Beyond Snapshots [Book Review]

TitleBeyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy Camera Off “Auto” and Photograph Like a Pro
Author: Rachel Devine; Peeta Mazey
Genre: Photography; Nonfiction
Pages: 240 pages
Year: 2012
Publisher: Amphoto Books
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5/5


This is a how-to for photography, offering tips from beginning to end and everything in between. It is written by two photographers and filled with their own photos.

My Thoughts:

Part One: Getting Off Auto

I have a basic understanding of the relationship between ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, but reinforcement of the ideas is extremely helpful and hearing different photographers describe it a little differently helps me gain a better understanding. This was my first lesson in light metering. The photoshop section was helpful even before I had photoshop as it talks about what kind of fixes you might want to make post-processing. I think this is a good beginner’s lesson in shooting in manual.

Part Two: Life as a Photo Op

I liked this part less. I thought the tips for certain subject matters and situation were helpful but this section went on too long. I grew bored by the end and only finished to finish. Perhaps it’s a book that isn’t meant to be read cover to cover and that was my mistake.

2 thoughts on “Beyond Snapshots [Book Review]

  1. Kailana January 30, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    hmmm…. I think this is the book you mentioned at one point I was curious about. I think the books I have all ready basically cover the same subjects. I am glad I waited to hear your thought before grabbing a copy. I bought all mine because I read them over and over again. I need to get back in the swing of things. 😦


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