This book is designed to put an entry level DSLR into the hands of an entry level digital photographer with the aim of giving an understanding of the camera and its basic functions in order to produce sound pictures, both technically and creatively. More
This book is designed to put an entry level DSLR into the hands of an entry level digital photographer with the aim of giving an understanding of the camera and its basic functions in order to produce sound pictures, both technically and creatively.
For the purpose of this book I will be using images that I shot with my Canon 350D, some taken with the kit lens and some with the upgraded Canon EFS 17 – 85mm, this lens is my preferred weapon of choice, but rest assured the majority of the basics explained here apply to all makes of camera. It is only when you get to the prosumer level that things need to be explained on an individual camera basis.
When I started taking photographs back in the days of film there were certain basics that had to be understood in order to produce a good photograph and the same basics apply to the digital cameras of today. No matter how clever they get the real photographer will always want to take creative control into their own hands and so there is an inherent need to understand exposure, the histogram, aperture, shutter speeds, ISO, depth of field, the relationship between shutter speed, exposure and aperture, focus, focal plane in relation to aperture and of course how to frame the shot.
The purpose of this book is not to focus (excuse the pun) on any one specific genre of photography, such as portrait or landscape photography, but to give a solid grounding in the basics required to produce a good picture. Below is a list of the subjects covered however other information will no doubt creep in as I get over enthusiastic about certain subjects.
To put your mind at ease a lot of what I am about to explain did not come easy to me and I totally understand some of the frustration you are experiencing or will experience in the future as you learn the art of photography. I believe it is important to remember one thing above all else and that is:
‘The word "photography" comes from two Greek words, photo- meaning light and graphy - meaning draw’, so you are literally ‘Drawing with Light’
Personally I think that is rather beautiful and makes me remember that it is not just a mechanical process. I wish you the best with your endeavours and I hope this book goes some small way in helping you to achieve your goals with your DSLR.