A Year With My Camera, Book 2: Launches today

Book 2 picks up where Book 1 left off: armed with your knowledge of camera settings and composition you will reinforce your skills and stretch your creativity. There are 6 new modules to finish the year:


Using a tripod

Landscape photography

Travel photography


Sharing your photos

The lesson format will be familiar if you have Book 1. Each weekly lesson has a short description of the topic, a homework to finish, and a checklist to complete.

At the end of each section there is a list of revision topics, and a bigger project to do.

What people say about book 1

The best thing I’ve done in years. If you want a proper introduction and a structure to your learning then this is the book for you. ~ CMR Lewis
What was once double dutch became as clear as the nose on my face! ~ Sarah K.
This has to be without doubt one of the best books to learn about photography. You need this book! ~ Anne Mills

Update 1 July: It sold so well on launch day that Amazon gave it the coveted orange Best Seller flag:





Not ready for Book 2? Buy Book 1 here:


Do I need to have done Book 1 to do Book 2?

If you can shoot comfortably on manual mode, know how the camera exposes for 18% grey, have a solid appreciation of composition techniques, and know how the direction and quality of light affects your photograph, then no you do not need Book 1. Book 2 does not include tuition regarding exposure or shooting off auto modes - that is all within Book 1.

Do I need a DSLR?

You need a camera with manual controls, whether it's a DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera. It doesn't have to have interchangeable lenses. You cannot do Book 2 just with a phone camera.

How many lessons are there?

There are 25 lessons split into 6 parts: Editing, Using a Tripod, Landscape, Travel, Macro and sharing.

Do I need a tripod?

Surprisingly, no. You can do all of the exercises, even in the Tripod section, by resting your camera on a stable support (a pile of books, a bag of rice) and using the self timer.

Can I buy an ebook version?

No. This is a workbook designed to be written in, doodled on and actually finished.


Emma is a flower photographer and photography instructor.

She was shortlisted in the 2016 International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and has been published in The Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, and by the BBC. She has taught at the National Trust.