A Beginners Guide to Digital Photography
So you want to learn about digital photography. ‘Digital Photography for Beginners’ has been is written for those who want to learn digital photography. It covers all of the basic digital photography techniques. When you are learning digital photography it is vital that you understand the digital photography basics so that even with an entry level DSLR you can produce sound pictures, both technically and creatively.
For the purpose of this book, which is basically a guide to digital photography I will be using images shot with my Canon 350D, some taken with the kit lens and some with the upgraded Canon EFS 17 – 85mm, this lens is my preferred weapon of choice, but rest assured the majority of the basic digital photography techniques are explained here apply to all makes of camera. It is only when you get to the prosumer level that things need to be explained on an individual camera basis.
When I started taking photographs back in the days of film there were certain basics that had to be understood in order to produce a good photograph and the same basics apply to the digital photography cameras of today. No matter how clever they get the real photographer will always want to take creative control into their own hands and so there is an inherent need to understand exposure, the histogram, aperture, shutter speeds, ISO, depth of field, the relationship between shutter speed, exposure and aperture, focus, focal plane in relation to aperture and of course how to frame the shot.
The purpose of this book is not to focus (excuse the pun) on any one specific genre of photography, such as portrait or landscape photography, but to give a solid grounding in the basics required to produce a good picture. Below is a list of the subjects covered however other information will no doubt creep in as I get over enthusiastic about certain subjects. To put your mind at ease a lot of what I am about to explain did not come easy to me and I totally understand some of the frustration you are experiencing or will experience in the future as you learn the art of photography.
I believe it is important to remember one thing above all else and that is: ‘The word “photography” comes from two Greek words, photo- meaning light and graphy – meaning draw’, so you are literally ‘Drawing with Light’ Personally I think that is rather beautiful and makes me remember that it is not just a mechanical process.
I wish you the best with your endeavours and I hope this book goes some small way in helping you to achieve your goals with your DSLR.
About the author
I have been taking photographs for as long as I can remember. I started with a Halina film camera, (remember those), but soon moved onto my first Canon, the brand I have used ever since; I am currently using a 7D.
I am a bit of a genre prostitute as I have an interest in any subject at all really. Basically I am a sucker for light, shape and form no matter what the subject is. I started doing weddings purely to bring in some quick cash but soon found that due to my ability to connect with people it was a natural fit.
If I have a favourite genre then it is macro and I have promised myself that one day I will spend some time and money on exploring this fascinating area of photography. I hope you enjoy the book and learn at least one thing from it because I really enjoyed writing it.
I am busy writing my second book all about Weddings, it’s not your usual dry mechanical ‘how to’ kind of book but more a look at some of my actual weddings to see what went wrong and how I overcame the problems. To find it just do a search on my name.
Anyway that’s enough from me, good luck with your photography. If you want to see some honest reviews for entry level DSLR’s then check out this site.