Give Yourself the Gift of Better Photos
They go to take photos of exotic places and interesting people. They’re studious and are always trying to improve their skills.
But, for others, taking photos is more of a task. We’re enjoying a moment, the scenery or new people and taking photos is almost an afterthought. Almost. Because great photos are our best souvenirs of any trip.
Last week I was told about Getting Out of Auto, a new eBook on photography that’s great for the non-photographers amongst us so I thought I’d take a look. I want to get better and my guess is that, if it’s not too painful, you’d like to as well. As you will see at the end of this review, I highly recommend it.
Getting Out of Auto – photography book review
“Photography is not about money or technical jargon. It’s about recording life and having fun.”
I love this quote by Bethany Salvon of Beers and Beans travel blog and author of Getting Out of Auto. Bethany writes with these values in mind. She covers the technical aspects of photography in a clear and logical way. She systematically takes you through the technical concepts and provides excellent metaphors to make them land in your brain. (As a writer, I appreciate this.) That’s in section one of the 70 page book.
In the second section she gets into composition and other creative techniques. But she doesn’t just leave the techniques as separate elements. At the end of the section she writes about “putting it all together” with a variety of techniques I’d never heard of before.
The third section is called “The Fine Art of Seeing Light”. My husband was a photographer which made me lazy when it came to taking pictures. As I travel now, I try to see the world as he saw it – so much of the result of photos is in what you see in the first place. After explaining about light she takes us through a variety of shots explaining how they were taken.
Finally, in section four, Bethany takes us through some tips, tricks and cheats. This section gets into one of my real pain points – shooting food. I enjoy wonderful food when I travel but I have never felt that I have done it justice in a photo to share with you. With what I’ve learned, I hope that I will do better in the future.
In this section she also gives 10 tips for avoiding camera shake and even explains how to take an HDR photograph. She gives us a paper cutout technique and teaches us about cropping.
An Amazing How-to Photography book
Bottom line, this is an amazing book. It’s so exciting to read. So empowering. I took a photo course in the summer but I’ve already got more out of the first reading of this book. And I’ll read it again.
I highly recommend it.
Getting Out of Auto is in full color with many beautiful photos on every page to support the principles Bethany teaches.
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Best Camera Bag I’ve Seen
I saw this camera bag on another travel blogger and love it!!! Check out the Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag. Fabulous for men and women – it looks just like an ordinary city purse but functions like a day pack and travel bag. Yes. Love it!