Mastering Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Digital Cameras

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Mastering Photography ebook cover



Mastering Photography, my latest ebook, is released today (scroll down for details of a special offer).

The new ebook came about as a result of feedback I received after the release of Understanding EOS. There were readers interested in the ebook, but frustrated because it was written for Canon EOS users.

Mastering Photography is my response. I’ve rewritten Understanding EOS so that it applies to users of all digital SLR and mirrorless cameras. It doesn’t matter what brand of camera you own, this ebook is written for you.

The inspiration for Mastering Photography came from the observation that resources aimed at beginners tend to overcomplicate basic photography skills. There’s no need to learn what every button and menu function on your camera does, especially when you’re starting out. That’s too complicated. So I created a guide that tells you just the stuff you need to know. The idea is to teach you the basics and give you the tools you need to go out and do what all creative photographers want to – take some beautiful photos.

Mastering Photography keeps things simple, but there’s also plenty of depth. You’ll return to it again and again as your photography skills develop.

Mastering Photography ebook

There are lots of inspirational photos to inspire you. I also explore the idea that lighting, composition and post-processing are just as important as knowing which buttons to press on your camera. There’s an entire section dedicated to explaining the techniques behind all the photos in the ebook.

Here’s some of the stuff you’ll learn:

  • What the creative triangle is, and why creative photographers know that photography is about more than selecting which buttons to press on the camera.
  • How to move out of your camera’s fully automatic exposure modes and take control of your camera’s settings.
  • What your camera’s Mode Dial does, and why you only need to know how to use Programmed (P), Aperture Priority (A) and Shutter Priority (S) modes.
  • The role of aperture, shutter speed and ISO in obtaining the optimum exposure.
  • How to use the creative aspects of aperture, shutter speed and ISO to create beautiful photos.
  • How to prevent camera shake.
  • How to use Picture Controls.
  • What white balance is and why it matters.
  • Why the Raw format is so much easier to use than the JPEG format.
  • What the luminance histogram and highlight alert are and how to use them to make sure your photos are well exposed.

Note: Please don’t buy Mastering Photography if you have already purchased Understanding EOS. They are essentially the same, covering identical topics and using the same photos. The only difference is that one is written for owners of EOS cameras, and the other for owners of other brands.


Special offer

Yep, there’s a special offer! Enter the code july2 at checkout to receive a discount of £2 off the normal purchase price of £7 of Mastering Photography. The discount is valid for all my ebooks, including bundles (click here to see the bundles). The code expires at midnight, 31st July 2013 GMT.

Photo gallery

Here are some spreads from Mastering Photography:

Mastering Photography ebook spreads






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5 Responses to “Mastering Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Digital Cameras”

  1. Nick says:

    Great news on that eBook!

    One question though: Do i really need this book if i already have read the previous one for Canon users? Does the content of this books differ?

    • Hi Nick, don’t buy this ebook if you already have Understanding EOS. The content is more or less the same, just adapted for users of other camera brands.

  2. Hanif says:

    Hi Andrew. Would this be useful to someone like me who owns a Panasonic DMC-FZ28 ( is not a DSLR?


  3. Hi Hanif, yes it would. The Panasonic camera is like a mini-DSLR with similar settings including aperture priority, shutter priority etc.

  4. Hanif says:

    Thanks! Buying.

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