Digital Photography Secrets by David Peterson
is an e-book aimed at beginners, keen amateurs and intermediate
photographers and promises to reveal tips only the pros know about
taking stunning photos easily.
I would like to start this e-book review by pointing out that I
received a copy of this book/ebook for review purposes. I didn’t
purchase a copy myself.
I requested the e-book version from David in order to help readers of Digital
Photography Tricks.com make an informed decision about
whether or not to buy the book themselves.
Digital Photography Secrets is available as a printed
version or e-book (pdf) version.
They are both the same price to purchase, but postage is charged on the
I don’t believe that there are any secrets in digital photography that
the professionals are keeping to themselves.
The 'Digital Photography Secrets' sales page makes it sound like there
is some sort of professional photographer’s guild or union and they
have a list of secrets that only they know about.
Apart from that, this book is a great resource for anyone wishing to
learn the basics of photography.
This website, Digital Photography Tricks.com, is also full of
professional tips and advice and you can even share your own with other
readers or ask questions.
Is This A High Quality
Book That's Easy To Read?
This photography e-book is of a good standard of quality. It is well
presented and laid out using the PDF format. Each page is well
illustrated with colorful pictures and the text is of a good size and
font, which makes it easily readable both online and offline.
I personally would have preferred to see larger pictures illustrating
each page as this is a photography e-book. But, the photos that are
being used however, do a good job of explaining the techniques that the
author is trying to teach.
There is good use of before and after pictures to really get the
technical points across. Here is an example of this on page 32 where
David Peterson describes ‘Exposure Value’.
David’s writing style throughout this e-book makes it very readable.
His tone is conversational and relaxed and when you’re reading the
text, it’s like having someone standing beside you explaining each
He also explains the technical terms of photography very well, such as
JPEG for example.
"JPEG or JPG is the most popular format used in digital
cameras today because it’s a simple and versatile format, and is
supported by all image related software. JPEG works by compressing the
image to a much smaller size at the expense of some image quality."
And, there’s two pictures as well to show you the difference in image
quality caused by JPEG compression.
What Topics Are Covered In
‘Digital Photography Secrets’?
As you can see, this e-book has 120 pages of concise,
straight-to-the-point useful advice and content dedicated to digital
It’s a great starting point for anyone interested in digital
photography and will help them to turn their ‘OK’ photos into
With this learning guide, you can use any sort of camera and mostly
keep it on ‘auto’. The e-book teaches you the basics of composition and
lighting and also the best way to capture any situation you may need to
photograph. These are the fundamentals of photography.
If you are a more experienced amateur, who has completed some
photography courses and who likes to change the settings on your DSLR,
then Digital Photography Secrets isn’t really for you. You may pickup
some new ideas or tips, but most of the topics will not be new to you.
For a beginner, however, who has just got their first camera or keen
amateur who wants to revise the fundamentals of digital photography,
this e-book will definitely help you.
You will understand your camera more and your pictures will improve
Let’s use the example of wedding photography. This is an area of
photography that everyone is going to experience at some time in their
One of your friends or family is getting married and you want to get
some good shots of the bid day to show off to your friends. Take a
look, in the screenshot below, at how David explains how to get ideas
for wedding shots and what to watch out for at this type of event.
This is just an excerpt of one of the many situations in the e-book
that you will find yourself wanting to photograph.
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