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Digital Photography Basics: A Beginner's Guide to Getting Great Digital Photos [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Burns-Millyard
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is a brief, easy to read photography guide designed for beginners. We go light on the technical details and heavy on the photos and examples, so you can get started taking better pictures right away!

Here's what you'll find inside...

  • What's the difference between a point and shoot or DSLR camera?

  • How to make parts of your photo blurred while keeping other areas sharp

  • What is shutter speed, ISO and aperture and what's the secret sauce to making them all work together?

  • How to make the exact same photo look different by manipulating the white balance settings on your camera

  • How to make your camera take photos YOU want instead of what it wants

  • How to take pictures indoors

  • Why the flash doesn't always light up what you're trying to take a picture of

  • Taking better pictures with composition and the rule of thirds

  • Advanced techniques of framing, tilts and angles

  • What is camera shake and how it ruins your pictures

  • Popular types of photography and tips on making the most of them, including sports photography, food photography, people photos and night time shooting.

This book has beautiful example illustrations and photos that really pop on color-enabled Kindle readers, plus it has been updated with a fully linked Table of Contents and professional formatting. It's on sale for a limited time so be sure to buy your copy today!

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Digital Photography Basics was originally written sometime in 2008. Although it has been well received and popular, it is just a very basic starting point for absolute beginners. If you - like many readers here - prefer more than just the basics, you'll probably enjoy this book's successor: Digital Photography for the Rest of Us (ASIN B008DGB21O) Released June 20, 2012.

About the Author

Kathy is a skilled professional writer and photographer who has worked online since 1997. As the owner of a small, independent electronic publishing company, she produces commercial stock photography for small businesses, advertising, design and stock photo agencies.  Sports, editorial, gardening, home decor and business photography themes abound in Kathy's professional photo portfolio, but food photography is her favorite.
Kathy also writes prolifically and has published more than 25 Amazon Kindle ebooks in addition to thousands of web and print articles. She runs her business on solar power from home not far from Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2554 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Electronic Perceptions; 1 edition (September 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OSXLM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Photography 101 June 6, 2011
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As a total novice moving from a point-and-shoot to my first DSLR (a Nikon D3000), I found this book really helpful to get me started. The author does a good job of explaining basic concepts such as aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. While I'm still trying to get my head around these conceptually, and learning how to put them into practice with my camera, I definitely knew more now than I did before.

Her photo samples do a lot to convey the differences in, for example, white balance and how that affects the picture you get based on particular lighting. I never knew to pay attention to the KIND of lighting before so that alone makes a big difference for me already.

It's a quick read, well written, and for $3 a perfect buy.

My only other feedback is that the final section on different kinds of photography, like landscape, portraits, weddings, etc., was not particularly helpful and felt like filler. I would have preferred more information about different kinds of lenses to buy for different kinds of photography or other information I could put to practical use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're buying your first camera, taking your first photography class, or experimenting on your own then this is the book for you. This book is an easy read, and easy to follow , plus the author gives some basic insightful info. Maybe sometimes to basic, but for some beginners that's just what they need. Another great photography book for beginners that is wonderful and you should definitely check out is Digital Photography For Beginners: A Guide to Getting Stunning & Professional Digital Photos. From Basics To Dummies & Intermediate Levels it's one of the best so far.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brief indeed August 31, 2011
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The book is well written, but it is an absolute beginners guide that only touches the very basics and scratches a tidbit of the surface of the wast and complex subject digital photography. This is a manual for those who want to understand what they will have to learn more about if they buy a DSLR. Once you've bought one, I dare suggest you'll learn more from the camera's manual.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little TOO basic October 5, 2011
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Wanted to brush up on my photography skills as I have a very large project coming up involving documenting/photographing a large number of handmade jewelry pieces. The author does write at a very basic level, but could have elaborated a little more on common problems of shooting action photos, shooting at sunset, etc. But it is meant to be a very basic guide, I think, and it's fairly easy to understand. Illustrated with some photos, as well. Helpful, for the price. Good for someone who knows nothing at all about photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful November 24, 2012
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I enjoyed this book as it was a review for me after an absence from photography for a few years. I love the insight on her picture composition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Photography September 26, 2012
By Allen
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At this point, I am very new to photography. I bought a coolpix point and shoot camera about a year ago. I have used it off an on but have barely touched the basic functionality. More recently, I have attempted to do more and more with it.

