Digital Photography for Next to Nothing: Free and Low Cost Hardware and Software to Help You Shoot Like a Pro

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 26, 2011 - Photography - 384 pages
Take photos like a pro without breaking the bank by using FREE and nearly FREE software and hardware explained in this book.
  • Get professional looking shots from a low-cost camera
  • Save money by building your own lighting rigs, tripods, monopods and stabilisers for next to nothing
  • Learn how to use older lenses on modern digital cameras, and make your own macro lens, lens hoods, flash diffusers, flash concentrators, decorative Bokeh effect lenses and more
  • Use dozens of FREE and low cost photo applications for processing, viewing, cataloguing, editing, creating HDR, and photo stitching
  • Build powerful photography processing and editing suites with free software and plugins that go head to head with expensive tools like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
 

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Contents

TAKING BETTER SNAPS WITH A CHEAPER CAMERA
1
Why Most Snaps Fail to Impress
11
First Steps in Portraiture with FREE and LowCost Lighting
17
GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
27
Keeping It Steady Tripods Monopods and VR Lenses
39
Saving Money on Lenses
47
KEEPING COSTS DOWN
61
Shooting RAW and Processing It For FREE
69
IMPROVING YOUR IMAGES
181
FREE ImageEditing Software
191
FREE Online Image Editors
203
FREE and LowCost Denoising Software
219
Building Powerful Software Suites with Plugins
229
MAKING HIRES MOSAICS PANORAMAS
239
LowCost Panoramic and Virtual Tour Software
257
Creating High Dynamic Range Images
263

Shooting Macro Without a Macro Lens
81
DIY Cleaning Your DSLR Sensor
91
DIY Making Your Own Lens Hood
97
More DIY Photo Fun Accessories
103
FREE Photo Calculators
117
FREE and LowCost Utility Software
127
SCRUTINIZING SORTING AND RESIZING
139
FREE and LowCost Image Viewers
151
FREE and LowCost Photo Organizing Software
161
FREE and LowCost Image Resizing Tools
171
SHARING PUBLISHING YOUR WORK
271
FREE Online PhotoSharing Sites
281
Online Photo Communities
293
FREE Web Publishing Software
305
GETTING READY TO PRINT
319
LowCost Online Printing Services
327
LEARNING MORE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
333
FREE Online Photo Resources
343
Index
353
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John Lewell (Framlingham, UK) A freelance author and journalist, John Lewell is an expert in digital image-creation technology and has specialized in visual technologies, computer graphics and Internet software. An experienced landscape photographer, John has produced a series of fine art cards currently sold through galleries and bookstores in the UK.

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