Pearson Education Book: A Short Course in Photography: Film and Darkroom (Ninth Edition)

Pearson Education Book: A Short Course in Photography: Film and Darkroom (Ninth Edition)

Pearson Education Book: A Short Course in Photography: Film and Darkroom (Ninth Edition)

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  • Authors: Barbara London and Jim Stone
  • 240 Pages
  • Date Published: 2014
  • Extensive Guide of Photo Techniques
  • Specializing in B&W Film Photography
  • Sections on Color and Digital
  • Shooting, Developing, & Printing Lessons
  • Introduction to History of Photography
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Pearson Education 9780205982431 overview

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Dedicated to teaching traditional processes of photography, this ninth edition of A Short Course in Photography: Film and Darkroom from Pearson Education introduces the fundamentals of technique as well as offers insight into creating photographs with meaning. Authored by Barbara London and Jim Stone, this 240-page publication specifically focuses on black and white film practices, however still covers topics relating to digital techniques and web resources, equipment choices, cameras and camera accessories, exposure and development of film, and the making and finishing of prints. The book is laid out in a clear and concise manner, with each page spread including text as well as an accompanying diagram, illustration, or photograph. Additionally, this publication also introduces a range of photographs from well-known artists, including Deborah Willis, Roe Ethridge, Gordon Parks, Rebecca Cummins, Javier Manzano, and Gueorgui Pinkhassov.


Guides Beginners
Well-suited to beginners, the Getting Started section offers tips on selecting and loading film, focusing techniques, adjusting exposure, and creating the first pictures. For better understanding the development of photography, Chapter 10: The History of Photography covers the technical, social, and artistic progressions of photography since its inception.
Emphasizes Personal Choices
Using the technical aspects of photography, such as selecting a shutter speed or point of view, this guide teaches students how these tools can be used to inform a more subjective understanding of photography, how to recognize a scene in regard to the ways a photograph can depict it, and how to best realize your own vision when shooting. The Seeing Like a Camera chapter continues on these points to instruct on selecting and adjusting imagery and how to photograph distinct subjects, such as people and landscapes.
Encourages Interactive Activity
Dedicated 'Projects' boxes accompany the readings and provide different activities for students to try in order to reinforce the skills they have learned, across both technical and expressive spectra. Furthermore, these boxes also include "How Did You Do" questions to help students analyze their own process and technique based on the results. In Chapter 9, the Elements of Design section further aids in developing discussion and evaluation techniques.
Identifies How to Make Better Prints
Helping to produce better prints in the darkroom, this guide teaches the how to fine-tune prints by burning and dodging areas and cropping the edges in order to better concentrate attention to the main subject. Additionally, an updated Chapter 8 on Digital Photography includes information on working with Photoshop for producing digital prints and creating a digital workflow.
Covers Autofocus and Exposure
Specific attention is given to working with autofocus and auto exposure, and how both systems operate, what they can be used for, and when to manually override these settings for more personalized control.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Camera
Getting Started: Camera and film
Loading film into the camera
Focusing and setting the exposure
Exposure readout
Exposing the film
What will you photograph?
Using a digital camera
Types of Cameras
Basic Camera Controls
More about Camera Controls
Inside a single-lens reflex camera
Shutter Speed: Affects light and motion
Aperture: Affects light and depth of field
Shutter Speed and Aperture Blur vs. Depth of Field
Getting the Most from Your Camera and Lens
Chapter 2: Lens
Lens Focal Length: The basic difference between lenses
Normal Focal Length: The most like human vision
Long Focal Length: Telephoto lenses
Short Focal Length: Wide-angle lenses
Zoom, Macro, and Fisheye Lenses
Focus and Depth of Field
Automatic Focus
Depth of Field: Controlling sharpness in a photograph
More about Depth of Field: How to preview it
Perspective: How a photograph shows depth
Lens Attachments: Making close-ups
Using filters
Chapter 3: Film
Selecting and Using Film
Film Speed and Grain: The two go together
Color in Photography
Color Films
Chapter 4: Exposure
Normal Exposure, Underexposure, and Overexposure
Exposure Meters: What different types do
How to Calculate and Adjust an Exposure Manually
Overriding an Automatic Exposure Camera
Making an Exposure of an Average Scene
Exposing Scenes That are Lighter or Darker than Average
Exposing Scenes with High Contrast
Low Light and Reciprocity
Exposures in Hard-to-Meter Situations
Chapter 5: Developing the Negative
Processing Film: Equipment and chemicals you'll need
Mixing and Handling Chemicals
Processing Film Step by Step: Setting out materials needed
Preparing the Film
Stop Bath and Fixer
Washing and Drying
Summary of Film Processing
How Chemicals Affect Film
Evaluating Your Negatives
Push Processing
Chapter 6: Printing
Printing: Equipment and materials you'll need
Making a Contact Print Step by Step
Processing a Print Step by Step: Development
Stop Bath and Fixer
Washing and Drying
Summary of Print Processing
Making an Enlarged Print Step by Step: Setting up the enlarger
Exposing a Test Print
Exposing a Final Print
Evaluating Your Print for Density and Contrast
More about Contrast: How to control it in a print
Local Controls: Burning in and dodging
Mounting a Print
Equipment and Materials You'll Need
Dry Mounting a Print Step by Step
Bleed Mounting/Overmatting
Chapter 7: Lighting
Qualities of Light: From direct to diffused
Existing Light: Use what's available
The Main Light: The strongest source of light
Fill Light: To lighten shadows
Simple Portrait Lighting
Using Artificial Light: Photolamp or flash
More about Flash: How to position it
Using Flash
Chapter 8: Digital Photography
Equipment and Materials You'll Need
Pixels Make the Picture Digital Color Modes, Gamuts, Spaces, and Profiles
Using Histograms and the Info Palette
Setting up a Workflow: Stay organized
Photographer's Workflow Programs
Importing an Image
Getting Started Editing an Image
Adjusting an Image: Levels
Adjusting Part of an Image: Selections
More Techniques Layers
Editing a Digital Image Step by Step
Soft Proofing
Storage, Archiving, Retrieval
Ethics and Digital Imaging
Chapter 9: Seeing Like a Camera
What's in the Picture: The edges or frame
The Background
Focus: Which parts are sharp
Time and Motion in a Photograph
Depth in a Picture: Three dimensions become two
Chaos into Order
Photographing for Meaning
Portraits Informal: Finding them
Formal: Setting them up
Photographing the Landscape
Photographing the Cityscape
Photographing Inside
Responding to Photographs
Chapter 10: History of Photography
Daguerreotype: "Designs on silver bright"
Calotype: Pictures on paper
Collodion Wet-Plate: Sharp and reproducible
Gelatin Emulsion/ Roll-Film Base: Photography for everyone
Early Portraits
Early Travel Photography
Early Images of War
Time and Motion in Early Photographs
Color Photography
The Photograph as Document
Photography and Social Change
Photography as Art in the 19th Century
Pictorial Photography and the Photo-Secession
The Direct Image in Art
The Question for a New Vision
Photography as Art in the 1950s and 1960s
Photography as Art in the 1970s and 1980s
Digital Photography
Table of Contents
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Pearson Education 9780205982431 specs

Type of Media Book
Author Barbara London
Jim Stone
Publisher Pearson Education
Publication Date February 25, 2014
ISBN-10 0205982433
ISBN-13 9780205982431
Number of Pages 240
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.5"

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