A practical guide written by professional photographers, with easy-to-follow guidance and tips, this work includes notes on equipment, storage and other practical essentials, as well as lots of creative guidance on how to produce the best shots on any occasion. It gives guidance on the equipment and techniques you need to produce great photographs of all subjects, including wildlife, landscapes and portraits. It includes practical, step-by-step assignments to help you master techniques, with more than 1700 inspiring photographs. It helps you learn skills such as processing your own black and white photographs, manipulating and improving images, and storing and sharing images online. This book addresses both film and digital photography, providing the enthusiast with information in everything from understanding aperture and focus to manipulating images for maximum effect on a computer. With more than 1700 photographs, every useful aspect of photography is described and illustrated. Practical considerations include holding a camera and knowing which films or lenses to buy. Practice portraits with friends and family, or get out and about in the countryside, experimenting with landscape shots and studies of light or texture. Wherever you want to take your passion for photography, this book is a valuable resource to help you on your way.