A comprehensive guide to photography for phones, tablets and PCs


Our Complete Guide to Photography eBook is for beginner or intermediate photographers and will fill in the gaps of knowledge the more advanced photographer may have. Using this book will enable you to control every element of your camera and apply the knowledge learnt to any photographic situation.

It will be a great resource for people who want to take photography more seriously and will suit keen enthusiasts or anyone looking to make photography their profession. Keeping it on your phone or tablet will make it a great reference guide to photography when you’re out and about.

I’ve been teaching photography since 2002 and all this experience has gone into creating this book to ensure you’ll take great photographs. It will teach you the art and science of photography so that you won’t just understand it for 5 minutes, you’ll retain the knowledge forever!

What you will learn

> The essentials of photography
> Camera Kits and Equipment
> Manual Settings
> Focusing
> Composition

> Lenses
> Focal Length
> Crop vs Full Frame sensors
> Metering
> Image Resolution

> Apertures
> Depth of Field
> Shutter Speeds
> Controlling Movement
> Balancing Exposure Manually

> Understanding Light
> White Balance
> Night Photography
> Fill in Flash
> Post Production
> Working in Raw


"I could list hundreds of reasons why I recommend The Complete Guide to Photography eBook, but just to say it’s helped me understand the way I take photos and given me confidence and understanding to take photos in any situation. If you get the eBook, no longer will you use auto settings. Go for this eBook. Five big stars *****."

Stephen Askew – UK

Book Content

Introduction to photography

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Photography

Here we question what photography actually is and examine at the science of this craft whilst referring to photography from the past and the camera obscura.

Cameras and recommended equipment

Chapter 2 – Camera Kits and Recommended Equipment

A look at different types of camera kits, which ones are best to use for learning and what are the essential pieces of equipment you need.

Camera settings DSLR

Chapter 3 – Introduction to camera settings

Here I teach you the different auto and manual modes found on your camera and why you will never use auto again! A task will be set allowing you to take your first steps to going fully manual.

Focusing lesson example

Chapter 4 – Focusing – Getting your pictures pin sharp!

This will be a lesson showing you how to get every picture in focus with ease. You will learn techniques and camera settings to assist you in controlling focusing and a task will be set to get that focus point exactly where you want it, every time!

Composition in photography leading lines example

Chapter 5 – Composition

Composition is one of the most important things to get right. Getting it wrong will make the most beautiful scene look awful. This lesson is an in-depth exploration into how different compositional techniques can really enhance the look of a shot. You will also be set a task to get you out there and put these composition rules into practice!

Lenses and focal lengths, 16mm and 105mm example

Chapter 6 – Lenses, Focal Lengths, Crop and Full Frame sensors

A look at prime and zoom lenses and the effects of different focal lengths. You will also learn what focal lengths are commonly used for landscape and portrait shots and how the visual effect of focal lengths change between crop and full frame cameras.

Metering in photography

Chapter 7 – Metering

This lesson will teach you how to use the metering settings on your camera and more importantly how to control metering for different situations. You will also be set tasks to control your metering enabling you to get perfect exposures!

ISO explained in photography

Chapter 8 – ISO

Here you will examine what ISO is and how you can control it to reduce noise in your shots. Via a set task you will learn how to use your camera’s ISO setting so you can control it manual and adapt it for various situations.

Apertures and DOF

Chapter 9 – Apertures and Depth of Field

Here you will learn about apertures, depth of field and their relationship with each other. You will also learn about two more important elements of photography that effect depth of field. Then you will fully control this effect using your camera’s manual modes via your set task.

Shutter speeds with mountain bikes

Chapter 10 – Shutter Speeds, controlling movement and slow sync flash

In this lesson, you’ll be taught how to control movement in your shots via the shutter speed. You will learn how to freeze motion, creating panning effects and how to do a technique called slow sync flash. You will take full control over movement in photography using your camera’s manual settings in the lessons set tasks.

ballancing exposure in camera

Chapter 11 – Balancing exposures

This lesson will see you take full control over the exposure of your shots. You will combine your newly learnt knowledge of Apertures, Shutter Speeds, and ISO to manually expose shots for varied creative effects. You will gain in depth knowledge on what stops are in photography and how you control them to take full control over the exposure and visual effects of your photography. You will also be shown how to use your camera in fully manual mode and put all this into practice in set tasks.

zoomed in picture

Chapter 12 – Resolution

In this lesson, you will learn about the resolution of images, its relationship with print and web image sizes, and when you should use low or high res images. You’ll also be taught how to set the correct resolution on your camera and put this into practice in a set task!

white ballance lesson

Chapter 13 – Understanding Light and White Balance

Here you learn about the many different light sources available to photographers, the effects they give to a shot and how to control lighting for varied effects. You will also learn about white balance on cameras and how you can use it to get accurate colours or obscure the look of scene. You will learn how to use the white balance settings on your camera and put this into practice in a night time urban shoot!

Light drawing example from lesson

Chapter 14 – Night photography, Painting with Light!

Here we push your newly acquired knowledge of working fully manual by doing some night photography! We use torches, flash lights and our knowledge of working fully manual to create varied visual effects. Great tasks are set to test that you are in full control of your photography!

example of fill in flash

Chapter 15 – Balancing exposures with Flash

Here you will learn how to control your exposures with flash! This pushes your use of stops and control of exposure one step further. You will learn how to darken a background by balancing out ambient light with flash and put this into practice yourself via a set task.

Raw file vs jpeg example

Chapter 16 – Post production and Raw Files

Here you will be introduced into your next stage of photographic excellence – The post production of images! We will look at how post processing programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop can enhance the look of your photography. You’ll also be shown the benefits and when to be shooting in Raw and how to process one!


"I just finished reading your e-book, and I must say, it is extremely well written. Coming from a predominately self-taught position in film photography, this e-book was an excellent reference for me to transition over to digital. This book is so easy to follow, written in a fashion that most anyone can read and understand. I sincerely believe that someone who has never taken a photograph before in their life could take this book and teach themselves how to take photographs properly." – Lee Biggers, USA

"I have left it several weeks after finishing the course to see if it had made any difference to me using my camera, I have to say a huge yes! Marc has given me lots of information and tips about using the manual settings on my camera, and I have not used the auto setting since." - Barry Harman, UK

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I already have some photography knowledge – will this book be suitable for me?
Yes! - The book is written from the bottom up, giving you the opportunity to start your learning from whatever level you’re at. If you’re totally new to photography, start from chapter 1; if you’re a bit more experienced dive in at a later chapter, it’s up to you!

How do I get the eBook?
After payment you will go to a student area where you will see a download button. Simply click on the button and download the eBook to whatever device you wish.

What device can I read the eBook on?
The book is in PDF format which means you can read it on your PC, Mac, smart phone or tablet.

What’s the benefit of an eBook?
It can be stored on your mobile device and taken with you wherever you go, making it a great resource for any photographer. Also, because it’s digital we can make it extremely image-rich meaning there are lots of visual examples and graphics to aid your learning.

What’s the cost in my own currency?
The courses are priced in British Pounds and US Dollars. On checkout it will show the cost in British Pounds and will be converted into your currency when purchased. To get an accurate cost in your own currency click here to use a Currency Converter. NB. US dollars quoted are as close as possible and updated on a monthly basis.


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If you want to build a photography career, or just have the ambition to create great photos, TSoP is a great place to start.

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