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introduction: the F Stops HerePrologue: I Cover the Watergate CHAPTER 1 Packin' HeatThe D-SLR Assault & Batteries Memory Cards Gear Bags LegsFlashCheap Thrills: Odds 'N Ends Author's NoteCHAPTER 2 Call for Backup!How Many Backups Are Enough?If the Mob Can Get Organized, So Can YouPhotoshop, Lightroom, & Bridge, Oh My! Creating a Custom Preset The Bridge A View From the BridgeCHAPTER 3 Private EyesSleep ModeMethod Acting: Comedy or Tragedy?You're the Lead, Not the Walk-OnFind the A.N.G.E.L. Anomaly Gesture ExpressionCHAPTER 4 Hand-to-Cam CombatGet to Know Your ISOWhose White Balance Is It, Anyway?Metering Patterns Matrix Metering Spot Metering Center-Weighted MeteringPlay It Again, S.A.M. Aperture Priority Shutter Priority (S) Manual Mode (M)Programmed-Auto (P)Busting the Bracket RacketExposure Compensation (EV)CHAPTER 5 Twinkle, Twinkle Little NoirAmbient LightImagining Light and Re-creating ItNighttime Is the Right Time...For NoirPortable Flash Is Your BuddyAn Ounce of Bounce = Fills & Thrills Grids, Snoots, Gobos, & Chizzlers A Knockout in the Ring What, Me Pop-Up? The Big Guns: Studio StrobesCover StoryCHAPTER 6 A Thirst for BurstSpeed Traps: The Curse of Burst Twist 'N Shoot Screen IdleHocus-Pocus, Hokum-Focus"You Lookin' for Action?" Good Burst, Bad Burst Let's Roll "Everybody Freeze!"There's More to Burst Than SportsTake a Break from the Action and Look AroundCHAPTER 7 From Chump to ChampDid Somebody Call the Crops? The Case of the Missing Subject Less Is More...More or Less Stretchin' the TruthSharpen Me Deadly"Have You Tried Calling Noise Abatement?"Manipulations, Great and Small Trick or Treat?Art for Art's Sake (and for Pete's Sake, Too)There Ain't Nothin' Like a Dame The Blemish MastersCHAPTER 8 The Devil Is In the DetailsHDRI on the Streets of San DiegoCheap Thrills ContestBypass the Bleached Blonde with the LugerHigh Pass: The Knockout Punch High Pass Thrills and ChillsCHAPTER 9 "I've Been Framed!"Hangin' on the WebHangin' on the WallA Rogue's Gallery Meets MoMAPrint It for PosterityCHAPTER 10 "Play It Again, Cam...""Lights...Cameras...Limitations!"Hybrid on a Hot Tin Roof DV Dinners Dead Pans and Zoom Goons "We Didn't Need Faces. We Had Dialogue." A DV ThrillThe Happy EndingAPPENDIX A Hot Links, Cool LeadsCameras/Computers/Backup/Portable Drives/PrintersMemory CardsTripods/Monopods/GorillasLights/Lighting AccessoriesCamera Bags and StrapsAccessoriesFrames/Inkjet/PapersHard-Boiled SoftwareInspirationOnline Pubs, Blogs, and ReferenceAPPENDIX B A Hard-Boiled LibraryNuts 'N BoltsArt Photography/Critical WorksNoir Reference FictionDV 9780789742407 TOC 8/24/2009

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Derek Pellis a writer, visual artist, and photographer. He's the author of more than 20 books, including Morbid Curiosities, Doktor Bey's Bedside Bug Book, Assassination Rhapsody, and The Little Red Book of Adobe LiveMotion. Novelist Robert Coover calls Pell "...a wordplay master and a parodist of great wit and cunning." Larry McCaff ery declared him "the most wickedly funny writer in America." The New York Times Book Reviewreferred to him as "a British misanthrope-humorist"-despite the fact he was born in New York City. He describes himself as "self-uneducated," although he attended The Art Institute of Chicago and The Goodman School of Drama. Pell worked as a press photographer for United Press International (UPI) for several years. As a freelance photojournalist, his photographs have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Lens Culture, L.A. Weekly, The London Times, New York Magazine, Interview, The Village Voice, American Forests, and Zink. He created the popular "hard-boiled" column The Laptop Detective, which appeared monthly in PC Laptop Magazine, and for 12 years served as editor-in-chief of the online technology review, DingBat. Today, Derek lives in San Diego, California, where he edits Zoom Street(www.zoomstreet.org), an online magazine devoted to digital photography.

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