Introduction to Photography: A Visual Guide to the Essential Skills of Photography and Lightroom, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Introduction to Photography

A Visual Guide to the Essential Skills of Photography and Lightroom, 1st Edition

By Mark Galer


174 pages

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Paperback: 9781138854512
pub: 2015-07-14
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This book is intended to be the primary textbook to support any college who would like to run a Photography 101 course for students. The course is designed to offer tutors an independent learning tool to enable students to learn the craft of using an interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) and the basics of an image-editing program (Adobe Lightroom) to enable them to take creative control of the imaging process. The curriculum offers a step-by-step and jargon-free approach to learning the fundamental skills of creative camera control. Each page features a large image with a brief explanation of how the creative controls of the camera have led to the resulting visual appearance of the image. Information on each page is stripped down the essentials and text is carefully selected to be unambiguous and kept to the bare minimum to ensure rapid acquisition of the skills on offer. This effective course-in-a-book allows students quickly to become technically proficient, and instructors to efficiently evaluate students’ progress.

Table of Contents

Course Overview

Equipment and Materials

Course Information

Technical Section


Metering Modes Exposure Modes Aperture

Shutter Speed


Depth of Field

Essential Camera Settings

Drive Modes Focus Settings Image Quality White Balance

Camera Shake and Movement Blur

Exposure Compensation

Creative Challenges

Creative Challenge 1: People Creative Challenge 2: Place Creative Challenge 3: Time

Creative Challenge 4: f/8 and be there

Image Editing

Basic Adjustments Essential Adjustments Optional Adjustments Exporting Images Useful Links


About the Author

Mark Galer is a seasoned professional photographer, educator, author, contributing editor for Australian Photography and Digital magazine, Adobe Influencer and Photoshop Guru. He has been a featured author with Focal Press for over 20 years, has served as a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the BA Photography course at RMIT University in Melbourne and is the Sony Alpha Ambassador for Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)