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How to Take Quality Photographs - Guaranteed

Updated on April 15, 2018


I have always loved taking photos - but they were always "just average". I kept telling myself, "You need an expensive, high quality DSLR". Well, this past year, I finally purchased one. OK - it wasn't one of the expensive ones - but it is a very nice, quality camera - the Nikon D5100.

And guess what? My photos were still just average. I had to learn to use this camera, so I bought "Nikon D5100 for Dummies". I learned so much, not only about my camera, it's features, and how to use it, but also tips for better photos. One of the tips is that without lighting, photography could not exist.

That led me to "Digital Photography Lighting for Dummies" book. I am still learning, but my photos are already 100% better.

Why I love this book:

  • It is written in clear, concise and easy to understand language (you know - so us dummies can fully grasp the concepts).
  • There are lots of photos for visual guide to understanding these concepts.
  • It explains different types of lighting and how they affect colors in your photos.
  • It teaches how to use the camera's light and exposure features and why/when to use them.
  • I didn't realize that you could manipulate light - but this book teaches you how to.
  • If you don't want to read the entire book, it is designed so that you can easily find a specific subject of interest.
  • Oh, and there's the chapter on "Avoiding Rookie Mistakes".
  • Plus so, so much more.

This "must-have" book took my photos from ORDINARY to SPECTACULAR!

This book transformed me from a photo-snapper to a photographer.

And it made me fall in love with my camera.

Oh - and you don't need to break your bank account on the more expensive cameras to take great quality photos!


The "for Dummies" Photography series are great. These are only a few more selections. And don't forget that there are entire books available for specific cameras. I found that the manual that comes with the camera isn't really much of a help. Browse through the books on Amazon or type in "(enter camera name) for Dummies".

I would still be struggling without the help of these books.

My Photos

Below are just a few of my photos that I would like to share with you. I recently updated my photos (4/15/18). Since I've written this post, I've learned a lot more about taking quality photos. My favorite type of photos are macros.

Oh, and by the way, I still have the same camera - my D5100. Purchasing some quality lenses made a big difference.


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    • mbgphoto profile image

      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great review and I love your photos!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Your photos are spectacular! They will inspire others to take their photography to new, amazing levels. As photographers, we are always learning... always growing. It is a dance with light.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What beautiful photos! I LOVE the dummies books, though I hadn't seen these for photography. They are easy to read and funny besides. Great review.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love photography, but need to learn how to take quality, professional-looking pictures. Thanks for your review on this book. I currently use a Canon SX240 HS which works for me now, but I look forward to exploring more. Good to know that this book helped you greatly!

    • Nico1 profile image


      5 years ago

      books for dummies are a popular series. I wonder if that's how we see ourselves?

    • coqito2009 profile image


      5 years ago

      I've always love the My dummies series , I liked your photos ! Very nice Lens :)

    • DawnRae64 profile image


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      You know I LOVE your photos! Awesome lens. Makes me want to buy the book series.

    • josietook profile image


      5 years ago

      Great review!! The For Dummies series is fab!

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      5 years ago

      I agree with Merrci, books for dummies are the best. :) The pictures are very nice.

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Gotta love books for Dummies. They are the best. Your photography is awesome!

    • BrownEyedGirl69 profile image


      5 years ago

      Love your photos!

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      5 years ago

      Your photos are great - love the insects. :-)


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