There have been so many times over the last two years when I’ve been writing a blog post full of travel photography tips, and I just couldn’t go into as much detail as I wanted without getting way off track. Manual mode photography isn’t very complicated, but it’s more than I can get into in an article that’s otherwise about something else. Plus, that description would have gotten a bit repetitive when I wanted to give the same advice over and over again.
But I won’t have that problem anymore. From now on when I want to advise someone to “expose for the shadows,” or use a fast shutter speed, or warn about “noise,” I’m just going to refer them to my new e-book, Easy Manual Mode Photography (A Surprisingly Simple Guide).
There are plenty of ways to learn how to use manual mode for free - every photography website has a description in one form or another - but the more I searched for a single guide, the more I found that there wasn’t a source that was describing things in the way that I understood them.
I don’t mean that I didn’t understand what they were saying - if I didn’t, then I really wouldn’t be qualified to write a book - I just mean that they didn’t organize the information the way that I thought was most intuitive or easiest to understand.
There were a lot of charts, a lot of analogies, a lot of details that I just didn’t think were going to bring a new user any closer to picking up their camera and understanding what they had to do to control their image. Yes, a bucket of water might be an apt metaphor for one setting or another, but no photographer points their camera at a scene and starts thinking about buckets to get their shot right. No photographer breaks out a calculator and starts plugging values into a 5 dimensional equation in the middle of a photo shoot. No photographer deliberately memorizes charts or values.
At least I don’t. At most I just figure out what I like about a scene and then twist some knobs while counting.
So that’s what my e-book tells you how to do. It doesn’t have any analogies. There’s no useless “exposure triangle.” I skip over the optics and the electronics that (while interesting) will only distract you from the lesson at hand. And finally, I end the book describing several real life photography scenarios from our travels and talk about how I prioritized the scene and how those priorities translated into camera adjustments.
So that’s my pitch for why you should buy my e-book. It’s easier and faster than wading through the distractions and confusion you get for free on the internet. Also, it’s a great way for you to show your appreciation for all the free photography guides and travel tips we’ve published over the last two years (and will continue to publish, unsponsored and unbiased), all the reviews we’ve written without being paid, and all the fun stories, photos and experiences we’ve shared, just because we thought you’d get a kick out of them. Spending $4.99 on an e-book will save you many wasted hours of research, and it will support our website, our family, and that cute little girl on the cover of the book.
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