From the desk of: Tony Page, professional photographer and writer
If you've got a digital camera, like to take photos, but haven't been coming up with the results you'd hoped for, I can help you.
You're by no means alone in your frustration at not getting the same kind of bright, exciting images you see in magazines
or on the walls of galleries, or in newspapers or displays in shops.
OK, you don't really expect to get images as good as those produced by highly-paid professional photographers with heavy duty equipment, but you think you should be able to get better results than you have been getting.
No doubt you've already heard some suggestions as to how to improve your shots:
"You need a better camera" (usually suggested by photoshop salesmen or someone with a more expensive camera than yours)
"You need to take a photography course at college" (OK if you're young and with three years to spare, but actually relatively few successful professionals ever took this route)
"There are some amazing trade secrets that are jealously guarded by professional photographers which if you only knew would instantly transform you into an expert " (I only wish!)
Well, the good news is that none of these statements is true.
An expensive Canon DIIIS or a Nikon D3 may improve your personal image but not necessarily your photos
Of course, a more sophisticated camera does offer you greater flexibility and control, but the reason pro cameras cost so much is that they're designed to be tougher (they have to stand up to working day-in day-out with absolute reliability, taking many thousands of exposures in often rough conditions) and to produce images of a greater size and quality
than 99.9% of amateur photographers would ever need.
The truth is (although many pros wouldn't like to admit it) that for the vast majority of purposes professional photographs are used for today, a so-called "amateur"
camera, even a compact, could produce a perfectly useable image (the main drawback would be its inability to use professional flash lighting).
A Photography degree looks good on your business card, but do you have the time?
As far as the college photographic course is concerned, many offer great value and produce excellent photographers, but let's face it, we're not talking about that kind of commitment of time and money here. What's more, many of the most famous and respected photographers never took any kind of academic course, but rather learnt by experience or by being apprenticed to a more experienced professional.
The Photographic Da Vinci Code does not exist
And lastly, although I would dearly like to pretend that I was a member of a secretive professional brother(and sister)hood possessing magical inside information that could turn anyone, Harry Potter-like, from an inept snapper into an expert pro photographer, I have to admit that after a couple of decades or more as a pro shooter I haven't come across any such Da Vinci Code-like revelations (although there are plenty of freely available tips, hints and advice everywhere).
But you can take better digital photos today, and even better ones tomorrow.
Although I've been a working professional photographer for many years, I believe in keeping things simple. Many so-called "experts" place far too much emphasis on unnecessary technical details, building artificial barriers to discourage less knowledgeable photographers from getting the photos they're capable of producing.
For most people, modern cameras have been a godsend in freeing them from complicated exposure calculations, lighting with flash, even focussing. But mere technical knowledge and skill in manipulating your camera's controls has never been enough to make a good photo. It's knowing what to put in the photo, and how to put it in the photo that distinguishes the good from the ordinary.
What the camera won’t do is to tell you what to put in your picture, how to frame it, how it should be lit, or how to arrange the elements in your photo so that it looks good. Yet these questions are the most important ones to answer if your image is to be a success. When we’re disappointed with our photos, 90% of the time it’s because we’ve gone astray in one or more of these areas.
...not your camera - can decide what to put in your picture, how to frame it, how it should be lit, and how to arrange the elements in your photo so that it looks good.
The good news is, you can get the powerful creative tools for doing this, put them into practice and see the difference immediately!
What's more, you'll keep improving as these techniques become second nature to you. You will develop your own creative eye so that you'll "see" the potential images around you more clearly and visually interpret situations in new ways.
And take stunning, imaginative photos!
Check out some of the features covered in the "Take Better Digital Photos" ebook (it's more like a course).
You'll learn about:
How to use Design Elements - the basic building blocks of design:
Lines: Vertical, horizontal or diagonal, curved or straight, visible or implied...our eyes tend to follow lines
Shapes: If some shape or pattern strikes us as interesting or noteworthy, the odds are that it will make a good photograph.
Texture: Add texture and you add depth to your photography.
Perspective: In an image, size is relative and depends upon your viewpoint in relation to your subject.
Light: A subject of no intrinsic interest can be transformed into a fascinating image by the magic of creative lighting
How to use Design Concepts - ideas that provide a framework on which to build your image:
Simplicity: Cut the clutter before you press the shutter: there should never be any doubt about the reason you took the picture.
Balance: When we look at a picture and everything seems to be in the right place, that is good balance.
Opposition: Using the contrast between usually two, but it can be more, elements to create a point of interest in your picture.
Dominance: When the main subject's prominence in the image virtually forces you to look at it.
Pattern: Things not worth a photo by themselves frequently can become interesting when repeated to create a pattern.
Coherence: A coherent picture is one that hangs together as a whole; we can understand it, it all fits together in our mind.
Emotion: You can produce a shot that’s brilliant technically, but without emotion it can never be great.
How to use Design Techniques - tools you can use to fuel your creativity:
Rule of Thirds: It’s been used by artists for centuries so it has a good track record!
Framing: Framing your images correctly and creatively is the quickest and most effective way to taking better digital photos.
Positive and Negative Space: paying attention to the negative space around your subject is a killer shortcut to improving your images.
