- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Amherst Media (10 November 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160895949X
- ISBN-13: 978-1608959495
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 0.8 x 25.1 cm
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Soft Touch: A Photographer's Guide to Manipulating Focus Paperback – Import, 10 Nov 2015
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About the Author
Jim Cornfield is a veteran commercial photographer, freelance journalist, and travel writer, based in Malibu Canyon, CA. Over a career that spans 35 years, Cornfield has been Feature Editor of Petersen's PhotoGraphic magazine, Director of Photography for East/West Network, and was co-creator of the acclaimed book series, Masters of Contemporary Photography. His photographs appear in advertisements and corporate publications worldwide, for a clientele that includes NBC, CBS, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Hewlett-Packard, Dole, Occidental Petroleum, and a gamut of periodicals from Reader's Digest to Scientific American. As a writer, his adventure and eco-travel articles, covering destinations from Israel, India, Costa Rica, Spain and Italy to Honduras, the Cayman Islands and Portugal, are widely published in magazines, including Scientific American, Continental Airlines magazine, and NY-based Rangefinder, for which Cornfield is a columnist and regular contributor of photo-related feature stories. Cornfield is the author of three books, and an experienced film and video director, having created many television commercials for his broadcasting and advertising clients. He was raised Los Angeles, graduated from UCLA, and served as an officer in the US Air Force.
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The author begins with an enlightening discussion using examples of softly focused portrait images that were popular in the early days of photography, and had a very special meaning to him as a young person. Included here is a beautiful example of his own award winning image created in the likeness of an Edgar Degas painting. The magical softness of this remarkable image was actually achieved by …..smearing margarine onto the surface of a UV filter!
The book progresses through a range of available equipment, techniques and software programs. Excellent image examples are discussed in parallel with detailed instructions on the associated cameras, filter types, lenses, exposures, innovative capture techniques and post processing software methods required to successfully create such images.
Much of the book is devoted to enriching the art of portraiture, a genre of photography highly sensitive to nuance and interpretation. Excellent sections are included in the areas of action sports, landscape and travel photography. The author’s demonstration of highly original images that can be achieved using the soft touch post-processing techniques truly illustrates the power of the concepts and teachings of the book.
Overall this is an excellent work of experience, knowledge and authority in the art of photography. The writing style is both engaging and professional. The book is quite user-friendly and has given me, as I believe it will give others, a new vision and a broader understanding of the meaning of focus. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my photographic skills through the adoption of the focus manipulation techniques so well covered in this remarkable book The Soft Touch, by Jim Cornfield.
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