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Mastering Landscape Photography The Luminous-Landscape Essays

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ISBN-10: 1933952067

ISBN-13: 9781933952062

Edition: 2007

Authors: Alain Briot

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Thirteen essays on landscape photography by master photographer Alain Briot. Topics include practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of photography to help photographers build and refine their skills. Also covered is how to be an artist in business. Alain Briot is one of the leading contemporary landscape photographers. He received his education in France and currently works mostly in the southwestern part of the United States. This book starts with the technical aspects of photography; how to see, compose, find the right light, and select the best lens for a specific shot. It continues by focusing on the artistic aspects of photography with chapters on how to select your best work, how…    
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication date: 12/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Alain Briot is one of today's leading contemporary landscape photographers. Originally from Paris, France, he attended the Academie Nationale des Beaux Arts where he studied drawing and oil painting from 1977 to 1980. Briot then began his study of photography at the American Center in Paris. After visiting the American Southwest, Briot became enthralled with the artistic potential this landscape afforded and in 1986 he relocated to the U.S. He began his study of photography at Northern Arizona University, earning his Bachelor's Degree in 1990 and his Master's Degree in Visual Communication in 1992. From 1995 to 2002, Briot lived at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in the heart of the Navajo…    

Preface
Introduction
How to See Photographically
Seeing Photographically
Making Abstract All Sensory Input Except for Visual Input
Focusing on the Visual Aspects of the Scene
Learning to See in Two Dimensions
Recreating Depth, the 3rd Dimension, in a 2-Dimensional Medium
How to Compose a Photograph
Introduction to Composition
The Strongest Way of Seeing
There is More Than One Way to Compose a Scene
One Composition Among Many
Walking the Scene
Using a "Cutout" Finder
Rules of Composition
Conclusion
How to Choose the Best Lens for a Specific Composition
The Importance of the Lens
Human Eyes and Camera Eyes
One Landscape: Three Main Lens Choices
Which Lens Should I Take?
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
How to Find the Best Light for a Specific Photograph
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:3)
Drawing with Light
Three Governing Rules Regarding Light
How to Find the Best Light
Sunrise and Sunset - The Best Light
Other Light Choices
The Various Types of Natural Light
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
How to Select the Best "Film" for a Specific Photograph
Introduction to Film Choice
A Look at Photography in History
Film and Seeing
The Importance of Raw Conversion
Color or Color
Let's Use Film (or digital capture); Let's Not Let Film Use Us!
Color or Black and White?
Duotones, Tritones and Quadritones
Film Speed
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
How to Determine the Best Exposure for a Specific Photograph
Introduction to Exposure
The Importance of Proper Exposure
Gray Cards, Overexposure, and Underexposure
How to Determine the Contrast Range that the Film or Digital Camera Can Capture
The Power of the Histogram
Exposure for Digital Captures
The Importance of Shooting RAW
Exposing to the Right
Some Examples of Common Histograms
Bracket, Bracket, Bracket
Study the Scene Being Photographed
High Contrast Remedies
Familiarize Yourself with Hand Held Light Meters
Spot Meter Meets PDA
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Keepers or Non-Keepers?
Keepers or Non-Keepers?
Which Ones Are Good; Which Ones are Bad?
My Personal Selection Criteria
Technical Excellence vs. Aesthetics
The Selection Criteria
Photographic Skills Enchancement Exercises
Conclusion
How to Create a Portfolio of Your Work
Introduction to Creating a Portfolio
What is a Portfolio?
Portfolios and Portfolios
Goal and Purpose
Audience
Portfolios Are Not Necessarily Aimed at Showcasing a Photographer's Best Work
The Contents of a Portfolio
Some Important Questions About Portfolios
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
How to Establish a Personal Photographic Style
Introduction to Personal Style
Who Are We?
Who Am I?
A Personal Style is a Unique and Personal way of Seeing
Choosing a Subject is Not Developing a Personal Style
Choosing a Subject is Not the Same as Choosing a Genre
Personal Discovery is Not Personal Style
A Personal Style Is a Combination of Choices
A Personal Style Is Fine Tuning Choices to Fit Your Own Personality
My Personal Style
Fortuitous Attempts and Defining Images
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Being an Artist
Introduction to Being an Artist
Freedom of Expression: Let Us Be Artists
Being an Artist Is a Lifestyle; Not a Temporary Situation
Being an Artist Does Not Mean Making an Income from Your Art
Being an Artist Does Not Mean Exhibiting or Publishing Your Work
Being an Artist Means Having an Audience
Being an Artist Means Having an Appreciation for the Arts
Being an Artist is Knowing How to React When You are Told that "Artists are Lucky!"
Being an Artist Does not Mean Being an Art Critic
What About Talent?
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
How to be an Artist in Business: My Story-Part 1
Introduction to Being an Artist in Business
The Beginning of a Career
The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back
Doing What I Love
Why Didn't I Think of this Before?
Opportunities Often Come Under the Guise of Hard Work
The Best Place to Start a Business Is on the Navajo Reservation
How to be an Artist in Business: My Story-Part 2
The Break
The People
The Approach
The Progression of the Grand Canyon Show
Quantity
Transitions: How the End of One Opportunity Can Be the Beginning of Another
The Second Best Place to Start a Business is Phoenix, Arizona
Teaching Again
Quality, Not Quantity
New Shows
Longer and More Thoughtful Chapters
New Projects
Becoming a Music Producer
Setting Up the Ideal Studio
Two Businesses in One
Learning Never Ends
Conclusion
How You Can Do it Too
Introduction to How You Can Do It
Do What You Love
Take Control of Your Own Destiny
Fame or Fortune? Make a Choice!
Confront your Fears
Seek Help from People Who Are Where You Want to Be
Opportunities Often Come Under the Guise of Hard Work
Press On Regardless
It's About You
Quality or Quantity? Make a Choice!
Do a Little Bit Every Day
Integrity
Best Sellers
Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Conclusion
Index