Photo Inspiration: Secrets Behind Stunning Images

The inspiration you need to help improve your photography skills
Well-known for their stunning world-class photography, 1x.com has worked with their most talented photographers to handpick 100 awe-inspiring images and provided the back-story and photographer’s secrets that helped capture them. This book presents you with inspiration as well as underlying techniques that can help improve your photography skills immediately.

Silent Song
This is the voice of a marginal society that is constantly pushed aside by the greed of a civilization, and whose voices are unheard. They live in the trash left behind by the strong who always threaten the environment of the world. No matter how hard they scream and how loud they sing, they would never be heard. The only sound is that of damage that is growing into a bigger threat each day.
Final Toto is a photographer from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Big Sister
I took this picture when on a bike tour in the mountains together with some friends. It was a full day adventure through villages and the countryside. I always carry a camera when I go adventuring or walking and take pictures when looking at beautiful scenery or meeting interesting people.
Adhi Prayoga, photographer
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The Court of Heaven: “A Galley’s Last Stand”
I had taken a two week touring vacation to the north of France in June 2008. We arrived at around midday to find this scene. The immediate possibilities were obvious but the conditions were poor; the tide was out with the boat beached upon uninteresting sand with harsh, unforgiving and unattractive light. Still it was a scene that excited us greatly, and we knew that there was potential here.
Mal Smart, photographer
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Freedom
This one was created as an entry to a challenge. The subject was “fences.” I scratched my head to find a creative way to feature fences. Fences can obviously engender a prison-like feeling, so the idea of freedom quickly appeared. From there, I sketched out several options, and I found this one to be pretty effective.
Christophe Kiciak, photographer
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Painting of Nature
This image was taken in a place named Situ Gunung. In the Indonesian language, situ means lake and gunung means mountain.
Hardibudi, photographer
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Photo Inspiration: Secrets Behind Stunning Images
* Shares behind-the-scene stories of the featured photos from the photographers themselves, from their artistic vision to the technical details that went into each shot
* Offers clear, concise, and accessible descriptions for the ideas, vision, performance, setup, location, equipment, camera settings, lighting diagrams, and image editing methods of each amazing photo
Photo Inspiration provides a unique combination of the final photograph with the tools and knowledge that made it possible, all of which are aimed at helping you meet your photographic potential.

ISBN: 978-1-118-29052-1

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Wildlife of the World

In Wildlife of the World truly spectacular portrait-style photography brings you “face-to-face” with individual animals in up-close and engrossing profiles on how the animals interact with their environments, mate, survive, and even play.

From the shaggy musk ox foraging in the Canadian high arctic to the angered Scottish wildcat prowling the Highlands to the rock-climbing gelada monkey of Ethiopia, each animal featured in Wildlife of the World plays a key role in its environment. An additional eighty-page illustrated reference section on the animal kingdom explains the animal groups and profiles additional species.

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Wildlife of the World
ISBN: 1465438041 | DK Publishing

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Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age

Fully updated, it clearly and concisely covers the fundamental concepts of imagemaking, how to use digital technology to create compelling images, and how to output and preserve images in the digital world. Exploring history, methods, and theory, this text offers classroom-tested assignments and exercises from leading photographic educators, approaches for analyzing, discussing, and writing about photographs, and tools to critically explore and make images with increased visual literacy.
Author: Robert Hirsch

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Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age
Robert Hirsch with Greg Erf
ISBN: 1138213020, 1138944394

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The Art of Posing: Techniques for Digital Portrait Photographers

Posing for portraits is an art that takes skill and experience. It is also a challenge that requires tact, a keen sense of composition and excellent shutter-button reflexes. Achieving the goal of successful portrait photography, whether head and shoulders images or full-length shots, requires an extensive knowledge of how the body works as well the ability to relax a sitter. Added to this is knowledge of how camera optics (lens distortion, camera height and lighting) can make or break a successful shoot.

Techniques and images from:
Julia Greer; Marissa Boucher; Carolyn Wright; Elizabeth Etienne; Melanie Litchfield; Sara Brennen-Harrell; Ron Jacobson; Todd Joyce; Larry Peters; Dan Hefer; Angela Stott.

Teach Yourself Travel Photography

We all long for the excitement of travelling the world, exploring new places and soaking up new cultures. Imagine making a living from doing just that while taking incredible imagery to document it forever. A great travel image can capture the tastes, smells and the very essence of a place. It’s the cheapest souvenir around, and when done properly, can keep the memories alive for years to come.

Teach Yourself Travel Photography will show you how to turn your holiday snaps into impressive professional standard photos. Discover top tips for sunsets, portraits, wildlife, landscapes and more. Get advice on how to shoot in extreme weather, on safari, and even underwater. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, we’ll tell you how to get the most out of some of the world’s best locations, including London, New York, Delhi, Madagascar, Peru, Shanghai, Morocco and Kenya. This brand new bookazine truly is your indispensable guide to shooting stunning imagery across the globe.

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Teach Yourself Travel Photography, 1st Edition 2019

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Somewhere West of Lonely: My Life in Pictures

In his travels around the globe, National Geographic photojournalist Steve Raymer has often been the first on the scene, recording unfolding events and revealing the connections that tie us together. Raymer’s photography captures the magic of beautiful vistas, the joys and struggles of everyday people living everyday lives, and the chaos brought on by natural disasters. Beyond documenting tragedies like the devastating famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia and exposing the massive corruption crippling the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, his work tells a complex and wide-ranging story about life and human nature.

Now, for the first time, Somewhere West of Lonely reveals the stories behind the camera lens in a gorgeous, intimate tour of Steve Raymer’s remarkable life and reporting. Bringing together 150 photographs from countries across the globe, this incredible book reveals our world and time as it is―everyday people caught up in life-changing events; acts of resilience and corruption; and, always, lingering moments of transcendence and beauty.
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ISBN: 0253033608

The Art of Photography… An Approach to Personal Expression

This is an updated and newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography (originally published in 1994), which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and complete textbook on photography. With well over 100 beautiful photographic illustrations in both black-and-white and color, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables, this book presents the world of photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers seeking to make a personal statement through the medium of photography. Without talking down to anyone, or talking over anyone’s head, Barnbaum presents “how to” techniques for both traditional and digital approaches. Yet he goes well beyond the technical, as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography so often avoided in other books.

Bruce Barnbaum is recognized as one of the world’s finest landscape and architectural photographers, and for decades has been considered one of the best instructors in the field of photography. This latest incarnation of his textbook, which has evolved, grown, and been refined over the past 35 years, will prove to be an ongoing, invaluable photographic reference for years to come. It is truly the resource of choice for the thinking photographer.
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The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression
get it at Barnbaum

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