Depth of Field: Add visual depth to your image and increase its impact by isolating your subject.
Creative Angles: Show your viewers the subject in a way they’ve never previously seen it. All it needs is a little imagination!
Camera settings - Resolution, file compression, RAW format, sound volume, HDTV mode, world clock, power saving, LCD brightness, display options (histogram etc.), auto-rotate, viewfinder dioptre setting.
Shooting with your camera - Scene modes (22 different examples), sharpness adjustment, contrast (tone) adjustment, colour (saturation) adjustment, custom adjustment, white balance, colour FX, face recognition mode, mountain (infinity) mode, manual focus, LCD focus check, single shot mode, continuous AF mode, image stabiliser, IS panning mode, zoom (optical and digital), ISO settings (includes using ISO to control shutter and aperture), metering modes (spot, centre-weighted, matrix), exposure compensation, flash output compensation, red-eye reduction, fill-in flash, flash synchronisation, self-timer, noise reduction, movies, sound comments.
Playback - displaying in thumbnail mode, slideshow mode, TV output
Other useful stuff - Camera bags, support (tripods, etc.), batteries, filters: Tips on choosing and how to use them. You may find this section one of the most useful.
Printing your photos - Digital printing options, doing it yourself, costs, colour correction, in-store photo printing machines (kiosks), photographic stores, online printing services, professional photo labs, choosing your printer, home mini-printers, ink tanks, ink cartidges, photo paper, information online, preparing your images, getting your images to your printer, getting the right colour, calibrating your monitor, setting up your printer
... all interspersed with advice and tips gained over the many years I've spent travelling around the world as a working pro photographer.
So to sum it all up, inside "Take Better Digital Photos" you get a photographic toolbox of creative tools and techniques which you can put to work immediately to improve your digital images.
Hesitant about learning about this from a manual? Don't be. Every tool and technique is illustrated with fully-captioned example photos to show you how to use it.
Added to that you get a technical run-down in easy-to-understand, straightforward language of the various features, settings and options on your camera and advice as to their use (and when not to use them!), together with extra info on accessories, filters and other useful stuff.
In my view the first section is the most important part of the book because mastering these creative tools and techniques will give you a solid foundation on which to improve your technical skills as you progress; without them you'll just end up, at best, in a "technically-expert, boring photographer" dead-end, and at worse you'll get so disappointed with your shots you'll give up in disgust.
And that would be a dreadful waste, because every one of us has creative talent within us, our own special way of looking at the world that no-one else posesses, and we owe it to ourselves and others to express it.
For those who are quick to see the value in this opportunity and want to go straight to the offer and bonuses,
Think of the "Take Better Digital Photos" ebook as your photographic toolbox. It arms you with a range of powerful creative tools you can use to design your images before you press the shutter, building your creative vision so that you see situations in new ways and capture your subjects in stunning, imaginative photographs.
You'll notice the difference in your pictures the moment you start to use these creative tools, and as you become more familiar with them their use will become automatic. It's like driving a car, after a while you don't think about moving the steering wheel, you just decide where you want to go!
Seeing is believing, though. I've selected over 130 different full colour photographs taken on my assignments all over the world to show you how these tools work in practice, but bear in mind they work just as well when you're shooting in your garden, house, local park or anywhere else.
"You talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk." Some ebooks on digital photography simply collate information and use borrowed photos. The info may be good (although not always), but there's no substitute for first-hand professional photographic experience.
I think if you're spending money on learning stuff from me, you deserve proof I know what I'm talking about. That's why I use my own (and my wife Helen's) photos to illustrate the ways you can immediately improve your own shooting technique, and set free your creative imagination.
But wait, there's more(I'm getting into the spirit of this internet selling business!)
Although I believe learning lots of technicalities and theoretical information is overemphasised, you obviously have to know some basic stuff about your camera, the way it works, how to set it up, take care of it and make sure it doesn't let you down. So I've included all that, plus my take on useful accessories you might need like filters, polarizers, bags, tripods, memory cards and the like in my "Technical Stuff" section. Lots of photos illustrating the technical details, too.
I've paid particular attention to compact camera users in this section, as many of you will be using these (as I do), but it also applies to SLRs (I actually use my D200 menus to illustrate various settings choices).
And yet more...
Now I know you're still maybe thinking that you can't risk your hard-earned dollars to give this a go... I understand 100%. There's so much garbage on the web at the moment I have problems trusting people.
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This professionally designed, content-packed 135 page manual (big A4 size pages) is really more like a course than an ebook. It provides you with a personal photographic toolbox of creative tools and techniques that you can start using right away.
written in straightforward, easy to understand language by a working professional photographer with over 20 years experience
illustrated with over 130 full-colour photo examples (many more in the technical section)
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you don't need an expensive hi-tech camera to use these creative tools, a regular compact is just fine to begin with
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an ideal way to help anyone who’s keen on photography improve their images and get better results quickly
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Think about how much you've spent on your digital camera, and how much you're likely to spend buying new ones in the future.
Think about how much money you spend on holidays. When you get home all you have is memories - and your photographs.
Think about all those happy times - kids' birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, sports occasions - wouldn't you like to really do them justice in your photos?
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