'The LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot like the Pros' Instructs Both New and Experienced Digital Photographers How to Take Their Best Pictures

Renowned Photographer Joe McNally Reveals Essentials of Shooting Digital

Oct 19, 2010, 16:02 ET from Time Home Entertainment Inc.

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Home Entertainment Inc. announces the publication of The LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot like the Pros by Joe McNally. Just in time for the holidays — from Halloween to New YearsJoe McNally, one of LIFE's master shooters and the most recent in a long line of distinguished LIFE staff photographers, has prepared a fool-proof guide that covers tips of the trade; step-by-step instruction on focusing, lighting and composition; and features photos from his personal portfolio.

In The LIFE Guide to Digital Photography (256 pages; $29.95), McNally walks readers carefully through the dos and don'ts of shooting digital and concentrates on five fundamentals: light, the lens, design elements, color, and composition. He offers his expert advice on everything from shooting fireworks and family portraits, to telling a story with texture to choosing color or not — framing all discussions with his own personal experiences as a photographer.

Following are some pointers:

  • If you want to capture the sun setting, set up before the twilight comes. Also stay a little later and you may catch a beautiful sky that you didn't expect.
  • If your child is in a show and you are allowed to attend a rehearsal, do so. You want to be ready when his or her star turn comes.
  • Do a survey of the whole picture, which means looking at the edges to make sure they aren't littered with visual junk.

The guide, complete with glossary, presents everything the burgeoning photographer needs in order to capture the very best digital pictures.

About LIFE

The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, in journalism, and in telling the story of our country and our world which began with LIFE magazine in 1936 by founding editor and publisher, Henry R. Luce. They have published books on a broad range of subjects, including New York Times bestsellers One Nation, LIFE Picture Puzzle and The American Journey of Barack Obama.  

About the Author

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer, whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. In the mid-1990s Joe served as Life magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years.  He is a recipient of the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award and has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, The Art Directors Club, American Photo, Communication Arts, and Graphis. One of Joe's most notable projects, Faces of Ground Zero — Giant Polaroid Collection, has become known as one of the most significant artistic responses to the tragedy at the World Trade Center.

SOURCE Time Home Entertainment Inc.