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Title: Complete Photo Guide: How To Take Better Pictures
Author: Heather Perry and Mark Thiessen
Publisher: National Geographic, 10/19/21
Genre: Photography Reference
Photography is a fundamental skill with the power to enhance our lives, and this next book in National Geographic’s revamped how-to photography line shows how to create great pictures–from composition and camera basics to smartphones, social media, and digital editing.
With more than two billion pictures taken every day, everyone is a photographer now–and we all want to get better at it. This definitive guide shares top secrets and skills from National Geographic’s most talented photojournalists, all sure to help you capture the best pictures of what matters most.
Easy-to-follow, step-by-step pages take you through every technique you’ll need to create stunning images, from exposure to flash to image enhancement. You’ll also discover the broader dimensions of composition, photography history, and how to look at the world like a photographer. Engaging how-to features include “assignments”–such as photographing a single object to explore angles, lighting, and context–and “Why I Love this Photo,” with penetrating commentary from National Geographic photo editors on iconic photos and what makes them great. Finally, a fascinating illustrated time line of photography tracks progress from daguerrotypes to smartphones.
Practical and inspiring, this is the perfect how-to, how-it-works, and how-to-get-better guide from National Geographic, the ultimate source for everything photographic.
This book contains so much information about photography and includes the gorgeous photos that National Geographic is known for. It will either help me enhance my skills or stress me out with all the info in it! The book has lessons about photos, cameras, etc., words from National Geographic photography experts, assignments to help you practice what you learn, and much more. Many of the sections remind me of 52 Frames challenges and will be great to reference as I continue to try to improve my photography next year.
The sections of the book go from basic photography of your surroundings to specialty photography like storm chasing, aerial photography, underwater photography, and more. There is even a section on editing photos. This guide would make an excellent gift for aspiring photographers!