How to Photograph Absolutely Everything

Successful Pictures From Your Digital Camera

 
Originally, I pitched a book called ‘How to Photograph Everything’. Dorling Kindersley loved it and commissioned it almost without looking at the contents break-down. After all, it’s pretty obvious what it’s about. Then some bright marketing person added ‘absolutely’ and the project really took off. Everyone and his donkey made suggestions about what to put in. I wanted ghost photography but was voted down. You don’t want to know about some of the other suggestions. 

I had been against the title (being rather literal-minded) but it seems that people either accept that it’s a bit cheeky or that, because the book is so large and impressive, it really does cover absolutely everything. Actually, I wanted to say something about photographing ghosts, and there’s nothing there about photographing steeple-chase races because what I know about that is worth less than horse-poop (which is pretty useful stuff, but that’s another matter …).

Book titles are very precious commodities, so if you dream a good one up, there’s a small window between selling co-editions and someone else publishing the title if you don’t. As this title was absolutely smashing, it had to be used absolutely as soon as possible. The production schedule was a nightmare. We shot most of the book on two shoots – near Valencia, Spain and in New York. It was quite hard because I had to work with different compact cameras which don’t operate quickly and in every situation, I had to be shot at work. In the end, I had to take some shots with big dSLRs or we’d never have finished the book. But everything I shot in the step-by-step parts of book really can be shot on compact cameras, some only on compacts.

Obviously it is meant for the starter but I’m delighted that even quite experienced photographers have also enjoyed the book. One reviewer claims “My photography skills were in a rut, this book has changed that.” That’s good to hear.

Reviews

  • This is a book & a half! The content is quite staggering … (Groig)
  • I feel the author has met a much needed market. I use it in our photography workshops. (AnnieUK)
  • Having read this book from cover to cover I am now more confident with what to do in all the different conditions I might face. (R.Blair)
  • I’ve never had ‘one good book’ to recommend to students. Until now. An absolute gem of a book for beginners or even the more advance … (Mark)
  • Tom Ang is the man. I love it: one page, one technique, several pics. That’s the way a photography books should be done. (C-note)
  • Featured by BestPhotographyBooks.com in Tips&Tricks and How-to books

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