Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places.pdf
Urban exploration photography-sometimes called "urbex"-is a unique photographic genre that requires specific skills in order to produce compelling photographs. In Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places, photographer Todd Sipes walks the reader through everything they need to know about composing, shooting, and processing photos of abandoned, man-made structures. Sipes begins with a focused discussion on preparation for this unique genre of photography, including what to bring, both photography-related and other (such as clothes and accessories). Then he dives into the chapters on shooting, where he covers the role that composition plays in urban exploration photography; the three major shooting styles or uban exploration photography; general guidelines for camera settings and gear; why you should bracket your shots; and how to approach shooting in the dark (including light painting, using flashes and gels, and using an intervalometer). He also covers what kind of subject matter to shoot, including organic and synthetic elements present in the urban exploration environment (such as overgrowth, graffiti, paint, and machinery), as well as qualities of light to look for when shooting abandoned structures. In the second part of the book, Sipes tackles post-processing, including discussions of the various "styles" in urban exploration photography, as well as the actual post-processing techniques that take place in Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as third-party plug-ins. He also dedicates a section to "Things to Avoid" in post-processing, such as "HDR fever," "over-saturation," "halos," and "chromatic aberrations."
Todd Sipes is an award-winning photographer who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He specializes in urban exploration and concert photography, and has explored and photographed countless abandoned structures, beginning at 10 years old while growing up in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. With a deep-seated interest in history, he earned his BA degree in American History at the University of California in Santa Cruz, and then pursued his MBA degree at the University of San Francisco. When Sipes isn't getting his hands dirty exploring, he plays drums, loves to travel, snowboards in Lake Tahoe, and spends time with his wife, Harasyn. He also created and moderates the Urban Exploration Community on Google+ (which currently has 24,000 members). Find out more about Sipes and his work at www.toddsipes.net.
Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places Introduction Part I: Shooting Chapter 1: Before You Shoot * Be Prepared Chapter 2: How to Shoot * Composition * Other Facets of Composition * Three Major Shooting Styles in UrbEx * Bracketing * Shooting in the Dark Chapter 3: What to Shoot * Organic Elements * Synthetic Elements Part II: Post-Production Chapter 4: Finding Your Style *Places to Find Inspiration *UrbEx Styles Chapter 5: Workflow * Software Used * Import with Lightroom * Stacking * Picking the Winners * HDR * Ready to Process Chapter 6: Post-Processing * Having a Vision of the Final Result * First Pass of Lightroom Edits * Off to Photoshop for Major Edits * General Manipulations * Effects and Filters * Things to Avoid Chapter 7: Publishing * Power of Lightroom Collections * Freidl Plug-Ins Chapter 8: Conclusion/Wrap Up