It sounds weird for me to say I’ve just written my first book. I’m not really the kind of person who would write a book. In 2 attempts at Higher English I got 2 Ds. My primary 2 teacher told me I have 2 speeds – dead slow and stop. Someone once phoned me to say that tall poppies (people like me) get their heads cut off (by people like him). Here in the North East of Scotland, you’re just not meant to get too big for your boots! But photography has taught me to be persistent and to follow my ideas. So, I decided to lift my head a little and write a book.
There are so many photography resources out there already – books, magazines, blogs and youtube channels galore. More than you could shake a stick at! Much of it is about camera equipment. Reviews, unboxings, comparisons. There are also lots to ‘how-tos’. How to use Aperture, how to use Shutter Speed, how to use flash, how to use Lightroom, how to use layer masks in Photoshop. All of these resources have their place but, for me, by far the most useful things have been those that give an insight into a photographer’s thinking.
When I find a photographer who’s work I resonates with me I’m likely to keep an eye on their career and look out for any videos, books etc that can reveal a bit of their thinking. There are no secrets as such in photography nowadays – all of the technical information is out there. Different photographers, however, each have their own way of going about things and if I can try to understand what it is that makes a photographer tick then that’s something I might be able to add to my own approach. It’s not usually a technical thing – it’s more likely an internal motivation or way of seeing the world that is unique to them which has been fostered by nature and nurture.
It is from this angle that I approached writing my own book. I wanted to put something out there that could only come from me. What makes me want to pick up the camera? How to I find subjects? What am I thinking when I’m in front of those subjects? My approach isn’t special. It is not the best or only approach. It’s just that it’s my approach and I probably have a certain way of going about my work that someone in my audience of beginner and novice photographers may not have thought of. If I can communicate that to a few people and help them on their photographic journey then I think I’ve done my job!
If you’re a beginner / novice photographer I recommend my little eBook, 3 Steps to Better Photographs. It’s only 3 short chapters and you’ll be able to read it in your lunch hour! You can get a free copy by signing up for my emailing list on the home page of this website. I hope you enjoy the book and that it reveals or affirms something that helps you take the next steps on your photographic journey.
PS – How do you be a tall poppy? Reach for the sun!
Reader reviews of 3 Steps to Better Photographs:
“It looks and reads great. So much so that it’s made me want to pick up the camera again. It’s been a long time since I did and I think it’s time to get back to it.” – A. Mein
“Hey Graham, I like the way it’s written with examples and leaves the reader with plenty of food for thought.” – C. Lock
“Loved it. Really useful insight into you as a pro and the methods you use Will definitely be reading again.”- P. Hutchison
“Just downloaded your book. LOVE IT. Such a good reminder of various points from your courses and written in a relaxed and fun style. Will def recommend the book to others in my group.” – B. McGovern
“Absolutely love the e-book – great work! Your photos are brilliant.” – A. Ironside