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Protips | Rick Battle Photography


Photography, n. the art and science of capturing what's there and making it worth looking at.

Protip, n. an idea that will make your photography better.

The primary problem with photography is that your eyes can see things your camera can't. How often have you gazed upon a scene thinking it was incredibly stunning, taken a picture of it, and been thoroughly disappointed with your capture? This is the problem of "seeing." Solving this problem is the subject of this text.

Luckily for us, just as your eyes can see things your camera can't, your camera can see things your eyes can't. Taking advantage of this fact will help make your images even better as you work on your ability to see. By the end of this book, you'll have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of taking a great picture and transforming it from the dreaded "snapshot" into a work of art.

I'll start with the fundamentals of taking better pictures. If you already consider yourself to be technically proficient with a camera and have a good understanding of concepts such as composition and the exposure triangle, feel free to skip to Part II. In Part II, I'll dive into taking more creative pictures and my post-processing techniques for transforming an image into something so creative, it often gets compared to a painting.

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Table of Contents

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  1. Exposure
  2. Controlling Exposure
    1. ISO
    2. Shutter Speed
    3. Aperture
    4. Exposure Triangle
  3. A Stop of Light
  4. Three Clicks
  5. Semi-Automatic Modes
  6. ISO Adjustments
  7. Depth of Field
  8. Composition
    1. Rule of Thirds Part I
    2. Rule of Thirds Part II
    3. Patterns
    4. Leading Lines
    5. Implied Motion
    6. Subject Isolation
    7. Subject Selection
  9. Raw vs. JPG
  10. White Balance
    1. Temperature
    2. Tint
  11. Gear
    1. Cameras
    2. Lenses
    3. Filters
    4. Tripods
    5. Ball Heads
    6. Remote Shutter Releases
    7. Memory Cards
    8. Camera Bags
    9. Complete Kits
    10. Miscellaneous
  1. Slow Down
  2. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
  3. Long Exposure
    1. Nighttime Long Exposure
    2. Star Trails
    3. Daytime Long Exposure
    4. IR Leakage
  4. Modern Creativity
    1. Post Processing
    2. Nth Step Process
  5. How to use the Histogram
  6. Black & White
  7. High Dynamic Range
    1. Precautions
  8. Single Shot High Dynamic Range
    1. Precautions
  9. Infrared
    1. Prerequisites
    2. Shooting Methodology
    3. Post Processing in Photoshop (2-Channel Swap)
    4. Post Processing in Photoshop (3-Channel Swap)
    5. Post Processing in Lightroom
    6. Post Processing (B&W)
  10. Finding your Voice
  1. What is Vision?
  2. Developing Your Vision
  3. The 3 Phases of Photographic Development
  4. Micro Contrast vs Macro Contrast
  5. Live Somewhere Amazing
  6. Transforming Sunny into Ominous
  1. Show Your Work
  2. Instagram
  3. Google+
  4. Facebook
  5. Should You Sell Prints?
  6. Art Galleries
  7. Beware of Burnout
  8. Don't Stop
  1. Improve Cellphone Pictures
  2. Storage
  3. Good Reads

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