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 how to take creative photos using proven compositional methods. Broken into fifteen chapters each covering a specific theme, 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs is filled with inspiring images for each topic with accompanying details. The topics tend to fill two facing pages, typically including two photos and a few paragraphs describing how to take the shots. Sidebar sections are found throughout, providing more detailed explanations on key points.
This book doesn't go into much detail on how to use a camera in manual mode. I don't believe it is the author's intention to educate the reader to do so. However, to fully understand the contents, the beginner should have basic knowledge of how to use their camera. Otherwise when exposure based instructions are given, the beginner may not fully understand how or why to adjust their camera as directed.
The books structure makes for an easy read. Each topic of a chapter seems to lead from one to the next. The selected images are excellent examples of the topics effectively showing the authors point. And from my shooting experience, the instructions are accurate.
For those that aren't familiar with using the manual modes of their camera, I would suggest reading Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson first. Once familiar with setting proper exposure, read this book to improve or challenge your compositional skills. The author has accomplished what he claims, providing an excellent resource for beginner to intermediate readers wanting to create winning photographs with quick and easy instructions.
PROS: Plenty of relevant example images Accurate instructions Simple to read
CONS: Some less than inspiring images (although they provided excellent examples)
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