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BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro Paperback – April 27, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0817405021 ISBN-10: 081740502X Edition: 1st

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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 (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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Good tips on taking pictures.
N. Chaudhari
For a beginner, this is the book I would recommend to get you started.
S. Stinson
This book is easy to read and understand.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

135 of 136 people found the following review helpful By S. Stinson VINE VOICE on 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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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Niki on July 30, 2010
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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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. Merritt on April 8, 2011
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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ohn on 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BiblioBabe on 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Crevasse on 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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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ch on August 23, 2012
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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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on 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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