Getting your shot perfect SOOC – Great for Travel!

Image by Gordon Laing, author of In CameraGiant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Photography by Gordon Laing, published in In Camera

SOOC = Straight out of camera, the shots you take with your camera that are near perfect – or just perfect as is.  Often I get a list of books that are coming out from publishers and I look at the ones that catch my eye – the ones that will make me slow down, read, learn something and something perhaps you would also like!

This is such a fun book filled with easy to read narrative and camera data – all the things you’d want to know about how to get that shot perfectly straight out of camera – and you don’t need a DSLR either – you can use a mirrorless, or a point and shoot that has manual mode.

In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight out of the Camera, $15 (c/o) / Mirrorless camera: Fujifilm X100T

I’m not sure how many of you are still following me due to my photography work, but thanks for staying! It’s not as often I talk about photography but I sure do miss it, but I’m never sure how many of you are photographers or even have any interest in images.

This book – will be interesting to whoever you are (but yes you do need a bit of camera experience). Photographer and author Gordon Laing (find him on IG @cameralabs) sent me a few of his images that were featured in the book – I requested these specific shots because they really stood out to me, that I wanted to share.

Image by Gordon Laing, author of In CameraPulpit Rock, on the isle of Portland

Just a quick review about this book – you see the scenario, settings, camera, and the filters applied, down to the ISO and shutter speed. I LOVE that! Gordon Laing took most of these with mirrorless cameras – along with tips, he talks candidly about the situation (wind, waves, other photographers, rules to know at state parks, valuable tips to get that perfect shot, etc.)

Image by Gordon Laing, author of In CameraBrighton’s Iconic West Pier

I especially love that there are lots of travel photos, places I’ve been and I want to go so I can study and read if given that situation how to think quick and get those settings! Mirrorless cameras also have some great filters included so you don’t need Photoshop – he shared his settings and any in camera filters used.

I also have to say that getting shots like this isn’t crazy easy – but reading his book it explains the thought process of slower shutters, and using different filters. Just knowing settings you can get these SOCC without worrying about Photoshopping them to look this way.

Image by Gordon Laing, author of In Camera Manhattan Sunset

Image by Gordon Laing, author of In CameraMoonset in Santa Cruz

^^ This reminds me I need to go to the slot canyons one day! A great tip he mentioned about Antelope Canyon was a photographer’s permit and he was rejected with a mirrorless – but hadn’t been prior with his medium-format film camera (the ticket office deicides if your equipment is deemed “professional” It kind of cracked me up because let’s be honest, it’s about the operator! But he mentioned he was able to get a private tour for the same price and it worked out the same for him. Those are the kinds of fun tips Gordon gives.

Constant learning is something I enjoy doing, and it’s kind of funny that with all the things I love to learn about – blogging and photography remains at the top of my list. Add this book to your next Amazon order, or gift it to a photographer of any level, and even better, if you have that photographer who LOVES to travel – like me! In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight out of the Camera, $15 on Amazon. Happy shooting.

I requested to receive this book to review, no compensation was provided.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Don

    Totally agree, it’s such a gift to have the eye for making great images! I normally run an gun with my Fuji an their new 50mm equivalent f/2, but for all its conveniences a 70-200 f/2.8 on my full frame Nikon is my go to for kid shots outdoors. My favorite non standard gear though are my daughter’s insulated lunch bags/ padded book bags. I regularly leave them hanging right off her stroller an don’t even flinch as nearly every Joe wouldn’t think there’d be very pricey photo equipment inside.

  • Carrie

    I started following for your photography but have stayed because of you:). Thanks for the heads up on this book. I’ll put a bug in my kids ears for a Mother’s Day gift!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      I’m so glad you’re growing old with me Carrie ;) Always a good idea to have a list for the kiddos for Mother’s Day! xo

  • Don

    Definitely love your photog background an how great your images always are. However it is I suffer from GAS, gear acquisition syndrome, I’m very glad you either do not or your GAS is much more of a problem than you let on LOL. So many photogs focus on the equipment, the specs, the prices of things an it’s really refreshing to see great images that’re further removed from things like that. Your story related to your images, really, is nicer to read about than how your exposures were made IMHO thanks!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Don, you crack me up. I have never heard of GAS. Altho, I do think I can sway that way – I did get a Mark IV but I don’t like brag about it, and my gear is pretty up to par where I want it at the moment :) I do think the most beautiful images created is about the operator, not necessarily the equipment (though it is also weighs of some importance). What’s your favorite gear to shoot with?


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