I have a confession to make. Until a few weeks ago I knew nothing about photography. Words like f-stop, aperture, exposure, and ISO meant nothing to me. I put my camera in auto mode, turned off the flash, and had to take tons of photos in order to get a few nice looking shots.
“It should not take 1,000 shots (or even 10) to get the right one. Who has that kind of time? Or hard drive space? The goal here is to get our percentages up so that at least 80% of a shoot is portfolio-worthy.”
The book covers basic camera functions, film vs. digital, exposure, composition, white balance, lenses, people & posing, lighting, and photo shoots. The technical information has been the most helpful to me. Everything is explained simply and supplemented with plenty of example photos. I still need a lot of practice before I’ll be comfortable shooting exclusively in manual mode, but the “M” setting on my camera doesn’t seem quite so scary now!