Taking your photography from snapshots to great shots begins with having
a solid understanding of your camera and lenses so that you can intuitively
move from one camera setting to another, capturing the moment as it
unfolds. Although this is a book on composition, I start at the beginning,
with the camera, and provide you with the building blocks to establish a
strong foundation for making photographs rather than simply taking them.
I cover the basic camera settings I use that enable me to capture peak of
action or to chase the light as it dances across the landscape. The lens you
use directly impacts your photographic style. Having a lens that complements
your vision of the world is part of the process of making great shots, so I
spend some time discussing lenses, to give you a better grasp of what lenses
do and why you may need one type of lens over another. And, finally, I cover
some essential accessories and filters that I carry in my bag to further enable
me to make the images you see in this book.