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Improve Your Photography: How Budding Photographers Can Get Pro Results [Kindle Edition]

Jim Harmer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Improve Your Photography" has been purchased by thousands of beginning photographers across the world and has been recently updated in this second edition.

The book is packed full of quick and easy tips to encourage budding photographers to improve while learning concepts and technical information on photography. Jim explains this book this way, "This is what every photographer needs to know to take clean and stunning photos.  If I would have had this book when I started, I would have been two years ahead of everyone else in just 60 pages."

The book covers topics such as tips for taking better portraits of people, instruction on choosing lenses, tips for landscape and sunset photography, and HDR. 
Unlike most photography books that confuse beginning and intermediate photographers with difficult concepts and too much technical data, this book is designed specifically to teach photographers who are just learning how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO work together.

"If I would have had this book when I started learning photography, I would have been two years ahead in learning."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1413 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Improve Photography LLC; 5 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKIQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginner book July 29, 2011
By Kelly
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found the book very useful and easy to read. There was just enough technical information in the text to be informative without being overwhelming. I did order the Kindle edition of the book and unfortunately many of the example photos were missing (some were included, but not all). So several of the examples in the book would refer to a picture that was missing. These missing picture are what lead me to rate the book a 4 star instead of 5.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reasons why you should buy this book October 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
1. the book is relatively short.
2. The book describes in human terms the terminology so you slowly can get into the scene
3. While reading the book even if you don't own a DSLR camera, you can still learn what you like in a camera in order to better buy a camera in the future.
4. The book explains to you how to buy a camera and the lens to match

So that about 4 things I really liked about this book :), I must say that since I started reading the book I begin discovering the mistakes I make while taking a photo, and as it appears those were critical to the results of my camera.
The book was very helpful also in teaching me new techniques and I feel that now I can take a decent picture at any given scenario, and in some scenarios an awesome photo.

The book doesn't cover photography from A to Z but it certainly cover it from A to F, the rest is more advanced books or just plain old self tutoring.

If your interested in getting into photography - I highly recommend this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ooooooh, NOW they tell me! November 17, 2011
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As a beginner to the fancy part of photography brought to you by the letters P, A, S and M, as well as the concepts of f-stops, ISO, white balance, noise and shooting at 1/1000 of a second, I found this book to be extremely useful in explaining the basics without making me go cross-eyed with frustration.

The camera manual was helpful to a point, especially in explaining which button and dial does what, but got too complicated in explaining what happens when you push or rotate said buttons and dials, and how it affects your photograph.

Within a page or few, the light clicked on about underexposed and overexposed images, fast and slow shutter speeds, depth of field, and ISO. I am now practicing shooting in Aperture mode (A), which is a huge step up from Auto, and although I'm not quite ready for Manual mode (M), I can see it in my future.

Written in simple conversational language with practical scenarios, this guide spends a lot of time on exposure, but also incorporates everything from holding the camera properly, to shooting landscapes, sunsets, moving subjects, RAW files, portraits, night scenes, star trails and HDR. It even gives tips on buying cameras, lenses, equipment and software.

The only thing missing in this Kindle version are some of the examples and illustrations to go with the concepts covered. Also recommended is a visit to the author's website where you can get daily tips with full colour examples.

Amanda Richards, November 17, 2011
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Steps for the Beginner February 13, 2011
By prreid
Format:Kindle Edition
It was a welcome relief to find a book which was oriented to telling the reader how-to-to-it. It's almost like you and the author are together on a photo shoot and having his help in getting things set-up correctly. Great job!!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book October 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I am just getting started in photography and found this book to be extremely informative. In communicating with other photographers, I realized that, because of this book, I knew many things that other photographers who have been shooting for years do not know. If you are a beginner or an intermediate photographer, don't wait any longer. Just buy this book. You will not regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners March 1, 2011
By jencord
Format:Kindle Edition
This book provides a lot of great tips for a new DSLR shooter. If you want to take better pictures, read the book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I am fairly new at photography at a more serious level than "point and shot" and this was the first book I read about the subject. I think it gave me a good introductions to the basic elements of photography. Since then, I read a few other books that have given me a better understanding of some of the topics covered in "Improve Your Photography" and in that light it might have been a bit redundant. So if you only want to read one (quick) book about photography, this is a good choice, but if you already know you want to dig deeper, I would recommend other books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of knowledge thats easy to understand! February 27, 2012
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Quick read with lots and lots of pertinent information. Canon, Nikon, Sony etc whatever camera you own this book covers the basics of how the camera works so you can learn and understand how to take great pictures. I love Improve Photography!!! I am starting an on line course for beginners with them as well and couldnt be more excited. Download the book ... you will not be sorry!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent quick read for beginning photographers
Excellent quick read for beginniNg photographers And filled with good reminders for the experienced photographer. Solid advice throughout this book.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Lanteigne Magoon
5.0 out of 5 stars simple & great!
It doesnt have to be complicated to learn and this book is really simple and helps a beginer to understand the principles of Photography
Published 7 months ago by Jorge Mencos
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
I returned this book because I expected more photographs illustrating the various concepts. Instead, it was just a lot of text with a few photos sprinkled here and there, mostly at... Read more
Published 10 months ago by FLRON
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep this with you
This is a well written book which explains all of the functions of your camera. Keep it with you as you learn more and more about how to get the very best pictures!
Published 13 months ago by Kmattes
1.0 out of 5 stars lens compability
Loc 598, "A full-frame lens won't fit on a crop-sensor camera, but a crop-sensor lens fits on a full-frame camera. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this before buying your first SLR
Great starter book. It really lays the groundwork for a budding photographer. The author is well knowledged. I continue following his work on podcasts, blogs, and Flickr.
Published 13 months ago by Joshua Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets you started with basic concepts.
Decent book for beginning photographers. Gives a good starting point on basic photography concepts on which to build on with some self promotion by the author mixed in.
Published 14 months ago by PaulNJ
3.0 out of 5 stars A good mix of technical and practical advice.
The title is almost as long as the book. This book aims to help the beginning photographer with issues such as exposure, how to hold a camera to get the best results, different... Read more
Published 15 months ago by HT
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading
For beginners to serious amateur photographers. Uses a methodical and almost comprehensive approach. I wish there where more photo examples to see.
Published 21 months ago by Stratos Safioleas
5.0 out of 5 stars best book to really break down what you need to learn
So many photographers either can't explain what they do (bring it down to a lay person's level) or they guard their knowledge out of fear that someone may learn to do their job and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Sehrt
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More About the Author

Jim Harmer is an award-winning photographer and author of three photography instructional books. Each of the books are written in a series entitled "Improve Your Photography."

Mr. Harmer, originally from Boise, Idaho, currently lives in Naples, Florida and enjoys photographing the beautiful oceanscapes and wildlife that Florida has to offer.

The author practices a wide range of photographic techniques and subjects, but specializes in HDR and nature photography.

In 2010, Mr. Harmer changed from Canon to Nikon. This allows him to teach photography to students who use either brand. Also, Mr. Harmer favors the consistently superior low-light performance of Nikon cameras.

In his personal life, Mr. Harmer is a full-time law student, husband, father of two children, and a Mormon.

Mr. Harmer's first book, "Improve Your Photography: How budding photographers can get pro results" sold rapidly throughout the world for its ability to explain the basic concepts of photography in a way that is simple to understand.

Subsequent to the first book, the author wrote "Improve Your HDR Photography" and then "Improve Your Wildlife Photography." All of Mr. Harmer's books are written in a casual writing style so as to aid readers in understanding difficult concepts without struggling to understand the author's language.


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