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Category: Videos and DVD Training
Product: Digital Photography Exposed
Price: £29.99
Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Digital Photography Exposed DVD Review - Digital Photography Exposed. From boring to brilliant - photography made easy DVD presented by Mike Browne

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Digital Photography Exposed is a DVD created to help take you out of auto mode and master your camera so you can produce better photos...or as the strap-line says "from boring to brilliant".

Digital Photography Exposed
It's written and presented by Mike Browne and filmed and produced by Jayne Whitelock who are like the dynamic duo of photography tutorials. Mike and Jayne have produced a load of useful photography learning material on their web site PhotographyCourses.Biz and this DVD pulls together some of the essential ingredients for beginners to give you an essential leg up in the world of photography.

In front of the camera Mike delivers a superbly presented selection of tips and techniques to help you grasp the basics of photography without feeling you're being patronised. And behind the camera, Jayne with her wealth of filming and production knowledge, ensures Mike looks like he's a TV star, while he clearly demonstrates the techniques.

The result is a DVD that is guaranteed to help you through those complicated first steps of using your digital SLR with ease.

The presentation lasts 73min and is split into 10 chapters.  Each chapter provided in a logical order so you can work through and get to grips with your digital SLR.
  • The DVD covers all the important aspects of photography and you will learn:
  • Depth of field
  • How to find good light
  • Composition tips and techniques
  • Shutters speeds and apertures
  • Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority
  • Manual Mode
  • Camera lenses explained
  • How to shoot pin sharp pictures
  • Movement  - how to freeze and blur
Mike delivers each aspect in a clear and concise way. He uses objects on the beach to demonstrate focusing and exposures techniques, and works with a model to explain focal lengths and various shutter speed and aperture techniques. Jayne adds lots of visual demonstrations with the film camera whilst Mike explains them which adds some very useful extra information. For example when Mike's talking about Auto Focus and how it can get it wrong, Jayne actually does this with the video camera so you can see it happening. And when Mike's explaining composition with 'The Rule of Thirds', Jayne does the exercise with her video camera as he explains it and overlays the video image with a grid.

The four scenes below are from the DVD and as you can see it's colourful and informative.
Mike Browne with model in choice of focal length explanation Mike Browne explaining shutter speeds
Mike with model in choice of focal length explanation Mike demonstrates how shutter speeds work
Mike Browne makes depth of field easy to understand  Mike Brown on the beach with model explaining the rule of thirds technique
Depth of field made easy to understand Mike goes on the beach with his model to explain the rule of thirds

Mike's explanation of apertures and shutter speeds is one of the best I've seen as he uses a camera with an easy to view exposure system in action. At the end of this DVD you will have a clear understanding of what all the numbers and figures on the cameras mean and will have broke through jargon such as depth of field and rule of thirds.

Digital Photography Exposed: Verdict

Digital Photography Exposed is a really well put together DVD that has clearly been well thought out - right through from planning to production. The chapters lead you logically through the photography process and by the end you should feel more comfortable using your camera and its manual controls, resulting in you taking better photos. You can't fail to learn with this.

Mike and Jayne have clearly thought this one out and with their relevant skills delivered a superb learning tool for beginners.

Digital Photography Exposed: Pros

Clearly presented
Wonderfully filmed and produced
Good value
Excellent subjects used to explain techniques

Digital Photography Exposed: Cons

Nothing on post production and printing

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For more information about this Photography DVD visit PhotographyCourses.Biz

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22 Aug 2011 - 6:58 PM

Up to now I've only watched the first 5 sections on the DVD but I've already learned more about controlling the exposure on my camera than the previous 2 - 3 years from magazines.

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JamieB  8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 - 5:58 PM

I can't speak for the DVD, but I've subscribed to Mike's online videos and they are great value for money. He's an excellent presenter and they really fire up the enthusiasm to get out there.

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