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Book Review: Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto” and Photograph Your Life like a Pro by Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey

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Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto” and Photograph Your Life like a Pro by Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey offers lots of great tips for camera enthusiasts and although most are geared at those with lower levels of skill, even more advanced photographers will find some interesting information. Many readers will enjoy learning tips from other photographers on how they get the shots they do, and all the photographs offer up good detail about what to try to achieve.

The authors, Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey, are professional photographers and show you how to photograph your life story from everyday moments to those poignant times related to aging, falling in love or having a baby.

Some things you will learn in this book include:
• How to avoid common beginner mistakes
• How to take portraits of your children, friends, pets, and even yourself
• How to capture light that makes your photos more dramatic

• How to make colors pop, eyes sparkle, and make skin tones more realistic
• How to capture the unique qualities of the world around you
The authors help the reader become inspired about the beauty around them and move from simple snapshots to creating beautiful photographs.

In Beyond Snapshots Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey have collaborated to present a photography course in a book for anyone who’s just gotten their first DSLR camera – or has had a DSLR for years and, as the subtitle says, never thought about moving off the “Auto” setting.

The first half of the book covers things like aperture, ISO, metering and more settings, and all of that is thoroughly and clearly explained. If you aren’t sure what to do with your camera, this part of the book makes it worth getting.

The second half of the book though shows how to create family photos and portraits with subject matters clearly divided up and lots of how to information. I did like that there were shots from both Canon and Nikon equipment and instructions are provided for both. The charts in the book are really helpful and I liked the information and think most people will find it helpful.

Overall, Beyond Snapshots is a very useful book, especially for those who are just switching to a DSLR camera – and even if you have had a DSLR for years, but haven’t taken it off “Auto” yet.

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