This book really helps frame the most basic concepts such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance. It explains what they are and the relationships they hold. I would recommend this book only for someone who like me, knows nothing about photography outside of pointing and clicking.

If you are interested in doing more than pointing and shooting, then this is a must buy book. It is not that expensive and will give you the basic tools. I am looking for other books now as this book really helped ignite a love for photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with my P&S September 26, 2012
By Jac
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This book helped me decide what type of camera i wanted to purchase.  I chose to go back to a p&s.  i like to take good photos, and think i can do that even better now with the tips from this book.  A DSLR  would have just been too much.   l found the most important and useful information, for me, was about iso,shutter speed, and appature.  Like the author said “ A bigger and better camera does not automatically make better pictures.  A good photographer can get good pictures no matter what type of camera they use“.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To the point - just the way I like it September 14, 2012
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Book starts at a basic level and gives you the nuts and bolts of photography - technical things you really need to know in order to make your camera do your bidding. As almost all photo guides will tell you there is a big step between ok-to-good photography and wow photography. If you're serious about learning to be a wow photographer this is a good place to start. Also, the author's next book (promoted at the end) looks like it will be a good next step after you have read this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first photography book!
An excellent primer for a new photographer. If you are totally new to photography (like me!) this is a great first book to read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Generally a good read
Published 5 months ago by Andrew
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference
Nice info
Published 9 months ago by Tab McBlane
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good basic overview
This book gives you an idea of the various technical and creative issues involved in both digital and film photography, It's a quick read for those new to digital photography and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laura in BC
4.0 out of 5 stars great starter guide
I am looking at getting more into photography and this book gave me some great ideas for taking some of my upcoming pictures.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reference
Very concise booklet with very basic but important information regarding photography. It may be used for quick reference on tablet.
Published 14 months ago by Teri E
3.0 out of 5 stars An amateur looking for direction
This book helped me understand some things that I never thought of.
Simplified some confusing subjects which will help me in my learning process
Published 16 months ago by teddy goebels
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your time.
Had to give it one star (would have rather given it zero). Disappointingly juvenile in content and style. Okay only if written for kids. Nothing in it beyond the obvious. Read more
Published 18 months ago by B, Hamline
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I found this book to be very helpful. The author explains a lot of information in a very easy way to understand.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new Photographers like myself. Every bit helps when you are...
I have this on my iPad, you get it instantiously, impressive. This manual will show you easy steps to get where you want to be in photography.
Published 18 months ago by Thomas Carr
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More About the Author

Kathy Burns-Millyard is the author of numerous best selling self help books, including:

-- "Digital Photography Basics"
-- "Disaster Preparedness Basics"
-- "Vegetable Gardening 101"
-- and "Scratch Breads"

Kathy has a knack for explaining things in an easily digested manner, and she loves illustrating concepts by including high quality professional color photos where ever they can be helpful.

She has been a professional freelance writer and photographer since 1997 and lives on a small starter homestead west of Tucson Arizona.

Find more of her written and photographic work at

Kathy Burns-Millyard has been a professional published writer since 1997 and a semi-professional photographer since 2006. Specializing in non-fiction topics, her works cover the gamut of small business, entrepreneurship, herbal health, technology, the Internet, personal finance, the environment, gardening and hobby farming. Kathy licenses her work extensively. Some of her writing and photo work has been published in thousands of places around the web.

Kathy focuses on creating short, useful booklets, guides and feature-length articles for the Amazon Kindle marketplace so that the information is affordable to as many interested readers as possible.

Find more samples of Kathy's work at

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