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BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro [Paperback]

Jim Miotke
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April 27, 2010 081740502X 978-0817405021 1
Absolutely anyone can take better photos!
 
If you can press a button, you can take great pictures. It’s as simple as that. In BetterPhoto Basics, Jim Miotke, founder of the popular online photography school BetterPhoto.com, shares tips and tricks to improve your photos right away, no matter what camera you’re using. Too busy to read a book? No problem—flip to any page for an instant tip to use right away! Learn to compose knockout shots, make the most of indoor and outdoor light, and photograph twenty popular subjects, from sunsets and flowers to a family portrait. Those who want to go further get tips on controlling exposure and the secrets behind ten advanced creative techniques. And everyone will appreciate Jim’s breakdown of easy fixes to make in Photoshop. No matter what your level of experience, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to start taking photos like the pros.  

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About the Author

JIM MIOTKE is a professional photographer and an online photo course instructor with BetterPhoto.com, a resource for photographers that he founded and runs. He is the author of the bestselling BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography, BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Nature Photography, and BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Children.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081740502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817405021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

BetterPhotoJim (Jim Miotke) is the author of the bestselling BetterPhoto guidebook series, including BetterPhoto Basics, The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography, The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Nature Photography, The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Children, as well as two award-winning DVDs, Photographing Kids and Digital Photography Unleashed: Capturing Wildly Great Photos.

In 1996, Jim founded BetterPhoto.com, the world-leader in online photographic education, featuring over 80 online photography classes led by famous photographers such as Tony Sweet, Brenda Tharp, and many more. Jim reaches over 5 million photographers every year and loves to share what he has learned in an effort to encourage people around the world to say "YES" to their creative dreams.

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129 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photography book for beginners August 24, 2010
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BetterPhoto Basics by Jim Miotke is an excellent resource for those just delving into digital photography. Unlike many other "beginner" books, Miotke doesn't spend page after page on techniques or explanations, instead keeping his descriptions short and to the point. My students find this book to be a great beginner's book, helping them go on to the more advanced books by Kelby, Evening, and others.

Full-color throughout, Miotke's book will take you from "Don't Get Too Close" to what lens compression is and how it affects your images. He explains why you should or would need a tripod, when to turn on the flash, what focal length is, composition, framing, and more. For a beginner, this is the book I would recommend to get you started. If you have a good grasp of the basics, this is NOT the book for you.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
By Niki
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I really appreciate this book! I have been taking photos for several years but desire to improve my photography skills. Jim Miotke does a wonderful job of introducing his readers to the many features of today's digital cameras. The 40 tips for better photos and 20 assignments are very helpful for beginning and experienced photographers. I am working through the assignments with friends which provides an even better learning experience as we discuss our photos. I recommend this book highly!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This book is what I use to teach photography class for my clients. (I am a professional photographer.) It teaches the very basics -- all the way through more advanced techniques (depth of field, dragging the shutter)

Highly recommended for folks who do not know what aperture is or for folks with a point and shoot who just want to learn how to take better photos.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed August 23, 2012
By Ch
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I was really looking forward to reading this and I am sad to say I am disappointed in the book. The book said basics, but it really is very basic. I was purchasing to learn more about taking pictures with my new dSLR camera, and unfortunately it wasn't too helpful. The authors very clear and gives good tips on what to consider when taking pictures, however because it is geared towards dSLR and point and shoot cameras, it wasn't really as helpful as I expected. My biggest complaint was that the author explains what automatic settings do what on the cameras..which is good if you are using a point and shoot, but if you have a dSLR camera, then you really are not using it for the auto settings, you want to control that.
So maybe this book just didn't fit what I looking for and I need to find one that covers how to operate and take better pictures with a dSLR specifically. but based on the reviews, I really was expecting something much more helpful.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 300% improvement after the first 10 pages January 28, 2011
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I bought this book for my wife, who always said she was terrible at taking pictures. The format of this book makes it so easy and fast to learn - each lesson is 1/2 page long to read, the other half of each page is sample photographs of the topic (composition, exposure, framing, etc).

My wife, after the first section of the book (which she read in 1 sitting while on the plane for our honeymoon), became 300% better at creating beautiful photographs.

The book is concise but to the point, packs a lot information without getting too technical, and is very very easy to understand.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Godd beginner's resource September 12, 2011
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I purchased this for my daughters. Simultaneously, I purchased Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Book Volume 1. (I own several other Kelby books as well.) In my opinion, this BetterPhoto Basics book is much better than Kelby's book(s), especially for beginners. It is more thorough and clear. For example, it explains the basics of camera operations and their effects rather than just describing the author's opinion on how to proceed with a particular shot.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book for Friends and Family January 13, 2011
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Really searched the gamut to find a book that presented the fundamentals clearly. This book strikes a wonderful balance between those fundamentals in theory, and how they apply to common photo conundrums. Purchased this book for family and give it my highest recommendation. I have ready hundreds of photography books.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packs in all the basics on how to take superior photos August 14, 2010
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BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like the Pros offers a guide packed with tips and inspiration to help new photographers take better photos quickly. From getting close to a subject and turning off a flash to locking auto-focus and dealing with a camera's automatic settings, this packs in all the basics on how to take superior photos. Filled with color photo examples, any lending library needs this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book. I read it in combination with the ...
Very useful book. I read it in combination with the manual for my Canon and point and shoot, and in three days I am taking pictures I am really happy with. Highly recommended.
Published 7 days ago by 21st Century Librarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My wife has enjoyed reading this book.
Published 9 days ago by Beau Delaporte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners as the title entails...
Title of book says it all. Easy to understand for beginners and for people brushing up on basics. I like the layout of the book and how the chapters are divided. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Alan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips for those magical shots that the beginner photographer has...
Things like fireworks, lightning, and those cool shots of water where the water is all blurry - this book has it all. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Katheryn Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to give to our granddaughter
Great summer reading for the youngsters. Packaged it with a camera with the hope that our granddaughter would use her summer break to learn more about photography. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Fannin
5.0 out of 5 stars great
takes a great look at how to start to compose photos that are professional looking without going too technical really good book for the basics (that's all i know) but easy to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by humphie
4.0 out of 5 stars It is basic but that is what I wanted
Has the info that I need. If you are a experienced fotog you may find it too basic but it was just right for me.
Published 1 month ago by Eugene Hamann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
My son was doing a project on photography. As a beginner, he was able to read this book and learn a lot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CA Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Instructions for Beginners
I know how to work a camera, but I don't know how to USE a camera. This book provided several simple techniques to try, advice on which settings to use in different situations,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Posley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Photography guide
I found this easy to read and understand. I bought another book for one of my friends, and she loves it too. A lot of great tips and photo examples. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Plantina
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