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Take Better Photos: Teach Yourself is your complete guide to all the practical know-how, technical information and creative insight that will turn you into a confident user of your camera. Covering the very latest in equipment, with essential and straightforward guides to all the techniques – from exposure to use of flash – it will also teach you how to use digital manipulation, software and all the other technology that will make your pictures strong and memorable. It explains how to do everything from choosing the camera that’s right for you to composing your shots, and features more than 200 inspirational and insightful images on an accompanying CD, along with helpful screengrabs showing you how to get the desired result on screen and paper alike.

Take Better Photos includes:

Chapter 1: Choose a camera
Chapter 2: Lenses
Chapter 3: Digital equipment
Chapter 4: Filters
Chapter 5: Making the most of flash
Chapter 6: Useful accessories
Chapter 7: Apertures and shutter speed
Chapter 8: Exposure and metering
Chapter 9: Understanding light
Chapter 10: Composing a picture
Chapter 11: Black and white photography
Chapter 12: Digital image processing
Chapter 13: Creative digital techniques
Chapter 14: Digital printing
Chapter 15: Portraiture
Chapter 16: Photographing children and babies
Chapter 17: Landscapes
Chapter 18: Holidays and travel
Chapter 19: Night and low-light photography
Chapter 20: Animals and pets
Chapter 21: Close-up photography
Chapter 22: Photographing architecture
Chapter 23: Sport and action
Chapter 24: Still life

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features:

Not got much time?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors’ many years of experience.

Test yourself
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of photography.

Things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.