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Focal Press, the leading publisher in the field of media technology for the past 75 years, provides expert answers on photography and digital imaging, filmmaking and postproduction, audio and music technology, animation and gaming, media art and journalism, theatre, web and interactive design. Our books are written by creative experts for creative people.

Photography & Digital Imaging
Filmmaking /Postproduction
Audio & Music Technology
Animation & Gaming
Media Art & Journalism
Web & Interactive Design

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  1. Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers

    A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC

    By Martin Evening

    Renowned Photographer and Photoshop hall-of-famer, Martin Evening returns with his comprehensive guide to Photoshop. This acclaimed work covers everything from the core aspects of working in Photoshop to advanced techniques for refined workflows and professional results. Using concise advice, clear...

    Published May 11th 2012 by Focal Press

  2. Urban and Rural Decay Photography

    How to Capture the Beauty in the Blight

    By J. Dennis Thomas

    If you are a photographer who sees the beauty in abandoned buildings, crumbling facades, and preserving a fading history, and who also has a love of urban exploration, you have stumbled on a must-have for your photographic library. Urban and Rural Decay Photography offers expert tips and techniques...

    Published July 24th 2013 by Focal Press

  3. DSLR Cinema

    Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras, 2nd Edition

    By Kurt Lancaster

    Large sensor video cameras (DSLRs) offer filmmakers an affordable, high-quality image previously impossible without high-end cinema cameras. These video-capable DSLR cameras have revolutionized filmmaking, documentary production, journalism, television, and even Hollywood cinema. This book empowers...

    Published October 26th 2012 by Focal Press

  4. After Effects Apprentice

    Real World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist, 3rd Edition

    By Chris Meyer, Trish Meyer

    Series: Apprentice Series

    Whether you’re new to After Effects and want to get up to speed quickly, or already a user who needs to become familiar with the new features, After Effects Apprentice was created for you. With 11 core lessons plus a final project that pulls it all together, you’ll learn how to tap this program’s...

    Published August 23rd 2012 by Focal Press

  5. Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio

    By Mike Senior

    Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world's most successful producers. Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio is a down-to-earth primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the...

    Published February 25th 2011 by Focal Press

  6. Rig it Right! Maya Animation Rigging Concepts

    By Tina O'Hailey

    Rigging a character can be a complicated undertaking. Move from a bi-pedal character to a quad- or poly-pedal and, well, things just got real. Where do you begin? Unlike all of those button-pushing manuals out there, Rig it Right! breaks down rigging so that you can achieve a fundamental...

    Published February 26th 2013 by Focal Press

  7. Directing for Animation

    Everything You Didn't Learn in Art School

    By Tony Bancroft

    There’s no class in art school that can teach you this. Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to directing a great animated film than beautiful illustrations and cool characters. You need to bring out your inner creative visionary and take your savvy leadership skills to the front lines – being...

    Published September 9th 2013 by Focal Press

  8. Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition

    A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production

    By Rita Kogler Carver

    Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition tackles every aspect of theatre production with Emmy Award-winning author Rita Kogler Carver's signature witty and engaging voice. The history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, and more are discussed,...

    Published August 9th 2012 by Focal Press