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How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures from your Digital Camera [Paperback]

Tom Ang
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2 Feb 2009

Whatever you want to photograph, discover how to get it right every time with the expert photographer and bestselling author Tom Ang

From still life to children's parties, make sure you're picture perfect with Tom Ang's guide to taking photographs, now in paperback.

Follow straightforward instructions to discover what equipment you'll need, the best approach for each subject and how to compose, light, frame and take great shots. Checklists give instant advice on getting results, while 'tricks of the trade' show you how to turn a good picture into a great one. Plus pick up valuable tips on everyday photography.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Re-issue edition (2 Feb 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405333073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405333078
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 26.6 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographer, author, and broadcaster. A specialist in travel and digital photography, he is the author of 26 books on photography and video including the best-selling Digital Photographer's Handbook published in twenty languages and sold over half a million copies. He is now busily creating eBooks - see to download a free e-book, and buy others.

And look out for his latest: 'Photography - the definitive visual history' is a lavish and rich history of photography from a fresh perspective. Due out October 2014.

His 'Digital Photography Masterclass' was named The Crème De La Crème of the Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008 by Shutterbug and Best How-to Book of 2008 by Library Journal. He won the Thomas Cook Award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his book on the Marco Polo Expedition.

He presented two ground-breaking six-part series 'A Digital Picture of Britain' and 'Britain in Pictures' for BBC and an eight-part series for Channel News Asia, Singapore in 2009 (Bronze at the New York Film & TV Awards).

He was Technical Editor of 'Camera' magazine; editor of 'Photography' magazine; Picture Editor of 'The Sunday Correspondent Magazine'. He held the post of Senior Lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for 12 years. He was a pioneer of academic links to the Former Soviet Central Asia, leading a Know How Fund project for journalism in Kyrgyzstan. He is a founding member of the World Photographic Academy and was for many years the photography chair for the Royal Geographical Society's Expedition Workshops and been a jury member on Wildlife Photography Competition and Czech Press Photo.

He was born in Singapore and now lives in New Zealand.

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. . . a wealth of tips and tricks (Digital Photographer)

About the Author

Tom Ang is an award-winning photographer and best-selling author, and is the host of BBC TV's A Digital Picture of Britain. He has contributed to magazines such as What Digital Camera, MacUser and Creative Arts and is now a full-time photographer, writer and TV presenter. Tom lives in London.

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Camera Gem 13 Nov 2007
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At last! someone has written a book for the compact and DSLR camera user, who are just getting to grips with their camera. This book gives a good basic knowledge in how to use the camera successfully without the technical jargon, and to consentrate on taking photos. There's plenty of books that can give you the science and technical knowledge, I feel the author has met a much needed market. It is a beautifully structured and illustrated book. It is a delight to look through the various styles of photography and see how you can improve your technique. Then after each session the author gives you the basic setup to take successful pictures. He goes through the basic modes of the camera, so that you can concentrate on your photography. I use it in our photography workshop to get beginners used to using their camera's, and also to learn techniques in taking photos. This book is aimed at the beginner, or anyone who wants to improve their photos. DK always produce excellent illustrated books, this one is a gem!
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book for beginners and beyond 25 Jun 2007
I have recently upgraded from compact (Nikon S4) photography to full SLR (Canon EOS 400D) and all the features (ISO, shutter times, aperture, etc) are a little daunting at first, but having read this book from cover to cover I am now more confident with what to do in all the different conditions I might face. Let's be honest - I'm not exactly going to remember all of the information in the book at each photo opportunity, and I'm not likely to carry this with me all the time, but the information and technique advise, plus full colour photography examples for each subject covered really do lend a hand to the enthusiastic beginner and to those who what to take their photography to a more 'professional finish' level. The majority of detail in the book suggests ways to get the photo right first time, without having to then spend hours with editing software, and it was this advise that I found really useful as I am also a beginner in that arena too, and learning that is twice as hard as just getting a good photo in the first place! I mean what could give more joy that a 'perfect' shot without any post photo editing required?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin. 27 May 2010
By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE
I love photography but find discovering really inspirational books that are worth buying difficult. Photography books tend to be either very technical, aimed at the amateur or full of the type of photos you have seen a hundred times. I know my way around a camera and am looking for ideas that are different and not bogged down with apertures, f stops and fancy lenses. This book does exactly what it says - it shows you how to photograph absolutely everything, without all the boring bits. The book is full of pictures, over 380 pages full of pictures. It gives advice and tips for improving just about any type of photo, both before it is taken and after. There is so much to inspire you in this book that taking your child to the park, wandering around your garden, a night out with friends or a shopping trip could all turn into a perfect photo opportunity, with some fresh original photos to show for it. Only the most jaded photographer will not find new ideas in this book.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Usefull 29 Jun 2007
This book is well composed and laidout with various sections on how to take that particular subject. It goes from explaining the basic on most new cameras and how to use them. It then moves on into how to take various photo's in a wide diversaty of subjects and events. I would recommend this book to people who like photography and are just starting out like myself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Willem
This book is great for people who have a digital camera and who just want to take photos without getting to grips with photographic concepts. That's bad if you want to learn more about photography, but great if you just want to know when to use what setting on your camera. It will tell you which mode you should set your point-and-shoot camera in (sports, landscape, portrait, etc.), what ISO setting to use, whether to use flash or not and whether to zoom in or not and that's it. If you want to know more, I suggest you buy another book (e.g. "Digital Photography - Step by Step" by the same author offers much more information if you are a beginner and want to learn about photography), but if all you want to know is how to get better photos from your digital camera, then this will be a great book for you!
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for beginners. 11 Oct 2007
This book is very well presented with a consistent easy to follow layout.

This book really does cover almost every photographic subject you could wish to shoot. Some of the illustrations are amazing and has some nice compositional suggestions.

On the downside, it has very little detail on the technicalities of shooting these subjects and for the enthusiast photographer, it will just state the obvious over and over again.

Digital SLR users are probably better off with a DSLR specific book, as this book mostly demonstrates photographing with a compact camera and it's various preset shooting modes (i.e Landscape mode).

For someone new to the joys of creative photography this book is a perfect starting point. The enthusiast however may be better off looking elsewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Photograph Absolutely Everything 7 Feb 2010
A beautifully produced book with superb photographs to elucidate the text.
Very clear, concisely instructive chapters on a wide range of topics, for beginners as well as the more experienced digital photographer.
I was only slightly disappointed in the lack of hardback covers.Digital Photography Masterclass: Advanced Photographic and Image-manipulation Techniques for Creating Perfect PicturesDigital Photographer's Handbook
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Published 8 days ago by Mr. Leslie Plover
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea.
Not very interesting or informative, more pics than anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this to inspire a new photographer with ideas and not too much reading. It fits the bill and gives sound solid advice for a beginner to get started and then move on to... Read more
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A lovely bright and colourful book. I've not had a chance to really look at it properly yet but I will soon.
I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!
Love this is book! It explains photography in layman terms, and easy to understand, especially for beginners. I Highly recommend!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I'm a newby to DSLR cameras and this is helping immensely with gaining knowledge of how and when and why and lots of tips and hints and also very easy to understand . Love it
Published 5 months ago by lainie
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An excellent book with a great range of suggestions and advice for the taking of superior images of all subjects
Published 7 months ago by WLRS
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Photograph Absolutely Everything
Have Just Started reading the book , its for my new fuji hs 50. so far love love It, Happy New Year 2014
Published 7 months ago by d.i.sheldrake
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding book for all abilities
I brought this book for my niece who is taking up photography. She is 13 and just starting out so finding a book that was written in a way she would understand at her age, was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris, Nottingham
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