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Tony Northrup's DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography [Kindle Edition]

Tony Northrup , Chelsea Northrup
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (967 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amazon's #1 rated and best-selling digital photography book, and the first ever Gold Honoree of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, gives you five innovations no other book offers:

1. FREE VIDEO TRAINING. 9+ HOURS of video training integrated into the book’s content (requires Internet access). Travel around the world with Tony and Chelsea as they teach you hands-on. Appendix A lists the videos so you can use the book like an inexpensive video course.

2. TEACHER AND PEER SUPPORT. After buying the book, you get access to the private Stunning Digital Photography Readers group on Facebook where you can ask the questions and post pictures for feedback from Tony, Chelsea, and other readers. It’s like being able to raise your hand in class and ask a question! Instructions are in the introduction.

3. FREE LIFETIME UPDATES. This book is regularly updated with new content (including additional videos) that existing owners receive for free. Updates are added based on reader feedback and questions, as well as changing photography trends and new camera equipment. This is the last photography book you'll ever need.

4. HANDS-ON PRACTICES. Complete the practices at the end of every chapter to get the real world experience you need.

5. 100+ PRACTICE QUESTIONS. Ungraded tests teach you to apply what you've learned.

6. 500+ ORIGINAL PICTURES. Detailed example pictures taken by the author and his wife in 15 countries demonstrate both good and bad technique. NO STOCK PHOTOS. Many pictures include links to the full-size image so you can zoom in to see every pixel.

In this book, Tony Northrup (award-winning author of more than 30 how-to books and a professional portrait, wildlife, and landscape photographer) teaches the art and science of creating stunning pictures. First, beginner photographers will master:
* Composition
* Exposure
* Shutter speed
* Aperture
* Depth-of-field (blurring the background)
* ISO
* Natural light
* Flash
* Troubleshooting blurry, dark, and bad pictures
* Pet photography
* Wildlife photography (mammals, birds, insects, fish, and more)
* Sunrises and sunsets
* Landscapes
* Cityscapes
* Flowers
* Forests, waterfalls, and rivers
* Night photography
* Fireworks
* Raw files
* HDR
* Macro/close-up photography

Advanced photographers can skip forward to learn the pro’s secrets for:
* Posing men and women. including corrective posing (checklists provided)
* Portraits (candid, casual, formal, and underwater)
* Group photos
* Remotely triggering flashes
* Using bounce flash and flash modifiers
* Using studio lighting on any budget
* Building a temporary or permanent studio at home
* Shooting your first wedding
* High speed photography
* Location scouting/finding the best spots and times
* Planning shoots around the sun and moon
* Star trails (via long exposure and image stacking)
* Light painting
* Eliminating noise
* Focus stacking for infinite depth-of-field
* Underwater photography
* Getting close to wildlife
* Using electronic shutter triggers

MAJOR UPDATE 7/6/2013:
We added about 40 pages of new content based on reader requests and questions, and we now have 6 hours of video! We also added a detailed Table of Contents and Video Index (Appendix A) to allow you to quickly find the content you need to reference when you're shooting. Existing readers: Amazon will contact you directly to download the update, or you can e-mail Tony your receipt.


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About the Author

Award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup has published more than 30 how-to books and sold more than a million copies around the world. His photos have been featured on magazine covers, book covers, CD covers, TV shows, calendars, and much more. Tony studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He runs a stock and portrait photography business with his family, Chelsea and Madelyn, out of his home studio in Waterford, CT. He shoots travel and nature photography everywhere he goes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17724 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mason Press; 1 edition (December 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KY2VZ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
UPDATED ON 12/10/2014:
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Well, it's been almost 3 years since I got this book and it's been a great journey. Couple of updates:
- Love the fact that this e-book is with me all the time. Whenever I need to check or read up on something I can pull it up on the Kindle (which I rarely use), or on my desktop PC or even on the phone while traveling (with the kindle reader apps). The latest and greatest updated version of this book just flows through to the device of your choice instantly. I love that aspect and it really helps to fine tune your photography at leisure or whenever that great light and fantastic place happens and you just have to click, but wished you could check on some particular info.
- The Facebook group for SDP has really grown by leaps and bounds in terms of quality as well as quantity. Lots of actually 'stunning' images are posted there everyday and get feedback from the active community which has photographers of all skill and equipment levels. Also there are weekly monthly challenges at times.
- Recently in the Facebook group, I have been seeing many updates from readers about their pictures being published in magazines and they thank this book for helping them. Personally, that to me feels like the kind of the highest acknowledgement for this book and author.
- There is also a separate website for this book. It's free for anyone who has purchased the book and is a great community to post your pictures, get feedback and also get some 'inside information' from the SDP world.
- The authors have a fun and interactive live web session once in a while where they give updates happening in the photography world and also they provide comments and advice on photos posted by readers.
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why you want a Kindle August 9, 2012
By J. Urie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have recently purchased a Nikon 3100 and bought the corresponding "dummies" book, which about matches my photography expertise. So, now I know how to use my new camera....right? Nope. Now I need education on how to take photographs with my fancy new toy so that they look better than my iPhone snapshots. Enter Tony's book. Since there are a ton of reviews on the paper version, you can pretty much figure out that the content is excellent. I will focus on the electronic version.

First of all, this is a great book in any form--hard copy or ebook. However, as far as I can tell, there are a bunch of great paper books out there on DSLR photography. When I downloaded the Kindle sample and read through it, I knew that the ebook format was the way to go.

