Studio Photography: Essential Skills
By John Child
Focal Press – 2005 – 216 pages
John Child has refreshed and updated his inspirational studio photography guide to cover all the latest techniques. Now beautifully illustrated in full colour, featuring brand new student and author work, Studio Photography guides you through the techniques you need to create successful studio images.
Through a clearly structured learning approach, you will stimulate and express your creative ideas using a wide variety of activities and assignments. With a strong commercial orientation, the emphasis is highly practical and focuses on technique, communication and design within the genres of still life, advertising illustration, portraiture and fashion.
This successful guide is an essential tool for those working in a controlled environment where the image output is to film or digital file. You are encouraged to experiment whether you have expensive equipment, or are using natural light sources; either way you will see how it is possible to achieve acceptable results and develop your skills.
Revision exercises, useful links and up to date advice are featured on the associated website www.photographyessentialskills.com.
"Through a clearly structured learning approach you will stimulate and express creative ideas using a wide variety of activities…This successful guide is an essential tool for those working in a controlled environment." - Rangefinder Magazine
"A must for any photographer, whether an absolute beginner or one in advanced mode…a real gem for the person who would rather stay in a warm studio than track about a windswept moor looking for the perfect landscape." - Amateur Photographer
Praise for previous editions:
'The book gradually introduces the reader to increasingly sophisticated arrangements, with each chapter adding a new layer of technical skill… this is a very useful and practical book.'
'….students of photography should find the well-laid-out theoretical information, practical advice, revision exercises and detailed assignments a useful resource to guide them through their course. The structured format means you can dip into any chapter for a quick re-cap….'
'Ideal as set books for the new 2000 syllabus AS/A Level course.'
Photography A Level teacher on Studio Photography and Location Photography
Introduction; Introduction to teachers; Introduction to students; Research and resources; Visual Diary; Record Book; Presentation; History;
Advancements in technology; Current commercial practice; Methodology; Gallery; Genres; Introduction; Advertising illustration; Still life;
Portraiture; Commercial portraiture; Fashion;
Fashion since 1950; Gallery; Communication and Design; Introduction; Context; Format; Content;
Balance; Composition; Point of view; Line; Depth; Perspective; Gallery; Art Direction; Introduction;
Layouts; Framing the image; Gallery; The Studio;
Introduction; Health and safety; Equipment; Camera;
Lenses; Light sources; Equipment detail; Organisation; Gallery; Light; Introduction; Artificial light; Characteristics of light; Gallery; Exposure; Introduction; Aperture and time;
Light meter; Using the light meter; Lighting ratios; Interpreting the meter reading; Exposure compensation; Creative exposure compensation; Gallery; Image Capture; Introduction; Choosing a capture medium; Limitations; Latitude; Push and pull; Cross processing; Image preview; Gallery;
Creative Controls; Introduction; Focus; Depth of field; Selective focus; Preview; Duration of exposure; Perspective; Gallery; Using Light; Introduction; Working with studio lights; Flash; Tungsten; Diffusion; Reflection; Filtration; Mixed light sources; Illusion of movement; Gallery; Lighting Still Life; Introduction; Assignment 1 'Box'; Assignment 2 'Ball'; Assignment 3 'Texture'; Assignment 4 'Flowers'; Assignment 5 'Cogs and chains'; Assignment 6 'My desk';
Assignment 7 'Rusty items'; Assignment 8 'Black and White'; Assignment 9 'Cutlery'; Gallery;
Lighting Techniques; Introduction; Portraiture; Fashion; Mixed Lighting; Gallery; Assignments; Introduction; Gallery; Glossary; Resources
John Child lectures in photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia - the leading photography course in the southern hemisphere. He has worked for many years as a professional photographer, with clients including Ford, Singapore Airlines, American Express and British Airways.