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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 impactMastering 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 effectsMastering the technique:: Adding Character 3. GETTING THE MOST FROM EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS Exploding the Myths and Mystique.
Establishing a Theme
Dos and Don'ts
PresentationMastering 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 & JoinersPage 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 AtmosphereMastering 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
Macro and MicrophotographyMastering 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 AstrophotographyPage 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
Image Storage and Archiving
Traditional and Contemporary Image Delivery
Exploiting the World Wide Web9. RESOURCES
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.