I've owned a Kindle since version 1, and now own the Fire. Tony's book should be a primer on how to properly create an ebook. The embedded links and videos, as well as the ability to grab the sample photos and enlarge for detailed study (need an Internet connection for the latter two items) is invaluable to rank photography newbs like me. The videos are top-notch and contain many side-by-side examples of how pictures are improved when applying the techniques that are covered in the video. The videos are stuck in the appropriate place in the book, which leads to excellent learning flow as you build on the lessons. The experiences on the Kindle Fire and the iPad and PC Kindle apps are equally excellent.

Tony has indicated that he plans on improving and updating the ebook contents, which all buyers will be able to download as they become available. This is a refreshing change to the "quick scan, make a buck and forget" mentality that the big publishers follow.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be an example on how to write an e-book! April 23, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I cannot say enough good things about this book.

I have been wanting to get better at photography for awhile, but was kind of hopping around between online tutorials and tips here and there, and didn't feel I was making a lot of progress. I decided to purchase this book to make sure that I had everything in an organized manner... and I'm so glad that I did!

The book starts at the beginning and moves through all the basic elements of photography, covering things like quick tips, composition, depth of field, lighting, etc. (Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed, Camera Equipment, etc. are all covered.) After learning the basics, the book has later chapters that have detailed ideas for Portraits, landscapes, macro photography, photographing animals, weddings, night photography, underwater photography, HDR techniques, and more.

I am a natural editor, and I can't stand to read books that have a lot of "fluff," where I am constantly trying to fix the book in my mind. While this book has quite a bit of content, it is written so that every word counts. As you read it, you never feel like you're wasting your time. Each sentence is informative and interesting and occasionally funny.

The book is illustrated with lovely, original pictures and examples that really illustrate the principle being taught.

However, probably the best part is the VIDEOS. As you read, there are 3 hours worth of video illustrating and reinforcing each concept being taught. It almost feels like an online course. And when you combine the fact that purchase of the book gives you access to Tony's Facebook page where people including Tony and Chelsea give tips and techniques, this book is an incredible value. It is almost like taking a photography course, but so much cheaper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reviews were what sold me . . .
Stunning. I took a look through. Gave it to my daughter as Dec birthday/Christmas photo big gift with digital camera and other accessories. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Joan Altgelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it.
Published 22 hours ago by Irina Surcova
5.0 out of 5 stars Quit reading this and go buy it!
Amazing tutorial worth every penny and the way video is woven via scan is verycool.
Published 1 day ago by Mike Herron
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that inspires you to take pictures
It is an easy book to follow with lots of examples and the most interesting thing is the videos that explain all the techniques. Also the access to the community is a plus. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mariano Caniglia
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Isn't Enough!
Awesome book! Packed full of helpful video and print. There is also plenty of encouragement given through the Stunning Digital Photography community. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mike in Illinois
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK AND CLOSED GROUP AROUND
If you have ANY interest in photography, buy this book. Fascinating topic, great writers, great videos and I am addicted to the facebook page for critique. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, great value. A necessity for anyone with their first DSLR.
Published 2 days ago by Richard Zastrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is excellent, and really explains things well. All the online video and support that goes with it is a big plus too.
Published 2 days ago by HNS
5.0 out of 5 stars SMILE!
I'm all smiles after receiving the book. It's like an easy to read text/reference book to help me to better understand not only my camera but better ways to use it to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Classic1355
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book. Delivered in a timely fashion.
Published 3 days ago by Shelley W Bolton
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More About the Author

Award-winning author & photographer Tony Northrup has published more than 30 educational books. Among other titles, Tony is author of Stunning Digital Photography and Windows 8 Inside Out. As a photographer, Tony's work has been published worldwide on magazine, book, and CD covers, and everywhere from Velveeta to Viagra ads. Tony lives in Waterford, CT with his wife and daughter.

You can learn more about Tony by subscribing to his videos at https://www.youtube.com/vistaclues, liking his Facebook photography page at http://www.facebook.com/NorthrupPhotography, following him on Twitter (@TonyNorthrup), viewing his photography portfolio at www.northrupphotography.com, or emailing him at tony@northrup.org.


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Status "Pending"?
I'm the author of this book, and I'm sorry you had that problem. I can't help you troubleshoot the problem with the Kindle Fire, as that's in Amazon's court. However, if you send me an e-mail (tony@northrup.org) I'll provide you the ebook file with instructions to copy it directly to your Fire.
Mar 12, 2012 by Tony Northrup |  See all 4 posts
Free Kindle Updates?
If you get an answer to this question, please share. I bought the Kindle version solely based on the ability to update. After my purchase, I can't get the updates, or a straight answer. The first email I got from the author says "if you buy the Kindle version direct from Amazon, you don't... Read More
Jan 16, 2015 by Jenny G |  See all 3 posts
Mirrorless cameras
Definitely! I accommodate any type of interchangeable lens camera, and I specifically love the EM-10. Enjoy!
Jul 26, 2014 by Tony Northrup |  See all 2 posts
Similar benefits for printed version?
Hawaiiartist, yes you will have access to the videos, each video is accessible via a QR-code in the book which you can scan using your phone or iPad and that will take you to the video. The only thing I believe you won't get is the updates, but videos, access to the community and facebook group,... Read More
May 4, 2014 by Erkki Alvenmod |  See all 2 posts
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