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Michael Freeman



Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Ilex Press

The Photographers Eye: A graphic Guide

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

Taking a new look at composition, the theme of his bestselling classic The Photographer's Eye, Michael Freeman now explores the visual mechanics of photography in its own native terms. Lushly illustrated with straight-to-the-point diagrams and graphic deconstructions, this new, digitally remastered edition speaks in that intuitive, visual, and instantaneous language in which photographers think and work.Each section is organized into discrete units that articulate a working method for communicating particular ideas and capturing certain subjects. Dive into beautiful images and explore how each compositional element is placed and arranged in relationship to each other. Examine the outtakes from each shoot to understand why one particular image succeeded, compared to those shot before and after. Track the viewer's eye as it moves throughout the photo to see the optical dynamics held within each frame. And most of all, internalize this graphic language so you can instantly recognise amazing and powerful shots as they appear in your own viewfinder.

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The Photography Bible

Michael Freeman
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Michael Freeman
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The Photographer's Mind Remastered

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

You've done your research. You've bought your camera. You've learnt how to use it. Now what? The secret behind a good photograph is not your camera. It's not even the scene viewed through the viewfinder. It's the mind of the photographer which turns an average photograph into an exceptional one. In The Photographer's Mind, professional photographer and author Michael Freeman unravels the mystery behind the creation of a photograph and reveals how to capture photos that really make you feel something.The aim of this book is to answer what makes a photograph great, and explore the ways that top photographers achieve this goal time and time again. The Photographer's Mind will provide you with invaluable knowledge on:· Avoiding cliché· The recurring nature of trends· Style and composition· Capturing light· How to handle the unexpected

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The Photographer's Eye Remastered 10th Anniversary

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

With a completely refreshed look to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Michael Freeman's iconic bestseller, The Photographer's Eye, has never looked better.Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs. Of course, digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures. The Photographers Eye shows how anyone can develop an eye for seeing great digital photos. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

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Black & White Photography

Michael Freeman
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Michael Freeman
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Fifty Paths to Creative Photography

Michael Freeman
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Michael Freeman
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The Photographer's Pocket Book

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

Digital cameras have detailed manuals concentrating on technical features but neglecting the fact that great photographers not only know how to navigate menus - they understand how the operation of their camera will help them to take better pictures. In a handy, take-anywhere format this book, revised from The Photographer's DSLR Pocketbook for the mirrorless age (not forgetting SLRs), gives the reader the benefit of Michael Freeman's decades of professional experience.Opening with the anatomy of a digital camera, the book then covers settings, exposure, capture and image workflow, clarifying the operations of your camera and allowing you to operate it with speed, confidenceand accuracy. Michael's own photography and diagrams illuminate his points perfectly, making this an attractive and informative read.

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Perfect Exposure (2nd Edition)

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

This second edition of acclaimed bestseller Perfect Exposure looks at the way professionals address the fundamentals of photography, laying out the decision-making process with the absolute clarity Michael Freeman is famed for. While addressing a subject as old as photography, exposure, this book is fully updated to cover the influence of all the latest technology.Chapter one introduces not just the key camera settings, but also the photographer's ideal decision flow, a process you can easily use in your own work. Chapter two examines all the camera technology designed to assist you in capturing the perfect photo, giving honest thoughts on its advantages and disadvantages. Chapter three is a complete theory and practice of exposure broken down into every shooting scenario you'll ever encounter, from evenly lit scenes to those with wild contrast. Chapter four deals with developing style through exposure, including ideas like high key photography, silhouette and more, as well as a look at the zone system, pioneered by photographers like Ansel Adams, in a digital context. Finally Chapter 5 looks at the powerful post-processing techniques.

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The Colour Photography Field Guide

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman
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Black & White Photography Field Guide

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

There's a whole new world of possibility waiting within each and every digital image you capture, and in this comprehensive field guide, you'll get straight-to-the-point tips and techniques for black-and-white conversions, written by acclaimed photographer and author Michael Freeman.Begin by exploring the illustrious history and tradition of black-and-white photography, to better understand its unique aesthetics so you can aptly apply them to your own creative work. Then study the particular advantages that digital photography brings to the equation - from how the technology works, to the best and most up-to-date post-production software, and all the specialised techniques and processes in between.Finally, learn to think in black and white by considering the numerous interpretations that each scene presents, and set about achieving your precise creative vision with skill and competency.

