Today saw the announcement of a new book from Rockable Press and Envato entitled, How to Take Great Photos! (with whatever camera you got). Written by freelance photographer Peter Tellone, the book aims to do exactly what it says on the cover, help beginners make a start in the world of digital photography regardless of the camera they own.
Today we're going to offer a quick review of the book, and showcase what you'll find inside.
The book carefully guides the reader through the basics of digital photography, with the focus being firmly upon the photographer and their technique, helping them to get the best out of whichever camera they are using, catering for different types of digital cameras (e.g. point and shoot compacts, hybrid cameras and DSLR’s).
Each chapter carefully introduces key aspects of photography, working through the basics of light, exposure, ISO, shutter speed and composition using easy to understand bullet points and excellent photographic examples. Through the chapters, you're gradually introduced to camera shooting modes, types of lenses, the use of flash, and editing, before closing with a very useful chapters on printing and sharing your photographs.
Throughout the book are enlightening tips on how to use these new techniques in creative and artistic ways to help enhance your shots and put your new skills to best use. There are also great little ‘Tech Term’ balloons in each chapter that explain terms and phrases that might be new to the reader or need a bit of clarity.
Stop Taking Snapshot, Start Taking Photographs
One of my favourite sections of the book is the opening challenge to the reader in how they approach photography, which Peter labels as "Stop Taking Snapshots, Start Taking Photographs". He wants the photographer to take time to think about not only how they use their camera in a practical sense, but also to consider what they are capturing, the subject matter and the creative element involved.
He continues this into chapter three, discussing a photographer’s vision and developing an eye for light and composition, giving practical tips on how to move on from taking snapshots and start taking photographs!
It is evident that Peter Tellone is a professional who has a great breadth of knowledge and experience at his disposal, and it is to his testament that he has written a book so readily approachable for those just starting out in the world of photography.
The most crucial thing to understand about this book is that it’s for beginners—people picking up a camera for the first time, looking to understand how it works and wanting to make a start in photography. If that’s you, then this is a very sensible purchase, and a great introduction into the world of photography.
If you’ve already mastered the settings on your camera and are beginning to understand concepts such as composition and light, then you’re probably best off looking for something slightly more advanced.
If you'd like to buy a copy, you can order one through eJunkie for $19
Full Disclosure: Obviously, this book is published by Envato™, the same company that runs the Tuts+ network. This review is our honest opinion of the book, and we think it's a fantastic introduction to photography for beginners!