Nicole S. Young is a photographer, a frequent tweeter, and now an author – she's written the new book “Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots”. I've followed her on twitter for quite a while and she's a fellow iStocker (someone who sells photos on iStockPhoto.com) (check out her portfolio on iStock!). When i found out that she'd written a book about the Canon EOS 7D (reviews), i just had to give it a look and for many noobs to the 7D, it will be worth your time to give it a look as well. And, if you keep reading, you'll find out we're giving away the copy that Nicole sent to me for review and autographed!
First off, the downside to this book (if it really is a downside) is that it isn't aimed at the movie maker. It teaches you about photography with specific points relating to the the 7D, but it doesn't teach you much about the movie side of the camera – and don't get me wrong, it wasn't intended to do that. Tho there is a chapter on the video settings, it isn't the main goal of this book to teach you to make movies. It's goal is to make you a better photographer by knowing the workings of the 7D. Once you have the 7D mastered, you'll be ready for one of the other books we'll be reviewing in the next few weeks.
For someone just getting into photography or just buying the Canon 7D and not knowing it's functions, this is a great book and one that will serve this crowd well. If you're an upper level photographer or already know the ins and outs of your 7D, i doubt you'll find much here that you didn't know, but, of course, there's always something that you could learn that you didn't know and i found a couple of things in reading thru this book – so it does help to have a wide variety in your reading!
There are two things i liked right away. First is that Nicole's writing is fresh and personal. She talks to the reader and this doesn't have a textbook feel to it. It is well done.
Second, i thought the beginning of the book was brilliant – Nicole knows that the first thing we all love to do is to grab a new camera and run out to see what we can do with it – yet she urges us to get comfortable with the camera first and starts the book with a chapter about settings… “ten tips to make your shooting more productive right out of the box”. Brilliant. And they're darn good tips too.
Win this book!
And now that i've read thru the book, we're going to give it away to one of you! And, to top it off, this is an autographed copy!
So here are the rules of the contest.
- First, you must be following both Nicolesy and planetMitch on twitter.
- Second, you must tweet this: “Canon 7D from snapshots to great shots-book review on planet5d. Read these rules to win: blog.planet5d.com/g02 [more than retweet]”.
- And third, you need to enter a comment on this post. (The last time i tried to do a twitter only contest, twitter had a burp and the tweet archive was lost so i couldn't find a winner – so this is a backup plan).
Contest ends Sept 15th.
For the beginner or intermediate photographer moving up to the Canon 7D, “Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots” is an excellent addition to your library and teaches you much more than you'll get out of just reading the manual. You'll enjoy Nicole's writing and her photographs are beautiful and draw you in – and her explanation of the details of some of them gives great insight.
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(Photo credit: snap from the book)