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Improve Your Photography: How Budding Photographers Can Get Pro Results by [Harmer, Jim]
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  • File Size: 1640 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
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  • Publisher: Improve Photography LLC; 5 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKIQK
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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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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 ImprovePhotography.com where you can get daily tips with full colour examples.

Amanda Richards, November 17, 2011
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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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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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Me: indie filmmaker/event videographer who found a new obsession in photography.

If I learned at least one thing from the book that would improve my ability to get the exposure I want, then this book would have been good. But I learned a lot more--it mostly filled the holes in my knowledge and helped me to think of the concepts in ways that were much more accessible and useful. Yay! I really enjoyed it and read in it one sitting. Thank you!!!! Also, pretty convenient to have it in my kindle app so I can go back to highlighted parts during pre-shoot.

I will definitely reread this book a few times because I'm sure I'll read it different every few months as I improve.

If anything, if you feel bummed out about your shots, the author touches on many different techniques that may just breathe new life into your photography. :) Not just for beginners.

Happy shooting
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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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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!!

Phil.
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I finally know how to use my camera! I've started reading many great photography books written by the best, but usually I would stall out because I didn't understand a lot of what was being said. After reading this book I actually feel comfortable changing some settings on my camera and actually understanding what it means! Thank you Jim Harmer.
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