- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Amphoto Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081740502X
- ISBN-13: 978-0817405021
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 265 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro 1st Edition
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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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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.
If you want to really get the most out of this book, I suggest you dedicate some practice time for each chapter, and it might take 10 sessions or so to work through the whole book. However, even just glancing through it in the first 10 minutes, you'll get some tips that help you noticeably improve your pictures.
I particularly like the example pictures. They take two pictures of the same subject. The first is a point and shoot without any thought (like I normally take). The second focuses on a specific aspect of composition and shows how a minor change to your technique can significantly improve your photos.
Just remember that you still have to put the time in to read the book and practice the techniques.
Starts with a short section on generic camera controls and operation (it is not, however, a detailed "buttons" manual). Section 2 covers composing, focus, and lighting with plenty of before and after picture comparisons. Section 3 has "assignments" to practice, including thought provoking example photos. The next several sections cover more detailed and advanced topics, explained clearly and well illustrated.
The book is of very good quality.
I am happy that I read the book. Now it is time to practice.
Highly recommended for novice photographers, everyone else can skip it though.