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100 Ways to Make Good Photos Great

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1. WHAT A PICTURE! : What turns a snap into a photograph?

Creating well balanced and structured images

Developing an Eye for Composition

Looking around the viewfinder

Rules of composition - and how to use and abuse them

Keeping things on the level

When all else fails... Adjusting compositions digitally

Cropping for creative impact

Mastering the technique: Pictures within Pictures Page out: Did I really shoot that? Typical compositional faux pas 2. THE PERFECT PORTRAIT The Perfect Portrait: the key elements from setting up through to printing, taking in formal, informal and candid portraiture

Making a good portrait brilliant

After the event: Retouching of skin tones, wrinkles etc

Lighting the portrait in the field

Quick tips on composition

Pro tips for great portraits

High and low key effects

Mastering the technique:: Adding Character 3. GETTING THE MOST FROM EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS Exploding the Myths and Mystique.


Establishing a Theme

Dos and Don'ts


Mastering the technique: Creative Candids and Cutaways 4. A TRIP TO THE COUNTRYSIDE: BECOME A LANDSCAPE EXPERT Building on the foundations of composition, discover how to take great landscape shots, with classical and contemporary approaches

A Sense of Scale

The Sweeping Vista vs. Meaningful Details


Panoramas, Collages & Joiners

Page Out Quick Project: Homage to Hockney: The Joiner 5. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HOLIDAY AND TRAVELLING Holidays and travel are great excuses to take lots of photographs. Add a little thought and planning and you can achieve results that are leagues apart from those of the casual holiday snapper.

The Secrets of Success

Shortcuts and Cheats to Great Travel Photography

The Stock Shot vs. the Novel Approach

Capturing Atmosphere

Mastering the technique: Travelling in the Real World 6. WHEN IT'S RAINING OUTSIDE: STILL LIFE IN THE STUDIO Forget the fruit bowl, staple of the oil painter, still life photography includes everything from photographing collections and hobbies through to close up and macrophotography.

The Impromptu Studio

Controlling the Environment

The Staged Set

Product shots

Macro and Microphotography

Mastering the technique: A Matter of Support 7. GOING TO EXTREMES: LOW LIGHT AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY As night falls most photographers put their cameras away. Shame. Evening and night make for some of the best in photographic images

Techniques for low light photography

Colour and the Fading Light

Sunset and Sunrise: Shoot the beauty, avoid the Cliche

Night and Astrophotography

Page Out Quick Project: Theatre and the Arts Mastering the technique: Cities and Cityscapes 8. IMAGE PORTFOLIOS AND COLLECTIONS Photographs are designed to be seen. In this rounding-off section we look at how to effectively enjoy, share and promote your photography

All About Presentation

Printing Masterclass

Image Storage and Archiving

Traditional and Contemporary Image Delivery

Exploiting the World Wide Web


Classified Glossary

Further Explorations

Bibliography etc

About the Author

Peter Cope is an experienced photographer and author. His interests in digital technology began at university where he worked on the development of electronic assemblies - image photon counting systems - that would ultimately lead to the imaging sensors used in today's digital cameras. Peter has lectured extensively on photographic and digital subjects and his work has appeared in a number of magazines in the UK and the US, including What Digital Camera, Total Digital Photography and Digital Pro. He lives in Bristol.

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