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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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.

Nature Photography Photo Workshop By Nat Coalson

A how-to guide for capturing stunning photographs in nature.
Photographing nature poses unique challenges and demands that you have special skills and a working knowledge of how to work in—and with—nature. This Photo Workshop is a must-have how-to guide for shooting nature images in nearly any situation you might encounter. You’ll learn which equipment is right in different settings and why it should be used, how to get an amazing photo of a fast-moving animal, and how to handle a myriad of tricky weather scenarios.

This book covers composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative techniques, and more. Plus, assignments at the end of each chapter sharpen your skills to for taking unique, artistic nature photographs.
• Shows you what equipment to use in different settings and why to use it
• Offers essential advice for photographing a fast-moving animal and dealing with weather obstacles
• Provides a clear understanding of the basic fundamentals of photography
• Addresses composition, exposure, fill-flash, creative techniques, and more
• Shares Photoshop tips for sharpening and improving photos you’ve already taken Packed with inspirational color photos throughout, this workshop guide encourages you to improve your technique for taking nature photographs.
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Nature Photography Photo Workshop By Nat Coalson
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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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Photography

Photography helps students learn how to make photographs, how to control photographic processes, and how different photographers employ them for their own creative purposes. As with each edition of this hallmark text, authors Barbara London, Jim Stone, and John Upton provide comprehensive yet practical coverage of both the traditional practice of photography and the now-dominant contemporary digital techniques.

Integrating material on chemical and digital processes throughout, the Twelfth Edition offers fully up-to-date coverage of digital techniques, equipment, and workflow.

Andrew Hancock
Through the Turn, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2012
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Jim Scherer
Fruit Kebabs, 2010
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Andreas Feininger
The Photojournalist
(Dennis Stock), 1951
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Roger Vail
Evolution #2, 2001
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Nick Brandt
Lion before Storm – Sitting Profile, Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2006
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Photography, 12th Edition (40th Anniversary Edition)
By Barbara London, Jim Stone, John Upton
For courses in Photography
The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource for today’s photography students
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Digital Photography Beginners Guide Vol 26

If up until now you have enjoyed photography but it has been limited to taking snaps and shooting selfies on your cameraphone, you could be missing out on a whole world of creative possibilities. Taking the next step to becoming a better photographer and moving up into the world of digital SLRs and interchangeable lens camera systems can seem daunting. You might feel that there’s so much to learn and too many techniques to be mastered. Don’t worry, within these pages are many useful tips and guides to get you started; and hopefully we can show you that good photography is easier to achieve than you thought possible.

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Digital Photography Beginners Guide Vol 26
The essential guide for budding photographers!

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