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You can use a camera … but do you take great photos?

  • The dream – taking photographs that your friends think you paid someone for, not shot yourself.
  • The myth – that you just don’t have what it takes. You need better gear, you don’t have ‘the eye’ and you’ll never understand the skills needed to take amazing photos.
  • The reality – Great photography CAN be learned.  This book is the perfect companion on your journey to becoming a photographer.  It will teach you the techniques, tools, and thought processes used by the pros to take gorgeous photos. If you think creative photography is limited to those artistic types – think again.

Become a better photographer with Photo Nuts and Shots – our most popular photography eBook yet!.

This lush, 100+ page pdf ebook is the ultimate creative photography primer.

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Photo Nuts and Shots is perfect if you …

  • look at others’ images and wonder “Why don’t my photos look like that?”
  • want to take gorgeous shots, every single time
  • know your camera, but want to learn the craft of photography
  • long to take more emotive, expressive photos
  • want to take photos that truly connect with viewers

What You’ll Learn

Packed with all-new, practical advice from professional photographer Neil Creek, Photo Nuts and Shots has been developed specifically for DPS readers.

  • Learn to harness light to convey emotion.
  • Understand the rules of composition … and know when to break them.
  • Take the sharpest possible photo every time.
  • Learn to adapt the camera’s exposure to produce the shot you want.
  • Master the concepts of shot perception, planning, and execution — in any setting.
  • Tap into your unique creativity to take evocative photographs that reach out to viewers.

Table of contents

  • Intro 2
  • A note from Darren Rowse 3
  • About the author 3
  • Credits and copyright 3
  • Thanks and acknowledgments 4
  • What you will learn 4
  • Your mileage may vary 4
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  • How to learn photography 6
  • Photo Nuts and Bolts 7
  • Gaining confidence 7
  • Learning is a feedback loop 7
  • Using the histogram 8
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  • How to see 10
  • Photo appreciation 11
  • Artistic intention 13
  • Learn the rules and then break them 14
  • Emotions 15
  • Motivation 16
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  • The quality of light 18
  • Brightness 19
  • Position 20
  • Size 21
  • Colour 22
  • Surface qualities 24
  • Reflection 25
  • Refraction and projection 26
  • Restriction 27
  • Time 28
  • Flare 30
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  • Composition techniques 35
  • Leading the eye 36
  • Rule of thirds 37
  • Lines 38
  • Framing 39
  • Multiple planes of interest 40
  • Isolating the subject 41
  • Positioning yourself 43
  • Content 46
  • Action 49
  • Breaking the rules 52
  • Gotchas 53
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  • Getting the sharpest photos possible 55
  • Image focus 56
  • Movement during exposure 60
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  • Practical exposure 66
  • The exposure triangle, again 67
  • The learning process 68
  • Stay aware of surface qualities 72
  • Creative decisions 74
  • Going manual 76
  • Pushing the limits 77
  • Know what to sacrifice 78
  • Dynamic range and clipping 79
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  • On-location thought process 81
  • Asses the light 82
  • How long do you have 83
  • Check your camera 84
  • Planned or spontaneous? 85
  • The right gear 87
  • Get your exposure right 88
  • Position yourself 89
  • Timing the shot 90
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  • Creativity 91
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  • Meaning and message 92
  • Intention vs interpretation 93
  • What do you want to say? 94
  • How do you say it? 95
  • What not to do 97
  • Some additional thoughts 98
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  • Light and mood 99
  • Telling a story 100
  • The emotion of light 101
  • Building a lighting scheme 103
  • Natural light 105
  • Waiting for the light 108
  • Conclusion 109
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  • Stay in touch with dPS 110

How this book has impacted Aspiring Photographer like you

“My Flickr Stream has come alive since reading this eBook. The advice is practical and easy to understand but even better than that is that I feel like my creativity has been reborn.” – Samantha Romney (via email)

Having worked my way through ‘Photo Nuts and Bolts’, I was thrilled to see the follow-on book, ‘Photo Nuts and Shots’. The images alone are inspirational, and the information in this latest book is helping to take my photography to a new level. I know this book is going to keep me busy for the foreseeable future, but I can’t help wondering what comes next! – Elizabeth Coughlan (via Facebook)

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More Feedback from Photo Nuts and Shots Owners

Amazing book, Neil! I just picked up a copy as well and love it. It’s a great book for anyone starting out and even for some who’ve been shooting. The generous use of images to detail the examples and concepts is extremely helpful.

For someone like me who loves dinking with the technical stuff, but occasionally stumbles on the creativity and interpretive stuff, your ebook’s coverage of creativity, interpretation, along with images to illustrate specific kinds of interpretation and creativity, vs other books I’ve read that just has some vague contemporary imagery with no explanation, is a real wow! – Wing Wong (via email)

I have just purchased your new E-book and I thank you for such a very useful step by step book to help some one like me to keep learning all about Photography. I can not wait until your next book . Keep up the great work and I know I will improve as I learn from your wonderful contents, Thank You! – Maureen Blanch (via Facebook)

Great book, written in a language that the non-professional can understand. THANKS. Learning a heap already. I have the first book now the second, and really looking forward to the next book in the=is series. – Lisa Drew-nee Shaw (via Facebook).

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