I Love Pretty Pictures…
I always have. Blame it on reading too many National Geographic Magazines at the library as a child. If I don’t watch myself I can spend an entire morning marveling at the blogs and websites of some incredible photographers. I stare at their pictures and think to myself: I wish I took better photos.
I’ve been trying!
Last year I invested in a DSLR, a lovely Canon Rebel that I eagerly awaited, hoping that its arrival would be the before and after mark for my photography. It wasn’t. I have definitely gotten many good shots with my new camera, but I quickly realized that a camera means nothing if you don’t know how to use it.
The Best $10 I’ve Spent in a Long Time!
Today I finally bought Bethany Salvon’s ebook: Getting Out of Auto. This may be the before and after point I was looking for. I read it cover to cover over a few hours, with a coffee and my camera by my side. I was amazed that this resource has been out there all this time! It is basically a combination of all of the advice and tutorials I had already taken (and paid for at times) and included a lot more information and examples as well as some more advanced topics. Bethany is a professional photographer to say the least! She has her BFA in photography and has been taking pictures for almost a decade! You can see her work at her awesome travel blog, Beers and Beans. She illustrates all of her lessons with her own breathtaking photography, which makes the book even more inspirational.
I’m thrilled that I bought this before going home for Christmas. I think that using her advice and tutorials I’ll be able to capture my “Typical American Christmas” a whole lot better and hopefully I’ll even get a good shot of my hard to catch 2-year-old niece!
I can’t recommend this book enough. Anyone even remotely interested in photography needs to download it. And you don’t need a DSLR to use the advice here—you can apply almost everything to a point and shoot as well. My favorite part has to be “Tips for Shooting Food” (obviously) but I also appreciated information on some of the things I’ve been wondering about like “Raw vs. JPEG” and “Composition Techniques”. (My photos of food always get rejected from Tastespotting.com for composition, so hopefully I can improve enough to get one accepted!).
You can see a sneak peek and grab your copy already here!
Does anyone else have some photography advice to share?
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