Photo 101: The Book

Nicole Hill Gerulat sent this book to me after she read that I was looking to improve my photography skills. It’s a companion to her Photo 101 course, which I wrote about separately.

First off, I learned a lot about my camera in just the first ten pages. I’ve read (OK, glanced) through my camera’s instruction manual before, but the features and functions never made as much sense to me as they did after reading the first chapter. I was excited! Then I read this:

It should not take 1,000 shots (or even 10) to get the right one. Who has that kind of time? Or hard drive space? The goal here is to get our percentages up so that at least 80% of a shoot is portfolio-worthy.

Say what? I sat up a little straighter in my chair. I’ve always been of the ‘take a million shots and hope for a few good ones’ school. Happily, my percentage has been improving, thanks in large part to Nicole.

Photo 101 Textbook by Nicole Hill Gerulat

8 Responses to “Photo 101: The Book”

  1. Brigitte April 20, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I have this book, and I love it!

  2. RLG April 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Just ordered it! Thank you, thank you, thank you. xoxo

  3. Debbie April 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Since you didn’t steer me wrong with the Olay Pro-X cleansing system (love that thing!), I think I’ll have to give this book a go.

  4. Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com April 21, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    How does this book stack up against other books on the market? This one seems to be much steeper.

  5. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating June 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Can’t quite plunk down the money for the online class right now, so I ordered the book instead. I also live in a fairly dark house and have trouble getting the lighting right for interior photos. I have a Canon Rebel and am jealous of your upgrade! Nonetheless, I want to take every advantage of the camera I’ve got. I took an SLR photography class before the digital age, and was comfortable using the manual settings, but all that knowledge left my brain once I switched to digital (even though the film SLR I had was also a Canon Rebel). Thanks for the book reco.

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