LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros

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Photography has been the business and the passion of LIFE since the original weekly magazine’s inception in 1936, and it continues to be the business and passion of LIFE Books and LIFE.com in the new millennium. But photography has surely changed during these many decades. The rigs and gear of old have given way-first slowly, then all at once-to sleek miracle machines that process pixels and have made the darkroom obsolete. The casual photog puts eye to lens, sets everything on auto and captures a photograph that is . . . perfectly fine.

One of LIFE’s master shooters-in fact, the final in the long line of distinguished LIFE staff photographers-was Joe McNally, and he has always believed that with a little preparation and care, with a dash of enthusiasm and daring added to the equation, anyone can make a better photo-anyone can turn a “keeper” into a treasure. This was true in days of yore, and it’s true in the digital age. Your marvelous new camera, fresh from its box, can in

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