Make Great Photos by Alan Hess

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Make Great Photos by Alan Hess

earning the basics of photography can seem like a daunting task. At first glance, there is a whole new world of terminology to digest and tons of numbers to master. It can be confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming. It’s no wonder many people set their cameras to Auto and hope for the best in whatever situation they’re shooting, whether that’s a child’s soccer game, a birthday party, or a vacation. Unless luck strikes, the resulting images are usually not very good.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Enter Make Great Photos: A Friendly Guide for Improving Your Photographs. In this book, photographer and author Alan Hess teaches you the basics of photography by breaking down the topic into its fundamental parts. In the first section of the book, Alan explains what makes a great photo in the first place, examining a selection of images and working through why each one is successful. He then dives into chapters that cover the photographic choices every photographer needs to make. These choices boil down to just three main topics: light, focus, and composition.

In the second part of Make Great Photos, Alan addresses specific shooting situations—categorized into travel, sports and action, events, and people—discussing the challenges that each scenario poses and how to conquer them. Finally, you’ll learn the top five basic edits you need to know to make your images pop when you share them online.

At the end of chapters, there are thoughtful exercises and assignments that push you to learn and grow in your photography. These fun activities help you fully absorb the lessons throughout the book so you can head out with your camera and capture great images.

Table of Contents:

  • Part 1
    Chapter 1: What Makes a Great Photo
    Chapter 2: It's All About the Light
    Chapter 3: Getting Things in Focus
    Chapter 4: Composition

  • Part 2
    Chapter 5: Travel Photography
    Chapter 6: Sports and Action Photography
    Chapter 7: Event Photography
    Chapter 8: Photographing People
    Chapter 9: Sharing Your Images

  • Appendix: Terminology Cheat Sheet