National Geographic Complete Photography

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National Geographic Books, 2011 - Photography - 408 pages
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A comprehensive illustrated reference about photography and the camera, this book combines how-to advice, knowledgeable commentary, and useful tips on how to take and look at photographs. Not just a how-to book, it is a how-does-it-work book, focusing on cameras, photographs, and photographers. Throughout, voices and photographs from the greatest of National Geographic photographers add authority to these pages. Chapters build from camera basics—like how a digital camera works, what different lenses do, and the definition of exposure—to advanced and specific techniques—such as taking the best family candids, underwater photography, or techniques for capturing fireworks on film. Every chapter includes a feature called "My Perspective," highlighting a National Geographic photographer and his or her work with a personal note on photography. Every chapter ends with a feature called "What Makes This Photograph Great?"—twelve different iconic National Geographic photographs are analyzed thoroughly for their subject matter, composition, lighting and exposure—by James P. Blair, longtime National Geographic photographer. A fascinating illustrated timeline of photography places milestone moments in the developing technology and art of photography into historic context. With something for everyone, novice and experienced amateur alike, designed in such a way that a reader can dip in and out of page after page, this complete reference will become a family favorite, to which young and old will refer over and over for years to come.

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Awesome Book

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This book is great for beginners just learning photography as well as semi propro photographers wanting to get caught up on current info. I really enjoyed the layout of this book. Its has cross ... Read full review

Excelent beginners book.

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This book is geared more for bare begininers and entry level photographers. It does a very good job of explaining why a camera functions and how to think about making it work for you. It shows ... Read full review


A Sense of Place 204 Seek the Authentic
Focal Point
THE CAMERA The Rule of Thirds
Technology of a Camera zo Positive Si Negative Space
Light Color in Sense of Scale
Shutter Speed 10 Choosing White Balance
What They Can Do for You 142 TIME LINE
1 People Pets
Dodging Burning
My Perspective
Water Sports
Familiar Places
My Perspective

The Digital Lightroom 19851999

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About the author (2011)

Scott Stuckey is managing editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine, author of a magazine column on panoramic photography, and author of National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography.
Contributors James P. Blair and Pritt Vesilind are longtime National Geographic photographers.

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