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Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
by Bryan Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and easy to read photography book for beginners, 16 Jan. 2011
I have recently purchased this book, and although I have read some good reviews of it, I had my reservations. I thought to myself, here is yet another photography book with loads of information that will only overwhelm a potential photography beginner. I am happy to say I was completely wrong.

Understanding Exposure is a book written specifically to suit beginner photography level, and to explain the mechanics of photo taking process (exposure), in a simple, non-threatening way. Digital Photography at this day and age is very much technical, and given the amount of books, websites and other tutorials, both in writing and on the web can be very confusing and frustrating for a photography beginner. Therefore it is easy to forget the basics of photography, which are quite simple, and this is where Understanding Exposure book stands out above the rest. It keeps things simple. Many technical aspects such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are simplified to the level that anyone can understand. I have especially liked the concept of "who cares" aperture (f/8.0 and f/11).

Bryan also encourages the reader to take control of his/her digital camera by using Manual recording mode, which at first seems to be a little backwards when comparing to what are most of the photography magazines suggesting, but it makes perfect sense. By consciously selecting aperture and shutter speed, and keeping track of camera's suggested settings for these parameters, the reader actively takes part in understanding exposure and how it works, which is the point of the book. Getting more consistent photo results than using automatic or semi-automatic recording modes (such as aperture priority, or shutter priority) is just a cherry on top.

The book features many inspiring photos which well illustrate the concepts being explained. Many of the photos are laid out in the format before and after the point being made is taken into account.

The appeal of this book is really for the novice to intermediate photographer. I can't think of any one subject about photography that Peterson doesn't present an explanation about. Beautiful photography, nice writing style, detailed but concise explanations makes this one a keeper. If you like the second edition you'll find the third edition invaluable.

99 Ways To Make Money From Your Photos
99 Ways To Make Money From Your Photos
by The Editors of Photopreneur
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.58

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book containing interesting tips, 16 Jan. 2011
99 Ways to Make Money From Your Photos, is an excellent book that can help you sell your digital photos and make some money from your hobby. Having said that, it's by no means a magical guide that will sell your photos for you. You will have to do the hard work, but this book will certainly give you some interesting ideas on how to sell photos online and offline.

What to expect from the layout & structure of the book ?
When I ordered the book from amazon, I expected the book to be significantly thinner, containing 99 tips briefly explained. I was pleasantly surprised when I uncovered a 330 page heavy full-on manual. Do not expect a lot of pretty photos though. This is NOT a book about photography, rather a book which purpose is to teach you how to sell your digital photos, and it does exactly that. The book is well organized, and beside each tip there is a brief explanation about:

1. how difficult it is with respect to your camera mastery,
2. the amount of competition you are facing,
3. and the income potential of using such a technique

The content of each tip is laid out pretty well. It begins with a brief explanation on what the tip is about, and what resources do you need to start, followed by a brief summary and a short how to guide and a couple of useful links in the getting started section. Every tip is about 2.5 pages which is not a definitive step by step guide, but more of an overview what to watch out for. I particularly liked "Tips for success" written on the margins containing some useful thoughts and opinions.

Although some tips might feel a little repetitive (e.g. when illustrating different websites where you could sell photos online), consider that different websites lean towards different photography products, and this books illustrates the differences nicely. So, find a few tips that you feel that might work for you, and then *DO* them. Note that this book relies heavily on your commitment.

I am very happy to have purchased the book and will refer to it often. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is serious and committed enough to do some serious work in order to make some money and by selling some photos.

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