By Robert Harrington
One of the most over-used, yet misunderstood pieces of photographic equipment is the flash unit in its many forms. While a flash unit either built in to the camera or a separate device offers the advantage of adding light to your images, its biggest disadvantage is the complex nature of the flash, which prevents many from using it to its full potential. Seeking an understanding of the nomenclature, the buttons and dials on the flash itself, and the menus inside is akin to trying to learn a foreign language. What is FEC? What does TTL mean and how is it used effectively? What is high-speed synchronisation? How can the less technically gifted photographer understand the complexities of such systems and put them to effective use in the field? Studying a manual full of technical jargon is a daunting task and just as confusing as the flash itself. Professional photographer Robert Harrington takes the confusion out of the subject of photographic lighting, and offers invaluable guidance and expert tips that will benefit all keen photographers.
ISBN: 9781907708756 PB with Flaps £14.99 Ammonite
Photographic Digital Printing
By David Taylor
Most digital photographers will wish to output their images for display purposes, or to use in promotional or publishing work, so it’s essential to have an understanding of the printing process and the options available. How, for example, do you ensure that your print matches what you see on your computer screen? How do you get the most from the files taken with your digital camera? Professional photographer David Taylor offers invaluable guidance and expert tips for all keen photographers on the basics of printing, from choosing a suitable printer and printer software to selecting the right papers and inks. Advice is given on how to use image manipulation software to adjust exposure and contrast, improve highlights, correct colour, sharpen an image, reduce digital noise, remove dust and other marks, crop and resize prior to printing. There’s also advice on shooting and printing black and white images, plus how to produce sepia, split-toned, old-style grainy or artistic lith prints. Finally, there’s information on print on demand services for producing calendars, photo books and greetings cards.
ISBN: 9781907708749 PB with Flaps £14.99 Ammonite
Bryan Peterson’s Exposure Solutions
The Most Common Exposure Problems and How to Solve Them
By Bryan Peterson
This essential guide from Bryan Peterson, author of the best-selling Understanding Exposure, shows amateur photographers of all levels how to conquer more than 25 tricky exposure scenarios frequently found in the field. As every amateur shutterbug knows, certain exposure situations prove frustrating time and time again, whether photographing a high-contrast snow scene or getting the perfect backlit portrait. In this ready reference, Peterson demystifies common stumbling blocks one by one, with tips and techniques for getting a great shot every time.
ISBN: 9780770433055 PB £14.99 Amphoto