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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Distribution (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002861092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028610924
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,069,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jon Harris on February 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book tries to cover many aspects of photography from equipment selection to photo technique/composition to technical jargon to home dark rooms. However, I found the organization quite poor, with topics such as exposure popping up in various places and other inconsistencies. Also, the author has a definite bias and preaches it strongly. For example, he basically states that you cannot get good pictures from a point and shoot camera, which is certainly not true in all cases.
Also, the information seems somewhat dated, as APS and digital are given zero coverage, and he discusses topics like manual film winding quite a bit.
On a positive note, the chapters on different photographic specialties (macro, portrait, landscape, art, etc.) were well done and informative.
If the writing and organization was tightened up, and new chapters on newer technologies were added, this would be a much better book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon B. Lupfer on December 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Perhaps this book's title is too accurate. It's very elementary, doesn't go into depth about anything and as a result, is not a good reference. Yes, it has the answers to basic photography questions but not much more. I haven't picked it up since I got my Kodak Guide to 35mm Photography.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book covers all the basics, but nothing more. No in depth material at all and it's shocking how so many pages are filled with so little information. This is the first and last "Complete Idiot" book I will buy, and I guess the author was just trying to stay within the limited guidelines of the title. Also, I think any photography instructional book should have good photographs in it. The art direction, photos imparticular, are terrible. This book explains, in basic terms, how cameras work and what equipment you might want to buy, but not much else.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I heard it was more in depth than the competition, and better for an SLR user like me. I usually use my Nikon. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. It talks about shuuter speeds and f/stops, but it's never all that clear or specific about when to set what. There's not much real step-by-step stuff or charts, and I was surprised at how few actual illustration photographs or diagrams. The writing doesn't have much pzazz, but what bothers me more is that sometimes it's so vague or unclear that I couldn't apply what the author was talking aabout. And there's just not much detail. Since I buy photo magazines occasionally I sort of know photo terms, and a lot of times the author's use and definition of them doesn't match up with what I read in the magazines. There's even a whole section on darkroom work, which the author could have spent on more detail in the rest of the book. Does anyone do darkroom work anymore? He should have done something about computer photography instead.
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