ensenberger focuses on this important aspect of better photography. The author covers the elements of composition and the basics for creating better composed photos. He begins by discussing the importance of a strong focal point than moves on to types of lighting, color, viewpoint and perspective. He then discusses the rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds and the Gestalt theory and when to break them.
Focus on Photoshop Elements by David Asch
AdobeR PhotoshopR Elements remains one of the most affordable and popular photo editing software and David Asch focuses on the fundamentals of how to use this software to get your best photos with an easy step-by-step workflow. He begins with an introduction to the Organizer and the basics of importing and management of your photos with tagging, categories and smart albums. Moving on to the Editor workspace, the author discusses solutions to the most common problems such as red eye, distortion, cropping, levels and color correction. Next, he discusses the basics of Camera RAW such as camera profiles. Finally, we covers aspects of printing and sharing your photos.
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