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Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips

Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips

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Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips

3/5 (2 ratings)
145 pages
1 hour
Aug 1, 2017


Sharpen your skills and your pictures with this updated edition of Lonely Planet's bestselling Best Ever Photography Tips . Featuring 45 practical tips and ten golden rules from award-winning travel photographer Richard I'Anson, it's packed with insight into the creative and technical skills required to produce brilliant images.

Designed for novices and experienced photographers alike, this concise guide also includes essential advice on kit, techniques, editing and sharing, to help you capture great moments wherever you are in the world - whether you're using a smartphone or DSLR. Plus, each tip and trick is accompanied by a photograph to show you how it's done.

Inside, you'll learn how to:

  • Take control of the picture-taking process
  • Shoot Raw files
  • Become proficient with image-editing software
  • Adjust your exposure and depth of field
  • Use short telephoto and wide-angle lenses
  • Shoot wildlife, nightlife, people, cities, landscapes and your lunch
  • Anticipate the moment and talk to strangers
  • Avoid lens flare
  • Record light trails
  • Learn how to compose, control and critique your photographs

Also available:

Lonely Planet's Best Ever Video Tips and Lonely Planet's Best Ever Travel Tips

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

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Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

Aug 1, 2017

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Lonely Planet has gone on to become the world’s most successful travel publisher, printing over 100 million books. The guides are printed in nine different languages; English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Korean. Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks and eBooks to almost every destination on the planet, an award-winning website and magazine, a range of mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveller community.

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GREAT PICTURES ARE the result of matching an interesting subject with the best light, a pleasing placement of the elements and exposing the sensor to just the right amount of light to translate the way you see the scene onto the camera’s sensor. It is how the photographer handles this combination of technical and creative skills at a particular moment in time that produces unique images and allows individuality to shine through.

THESE 59 TIPS offer a concise insight into the thinking, behaviours and the creative and technical skills required to produce vibrant and dynamic images across the wide range of subjects and situations you’re likely to encounter everywhere, from your own backyard to the other side of the world. Put them into practice and you’ll increase the percentage of good photographs you take and lift your photography to the next level of creativity and consistency.

Take control of the picture-taking process by learning the technical stuff so you can take your camera off the fully Automatic or Program settings. And get to know your gear so that the mechanics of taking a photograph become second nature.

Automatic features are brilliant if you know what they are doing and what impact they are having on the image – then you can decide if that is really how you want your photo to look. Particularly, understand the exposure triangle – ISO, shutter speed and aperture – so that the multiple options you have for setting a correct exposure become instinctive. This will allow you to use the settings as creative tools that control the mood, quality and feel of the photograph, rather than just as a technical necessity.

As for gear, the minimum aim should be to know how to change the ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, turn the flash on and off, change lenses and filters and get your tripod up, camera mounted and shutter-release cable attached; all as quickly as possible.

With this combination of technical knowledge and practical skills you’ll then be able to concentrate on and enjoy the creative side of photography by seeking out interesting subjects and great light. You’ll also have a much better chance of capturing more images at exactly the right time, especially those fleeting moments and expressions that make unique photographs.

Palace of Westminster at dusk, London,

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  • (5/5)
    If you are into photography but not professionally this book is for you, it has great tips, photos and advises to get the best collection of photographs in different subjects.