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The Photographer's Story

Michael Freeman
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Michael Freeman
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Michael Freeman's Photo School: Exposure

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman
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Michael Freeman's Photo School: Composition

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

The essential concept for which there is no Auto mode, quality composition is what distinguishes a snapshot from a phenomenal photograph. Learn how to develop your photographic eye not to only seek out engaging subjects, but also to approach them from the best angle, in optimal light, for maximum effect.Going beyond the basics, Michael Freeman reveals why certain photographs succeed, demystifying the abstract aesthetics to give practical rules and real-world advice that will enhance your images and inspire your creativity. Presented in a straightforward, down-to-earth method, these compositional principles will become second nature, giving you the creative freedom to seek out new, stunning shots of your own. What's more, you will develop reliable skills to approach a wide variety of subjects - from portraits to landscapes and everything in between - and to consistently present them in a strong, compelling composition.

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Michael Freeman's Photo School: Light & Lighting

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

Learn to "read" light in this complete course on the building blocks of photography. Michael Freeman teaches not only how to see the subtle nuances of light and shade, but also how your camera views and records them, to make sure you approach each scene with the optimal settings and appropriate technical know-how.Explore the different ways to approach and capture existing light - from sunlit outdoor portraits to the moody urban landscapes of artificial light - through a comprehensive overview of the many forms of lighting encountered by photographers of all genres. Then tackle the art of adding your own photographic lighting with straightforward, easy-to-grasp tips and techniques for operating your own flash and studio equipment. All the essential lighting accessories are covered, with an emphasis on getting the most out of each piece of gear.You will learn to coax stunning photos out of even the most challenging lighting conditions, and enhance your images by developing your own personal lighting style.

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Michael Freeman's Photo School: Digital Editing

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

Unlock the full potential of each and every image with reliable post-production techniques that will become a fundamental part of your photography. Using easily followed, step-by-step instructions, Michael Freeman demystifies the complexities of today's high-powered editing programs to provide you with effective digital workflows tailored to your particular photographic style, and using whichever editing programs you are most comfortable with.Begin by exploring the fundamental aspects of image optimisation, from fixing exposure and making colour adjustments, to sharpening and noise reduction - essential steps that elevate simple snapshots to stunning images. Then move on to explore the advanced possibilities of black-and-white conversion, panoramic stitching, HDR imaging, and more. Learn to recognise the right tools for the job, saving you time on the computer and ensuring each image gets the treatment it deserves.Whether you're salvaging an underexposed shot or building a composite of multiple images, these techniques will give your photography a professional and refined style.

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The Low Light Photography Field Guide

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

Like all the titles in this successful series, The Low Light Photography Field Guide offers advice from a respected expert and professional. In this volume, Michael Freeman looks at an area that remains problematic for photographers with even top-of-the range equipment: low light.Opening with a section on the qualities of different kinds of low light, the book then deals with ways of overcoming gloomy situations, whether you're shooting hand-held or on a tripod. Post-production fixes are also covered, allowing the reader to turn difficult shots into amazing images.

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The Photographer's Vision

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

In The Photographer's Eye, Michael Freeman showed what a photographer needs to do in the instant before the shutter is released. In the sequel, The Photographer's Mind, he explained the way that professional photographers think a picture through before taking it. Both of these international best-sellers featured Michael's own photography: stunning landscapes, revealing portraits, and fascinating street photography.Now, in The Photographer's Vision, he examines the work of photography's greats, explaining how to look at a photo - and how to learn from looking at it.The featured work includes some of the most distinguished names in photography's history: Nick Knight, Frederick Henry Evans, Frans Lanting, Tim Page, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, Paul Outerbridge, Walker Evans, Cindy Sherman, Elliott Erwitt, Trent Parke, Jeff Wall, Paul Strand, Romano Cagnoni, Horst Faas, James Casebere and many more, making this book visually stunning as well as intellectually authoritative.

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The Photographer's Exposure Field Guide

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman
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The Photographer's DSLR Pocketbook

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

Digital SLR cameras have manuals running to hundreds of pages, concentrating on technical features, but neglecting the fact that great photographers not only know how to navigate menus: they understand how the operation of their camera will help them to take better pictures. 'The Photographer's DSLR Pocketbook' gives the reader the benefit of Michael Freeman's decades of professional photography and years of experience with digital technology. Opening with the anatomy of a digital SLR, the book then covers settings, exposure, capture and image workflow, clarifying the operations of your camera and allowing you to operate it with speed, confidence and accuracy.

Ilex Press

The Photographer's Field Guide

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman