When I got into the blogging trend, I realized that photos can either make or break a post, especially when you are writing about travel. It became apparent to me that I needed to work on my photography skills and at the same time as realizing this, I managed to get my hands on a review copy of a brand new travel photography book that was due to be released.
The book is by Brendan Van Son and is called How to Take Great Travel Pictures with a Point and Shoot Camera. Since reading the book, I have changed my viewpoint on photography.
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I always used to put full responsibility in the camera. If the picture was crap, it was the camera’s fault. If I could not take the picture I wanted it was the camera’s fault. I now know that good photography depends on how well the photographer knows his camera and how he uses it.
Instead of stamping my feet, then swearing and cussing about what a crap camera I have bought. I now refer back to Brendan’s book and my instruction manual. Yes, I put my hands up. I am one of the people who never read the instruction manual to my camera; however I am now in the process of going through it.
There are many little symbols on my camera that I have never used because to me, they never made any difference to the picture. However by reading the manual, I have discovered that those features have to be used in the right time and at the right place. Then they do make a difference.
There are no technical terms used in the book and for anyone just starting to get serious about photography, the book will be an easy read. For anyone that is thinking of buying a camera, Brendan recommends some great makes and models based on market reputation and price, not the number of flashy features that they have.
To show that he is not all mouth and no action, Brendan has included a lot of his own photographs in the book so don’t think that the 66 pages of the book are too long as a lot of the pages are taken up with photographs to prove the point that is mentioned in that chapter.
Throughout the book are little hints and tips, that don’t focus on the camera itself. Instead it focuses on you and your actions so you can improve your photography skills. It is also not one of those books, which you will read and never open up again. I will be referring to this book again and again until I feel I have mastered the skills mentioned in it. Think of this book as your second instruction manual.
Brendan also introduced me to photo editing programs. There are free versions out there which I am using or you can use Adobe Photoshop which Brendan recommends.
The book is selling on Amazon or you can head over to Brendan’s site and buy the book for the special introduction price of 11.99.
If you are on your way over to Brendan’s site then also take a look at his picture gallery for some fantastic landscape pictures.