Digital Photography Basics

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Just two minutes from now you can have on your screen the best guide for taking photos, my free  “Digital Photography Basics” e-book. And it costs you nothing…All I’m asking is that you subscribe to my newsletter with regular new photo tutorials (and opting out is easy if you no longer want to receive it).

Digital Photography Basics eBook

This 66-page guide is an amazing resource for beginner and intermediate photo enthusiasts, whether you have a compact camera or a DSLR.

It’s written in “plain English” — no confusing technical jargon — and illustrated throughout with color photos. The book goes through the common basic controls found on cameras and explains how to adjust them and why you might want to.

After reading this book you will:

  • Be in control of your camera instead of intimidated by the idea of changing settings.
  • Understand the factors involved in taking a well exposed, sharp picture and learn how to be more creative
  • Start mastering lighting and focus like a pro


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20 Responses to “Digital Photography Basics”

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  1. Gopa says:

    watched your video on how to back-up the lightroom catalog. awesome, because it’s super simple.
    I understand that you need to be an expert to explain things simple. ( any field)
    thanks for sharing

  2. Gary says:

    Have enjoyed many of your videos. Very easy to follow.

  3. Mari Carmen Aguado Domínguez says:

    I have just discovered your tutorials today and found them very useful for beginners as I am. I have serious troubles with importation of photos in Lightroom and then, to export them when they are edited to an external record since I don’t want to have them in my laptop but a virtual copy to show. I thank you very much for your tutorials.

    • Hi Mari, I’m glad you are finding my tutorials helpful. If you are having trouble exporting your photos, if you could be more specific about your issue, I will try to help you out. After editing an image in Lightroom you do need to export a JPEG in order to email it or post online etc.

  4. Brian says:

    Hi Valerie just watched your photoshop videos on u tube and I found your teaching approach excellent as I have watched lots of others but your style is informative and really easy to follow ,great thank you and keep them coming regards Brian UK

  5. Glenn Feron says:

    Thanks Valerie for the tips on improving my performance,… It helped a lot, much appreciated!! Cheers!! 😀

  6. Luc says:

    Thank you Valerie for your helpful video.We appreciate.

  7. Enrique says:

    Thanks Valerie for your classes and for that beautiful eyes!!!

  8. Siegfried says:

    Thanks for the tips on improving lightroom performance. I gonna try them right away.

  9. Joe says:

    I stumbled on your Lightroom videos and they are straightforward and easy to understand. I have been concentrating on editing in Lightroom and lost track of the basics for organizing and labeling my thumbnails. Your videos have helped a lot. Thanks

  10. Jaclyn Morris says:

    Valerie Goettsch presents Lightroom in a very easy to understand manner, and also can make the complicated steps easy to understand. i belong to a Photo Club of over 300 members and will share hear website with all the Photo club members. Thank You, Valerie Goettsch.

    • Jaclyn, thanks for your very kind comments. I’m so glad my tutorials have helped you! Thanks for sharing them with your Photo Club, I really appreciated it!

  11. Edward says:

    I’m just beginning to get into the development function of Lightroom, and I desperately needed to undo an edit. I found your video on my first search, and it quickly showed me what to do. Thanks, you made it so easy!

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