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John Hedgecoe's Photography Basics, Revised Edition Paperback – March 28, 2006
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âHedgecoe uses the most commonly owned beginnersâ cameras...to demonstrate how the camera works in simple, nontechnical language.ââPhotographic Trade News
âThe lessons are easy, given the well-laid-out visual examples.ââBooklist
âOne of the best introductory texts...my highest recommendation.ââShutterbug
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EXPOSURE IS CRITICAL TO PHOTOGRAPHY. GOOD CAMERAS LENSES AND THE RIGHT FILM ALL PLAY IMPORTANT PARTS IN GETTING GREAT PICTURES.
"UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE" BY BRYAN PETERSON WILL HELP YOU TAKE BETTER PICTURES. COMPOSITION IS LEARNED WITH PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. HOLD YOUR FINGERS UP IN A RECTANGLE POSITION AND LOOK THROUGH THEM FOR A "PREVIEW" OF A SCENE. MAKE BETTER USE OF YOUR VIEW FINDER TOO. GOOD PICTURES ARE A COMBINATION OF GOOD EQUIPMENT, FILM, LENS, EXPOSURE AND COMPOSITION.
It is worth noting that while the book claims to be for beginners,it illustrates all points by using National Geographic-caliber photos. No - even if you follow the advice, your photos will not look like that. Hedgecoe is an accomplished, very experienced photographer - there is no doubt about that, but the photos included here were shot using equipment that costs thousands ("teaching" you how to take pictures like that w/ a point-and-shoot is cruel and pointless), and even one brief look at many portraits suggests that elaborate flash setups or professional studio lighting was used - using this stuff to illustrate how to use a point-and-shoot is a joke, and will leave you frustrated and disappointed. Even worse (perhaps very tellingly) virtually none of dozens of beautiful photographs are accompanied by ANY shooting info. (type of camera, speed/aperture, lens, etc.). I'd venture a guess that not one of them was shot using anything like the basic PandS cameras shown in the intro. How are you supposed to learn if you can't even know this basic info about the photos used as "examples"? What a joke!
If you want a coffee-table book, there are better ones; if you want to learn how to take better photos, try something else (e.g., Peterson's Learning Exposure or any Lee Frost books).
I find this book to be one of the best books on photography out on the market today. It is easy to understand, covers most topics and is full with hundreds of color photographs.
John gives expert advice and tips so you will get up and shooting better photos in no time. If you are looking to learn photography this is the book for you.