The Perfect Photo

The Perfect Photo


130 Pages


"Perfect" is a purely subjective term when it comes to art. A journey toward the perfect photo is a journey without a defined destination. There are photographs that are technically perfect and others that stand out because of their message or composition. Although the perfect photo remains a matter of taste, it is still something every photographer strives for.

With this volume, Elin Rantakrans and Tobias Hagberg provide the beginning to intermediate photographer a wide range of practical tips that cover capture, composition, and editing—all with the aim of helping you achieve better photos. Each concept is illustrated with beautiful, inspiring images.

Our promise: Use 7 of these 70 tips and you will be a 10% better photographer. Try it!



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The Perfect Photo
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Elin Rantakrans ( Tobias Hagberg (
Editor: Gerhard Rossbach Translation: David Schlesinger Copyeditor: Julie Simpson Layout and Type: Petra Strauch Cover Design: Anna Diechtierow Printer: Tallinna Raamatutrükikoja OÜ Printed in Estonia
ISBN 9781933952857
1st Edition 2011 © 2011 by Elin Rantakrans and Tobias Hagberg Rocky Nook Inc. 26 West Mission Street Ste 3 Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Rantakrans, Elin. [Grunderna. English] The perfect photo : 71 tips from the top / Elin Rantakrans, Tobias Hagberg.  1st ed.  p. cm. ISBN 9781933952857 (pbk.) 1. Composition (Photography) I. Hagberg, Tobias. II. Title. TR179.R3613 2011 770.1dc23  2011014231
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Elin Rantakrans & Tobias Hagberg
The Perfect Photo
71 Tips from the Top
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Knuth Bergholm Szabolcs J Csörge Lars Dareberg Robert Eliasson Camilla Eriksson Tobias Hagberg Hasse Holmberg Martina Holmberg Jesper Linse Hans Nydahl Elin Rantakrans Sebastian Romert Gerhard Rossbach Marie Rytkölä Per Stymne Elin Torger
Camera Equipment 8 To get the most out of the tips in this book, you’ll need to spend some time with your camera and become comfortable with it. Don’t be afraid of experimenting and, most importantly, don’t be afraid of this guidebook.
Broaden Your Knowledge, the Easy Way 22 There are several rules of thumb and technical terms that you should know so you can manually set up your camera to take the pictures you want.
Capturing the Best Light 42 Photographyliterally meanspainting with light. It comes from the Greek rootsphoto(light) andgrapos(painting). We’ll explore what this really means.
Composition 58 A photograph is a reflection of reality, or, to be more exact, a reflection of a part of reality. The composition of a photograph—or the selection of this piece of reality—is fundamental to a photo’s effect.
Impressive Landscapes 70 Nature images pose additional challenges: How can you capture the over-whelming wonder of a landscape with only a finite number of megapixels? It’s difficult, but not impossible.
Portraits 80 Take some time to get to know the person you’re photographing. You’ll not only be doing your subject a favor, you’ll be doing yourself one too. It’s important to get a sense of who your subject is, so you can photograph him or her meaningfully.
Bringing Movement into the Equation 92 Movement can be captured and conveyed by various methods. A moment packed with action can be frozen in a razor-sharp image, for example, or it can be conveyed with motion blur. Both effects can even be used at the same time.
Effective Use of Flash 98 A camera’s flash controls more than you might realize. The flash de-termines, for example, the contrast of a picture: in bright lighting, the flash lessens a picture’s contrast, and, in dim lighting, amplifies it.
Starting Out in the Digital Darkroom Now is when it really gets interesting. Load your photos onto your computer and start editing in your own digital darkroom.
Afterword 125
Photo Credits 126
Index 127
Your camera doesn’t take pictures—you do. Photographic equipment may make up your toolbox, but ideas for pictures come from your head. Don’t worry if you can’t afford the latest equipment such as a flash with D light metering. Focus instead on how to take good pictures in the lighting con-ditions you have to work with. Someday you may be able to buy that fancy flash, if you still are interested in it, but in the meantime you can learn how to take amazing pictures. Don’t let the technology of your camera be limiting; instead, take advantage of the possibilities it creates! This book offers practical advice—simple tips that may be taken on their own or used in combination with each other. The sequence of the advice isn’t significant. The book is compact and light, so you can throw it into your camera bag and take it with you on your search for stunning photos. You should read your camera’s instruction manual to learn how to make the most of all its capabilities. Our tips aren’t designed for any specific camera model—our focus is on you. Your perspective and your ideas are what make your pictures great, so the most important advice we can offer has nothing to do with your equipment. It’s this:wherever you go, take your camera with you.You may think this goes without saying, but our experience has taught us that people make the mistake of leaving their cameras at home all too often. Do these excuses sound familiar? “My equipment is expensive and I don’t trust myself not to break it on the ski slopes.” “The lens is so heavy.” “I’m just taking the dog out for a quick walk, what’s the chance of coming across anything of interest?” And so the camera sits at home unused and covered in dust. Take our word for it:Always bring your camera. Maybe you’ll take the picture of your lifetime on your ski trip, when your friend completes a 8-degree-turn while snowboarding in the half-pipe. Or maybe you’ll capture a rare bird with your heavy, super-telephoto lens. Maybe you’ll even win first prize in a contest of autumn pictures with your shot of a beautifully-colored fall leaf that you discovered on your seemingly boring walk with the dog. Seize moments like these and don’t let them go!
Elin Rantakrans & Tobias Hagberg