Digital Photography Guide Books from BDM

Digital Photography guide books, designed to make it easier to get the perfect photo every time!

If you are looking easy-to-follow tutorials, written by experienced photographers, on everything from the latest camera equipment and how to create the perfect black & white photo, to advanced image manipulation techniques, the Digital Photography guide books from BDM are for you. Each guide book contains hundreds of tutorials, tips and guides, all illustrated by high-quality images, making getting the best results from your camera as simple as 1-2-3.

No more fumbling over camera settings or struggling to frame a shot, no more wondering how you can capture that perfect image of a special occasion, and no more time spent wishing you did more with the camera gathering dust on the shelf! Featuring articles by award-winning photographers, each Digital Photography guide book is designed to both educate and inspire you.

Three of our latest guide books

High-quality and packed with tutorials!

Each of the Digital Photography guide books is printed on high-quality gloss paper to make the most of the images inside. Each contains between 146 and 192 pages, for as little as £9.99 (excl. P&P), making them an extremely good value package, especially when compared to similar guide books on the market.

Added value comes in the form of the completely free files we offer for download from our website (details can be found inside those guide books where it applies), making it possible to follow and learn the image editing tutorials using exactly the same files we have used.

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Sample spread from the Nikon Camera Manual Vol 9

Example Content: Long Exposure Photography guide – Nikon Camera Manual Vol 9

The human eye is a wonderful thing. An organic marvel that is unparalleled in its complexity. We see the world as it happens in realtime but cameras allow us to compress time or expand it to show us things in whole new ways that our eyes cannot do. It has been determined that our eyes, although not governed in the same way as the moving parts of a camera, can detect flashes of light as short as 1/100s. Depending on the health and age of the viewer it can in some cases be as short as 1/200s.

Given the way our eyes and brain perceive and process the things we see then, we have a natural ‘shutter speed’ of about 1/200s. This means that we can turn to our cameras to create the kind of images that reveal the world of motion beyond what we see. The camera offers two options. Using special lighting, you can capture things that literally happen in the blink of an eye or you can go in the opposite direction and delve into the fascinating world of long exposure photography.

“Long exposure photography is a very popular subject for photographers of all skill levels. Take a look on any image sharing site or in photography magazines and you’ll see plenty of examples of the genre.”

What is long exposure photography all about?

The technique

Although the name is self-explanatory, let’s elaborate. A long exposure is usually defined as being several seconds in duration or longer. It is possible to have exposures that last many minutes, even hours in extreme cases. The camera is placed on a solid surface or mounted on a tripod so it doesn’t move and then the shutter is opened, and kept open, for a predetermined period of time. Any static objects in the scene are still captured sharply since the camera is not moving but any object that is in motion through the camera’s field of view, is blurred as it moves within the frame. The amount the object is blurred will depend on the length the shutter is kept open and the speed of the moving object in the shot. How you combine the two is a matter of artistic preference but experimenting is a lot of fun; but how do you get shutter speeds so long?

Creating a long exposure

A long exposure relies on several important factors in order to get your shutter speed down to a duration that will yield the kind of blurred motion you were hoping for. Your aperture can be set to its minimum, which is around f/22. This reduces the amount of light that can fall on your sensor and requires the exposure to be longer to allow the camera to gather more light but apertures this narrow can lead to the optical phenomenon know as diffusion. Normally, you would be better off using an aperture of about f/9 or f/11.

The settings

These kinds of shots would require you to set your camera in manual (M) mode or Aperture Priority (AV). This way, you have control over how the camera reacts as you alter the parameters. Since you don’t want to focus accidentally on the wrong thing, we would also recommend you switch to manual focus. This way you can compose your shot, use live view to confirm you have the correct point of interest in focus and since it’s in manual focus mode, it will maintain focus with no further input from you.

Read the rest of this guide, and many more like it in The Nikon Camera Manual Vol.9

Take your photographs to the next level with any of our digital photography guide books, no matter if you are a complete beginner, if you want to expand your current digital photography knowledge, if you want to master outdoor photography, landscape or black and white photography or even how to make better use of your GoPro!