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 weakness of this type of instructional manual. It's easy to pick up helpful ideas quickly but there's no in-depth coverage of subjects. But read the title. Quick and Easy does not equal comprehensive. There's a place for both. For the already good photographer who wants to move up a notch, sorry. You're going to have to invest some sweat equity into your craft. Though there are probably a few helpful tips for all levels.
As someone who has been more or less serious about photography for decades, much of the secrets were obvious. But I also remember all the wasted money and time I spent getting to this point. A book like this, earlier in my journey, would have saved a lot of frustration and missed photo opportunities. And I do have to say that there were a number of tips that were new to me and helpful. The book covers a wide range of situations, including a couple that I've avoided because I didn't want to do the trial and error to figure them out. Very nice.
I do have a minor quibble with the book. Many of the illustrative images are pretty ordinary. Some look like they were taken specifically to illustrate a point, not chosen, as are many photography book pictures from the best the author has to offer. That's not totally a bad thing. Stunning photos can be intimidating and these are good examples of composition, not something you'd find in a gallery. Part of that may be because the printed image quality is mediocre. some of the photos look like they could have been much more striking had thy been printed with higher quality. That said, the images do work as examples. They illustrate the appropriate point of the tip. And, they are the kind of photos that can be equaled with some care and practice of the relevant "secret".
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
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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.