Step-By-Step Wedding Photography: Techniques for Professional Photographers by Damon Tucci

A no-nonsense guide that shows how to make quick, efficient work of getting beautiful, high-quality, cutting-edge, and traditional shots from the pre-ceremony through the reception, this manual offers techniques for capturing the key players and moments of the big day. Unlike other photography books that present a more theoretical or technical approach to photographing a wedding, this resource focuses on the specific steps photographers should take, streamlining their process for effective management at the wedding. A recommended time line shows when to photograph the various portrait the clients expect after the ceremony—the bride and groom, best man and groom, maid of honor and bride, couple and their parents, attendants, extended family, and others. Simple technical tips for supplementing existing light and setting up and orchestrating the many shots accurately and effortlessly are also included.

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Step-By-Step Wedding Photography: Techniques for Professional Photographers by Damon Tucci
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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System

Every photographer using a digital SLR camera needs to master exposure in order to achieve the highest quality results in their photographs. “Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers” is a complete guide to both the technical and creative aspects of exposure in digital photography.

This guide uses a combination of discussion, examples, and hands-on exercises that lead the reader through a progression of skills development covering the full range of photographic lighting situations. Topics covered include basic metering, outdoor and indoor available light photography, fill flash, night, and low-light conditions, as well as advanced topics like action and sports, close-up, high-key and low-key lighting, multiple light sources. In conclusion, the author shows how to use the Zone System, developed by Ansel Adams for film, with today’s digital cameras to achieve stunning results with exceptional tonal range and clarity.

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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers
by Lee Varis
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The Endings: Photographic Stories of Love, Loss, Heartbreak, and Beginning Again

Featuring some of today’s most beloved actors, these piercing photographic vignettes capture female characters in the throes of powerful emotional transformations. Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and art director Jessica Ennis collected stories of heartbreak, relationship endings, and new beginnings—fictional but often inspired by real life—and set out to convey the raw emotions that are exposed in those most vulnerable of states.

Collaborating with celebrated talents such as Julianne Moore, Keira Knightley, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Cronenberg and Ennis developed each character, built her world, and then photographed as she lived the role before the camera. The resulting collection is a bold look at the experience of losing or leaving love and will speak to anyone who appreciates art, photography, and the strength of facing emotional depths head-on.
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Caitlin Cronenberg and Jessica Ennis on the Art of Heartbreak
interview at Elle Canada

Basics Photography – Lighting

This book covers all forms of lighting and the equipment that produces it. Dedicated chapters explain the basic theory of light, natural light, light that is available and light that is specifically produced for photography. Later chapters look at how to control and use light, encouraging experimentation and exploration.

The book is illustrated throughout with thought-provoking and creative images from contemporary practitioners, some of which have been taken especially for the book. Technical photographic concepts are identified, examined and explained in a straightforward manner.

Remains of the day
by Adam Burton
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Noonday church
by Rod Edwards
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Minaret turn
by Dale Sanders
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Early morning dear
by Andy Flowerday
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The Basics Photography series from AVA Publishing’s Academia list comprises a collection of titles including: Lighting, Composition, Capturing Colour, Post-Production Black & White, Post-Production Colour and Working in Black & White. Packed with useful tips and fully illustrated with clear diagrams and inspiring imagery, they offer an essential introduction to the subject.

Understanding lighting is fundamental to good photography and a good photographer learns to paint with light. How any image is lit will change how the viewer sees and interprets the content.

The book is split into six sections. The first section looks into the theory and background of how all light ‘works’ for the photographer; the different types of light and the rules it obeys. Natural light, available light and photographic light sources in the studio are all explained and key guidance given on how to measure light for the best photographic exposure.

The book concludes by looking at how to control and use light. Mastery of the basics of lighting will give the reader confidence to explore and experiment. Technical concepts are explained through the use of clear diagrams and in a glossary that runs throughout each section. The book is beautifully illustrated with inspiring and compelling images, many taken especially for this publication.

