‘Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs’ by Henry Carroll


Lately I’ve been playing with the thought of learning photography. I mean really learning, not just buying a better camera that knows everything by itself, and then simply hope for the best.

My grandfather and my aunt were both hobby photographers and I’ve always admired their work ever since I was a kid. I actually feel like I do have the eye for it, at least, too, but I’ve always been too lazy to learn the technical stuff. Something was always more important to do. (And honestly, before now I could never afford a worthy camera.)

In the last couple of months I’ve started to get in the mood for it, though. I hated the all-automatic shit my snap-shot camera made during our holidays/honeymoon. I finally feel like that I’m mature enough to learn the how-to, and to take responsibility for my own pictures.

I still have next to no time for my hobbies, though, so it’s pretty tiring to learn new stuff. That means I have to be, and stay motivated. And for that purpose, this little book was perfect.

It doesn’t teach more than you definitely need to know when you only start out with photography. It says only the essentials. It explains things very easily and don’t expect more from you than you’re ready and able to do. And what’s more, it inspires: it makes you actually WANT to try out things, to experiment with things, without the pressure of doing professional stuff. It tellls you that it’s okay to take bad photos. That it’s okay that you’re yet in a learning curve, and you can’t yet set everything yourself up. And I find that so important!

Those who will really get into it, will read about and learn anything that they need to. But at first, the most important stuff is to enjoy it all. To learn what you’re capable of. To be encouraged. And that’s what this book does so well.

I recommend it to all who just started out, or are about to start photography!

Let’s Give It A Grade!

  1. Topic unfolding: 5/5
  2. Style: 4/5
  3. The Subjective Factor: 5/5
  • GPA: 4,67


I got this book from Laurence King Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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