Basics of Photography By Ashok Kandimalla

Learning photography cannot get simpler than this. I would also go on to the extent of saying, if you cannot learn photography even after reading this book then just forget about photography. Basics of Photography by Mr. Ashok Kandimalla has been thoughtfully compiled to help beginners understand the various concepts of photography in very simple language.  Ashok Sir needs no introduction. Smart Photography magazine has been continuously publishing his photography lessons for many years now and numerous beginners have benefitted from it. Ashok Sir is the person from whom I learnt my photography. So here is your chance to master the art of photography. Get your copy now !!!! It’s gonna change the way you look at cameras and photography forever.


By Mr. Ashok Kandimalla


  1. What is a Camera and Types of Cameras: Various parts of a camera, their function, types of cameras (P&S, bridge, DSLR, CSC, etc.), which is the best camera for you.
  2. Fundamentals of Lenses and Types of Lenses: Basic concepts like focal length, f/ number, different parts of a lens, cropping factor, types of lenses like telephoto lenses, wide-angle lenses, zoom lenses, zoom ratio, parfocal and vari-focal zooms, fixed and variable aperture zooms, special purpose lenses like macro, fish-eye,  T/S,  etc., tele-converters, exposure issues when using these, image stabilization,  choosing a lens, etc.
  3. Pixel Count and Print Size: What is pixel count and how is it different from resolution, relationship between pixel count and print size, interpolation,  sensor sizes, large vs small sensors, angle of view, how many pixels does film have.
  4. File Formats: Description of various file formats like Raw, JPEG, etc., their relative merits, what does compression and size in images mean, etc.
  5. Exposure Modes, Controls and Meters: Concept of stop and EV, reciprocity, description of exposure modes (A, S, P, M modes), difference between auto and manual modes, scene exposure modes, when to use which exposure mode, use of mode dial, metering modes (matrix/ evaluative spot, etc.), exposure compensation, bracketing, etc.
  6. Metering:  The basic meter calibration to mid tone, dynamic range and brightness range,   how to recognize scenes that will make your camera give wrong exposures, how to handle high contrast scenes, use the spot meter, the metering mantra and intro to HDR.
  7. Histogram and Highlight Warning:  Operation of these two tools, how to use them to get correct exposure always.
  8. White Balance: Concept of color temperature, what is white balance and how it affects your images, fine tuning white balance.
  9. Defects in lenses:  Various distortions and aberrations in lenses, how they affect your image.
  10. Perspective:  Concept of perspective, its role in creating depth, how to use perspective to your advantage, how perspective is independent of focal length, perspective and distortion, how to avoid leaning lines when photographing buildings.
  11. Depth of Field (DOF): What is DOF, factors that control DOF, how is DOF independent of focal length, how magnification affects DOF, DOF when photographing macro subjects, hyper focal distance, intro to focus stacking to extend DOF.
  12. Flash (Part I): Explanation of Guide number, triggering,  synchronization,  X-Sync, high speed sync, use of built-in flash, dedicated and non-dedicated flashes,  their  merits and demerits, slave flashes, light modifiers.
  13. Flash (Part Il):  Different flash modes like red-eye reduction, slow sync, 2nd curtain sync, repeating (multi) flash, TTL (normal and balanced), manual flash, off camera flash, setting up wire-less flash, etc.
  14. Elements of Composition (Part I):   What is composition, subject and its placement, rule of thirds, lines and shapes, leading lines, space in an image, frames, etc.
  15. Elements of Composition (Part II):  Texture, patterns, creation of depth, analyzing a picture, tips for composing a picture.


Total pages: 168


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