If you’re like most photographers your camera manual isn’t among your favourite reading material.
The truth is, most people are too busy to read the manual, the print is small and the manual may be a couple of hundred pages long.
Your camera may have as many as 30 or 40 different shooting options, and it might even be that the photographs you are taking are not as good as you’d hoped.
For a number of years, local photographer Tom Skinner has heard about, and seen the problems, first hand.
He has analyzed the pitfalls of digital photography for the beginner and developed a quick start Roadmap to Better Digital Photography.
Combining his passion for the outdoors and photography with his teaching background, Skinner set about to produce the roadmap in consultation with two large camera chains; one in Alberta and one in B.C.
“The roadmap is designed for people who are new to digital photography and is a compilation of material used for teaching beginning digital photography classes,” said Skinner.
“It is not intended to replace your manual, but to provide you with basic knowledge and terminology to help to understand basic concepts.”
Skinner’s freelance photography career was launched in 1994 with the publication of a photo in the Vernon Daily News of two wood ducks in Polson Park.
Since then his photos have appeared in Beautiful B.C., B.C. Outdoors, Canadian Living, The Morning Star, Okanagan Life, Nature Canada, Our Canada, and More of Our Canada, as well as North Okanangan tourism publications.
Perhaps more infamous as the photographer behind the Kalamalka Highlander’s Calendars for Kilts campaign, Skinner has also continued to sell his wildlife and nature cards through the Vernon Art Gallery and Gift Shop.
Several of his photos will also be used as part of the trail display at the south end of Swan Lake, being developed jointly through Ducks Unlimited and the North Okanagan Regional District.
The Roadmap has been printed in Vernon and will be for sale at the following retail outlets: Bookland, Boutique Canadiana, and Buy Low Foods.
Unfolded the roadmap will be 18-by20 and folded up it will be four-by-six and fit in your pocket.
“It will also easily fit in a Christmas stocking,” said Skinner.