Plenty of techniques and tips to improve your camera work...
May 31, 2009
Matthew Bamberg has put together a very nice book that can take you to the next level with your digital SLR photography... 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs. He covers a wide variety of techniques and situations that can move you from ordinary to extraordinary results.
Contents: Making Your Photographs Look 3D; Painting with Light; Adding Action to Your Frame; Adding or Subtracting with Shadows; Making Art from Architecture; Creating Mood Shots Using Weather; Beautifying with Color; Breathing Life into People; Making Animal Photos Sharp and Fun; Spicing Up Photos with Lens Flare, Noise, and Other Unusual Effects; Composing with Landscape; Shaping Up with Symmetry; Technical Tango; Daytime, Nighttime, Anytime; Back to the Future; Index
The layout of the book is perfect for picking up new ideas. Each two page spread (left and right) shows a photo, introduces a technique, and tells how he was able to pull it off. He also covers exactly what camera settings were used in the shot (f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, and lens length). Granted, knowing all that does *not* guarantee that your picture will come out the same, but at least you have a starting point. But more important than just the mechanics of taking the picture, he also explains the composition and lighting of the shot. That makes the most difference. For instance, his tips on photographing neon signs during the day and capturing the grandeur of an old movie palace really hinge on angle, color, and framing. An even better composition example is the item titled "Umbrellas Aren't Always For Rain". He shows how two pictures of the same basic scene can be light years apart in telling a story or capturing a concept. Many setting sins can be corrected with photo software if you're shooting in RAW format. But bad composition is pretty much a killer.
You'll probably be able to follow the technical setting details more readily if you are already familiar with the concepts and settings involving aperture and shutter speed. He doesn't spend much time trying to get you educated on that material if you don't already know that. But given the target of the book, I wouldn't expect him to. This is a solid choice to work on improving your skills behind the camera, and you'll have plenty of things to work on.
They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." This adage could not be more true in the world of digital photography where most of the costs accrued are done up front with the purchase of the equipment and the photographer has only to snap photo after photo with only card size limiting his efforts. However, what if once the photos are downloaded, that magic moment that presented itself for immortality was never adequately captured? The mood is wrong; the colors faded; the shadows wax ineffectually. … more
'101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs' is EXACTLY what the title says it is and THAT is a good thing!! The approach is simple enough but I hadn't seen a cookbook like this before for photography and I was very happily surprised! Filled with nearly 250 pages of content and FULL COLOR high glossy photos throughout, this book is broken up into 15 chapters of content: 01. Making Photographs Look 3D 02. Painting With Light 03. … more
This is a nice beginning photography book that covers many important aspects of photography. I was expecting it to be very "technical" because it was labeled a "reference" textbook, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was written more casually and went much "deeper" than many beginner photo books. I think this is because the author concentrates a lot on covering artistic concepts in addition to technical explanations. Coming from an Art background, I enjoyed reading this book because it illustrated … more
In "101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs", Matthew Bamberg covers all the critical ingredient of a good photographs that you will need to know in a very easy to understand, succinct and practical way. It covers all the basic concept and technique of camera and photography such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure, White Balance, ISO, Rule of Thirds, Panning, Macro, Framing, etc. It also covers most of the possible subject and scenario that you might encounter (landscape, portrait, … more
Matthew Bamberg has style: he has looked through many lenses in his life as a photographer and in this richly colorful, very well illustrated book he shares his secrets of his success in a manner that encourages and never threatens practitioners of the art of photography - from beginners to advanced professionals. His technique is to keep the words at a minimum and the examples of his many discussions at assisting the man or woman behind the camera at a maximum. His own beautiful photographs of … more
I enjoy photography as a hobby, and often read photography related books. The books I choose are typically of a technical nature so I can better understand the tools I use or about composition so I can improve my creative eye. When asked to read and review 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs, I was excited for the opportunity even though I felt I was more advanced than the audience for the book. This book is designed to show beginner to intermediate photographers … more
As should be obvious from the title this book is a collection of tips for taking better images. Composition, lighting, perspective, camera settings, polarizing filters and post processing (Phototshop) all get their due. For the novice or intermediate photographers who wonder why their shots just don't look as good as they thought they ought to, it should be of great help. All the tips or "secrets" are presented clearly with illustrative photos. That's both the strength and … more
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Discover how to take compelling photographs utilizing all the awesome features of your digital camera. 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs shows you how to use composition and technical methods and creative and artistic applications to achieve amazing images, using both in-camera and post-processing techniques. Every chapter covers a different overall theme, with each technique laid out in a two-page spread that features easy-to-follow instructions to achieve the shot and stunning, full-color photographs showing the results. You'll learn how to manipulate images with light and shadow, make people and animals look more lifelike, create a mood using the weather, make colors pop, and even add unusual effects to your photographs. Each image incorporates different photography skills or specific camera features so you really discover how to get the most out of your digital camera. One part photo essay collection and one part how-to, 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs is perfect for new digital camera owners who are eager to learn how to get amazing photographs.