Learn How to Take Better Pictures in National Geographic’s ‘Complete Photo Guide’ [REVIEW]

Improve your photography skills with National Geographic’s Complete Photo Guide. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Whether you’re a professional photographer, a social media influencer, or even a parent casually snapping pictures of your children at the playground with your phone, you undoubtedly want to take the very best pictures you can. National Geographic wants to help. Together with two of their best photographers, they have created the Complete Photo Guide to show you how to get superior results no matter what type of camera you might be working with. And who knows? With Nat Geo’s guidance and a little perseverance, your future photos just might end up on a gallery wall!

National Geographic's COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE
National Geographic

There are so many awesome tips in this book that we simply can’t address them all. For example, have you ever thought about the texture and patterns in your pictures? Say you go to the beach with your new little infant nephew and you want to take an adorable picture of him in his floppy hat and big sunglasses as he catches rays on a big beach blanket. To really make the photo come alive, you need to capture both his soft baby skin and the grittiness of the surrounding beach. This book shows you how!

While most of us know that good lighting is key, do you actually understand why? No matter what time of day you might be shooting your subject, say in the predawn haze as you start cooking for the troops at camp, under the harsh midday sun in the middle of the Mojave, or maybe a couple’s embrace against the romantic glow of sunset, all of these shots require different know how to get the very best result. You’ll learn so much about the quality and color of light, including why direction and ambient light are vital for great pics.

Of course, you will also learn about the history of photography so you better understand just how far we’ve come, from the very first camera obscura in the 1500s till now, when nearly half of the world’s population takes more than 1.4 trillion digital photos each year. It’s amazing how far we have come!

Still, no matter how easy our camera phones have made it for all of us to become decent photographers, all of us do well to learn camera basics regardless of the type of camera we use. From inexpensive point and shoot models to high end DSLR cameras and smartphones, they all require knowledge for us to capture the sweet spot in our pictures. There are so many factors that come into play, from exposure ranges to apertures, metering, lenses, and shutter speeds. All these things are covered in easy to understand terms that act to serve as a college course in photography.

Perhaps our favorite part of the book however explains how to manipulate your photos once you take them. The authors show us how to edit our photographs for the best effect. We learn the best photo editing software to use to elevate our pictures to the next level, how to adjust our frame to optimize the image, how to properly use filters, sharpen our images, and even convert color images to black and white for extra drama.

If you have ever dreamed of becoming a better photographer but have never had the chance to enroll in a class at your local community college, now you can take a master class from the comfort of your armchair from the pros who always capture images that have that much sought after wow factor! National Geographic’s photographers always impress because (a) they have been in the photography business for a very long time, and (b) because they truly understand photography’s best tips and tricks, and now they are passing them along to all of us. Complete Photo Guide is a necessary addition to every photographer’s personal library. Easy to understand and comprehend, this book will help you produce jaw-dropping photographs that not only captivate, but which will last a lifetime.

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Heather Perry
(Photo by Yann Macherez)

Heather Perry is a freelance photographer with work published by National Geographic as well as the New York Times, Smithsonian, and others.

She also participates as a photography expert on National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions.

She lives in Bath, Maine.

Mark Thiessen
(Photo by Rebecca Hale)

Mark Thiessen has been a National Geographic staff photographer since 1990.

He is a certified wildland firefighter, and his July 2008 story, “Under Fire: Why the West is Burning, earned first place from Pictures of the Year International.

He lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland

One of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, National Geographic has published more than 1,700 titles, featuring such categories as history, travel, nature, photography, space, science, health, biography, and memoir.

A portion of its proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.

To find out more about Nat Geo, visit NationalGeographic.com, like them on Facebook, or follow them on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat.

By National Geographic
416 pp. National Geographic. $40.

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About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

2 Responses to Learn How to Take Better Pictures in National Geographic’s ‘Complete Photo Guide’ [REVIEW]

  1. trish says:

    Even though I’ve been taking photos for a long time, I like books like this because they usually give me good nuggets of information I didn’t know before. My son is just starting out, and I think this would be perfect for him!

    Thanks again for being on the tour!

  2. Sara Strand says:

    I always have a hard time after taking a photo, it never looks quite right and then I get so frustrated, it sounds like this might be a good book for me. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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