Our photography book for beginner and intermediate photographers
Our Complete Guide to Photography Book is an easy to digest, comprehensive guide for beginner or intermediate photographers and will fill in the gaps of knowledge the more advanced photographer may have. Using this book will show you how to control every element of your camera and apply the knowledge learnt to any photographic situation, enabling you to create stunning imagery.
It’s 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.
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
> Focal Length
> Crop vs Full Frame sensors
> Image Resolution
> Depth of Field
> Shutter Speeds
> Controlling Movement
> Balancing Exposure Manually
> Understanding Light
> White Balance
> Night Photography
> Fill in Flash
> Post Production
> Working in Raw
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
“Gain a Practical Understanding of Digital Photography - At last a simple effective guide to digital photography. The book is well illustrated and the author understands his subject well imparting his knowledge in a professional, clear, easy to relate to manner. Supported by online videos this book represents great value for those keen to enhance their photographic skills. Highly recommended.” - Chris Davies
“Excellent quality, well produced Guide to Photography - An excellent quality, well-written book which covers all aspects of photography in a logical format which ensures maximum understanding for the beginner through to the more advanced photographer. The accompanying videos also demonstrate the quality of teaching. An excellent book for anyone interested in advancing their photographic skills or as a reference book for the advanced photographer. Fast delivery. Highly recommend.” – Rita Kelly
“Fantastic book - Just recently taken up photography and couldn’t have asked for a better book to get me started. Clear and well laid out with lots of interaction through practical tasks and links into Marc’s excellent videos. Can’t recommend this enough.” - Justin Cole
“A complete structured manual - Great reference guide taking you through the basics to competent photographer. This book is clear and easy to follow. The authors enthusiasm and knowledge is clear in the detail it contains and is a must have for the budding enthusiast.” - Christopher Smith
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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!
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