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Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter: Get Professional Quality Photos with Your Compact Camera Paperback – January 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470565070 ISBN-10: 0470565071 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470565071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470565070
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon shares his best tips and tricks for getting high-quality images with your point-and-shoot camera

Prolific author and renowned photographer Rick Sammon shares essential tips, tricks, and advice from years of vast and unique photography experiences. Packed with pointers and helpful hints, this handy, full-color guide can travel with you on your journeys for getting stunning photographs taken with point-and-shoot cameras. You'll learn how to capture proper exposure, create depth of field, use the appropriate flash settings, and much more.

More than 100 techniques show you how to improve your compact camera skills and hundreds of lavish photos serve to motivate and inspire you. Aim your sights at taking stunning photos with this helpful guide by your side!

  • Top industry expert, Canon Explorer of Light, and bestselling author Rick Sammon shares invaluable advice for taking amazing photos with a point-and-shoot camera
  • Explains how to capture proper exposure, create depth of field, use the appropriate flash settings, and more, all using your point-and-shoot camera
  • Boasts hundreds of beautiful photos with accompanying explanations as to the various techniques Sammon used to get a specific shot
  • Motivates and inspires you to improve your compact camera skills to a whole new leve

You'll be grateful for the amazing advice Rick Sammon confesses in Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter.

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"I confess — I took virtually every picture in this book with my compact camera!"

Pros like Rick Sammon make their living with top-of-the-line dSLR cameras. Most, however, also carry a compact camera for fun candids, family shots, and even as a back-up. In this book, Rick demonstrates how a compact camera can take spectacular pictures — if you follow some basic photo tips, tricks, and techniques.

Loaded cover to cover with Rick's fabulous photos, this book shows you how to get more than you imagined possible from your high-quality compact camera.

  • Apply Rick Sammon's top tips for great photos — indoors and out

  • Learn to use the appropriate modes and settings to achieve a wide range of effects

  • Compare Rick's compact camera shots with similar images taken with a dSLR

  • See how to manage lighting and control flash with your compact camera

  • Explore Rick's favorite plug-ins and what they can offer

  • Discover settings that boost your compact camera's versatility and give you greater control

  • Create new opportunities for yourself by using your compact camera when dSLR equipment isn't practical


More About the Author

Rick Sammon has published 31 books, incluidng Rick Sammon's Digital Photography Secrets, Face to Face, Exploring the Light and Rick Sammon's Pocket Guide to Travel Photography.

Rick writes for PCPhoto, Outdoor Photographer and Layers magazine.

Rick hosts photography and Photoshop shows on kelbytraining.com .
Rick gives more than a dozen photography workshops (including private workshops) and presentations around the world each year. He also presents at Photoshop World, which Rick says is a 'blast.'

Rick is also the author of the Canon Digital Rebel XT lessons on the Canon Digital Learning Center. He is also a Canon Explorer of Light.

When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, 'My specialty is not specializing.'

See www.ricksammon.com for more information.

Customer Reviews

I wouldn't really consider this a good beginner's how-to book.
Orianna
Its really helpful for learning great tips for taking pictures with a non DSLR camera, I found everything I was looking for in this book!!!
E. C. Strange
Virtually all of the photos in the book were taken by Rick with his Canon G10 compact camera.
Photogbybev

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 1, 2010
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Bottom line: A well written, non-threatening overview into the world of photography beyond taking snapshots.

What I liked:

- Excellent advice clearly presented in digestible chunks.

- Good organization. The photography section is broken into categories and then by specific topic. You can easily get back to a point with a quick scan of the table of contents. There are also over 20 tips aimed at Photoshop Elements.

- Clear good vs. bad examples. Too many photography books show the "bad" shot so small that you can't clearly make out what's wrong. There are even books printed so badly that you can't make out what's right. This doesn't suffer either problem.

- Rick used Photoshop Elements (PSE) as the "editor" when referring to digital editing. My sense is this is the most common editor owned by potential readers of this book.

What I didn't like (relatively minor points which do not equate to anything bad):

- Each topic/point only has a few pages and example pictures devoted to it. I understand this was done in the interest of space, cost, and keeping the book at an appropriate level of detail. I'm sure that anyone interested will also want to consider the dozens of other books by this author which take a deeper dive into these aspects of photography.

- It would have been useful to include a discussion on cataloging images (beyond the excellent recommendation to save copies).

- Rick recommends certain plug-ins as an add-on to PSE. It's a personal thing and I prefer Photo Essentials 3. (He recommends one plug-in that is a component of this suite and I say, get the whole thing!
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey N. Fritz VINE VOICE on March 24, 2010
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"On of the things I love about my compact camera is that I can always have it with me. I never leave home without it...Always carry your compact camera. I guarantee that you will begin to see more creative picture opportunities."

That quote forms one of the main premises of Rick Sammon's new book, "Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter: Get Professional Quality Photos with Your Compact Camera." And it's a good premise--one that I can vouch for personally.

I consider myself to be an advanced amateur photographer. I own and regularly use a high end Nikon prosumer DSLR complete with multiple lenses, filters, speedlights and various other photo accessories. My extra large sized camera bag is completely full and everything in it gets used and often. Yet if you happen to pass me on the street, more often than not you will notice not a Nikon DSLR, but a Canon PowerShot S90 compact camera with me. I carry the S90 in a leather carrying pouch attached to my belt. It goes wherever I go. You never know when that special photographic opportunity or moment will present itself--and it usually doesn't wait for you to go home and get your DSLR. As a result, I've taken many impromptu photos with the S90 that my viewers find very interesting and attractive. Sammon is right. Canon S90, I couldn't have done it without you!

Rick Sammon is a well known photographer and writer on the subject of photography. His work is so closely associated with high end DSLRs (prosumer and up) that it comes as a shock to see him write a book dedicated to using compact cameras. At least that's the intent. In "Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter" he makes the case that a compact camera can provide much of the capabilities of a DSLR without the size, complexity and weight.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Photogbybev on March 12, 2010
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As a photographer and owner of both a Canon G10 and a full-frame DSLR camera, I found this book to be an excellent source of information for both formats. As always, Rick writes in a manner that is easy to understand and fun to read. If you are trying to determine if you need a full-frame DSLR or if a compact camera will do the trick, this book is definitely for you. It is also the perfect book to help DSLR owners see the advantages of owning a compact camera in addition to their DSLR. As Rick points out, the most important thing is not always how great a shot you get, but that you actually do get the shot. You can take a compact camera with you anywhere and always have the ability to capture precious memories--not so with an DSLR.

Virtually all of the photos in the book were taken by Rick with his Canon G10 compact camera. Rick also includes photos taken with his SLR to demonstrate just how difficult it can be to tell the difference between the two formats. In one chapter, Rick shows photos from both cameras side-by-side and asks the reader to try and guess which photos were taken with the compact camera and which were taken with the DSLR. In this fun and educational exercise, the reader is told that the answers are on the last page of the chapter, but Rick asks that the reader not turn to the answer page...but instead to really examine the photos to see if they can guess which ones were taken with the compact camera.

Rick does a fabulous job of pointing out the differences between what a compact camera can do versus a DSLR. After reading Rick's book it will be easy for you to determine which camera will work in different situations. Rick lists the pros and cons of the compact camera, but does confess that he takes his compact camera everywhere (just as I do).
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