Back in April of this year Anne McKinnell released her first book of this series aptly named The Compelling Photograph – Techniques for Creating Better Images – Book 1. You can see my review of Book 1 here. Since the release of book 1 Anne has continued on with her adventures, exploring North America and creating spectacular imagery. She also introduced and launched One-on-One Photography Coaching sessions which sell out…quickly and her ebooks can usually be found ranked in 1st place on Amazon.
Book 2 follows the same format as the first, where each chapter is structured as a lesson on a particular topic. There are 8 chapters (or lessons) each focused on a different design element. McKinnell, always the teacher, takes great care in explaining how to achieve the design element and what makes for a successful image. This ebook isn’t just about sitting and reading. At the end of each chapter there’s an assignment to help you put into practice what you’ve just read.
Book 2 covers the following:
- Leading Lines
- Depth of Field
- Long Exposure
If you’re just starting out in photography or want a refresher on the basics then this should be in your library.
This eBook contains 85 full-spread pages and over 100 photographs to illustrate the lessons. It normally retails for $9.99 but there is a special introductory price of $7.99. Click Here to purchase the book.
The Bundle Deal
If you haven’t picked up Book 1 yet, there’s a great deal on the bundle of both eBooks. You can get both books for only $14.99. (You don’t need a discount code for the bundle deal.) Click Here for the bundle.
So you want to create better images but you don’t know where to start? What techniques should you utilize and what should you be focusing on (pardon the pun)? How do you know if your resulting images are successful.
Back in the fall I reviewed Anne McKinnell’s first ebook, 8 Ways To Accelerate Your Photography (you can see that review here) and I was really excited about that book. I had been following Anne’s photography for quite some time and with 8 Ways I felt she had really created something that spoke to not only creating a good image but being able to see beyond the (sometimes) rose-colored glasses we wear as photographers and teaching us how to carefully select our best images in order to build a comprehensive portfolio.
With The Compelling Photograph I believe that Anne McKinnell has now taken us from looking at “the big picture” to getting down and dirty in the details. Ok…maybe not really dirty but certainly with this book we start to delve into specific techniques about design and composition which will get you on the road to creating better, stronger and more impactful images.
Anne herself says in the introduction, “This is the first in a series of eBooks designed to teach a combination of camera skills, the elements of good image design, and creative photography techniques to five you a solid foundation on which to base your vision.” The Compelling Photograph is a straight forward narrative aimed at introducing and teaching the various techniques combined with stunning photography that reinforces that which is taught.
The ebook is comprised of 8 lessons:
After each lesson there is an assignment to help you go out and practise what you’ve just learned.
The Compelling Photograph is being offered at a special introductory price of $7.99. To complement the ebook Anne also has 2 other offerings, an eCourse where you will get direct feedback from Anne to help keep you on track and get tips for improving your images and an eCourse + Personal Coaching. You can purchase the ebook and get more information on the eCourse and Coaching here.
I just spent last weekend attending a landscape photography workshop; I read a lot of photography books, I follow other photographers blogs that I respect and admire and I go out and shoot, shoot, shoot. That’s how it is when you’re a photographer. You’re always striving to fine tune your craft. There’s always something new to learn even though you may think there isn’t.
Last year I came across a photographer that had just quit her job, sold her house, bought an RV and embarked on a year long adventure as a photographer, writer and nomad. I was enthralled at first with her decision to do this (don’t we all wish we can make a change like that). What kept bringing me back to her blog, post after post, were her images. I travelled with Anne McKinnell for the year, revelling in her adventures that she shared both through the written word and through her photographs.
When Anne asked if I was interested in a review copy of her latest ebook I thought to myself “are you kidding me?” yup I’m interested. Now just as a side bar, her email came to me at 1:00AM my time so when I woke up the next morning I said to myself (just for a second)…”oh my god what if I don’t like it.” (yes I talk to myself quite a bit). Well my moment of concern was unfounded.
8 Ways To Accelerate Your Photography is a book that you’re going to read and keep close by so you can refer to it every so often. Anne McKinnell does a wonderful job of taking the reader through (well) 8 ways to not only accelerate your photography but improve your technique and become a better photographer.
In the first half of the book Anne discusses topics such as composition and how to create a compelling image; techniques for nailing exposure especially in difficult situations, different natural lighting situations and how the quality of light will affect your images and processing your images. The second half deals with developing your portfolio; sharing your images on the web and making money with your photography.
This is where this book differs from so many others before it. Whether your just starting out in photography or you’ve been doing it for a while we all ask ourselves whether we’re good enough to sell our images. You’ll have to answer that question for yourself but Anne not only provides direction on how to capture the best images possible she also reveals what methods she uses to select her best images and create a comprehensive portfolio.
Anne’s easy conversational style writing makes the reader feel like they’re sitting in a room having a one on one discussion with her as she eases in to the topics at hand. This ebook, at 88 pages, is one that you’ll read and keep referring to for a long time.
8 Ways To Accelerate Your Photography is being launched with a special introductory price of $7.99 but, for a limited time, you can get 25% off by using the discount code “accelerate25″ in the cart. That brings the price down to only $5.99! Click here to purchase.