Brian Miller wrote 'Digital Cameras the easy way' in 2008. This pocket book which makes it easier for beginners to understand digital photography has become a top-seller. In 2009 Brian began running Digital Photography classes for beginners in Dunedin NZ and over 600 people have now gone through these classes.
Digital Photography for Beginners - classes.
Digital Cameras - Pocket Book
Digital Cameras the easy way is a true pocketbook-size reference which explains in simple language all the essentials you need to know to understand your manual, learn to use your digital camera, improve your photos and use the images to print and send to friends,
Initial reaction to the book has been one of relief for most people who have seen it and found it answers all their questions. It is also welcomed by camera store staff who get asked the same questions everyday.
There is no other small digital camera book on the market that is so action-packed, yet easy to follow and access. It is unique and helps solve a world wide problem – ‘how to use my digital camera’.
‘I’m blown away by (this) tiny NZ Book – packed full of useful hints- explaining the gobbledygook which comes with manuals’ –Jan – Bookseller Nelson
Click here to buy the book online (NZ$15 Post free)
2017 - Class dates and locations
2017 - Course outline
Week 1 – Introduction to Digital Photography
How digital photography works – How to buy a digital camera – Set up a digital camera – Backup systems – How to take photos – Composition – Digital workflow – Download photos to a computer – Using a photo kiosk
Week 2 – Camera controls and PortraitsDigital camera controls – buttons, modes, menus and multiselectors – Which controls are essential – Portraits – Self timer – How to take a movie – Digital workflow – Filing and organising your images – – Keywords – Backup
Week 3 – Lighting, flash and editingThe importance of light – Controlling brightness – Exposure metering modes – White Balance – Controlling flash – Red eye reduction – Backlit portraits – Photographing babies and children – Editing software programs – Basic editing techniques
Week 4 – Improving your photographs and printingLandscapes – Nature – Animals & Pets – Sports – Macro (closeup)- Printing at home – – How to buy a home printer – Printing cards, contact sheets – Making photo-books – Archiving prints
Week 5 – Travel photography and putting photos onlineHow to take better travel & holiday shots – Architectural photography – Night photography – Using High ISO – Photography and the internet – Emailing photos and putting photos on Trademe – -Flickr – Picasa
Week 6 – Photographing events – troubleshooting – SLR.s – Scanning
How to photograph events and celebrations – Troubleshooting – Extending editing controls (clone – healing) – SLR cameras – How to scan photos and slides – Restoring old photographs