In the years since we released the fourth edition of our Digital Photography Superguide, smartphones have increasingly become that ubiquitous camera. Indeed, most of today’s smartphone cameras have specs you might have found in a point-and-shoot a few years ago. But whether the camera in your hand is a smartphone or a $1000 DSLR, the focus of this book remains the same: to help you get the most out of your camera.
We firmly believe that to use your equipment properly, you must understand how it works. The vocabulary surrounding photography might sometimes be confounding enough to make any budding shutterbug want to switch to Auto mode. That’s why our new edition of this superguide boasts more how-tos and image comparisons, as well as a glossary explaining even the most arcane terms.
Have you just gotten a DSLR and don’t know where to start? Rest easy. We break down the manual-photography process step by step, with full-color diagrams illustrating aperture, shutter speed, and focus. If you’re more interested in the mobile arena, check out our extensive chapter on taking and editing photographs using the three most popular operating systems for mobile photography: iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8.
The only surefire way to become a better photographer is experience. Luckily, digital photography allows you to make as many mistakes, cost-free, as your memory card can hold. And as you combine technical knowledge and compositional awareness with lots of practice, you’ll be able to capture moments of brilliance. We hope this book will help you along that journey.