“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams
I know at least 3 people who received (or bought for themselves)cameras this holiday season. With any new purchase, it’s a good idea to get a feel for what it can do to get the full benefit of it. My best friend, for instance, has never had a DSLR camera, so isn’t quite sure how to use his or how to take great pictures with it.
I learn best by doing, and absorb more info with visuals. The Tom Ang photography books from DK Canada work well for me in both those ways. The gorgeous, full-colour images, informative text, and clear instructions make them ideal for amateur photographers just starting out, and even more seasoned ones like me who want to learn more.
Digital Photography Masterclass is set up like a class—with lessons focusing on specific areas, like using available light, portable light, and portrait photography. There are tutorials, step-by-step instructions and even assignments for each chapter. On top of that, there are sources of works to check out from photographers who have particularly good examples for the topic in the chapter.
Sure, I still consider myself more of an amateur than professional, but I do use the manual setting on my DSLR now! I will be making good use of my camera and the new 50mm lens I bought for my cousin’s wedding. Her wedding is next week, and she’s entrusted me to take the pictures! The section on portrait photography has been particularly helpful, as has been the ones on manipulating light.
In addition to photographer and author Tom Ang’s book Digital Photography Masterclass, I also received his book How to Photograph Absolutely Everything. This book is a great companion book, as it gives examples of how to photograph. . .well, absolutely everything! Looking for ideas on photographing your next vacation, or your children? This is the book for you. Included are specific instructions on the settings to use on your camera, and whether or not to use flash.
It is ironic that the photo above was taken with my iPhone, but I really wanted to have my camera in the picture. I received the above mentioned books from DK Canada.