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Photography: The Art of Deception : How to Reveal the Truth by Deceiving the Eye

Photography is a lie. Just think about it: photographers create two-dimensional images that sometimes even lack color and then expect everyone who views the image to believe that this is how the subject and scene appeared in front of the lens, in real life. What is truly amazing is that people fall for the visual trickery readily, almost as if they want to be deceived. It gets better: people still believe that one can photograph only what is really there.

In this book, Irakly Shanidze reveals the smoke and mirrors that the best photographers use to surprise, entertain, and inspire viewers. He explains that the individual features of photographer’s perception and technical limitations of his equipment make him do things that may eventually make a picture look very different from how a viewer would see the same scene with a naked eye and can lead to a ruined picture. Conversely, photographers who understand these phenomena can use the aforementioned “constraints” to deliberately adjust the level of truthfulness in their pictures.

In each beautifully illustrated chapter, Shanidze discloses the photographic tools that enterprising photographers can use to create visual deception (e.g., to create a sense of dimension, create day-for-night effects, establish mood, simulate candid photographs, and generally suspend disbelief – without the time-consuming post-processing!). In doing so, he describes the image objectives (in other words, defines the image concepts) and introduces the tools needed to achieve them – whether a lens of a certain focal length, a light of a specific wattage, or a given shutter speed. He also deconstructs some of his favorite images to show readers how he was able to create a chiseled deception of his own.

Armed with this book, photographers will learn to truly take the reins in their photographic pursuits and deliver supercharged, iconic, storytelling images.

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Photography: The Art of Deception : How to Reveal the Truth by Deceiving the Eye
by Irakly Shanidze

” …today everything is on Instagram, everything is online, everything is posted right away and it lasts for 24 hours and then your photo is done… “

Water photographer Ben Thouard’s new photo book, “SURFACE,” takes you on a visual journey inside and underneath Tahiti’s best waves.

What’s your favorite image in the book?
There are a few, but one is defnitely the cover. I shot it over a year ago and I decided not to show it to anyone. I didn’t want to just release the photo on social media or on the web—which was really hard to do for one year. Nowadays with social media, when you shoot something it’s almost instantly online.

That’s another reason why I really wanted to work on this book: today everything is on Instagram, everything is online, everything is posted right away and it lasts for 24 hours and then your photo is done. It’s forgotten. As a photographer, it’s a really good tool, but it’s also really frustrating. I didn’t want to work on a collection of photos for Instagram. I wanted to work on something tangible.

Showcase
Ben Thouard
Interview by Ashtyn Douglas

more in Surfer Magazine
volume 59 – Issue 5

On the cover:
While 99.9 percent of surf photographers spend the majority of their time aiming their lenses at what happens on the face of a breaking wave, Frenchman Ben Thouard has made a career out of capturing the ocean’s beauty beneath its surface. “This photo was taken at Teahupo’o last year,” says Thouard of the sub-surface image on page one of this issue. “I was exploring the underwater world, not giving too much attention to the surfers, and more to what happens under the surface. The light reflecting on the bubbles underwater fascinated me. At some point, I dove under water and just let go a ton of air while diving under the wave so when I turned back to shoot the waves I would have all my bubbles into the frame. I decided to focus on the bubbles and have a surfer in the background. It took me a few tries until I got the shot.” Photo by Ben Thouard

Un portfolio inédit qui vous fait parcourir le monde dans les yeux de JR.

En 2018, il a été désigné par le magazine Time comme l’une des 100 personnalités de l’année. Pour la nouvelle édition de son album, Reporters sans frontières ouvre ses pages à JR.

Les yeux de femmes du monde entier, les rides de nos anciens, les silhouettes de nos archives… JR accouche la ville de ses secrets, de nos oublis et des injustices de nos sociétés. Il est doté de ce talent qui fait les grands artistes : savoir s’adresser à tout le monde.

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100 photos de JR pour la liberté de la presse
via Reporters Sans Frontières