Digital Photography Guide

If you're looking for a good digital photography guide you need to be sure in your own mind whether you want something that is for beginners, or a digital photography guide that is aimed at those who want to learn more advanced techniques. A good digital photography guide will usually state on the cover who specifically it is aimed at.

Beginner's guides will usually start with good advice that will help you choose the right camera for your own personal needs. It will also explain the relevance of different lenses, flash units, light meters and other camera accessories. While it won't explain how specific cameras work, it should give you sufficient information for you to know what to look for when you go shopping for a digital camera.

Beginner's guides will also give you information about basic photographic techniques, for example:

• Composition, which is the way you place various elements within a photograph.
• Format, which involves a choice between portrait or landscape and whether the photograph will be narrow in width, or wider.
• Focus, which relates to the sharpness of images (an out-of-focus picture will be blurred).
• Depth of field, which refers to how much of your photograph is sharp (you may want the background to be out of focus and so you will use a shallow depth of field).
• Exposure, which is the amount of light that reaches the sensor of your camera and determines how dark or light the picture will appear.
• White balance, which is how you can control how artificial light affects photographs.

A more advanced Digital Photography Guide will teach you how to master other techniques including:

• How to use the camera flash and separate flash units creatively.
• How to take photographs when there is very little light or at night.
• Working with moving objects.
• Making the most of close-up or macro photography.
• Black and white photography.

A good guide might also give useful advice on various different types of photography including still life, architecture, wedding photography, sports, travel, landscapes and so on.

There are various sources of photographic guides including the Internet where you can download ebooks and sign up for courses. Alternatively you can visit your nearest book store and see what is available on the shelves - or go to one of the large online book stores like Amazon. So have a good look around before you buy a digital photography guide.

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