From Snapshot to Hotshot

In the world of YouTube and, do we really need another photography manual?  Absolutely.  Because From Snapshot to Hotshot is the only resource which offers a guide to photography in a structured and ordered way from basic principles upwards.  Teaching everything you need to know – and nothing you don’t – From Snapshot to Hotshot is a jargon-free, plain-English guide to photography.

But wait, there’s more!  Not only does this comprehensive guide teach the tech, it also teaches the philosophy behind photography:  how to look, see, and think; how to apply your mind in order to become a better photographer.

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The only photographic guide you will ever need.


Do you know what “reciprocity failure” is?  No?  How about “circles of confusion”?  These are real photographic terms, and things which you absolutely do not need to know in order to be a great photographer.  These are the things that only weight you down, man!  Yet, 90% of photographic manuals will teach you these things that you just don’t need to know.

But it will tell you how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together in order to create your preferred exposure.

As for recipes?  How to get that shot?  Nope… no recipes here.  This is not a recipe book; this book teaches you how to cook, so you can make up your own dishes, not to follow a formula.


Chapter One – The Basics

This section goes into the real brass-tacks basics of photography.  Do you not even know which end of a camera to look through – this section will get you to understand how a camera works so that you can start making intelligent decisions.

Sample text of lesson 106 in Gerry Pelser's From Snapshot to Hotshot

Chapter Two – Beyond the Basics

If you know how a camera works, now we can start putting it all together and make some more informed choices.

Sample text of lesson 203 in Gerry Pelser's From Snapshot to Hotshot

Chapter Three – Advanced Concepts

In this section we go deep, ad we look at things like colour theory, chromatic aberrations, and copyright, contracts and the law.

Sample text of lesson 303 in Gerry Pelser's From Snapshot to Hotshot

Chapter Four – Philosophy

The most important chapter in the book.  Mastering your equipment only makes you a technical camera operator, not a photographer.  This section is intended to help you think about photography, and how to apply technical knowledge in creative ways.

Sample text of lesson 412 in Gerry Pelser's From Snapshot to Hotshot

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