Everyone wants to take photographs that make friends and family say “Wow! You Took That?” But, unfortunately many amateur photographers find themselves stumbling over technical jargon in the owner’s manual and confused about camera settings, lighting, and other tricks of the trade. In the end, the photograph is often average.
But, photographs don’t have to be average. They can be masterful, with just a few easy steps. “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me how to get a flower in focus and the background out of focus, I wouldn’t give you a photography lecture.” says Scott Kelby, author of the new book The Digital Photography Book: The Step-By-Step Secrets For How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros (Peachpit Press, 2006). “I’d simply tell you how to do it; which button to push, which setting to use and when to use it.”
Kelby shares the secrets of taking a professional photograph with any digital camera. Each page of The Digital Photography Book covers a single concept that makes your photography better without a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo or jargon.
That’s the brilliant concept of Kelby’s book; simple, straightforward information on what to do and when to do it from an expert. Included in simple to understand style are such secrets as how to keep your horizons straight, master shooting landscapes and people, and how to shoot “tack sharp” photos with no blur or camera movement.
According to Kelby, The Digital Photography Book is all about “sharing the pro’s secrets about how to get dramatically better-looking photos every time without having to learn all the technical things about photography or your digital camera.”
It was once believed that you needed a fancy camera to get the great shots, but photography pro, Scott Kelby says that’s not so. “It’s not the camera that makes a shot professional, it’s the user,” Kelby says. “The pros know the tricks to get great results no matter what kind of camera they use. You don’t need to learn all the technical things about your camera; you just need to learn to take better photos.” Kelby also says that you don’t need expensive flash units, you just need to understand how to use natural light, which is the best light for photography and to get photo-lab quality prints, try printing them at home–it’s easier and cheaper that you might think.
In The Digital Photography Book, Kelby is a good friend to photographers of all levels of experience. “I’m telling you these tips just like I’d tell a shooting buddy,” Kelby explains, “and that means oftentimes it’s just which button to push, which setting to change, and not a whole lot of reasons why.
About The Author:
Scott Kelby is Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, Editor-in-Chief of Nikon’s Software User magazine, and Publisher of Layers magazine, the how-to magazine for everything Adobe. Scott is President and co-founder of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and is President of the software training, education, and publishing firm KW Media Group.
Scott is a photographer, designer, and an award-winning author of more than 30 books, including “The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers,” “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks,” “Photoshop Classic Effects” and is series editor for the “Killer Tips” books series from New Rider publishing. This year Scott was awarded with the distinction of being the world’s #1 bestselling author of all computer and technology books, across all categories.
For more information on Scott, visit www.ScottKelby.com