I can finally reveal why 21 Dragons has gone dark in these last few months: I was busy writing a book.
HWM MegaGuide: Digital Photography 3.0 is the latest revision to the MegaGuide which Hardware Magazine has been publishing for the last six years. It is a guide designed to help the beginner photographer learn about his camera and how to take better pictures with composition basics like the rule of thirds, perspective, and color. I had a hand in the minor revisions for 2.0, but for version three we wanted to do much more than just a simple upgrade.
Nearly everything in MG 3.0 has been reorganized and rewritten to be immediately practical, easy to understand, and beautiful to own.
Every topic in the book had to help the beginning photographer take better pictures: If something was too abstract, we rewrote it to become practical. If something was too obtuse, we rewrote it to become obvious. If something was neither practical or obvious, we took it out. And along the way, we added tons more pictures to help the reader better understand the material.
I say I wrote a book, but I didn’t write the entire thing myself. Although much of the material is brand new, MG 3.0 still builds on the foundation laid by the previous MegaGuides. I also worked with a first-rate team.
David Chieng and Augustine Tan were instrumental at helping us gain clarity during the early planning stages. Ken Koh took over the reins and defined the look of the book as well as contributed some of his amazing personal photographs for the book. Zachary Chan was the steady hand that guided it to publication. Hafeez Sim helped contribute a chapter. Angel Theng provided essential help at every stage. Jimmy Tang, our chief editor, had the wisdom to give us the space and time to make something fantastic.
Personally, I seriously underestimated the scope of the work at every turn. I had no idea just much I’d set myself up for, and how much writing almost an entire book would consume my life.
But if there’s one thing working on this project showed me, it’s the power of a small talented team to get great things done when given the space and support to do so. Every time I felt like letting something less than stellar slip just to finish a segment, the rest of the team’s dedication to making this an excellent book would pull me through to a higher standard.
I’m remarkably proud of what our team has accomplished in the short time that we had. I hope you check out our book and that you find it useful; I would consider it a success if just one person out there took one better photograph just because of our work.