Travel and photography seem to go hand in hand. A month before my 2007 trip to New Zealand I wanted to take better photos than what my point and shoot had been taking.
Fortunately, my ex (you know the one I left to travel) is a great photographer and gave me an old Canon film SLR from the 1970s and a crash course on how to take photos.
I had never considered myself a creative person before that but I fell in love with photography. When I returned from New Zealand I bought a used DSLR. Ten thousand photos later I travel with a Canon 60D with three lenses.
I spend a lot of time reading about how to take better photos and my frustration is that most sites list the basics or get too technical there seems to be no in between– I get that we’re supposed to shoot in the golden hour but what next?
Well Beth from Beers and Beans has finally told me.
Bethany is an amazing photographer. She isn’t the kind where you look at it and think wow that is a technically perfect photo she is the kind that makes you feel something and think wow I wish I could do that.
She just launched an ebook called Getting out of Auto and I cannot express how amazing this guide is.
Part One includes all the basics, the stuff that seems complicated like f stops and aperture. But instead of just stating what they are, she actually explains them in a way you can understand with lots of photos.
Where was this guide when I kept forgetting when I was supposed to use a low or high aperture?
The second part moves beyond the basics and gets into practical things. She gives great tips for how to use light, shoot landscapes and solid food photography tips. She tells you how to do the cool things that you see in other photos but you can’t figure out how to do, like:
- The starburst effects from the sun – it’s turns out I was using too large an aperture
- Or how to use my flash at night without it looking washed out
- Or how to use my autotimer for things other than taking a photo of myself
- She finally explained what that dharma initiative looking eye was doing on my camera
- Or…now here is the big one that sealed the deal for me …how to shoot into the sun to make the cool sun flares without everything else looking dark
Okay so have I convinced you how amazing this book is? Because I have a few friends who frustrate me because they shoot on auto which means they just have very expensive point and shoots
It drives me crazy.
But what I think is crazier is that Beth is only selling this book for $10! I took a beginner’s photography course that was one night only and it was 60 bucks and her explanations are so much better.
If you click through to her site she has a list of everything she teaches you like landscapes and food photography and how to use light better. She inspires you with all the cool photos she’s taken and explains how she did it.
You will learn to take better photos.
The links to her site are affiliate links which means for every referral I send her I get some money for it but it did not influence this post at all. In fact I plan to email a few friends to tell them about her book because I really believe it is the best introduction to photography book.
I’m not a beginner but it’s really inspired me to get back on the road and take more photos.
Especially sun flares!