BOOK REVIEW By Valerie Porter
There’s good news for photography fans, either amateur or semi-pro. A new book offers tips on every facet of taking photos.
“Hot Shots – Tips and Tricks for Taking Better Pictures” was written and compiled by award-winning photographer Kevin Meredith and published by Chronicle Books. The book’s design is clever – a durable, soft cover in the size and shape of a small photo album.
All the basic topics are covered in the book’s 217 pages, from types of film, film and shutter speed, exposure, types of cameras, cropping and composition. More advanced areas are also addressed such as depth, filing photos, online photo sharing, scanning, creating soft focus and taking a self-portrait.
A particularly helpful and entertaining aspect of the book features photos from the author. The average person with a camera may still not be able to duplicate his artistic efforts but there’s still much to be learned, since he shares the type of camera and film, film speed and lighting he used to create each shot.
This is a book that can be read through before taking any future pictures, or kept on hand as a reference tool when a particular creative idea for a photo strikes. And of course, it can offer assistance if a problem arises.
Even if you only use your camera for occasional family gatherings or vacation photos, there are some useful tips in “Hot Shots.”
And if you’re looking to improve your photography skills or get creative inspiration, it should certainly give readers the necessary boost.