Digital Photography Unleashed: Capturing Wildly Great Pictures
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Learn the basics of digital photography in Jim Miotke's new DVD, "Digital Photography Unleashed: Capturing Wildly Great Photos".
This jam-packed DVD is over 2 hours long. Each of the four segments is just under a half hour, and helpful bonus materials are included as well. The four segments are:
Learning the Basics (with Andy the Mountain Lion)
Day at the Ranch (where we photograph horses, cowboys, branding, and more)
Mastering Further Techniques (with a variety of wildlife models)
Exploring Light and Shutter Speed (in Yosemite Valley)
Each segment has a variety of tips and techniques sprinkled throughout.
While enjoying an adventure photographing animals near Yosemite, California, you will:
Learn to see and appreciate light
Master the "Exposure Triangle"
Know how to choose the best ISO, shutter speed, and f-number
Understand file formats such as JPEG and Raw
Select the right white balance setting
Compose with the Rule of Thirds
Digital photograph any subject, whether it is your child, a scenic, a close up flower, your favorite pet, your friends and family, and more...
This exciting and dramatic DVD is fun to watch even for non-photography enthusiasts. With the help of Triple "D", we explore the universal tips and techniques while photographing wildlife models, cowboys, colorful horses, and Yosemite Valley.
Bonus materials include a Buyer's Guide, a collection of tips for easy reference, and interviews with the Triple "D" staff and ranchers who put on the wildlife photo shoot.
"Beautiful locales combine with solid, clear advice. Recommended for the digital beginner." -- Library Journal, November 15, 2005
... jam-packed-with-info photography course... Well organized and nicely paced, this is highly recommended. -- Video Librarian, September/October, 2005
Two Silver Awards (highest level) in the categories "How-To/Instructional" and "Use of Music" -- Telly Awards, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
at the very end of the DVD he dose a TOP 10 Review of the whole DVD, this recaps all that he explained during the shoots, without all the distraction. it was to the point and did offer some good info. So unless you prefer to watch 20 mins of a cowboy chasing a herd back n forth, and then 15 mins of a trainer tossing meat to a cat trying to get it to jump from one rock to another. and then another 15 min of another animal and so on, Then skip to the last 10 mins to learn what you bought the DVD for, then later when you feel like watching ANIMAL PLANET then you can go back and watch the rest. or better yet
if you want a good training DVD, get BRYAN PETERSON'S (THE PERFECT PICTURE) he tells you how to use your camera and different lenses and explains in easy to follow direction when to use what Fstop,iso and shutter speed, and gives before and after shots so you can see clearly why.
If you have never been on an animal shoot with other photographers, it may appear disorganized. Animals in any environment have a mind of their own; needless to say, one is NOT posing for the photography(s). Most, if not all photo shoots, even those in the wild, done by the most professional are staged to some degree or another. Therefore, getting animals in a situation for photography requires coaching, feeding and prodding many, many times.
This DVD takes the viewer on 5 different photo shoots. I have been on many shoots similar to this so I understood what was happening. I found it very informative and entertaining. It's packed with useful information, geared primarily towards the beginner to intermediate photograph. He covers many aspects of photography from composition, lighting, locations, as well as camera functions, etc. He spends a lot of time presenting real life situations and how to deal with them. The music was GREAT!!!
I don't understand the reviewers that did not give this a 4 or 5 star rating. One reviewer said it was "...like watching ANIMAL PLANET..." Give me a break they obliviously have not been on many shoots. And what the individual who wrote "I ordered this DVD hoping to learn the basics of photography" what do you think this is? Just because he didn't tell you every detail doesn't mean that there aren't important techniques and concepts to learn. If it was too advanced, watch it again in 6 months...
Well worth the money! You will enjoy the photo shoots and the music.
All in all, a nice dvd for anyone looking to improve their photography. And even for advanced photographers, it could serve as a nice refresher course. I would also recommend his book 'The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography' as many of the subjects and pictures from the dvd are included in more detail.