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Fundamentals of Photography: The Essential Handbook for Both Digital and Film Cameras Paperback – Deckle Edge, November 25, 2008
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I call myself a photographer, writer, sharer, and broadcaster. I call myself a 'sharer' because I don't care too much for the terms 'teacher' or 'educator': what I like is to share my knowledge and experience of photography - of which I have much, across a good swathe of photographic activity. I love to share and I do that as much as I can through my writing, workshops and by offering online courses and one-on-one mentoring. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I've had 30 books published on photography and video (33 if you count the new e-books). The popular 'Digital Photographer's Handbook' has been translated into about 20 language and is now in its 5th edition. My "Digital Photography Masterclass" has proven popular with readers and reviewers: it won the Library Journal's 'Best How-to Book of 2008 and was chosen by Shutterbug as its 'Créme de la Créme' of Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008. We've just revised, up-dated and improved it. The 'Digital Photography step by step', is our best how-to book, packing an enormous of information into accessible form.
The latest book, 'Photography - the definitive visual history' is a wonderfully rich book, with over a thousand illustrations, uniquely it gives proper place to the photographic technology that has enabled photography to advance. It's a bargain at current prices - even without the discounts!
I won the 1988 Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for my coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition. Goodness knows how; there were very strong contenders that year. I presented two ground-breaking six-part series 'A Digital Picture of Britain' and 'Britain in Pictures' for BBC. And an eight-part series for Channel News Asia Singapore was broadcast in August/September 2009 and was distributed on DVD.
I've worked as magazine editor, picture editor and was senior lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for 12 years. I led a Know How Fund project that reformed the journalism curriculum for a university in Kyrgyzstan, as well as photographing extensively in Central Asia. I was chair of the Arts Council England organization for Chinese Arts in Britain and am a founding member of the World Photography Academy, where I helped initiate and led the Student Focus program for its first two years.
My current interests include fine-art photography, writing fiction and poetry. I was born in Singapore and now live in New Zealand.
Visit website at www.tomang.com, to order eBooks (one is free) and other products. Also to learn about my online courses and one-on-one mentoring.
Top Customer Reviews
However, when it comes to the science behind the photographs - whether it is the thin-lens theory, the inverse-square law, or any of the other many bits of physics that Ang name-checks in his book, his writing becomes confused. It is obvious that Ang is trying to explain things that he does not himself understand at more than a superficial level. As a PhD physicist, I found myself scratching my head while trying to work out what he thought he was trying to explain - if these sections of the book were an undergraduate essay on optics they would barely scrape a pass mark.
The book is also plagued by poor figure editing. Labels on diagrams are incorrect (there are two distances marked s1 on the thin-lens diagram, for instance), captions do not seem to refer to the figures they are attached to, and figures are swapped (particularly in the section on Photoshop where a number of screen shots are incorrectly labelled).
If you're after a book on the art of photography, this is a great read. I have really enjoyed it. But it is flawed, and if you want to understand the physics of photography you should really go elsewhere.
It is also packed with example photographs which are extremely helpful and it shows both what to do and what not to do! I would extremely recommend this book to anyone mildly interested in photography as well as those more advanced since this book perfectly incorporates both!
This book is also a great read and seems to have great pacing. The subjects are thoroughly covered with plenty of example pictures and explanations, but no drawn-out dissertations, i.e., it doesn't bore me. The writing is succinct and informative and to a novice like me, full of revelations. I have to recommend this book also, because a professional photographer friend of mine read it and thanked me. He now has his own and tells me that he refers back to it regularly.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I really believe that it strengthened my interest in photography and in learning to take the best pictures that I can.
The downside for the visually challenged is the font size is tiny. They probably did that to save some money but even with glasses it's a little hard for me to read. If you have perfect 20/20 it may be ok, but you could have difficulty reading it otherwise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book for novices and experienced photogs. Good price as well. I would recommend this book to others.Published 3 months ago by ThatOldCop
Such a great place to begin learning all the technical aspects of photography in an easy to use guide. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael G Morris
A good building block for photographers of all skill levels.Published 14 months ago by Bryan Goldsmith