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Fearless Photographer: Film in the Digital Era [Paperback]

by Joseph Prezioso, Ingrid Nelson
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January 1, 2012 143546091X 978-1435460911 1
Shooting film is not for the faint of heart--or at least that's what many photographers who have grown up shooting digital think. But maybe you're ready to set aside your trepidation and take the leap into the mysterious world of film. If so, let Fearless Photographer: Film in the Digital Era be your guide. This is not a book on how to develop and process film, although those topics are covered to an extent. Rather, it's a primer on how to shoot film--how to create breathtaking images on a medium that until recently, many believed to be a relic of the past. But film is making a resurgence, not only as a niche area of the field, but also as a way for any shooter to capture tangible images that won't be lost to future generations, relegated to long forgotten memory cards or defunct hard drives. Filled with easy-to-understand explanations and countless photographic examples, FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHER: FILM IN THE DIGITAL ERA will walk you through making the transition from digital shooting to film shooting. At the end of the book, a series of film-shooting assignments will give you hands-on practice in this new-to-you medium.

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1. What Is Film? How film is made and how it works. 2. Film vs. Digital. Why would you want to shoot film? What are the differences, benefits, and drawbacks? The beauty of an imperfect format. 3. Film Formats. 4. HOLGA and Other Plastic Film Cameras. 5. Instant Photography! 6. Old Film Cameras vs. New Film Cameras. 7. Black and White. The different kinds of black and white film. Discussion of the different grain, contrast, and push/pull qualities of the films. 8. Home Darkroom. Developing your own work. BW home processing. 9. Color. 10 .Developing and Scanning film. What to do to get your film out of the camera and onto your computer screen. Lab scanner vs. flatbeds. 11. Printing Film in a Digital World: Getting prints from your shots. Inkjet vs. silver. 12. Metering for Film: Covering how to expose, film tips and tricks, the Sunny 16 rule, and overexposing for better images. 13. Assignments. Landscapes. Kids. People/faces/models. At home. City. The beach. Travel. Still life. Studio shooting. Weddings. 14. Super 8mm (shooting movies on film). Editing super 8mm, in HD. Creating a DVD.

About the Author

Joseph Salvatore Prezioso began shooting at age 16 as a stringer for a local chain of newspapers, learning to shoot on the streets next to some of Boston's best Globe and AP photographers. He was there before digital took over and learned to shoot on film before switching to digital. Today, Joseph has switched back to film after many years of shooting digital. He is a successful wedding photographer, shooting weddings entirely on film. Joseph is also the author of FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHER: WEDDINGS. His goal in life is to push boundaries and stay creative.

Ingrid Nelson is a professional photographer living in the foothills of Northern California. The daughter of two painters, she fell into artistic expression quite easily and started taking her first photos around the age of 10. She started shooting professionally in 2002, when she created her business, Myrtle & Marjoram. Since then, many weddings and moments later, she finds herself still inspired by the lens and the world around her. Oh, and she still shoots film.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143546091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435460911
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource July 3, 2012
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Having never left the world of film completely, I rather enjoyed this book. About 20-30 years ago, most books carried information of this level for the film photographer. But, you had to hunt around for it. This book is a good combination of technique, tips, and materials.

This book is not really written for people like me, that never left film photography. It's more for the people that have never used a typewriter, or played a 45 on a record player. Although I found it entertaining, it didn't bring much new to the table for someone that has that experience. However, I would not think of rating the author down. The book is very accessible and I am not the target audience.

If you are firmly entrenched in digital, this is a must for a change of pace. Sometimes, you have to step out of your chosen medium to really stretch your art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless, indeed. April 5, 2012
This was so much more than a book for me - it was a gentle push saying that it's ok to doing something out of my comfort zone and to play with film again. My background is very similar to Joe's - starting on a newspaper with film and creating the layouts in QuarkExpress (I actually never thought I would hear that software name ever again in my life!). When I went to digital in 2004, I never looked back - until last weekend when I actually shot a wedding half in film and half in digital. It was freeing!

The book reminded me about everything in the film realm and I was really excited to find out about the current film options and what cameras I can use! I read the whole thing in one sitting, it was so captivating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for a beginner like me July 18, 2013
I have never had any experience with film or even digital. I've had a couple mini digital cameras but no dSLR Nikons or anything of that sort. I decided to give film a go! I got my camera and was stumped - obviously. I was worried i got into to something that would end in an absolute fail. I came accross this book and feel so boosted! I feel comfortable with my camera now. The way they informed their readers about all the details of film photography was very helpful to me. I would recommend this to anyone who is starting out with film! It helped me so much and made me confident in my non-professional stage of film photography! After you read this book and are more familiar with the film world, i would recommend reading "Film is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer's Guide to Shooting Film" - this book also gives great recommendations for cameras, films, tips, etc.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's an okay starting point May 27, 2013
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for someone who has never shot film and wants to try it. Not exactly what I was looking for, though.
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