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This is more than a book - it's a unique way to learn photography. Every chapter has just one skill to learn, and comes with a detailed explanation, plenty of examples, and a project to complete. Book 1 is for complete beginners and takes you step by step through exposure, composition and light, and finishes with 4 chapters devoted to igniting your creativity.
Book 2 is for intermediate photographers. Starting with editing and using a tripod, it then moves onto 3 detailed modules: landscape, travel and macro. The book finishes with projects designed to get your photos out of your computer and into the world.
This is an undated, week-to-a-page planner, with all the A Year With My Camera lessons highlighted in order. When you start the course you open up the planner at Week 1 and write in the date. Then as you turn the pages you will see each lesson set out week by week, with the projects you need to do and the revision topics to tick off. No lessons are included - just the reminders. Watch the second short video at the end of the page for more details.
If you know what aperture and shutter speed are, but can’t take a landscape shot you are happy with, this is the book for you. It takes you from the stage where you have a very basic understanding of how the camera exposes an image, to the place when you can take an image you want to hang on your wall.
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This is the "Direction of Light" chapter, which is the first in the Light module:
The two workbooks form the entire A Year With My Camera course. Each chapter is an expanded lesson, plus quizzes, checklists, extra homework and many project ideas.
Book 1 is for you if:
- you have just got, or are about to get, your first DSLR
- you have tried to learn to use your camera many times, but it just won't stick
- you kind of understand aperture and shutter speed, but you can't remember where all the dials are
- you're nervous about going off auto in case you miss the shot
If you can shoot on Manual mode without thinking about it, can compose confidently, already use light to shape and sculpt your images, and know exactly how the camera meters, you don't need Book 1 and you can jump straight to Book 2.
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