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DSLR For Beginners: A Crash Course in Digital SLR Photography ~ How to Take Better Photos by Understanding Digital Photography Basics

by Holly Ashby

If you’re ready to learn how to use all those fancy functions of your new digital SLR camera so that you can have more control over the pictures you take, then this book is for you!

Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet, or Kindle device.

Let me guess: You recently got a new DSLR camera, and in all your excitement, you tossed the manual somewhere and then went out to take pictures. Of course, similar to a “point-and-shoot” camera, anybody can take a fairly decent image using the Auto setting, because the camera does all of the work for you! However, with Auto mode, you’ll soon find yourself frustrated at the lackluster quality the photographs have. Auto mode simply doesn’t give you enough control over your image.

Believe it or not, photography is actually a hard skill to learn. The biggest obstacle is that people often feel daunted by all of the seemingly complex functions, buttons, and dials available to them on a DSLR camera. And this is where I come in to help! I’ve written this short book as an easy-to-understand guide on how to use the manual functions on your camera. Regardless of the brand of your camera, the goal of this eBook is to take the fear out of all the unknown buttons and features. As you’ll come to find out, once you’ve gotten control over your camera, you’ll begin to have more control over your photographs. Your frustration with your camera will subside, and even if you consider yourself an amateur or a beginner, your images will take on a much more professional, technical quality. So if you’re ready to impress yourself (and get your money’s worth from your expensive camera) by becoming a savvy DSLR photographer, then let’s get started!

Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…

  • Getting Started with the Basics
  • Choosing Your Settings
  • Understanding the Dial on Top of Your Camera
  • Learning to Read the Display
  • Getting the Hang of Metering Modes and Focus Modes
  • Understanding ISO and White Balance
  • Learning to Work in RAW
  • Much, much more!

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Travels In Arizona – Jerome Arizona

by Paul Moore

Approximately 75 pages with more than 70 color images. This work is ENTIRELY pictorial.

Jerome was once the fourth largest town in Arizona and owed its existance to copper mining and was once know as the most wicked town in the west. The town almost became a ghost town by 1953 when the mine was closed due to lack of demand and low pricing. The town is roughly 20 miles west of Sedona

The town is becoming a favorite tourist destination with a growing number of hotels, resorts, and four-wheel drive tours able to accommodate considerable numbers. For Arizona the average temperature is considered moderate as the town’s elevation is approximately 5,200 feet allowing for moderate winters and summers.

The author began photography and photo-journalism in early 1963 when he accepted an offer from his local newspaper to write about and photograph sports events at the Arizona high school where he was a junior. After a stint in the service, he had an opportunity to study photography and printing techniques with Bernard Hoffman, a true gentleman and scholar, and one of the earliest staff photographers for Life Magazine.

Since that time he has had thousands of photographs and hundreds of articles published by more than 60 national and international periodicals. He was also a contributing editor for one of them for more than ten years. Topics ran the gamut from professional sports, medicine, archeology, and photography to science.

After twenty years away from Arizona he returned in 1985 and it has been the base from which all his photographic excursions are launched. Along with many others he has embraced digital photography but can still be seen, from time to time, peering through the ground glass of a large format camera, hoisting a large medium format 6×7, or indeed still using a 35mm film camera.

The photographer currently has fine art photography on exhibit at The Center for Fine Arts in Globe, Arizona, and is currently represented by more than ten stock photo agencies where he has more than 13,000 photographs available for commercial use.



The Snow Queen: A Play

by Si Garlick

The Snow Queen – adapted from the original Hans Christian Anderson story is an original piece for theatre.

Approx runtime 2hrs – 2hrs 30mins (depending on musical and dance numbers and interval)

The script would suite a cast of between 15 and 35 members of mixed ages and abilities from ages 6 up. And the magic will thrill audiences of any age.

More of a play or musical than a pantomime, this script is both easy to stage and perform and changes to chosen songs are easily managed.

This script was premiered in Great Britain in 2014.

With free performance rights for amateur productions, schools, colleges and church groups and via negotiation with the author for professional companies – contact [email protected] for details.

What follows is the script of a wonderful winter children’s show filled with laughter, suspense, a wicked queen, some very crazy characters and a most of all, magic.

I wrote The Snow Queen especially for my local church dramatic society. Being in pantomimes as a child with the RURC Children’s Dramatic Section was my first taste of theatre and the stage and it is what lead to my own journey into theatre and television. Whilst I initially planned to write a more traditional style of pantomime, when the story went from being Snow White to the Snow Queen, the fun and games of a panto didn’t seem to suite and so instead this Christmas Musical or Winter Show was created. A fantasy adventureâ?¦ with songs. So, if it is a traditional pantomime you are after, this isn’t the show for you, if however you want something a little more challenging, then this could be perfect!

RURC Players (Radcliffe United Reformed Church) is a very small dramatic society; however they manage to do some amazing things, particularly their youth section. This is mainly due to their regular Producer, Director and Musical Director(s): Alison Wood, Mark Robinson, Julie & Sarah Leach and their dedication to getting the most out of the young people involved.

I had meetings with the above, then hid away and wrote, and had more meetings then wrote more stuff. What follows is the result of the meetings, however there were some changes made to the script by Mark to suite his cast later in the production. Also there were a number of changes to the music and some great tunes were added. Whilst some of the production decisions were very different to how I would have chosen to set or direct the show, I wasn’t in either role, and that is the beauty of a good basic script, it can be chopped and changed to suite the theatre, cast, budget and audience and still maintain the magic, and whilst the natural rhythm to a piece may be slightly lost, the overall result doesn’t suffer.

The cast can be small, medium or large, same with sets, dance numbers etc., so as a show goes, it is very flexible. I will list the songs chosen, the first cast and Marks edits (you will find these at the end) so you can see how this was performed at its premiere.

Talking of the Premiere, I suppose you would like to know how it went. Well, despite the word Pantomime being blazoned on the posters the audiences could quickly tell that this wasn’t that type of show and within the first couple of scenes they were caught magically in this story-telling event. Both young and old alike seemed mesmerised as they followed every word, the audience gasped and laughed and hid and smiled in unison in all the right places and there was wondrous applause at the end of every night. I can honestly say I have never seen a hall full of 5 – 7 year olds be so quiet and mesmerised in the theatre in a long time, perhaps it was the magic of the Snow Queen.

Or then, it could have been the outstanding performances of the actors who were aged from 6 – 16 or thereabouts.



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