25 Tips from Digital Photo Academy on Lenses, Focusing & Depth of Field
(60 color photos, 103 Pages)
Lenses are your photographic eyes on the world. With an interchangeable lens camera, or with a zoom lens on any digital camera, you have the opportunity to frame and compose subjects that range from very close to very far away, to expand or restrict peripheral vision, and to change point of view and visual perspective, the relationship of subjects within the frame. You can work with sophisticated auto-focus systems, or shoot manually and change focus yourself. You can make images that are sharp throughout, or choose settings to create the magical “bokeh” effect, where the background becomes a soft play of color and light.
In this exciting and richly illustrated e-book, veteran photographer and author George Schaub explores the exciting realm of lens selection and use. He delivers practical and easily applied tips that cover topics including: focal length, point of view and how to select the best lenses for the kind of images you love to create; aperture settings and depth of field effects and how to apply them for fascinating image effects; how to get the most from autofocus, and when manual focusing might come into play; using aperture priority exposure mode and depth of field preview for dynamic effects; and how to use image stabilization in low light to add to your creative and spontaneous shooting freedom.
Photography is a blend of art and science, of combining your unique vision with the knowledge of how visual effects can be created with intent, and not just by chance. By applying the tips and techniques in Lenses, Focusing and Depth of Field you will bring your images to a new level that fully express how you see the world.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About George Schaub
Tip 1. Thinking About Your Pictures
Tip 2. Image Effects: Creative Use Of Aperture And Shutter Speed
Tip 3. ISO: Light Sensitivity And Scene Brightness
Tip 4. Seeing Light: Quantity And Quality
Tip 5. What Statements Are You Making With Your Photographs?
Tip 6. The Pixel: A Piece Of The Image Mosaic
Tip 7. Directional Lighting
Tip 8. Composing Deep Shadows: Creative Forms Without Content
Tip 9. Goodness! What Do All Those Buttons And Dials Do?
Tip 10. Get Your Camera Off Auto
Tip 11. Camera Buying: Megapixels And Print Size
Tip 12. Lighting Terms
Tip 13. Work Objectively, Think Subjectively
Tip 14. Depth Of Field
Tip 15. Photo Concepts: Tonal Range
Tip 16. Noise And Its Reduction
Tip 17. Composition: Using Classic Shapes And Forms
Tip 18. Making Choices: Equivalent Exposure
Tip 19. Tripods
Tip 20. Enhancing Texture With Light
Tip 21. There’s More In Shadows Than You Might Think
Tip 22. White Balance
Tip 23. Lens Terms: Know Your Focal Length
Tip 24. Your Photo Is Just The Beginning…
Tip 25. What Does A Photograph Mean?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
George Schaub, Chief Editorial Advisor at Digital Photo Academy, has authored over 20 books on photography and is currently the Editor at Large at Shutterbug magazine. He was an associate professor at The New School/Parsons School of Design in New York City. He currently serves as a member of the Technical Committee of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a worldwide organization of photo reporters and editors.
His photography and writing has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, Camera Arts, American Photography, and Travel & Leisure, and he has had over 2,000 articles published in numerous photo and imaging journals and magazines. He has also taught at numerous workshops, lectured at universities in the US and abroad, and led shooting expeditions in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. He has led printing and digital photography workshops at the Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
Starting as a freelance photographer and lab technician who ran a custom black and white printing lab, his editorial work began as an Associate, then Executive editor at Popular Photography magazine from 1984-1989. He then became Editorial Director at the PTN Photo Group, which published 5 magazines that covered commercial, laboratory, and industrial photography, as well as daily newspapers that reported on various professional trade shows and events, including those at Photokina in Germany. In 2000, he joined Shutterbug magazine as Editorial Director and helped establish their online presence, and in 2010 became editorial director at Petersens Photographic magazine as well.
His prints have been displayed at various galleries in individual and group shows throughout the US, and was chosen as part of the Taos Selects show in 2013 and 2015. His most recent project was editing “Twentieth Century Photographers” published by Focal Press (2015), interviews and essays from a wide-ranging group of photographers done by his late wife Grace, which were published in numerous photo magazines from 1984-2000.
He currently splits his time between his homes in Sea Cliff, NY and Taos, NM and continues to photograph, print and contribute articles to numerous magazines and web sites.