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.