Photo 1: An Introduction to the Art of Photography

  • AUTHOR: Katie Stern
  • ISBN-13: 9781111036416 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 480 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

PHOTO 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY is the must have book for photographers looking to bridge the gap between traditional and digital photography. This comprehensive introductory text eases the transition from one system to the other while developing the student's understanding of the scope and importance of this evolution. Not only will students learn how and why to create photographs, but also how to evaluate them from both a technical and aesthetic viewpoint. Through strong visual examples and artist statements from photographers around the world, PHOTO 1 investigates photography as an artistic and visual communication tool. Unique among other introductory photography books, this text also introduces students to copyright law and best business practices for photographers.


  • Teaches your students the fundamental concepts of photography, whether film-based or digital, that will outlast the constant changes in digital software.
  • Addresses visual literacy from a photographic standpoint, giving equal time to the aesthetics and critiquing of photography as well as to practical topics like aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition.
  • Coverage of Adobe Photoshop CS5 shows students how to effectively work within the digital darkroom to enhance their images in a manner that will allow them to carry this knowledge to future versions of Adobe Photoshop or other software programs.
  • Features hundreds of images and insights from photographers around the world including iconic images from photographic history as well as contemporary photographs from fine art and commercial photographers.
  • Entire chapters on copyright law and best business practice help instruct students how to remain safe and legal practitioners of photography.
  • Several chapters covering topics such as digital color management, light and business practices include information on both basic and advance skills making them beneficial to introductory and intermediate students alike.

About the Contributor

  • Katie Stern

    Katie Stern has taught photography for over twelve years and is currently Associate Professor of Web and Digital Media Development at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is the owner of a successful fine art and commercial photography business and has taught traditional darkroom and digital photography, graphic design, and art appreciation courses full time for over a decade. Her commercial and stock photographs have been published nationwide in magazines, calendars, brochures, posters, and postcards. Her black-and-white fine art photography has won awards in national competitions. Katie Stern holds an Individual Master of Arts Degree (I.M.A.) from Antioch University McGregor and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is active in the Professional Photographers of America and the Society for Photographic Education.

Table of Contents

1: What is a Photograph?
2: Getting to Know Cameras.
3: What is a Good Photographic Exposure?
4: Film and Film Processing.
5: Traditional Darkroom Printing.
6: Finishing, Mounting and Storing Prints.
7: The Digital Darkroom.
8: Image Development in Photoshop.
9: Final Touches and Creative Options.
10: Digital Color Management and Printing.
11: Working with Light.
12: Composition.
13: Critiquing Photographs.
14: Copyright Law.
15: Best Practices.
Appendix A: By the Decade.
Appendix B: List of Photographers.

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  • Casebound Edition
    ISBN-10: 1111138729 | ISBN-13: 9781111138721
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