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Creative DSLR Photography

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Amongst the wealth of books aimed at helping you to understand and use your camera equipment and software, "Creative DSLR Photography" is a rare gem that focuses on the real art of photography and the creative, design and composition skills needed to take your work to the next level. Beginning with the basics of visualisation and perception, the book gives clear guidance on how to interpret a scene, define a subject and develop a personal style. It covers the key creative factors to be considered pre-capture, whilst shooting and post-capture, taking a practical approach and offering valuable pointers that you can incorporate into workflow immediately to dramatically improve results. Written by two accomplished professional photographers, "Creative DSLR Photography" is packed with inspiring images from travel, nature and landscape photography, amongst other genres, and includes pro tips on how these stunning shots were created. The book is part of "Focal's Digital Workflow" series, aimed at helping photographers to work faster, work smarter and creative great images. Current series titles include "Canon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide", "Apple Aperture 2" and "Mac OS X for Photographers". The book focuses on creative techniques rather than equipment or software to help you visualise great images and capture the perfect shot. It is written by two professional photographers and features inspiring images from a variety of genres, and considers the complete creative workflow, from pre-capture through to output, with insightful tips to help improve your results in no time.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Visualisation and image values in the digital age; Section 1: Visualisation and perception; Lenses and perspective; Light; Tone and contrast; Exposure; The zone system applied; Noise; Focus; Creating emphasis and order; The defining moment; Section 2: Interpreting the scene; Defining the role of photography; Defining your subject; The art of omission; The five elements of design; Deconstructing the image space; Getting your message across; The abstract image; Developing a personal style; Section 3: Expression; The score and the performance: Understanding the photographic process; Limitations of digital cameras; RAW conversion; Post-capture exposure; Colour interpretation; Fixing digital and optical aberrations; Fine tuning a digital image; Selective exposure; Selective colour; Creating a monotone image; Sharpening; The digital print; End matter; Useful links; Index

About the Author

Chris Weston is a professional nature photographer and writer. He has written 17 books on photography and his specialist subject, wildlife. In addition to writing books and articles for international magazines and newspapers, Chris is an experienced photography teacher and lecturer, running photography seminars, short courses and overseas workshops. Chris Coe ( is an accomplished professional photographer and photography educator. Since turning professional in 1992, he has photographed landscapes, people, architecture, gardens, travel destinations and wildlife around the world. Most of his work is commissioned for specific advertising and editorial projects or for stock libraries. He has shot over 40 travel and coffee table books and has undertaken commissions for a wide range of major multinational companies. His images have been widely published in newspapers, magazines and books. Examples of his published work can be found in the "in print" section of this website. Chris has presented photographic features for TV and he lectures on a variety of photographic subjects, including travel, landscape and stock photography, at numerous major international conferences. He has also written articles about photography for specialist photographic, travel and lifestyle magazines. Together with fellow professional photographers and friends, Nick Meers and Chris Weston, and digital imaging expert, Terry Steeley, Chris runs a series of photography courses and digital imaging courses in the UK and overseas, covering everything you need to know about photography to enjoy it as a hobby, as a profession or to get started as a new career. In 2003, Chris founded the now prestigious international photography awards, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY),


"Those who take their digital photography seriously will find the book an invaluable guide." Steve Bavister, photographer "The two Chris's have done a great job for the new SLR owner by introducing them to all of the real-world differences they'll face when upgrading from a point-and-shoot camera. The illustrations echo the kinds of images the newbie SLR owner can reasonably expect from their new camera."--Shutterbug Magazine

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