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National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures, Second Edition [Paperback]

by Peter Burian, Bob Caputo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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June 1, 2003 079225676X 978-0792256762 2
An updated, accessible guide to photography from two leading experts in the field, the "National Geographic Photography Field Guide 2nd Edition appeals to both aficionados and amateurs with its encyclopedia coverage of everything from choosing film to virtual photography. Featuring up-to-the-minute information on new film, filters, cameras, lenses, and advances in digital photography as well as step-by-step instruction, this revised guide is an indispensable tool for creating superb pictures.

Professional photographers Peter K. Burian and Robert Caputo reveal every secret and component involved in creating photos, including the basics of composition, color, and light; manipulating film, exposure, and shutter speeds; coping with situations from weather to fast-moving subjects; techniques for shooting architecture, close-ups, portraits, and underwater adventures; plus a new section explaining black and white photography--all in a user-friendly and easy-to-reference format. With exquisite images and useful tips from award-winning professionals, this inspiring and informative volume illustrates the keys to turning everyday situations into vibrant visual moments to cherish forever.

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Written by two National Geographic writer/photographers, this fairly comprehensive introduction to taking photographs details basic equipment (cameras, lenses, and other gear), film, light, composition, exposure metering, electronic flash, subjects for 35mm photography, special situations (underwater and aerial photography), and computer imaging. But perhaps the most interesting and informative sections of the book are the profiles of Sam Abell, William Albert Allard, Annie Griffiths Belt, David Alan Harvey, James L. Stanfield, Michael Yamashita, and other notable photographers. The book concludes with helpful information on travel, photography publications, websites, and other resources. As one would expect, it is amply illustrated with exquisite, high-impact, color images made on location. This substantial book aimed at photographers looking for practical advice from the pros is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
-Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: NG Photography Field Guides
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; 2 edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079225676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792256762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource and worthy investment! March 26, 2001
I am new to photography and after browsing through several "how to books", I decided to buy this one. Though smaller than some other "complete" guides out there, this book offers very clear, easy to understand explainations of the inner workings of photography. It packs a lot of information within its pages, and tells you what you want to know, what is involved in taking great pictures. It covers both indoor and outdoor photography, has excellent diagrams, and uses photographs to illustrate techniques. Rather than offer the reader an endless stream of irrelevant data, this book explains the fundamentals of photography and how they can be used to create great photographs. The authors are careful to cover many different camera types, but keep the information relevant for all readers. It should be noted that this book is presented in full colour, unlike a different "complete" guide, which was 90% black and white(you have to be joking!). I highly reccomend this book for anyone looking to learn about photography, or improve on their technique. First class offering, typical of National Geographic caliber.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling and informative, an Excellent Guide September 6, 2000
It is always a delight to read- and see- a National Geographic book. They are always well written and packed with superb photographs, so a Photography Field Guide could not be the exception. In this masterpiece, Peter Burian and National Geographic star photographer Robert Caputo will reveal to you the secrets to making great pictures. From the Essential Basics, that is cameras, lenses, light, flashes, film and composition to practical topics on how to photograph a "world of subjects" ranging from people to animals, from sports to architecture and from landscapes to close-ups, this book is a real help to anyone who wants to take a picture. Like other National Geographic books, this one is also well designed, user friendly and packed with beautiful photos. It is also updated with a section on Computers and Photography and contains a useful glossary and a directory of web sites and photography magazines and books. As I wrote in the title of the review, this book is dazzling and informative. I think that everyperson interested in photography, should have this Field Guide, it is outstanding, a book worth a million pictures and a million words.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining June 5, 2000
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The National Geographic Photography Field Guide is an excellent guide for beginners and a good reference for the more experienced. The information is clearly presented and features such as tips in the margins make the book easy to read as well as to use for later reference. Both the technical aspects of photography and photograph composition were discussed succinctly.
Moreover, the book itself was entertaining reading and I enjoyed the sections where various photographers' styles were showcased. Not only were these sections useful in learning how to go about taking pictures, they were interesting in their own right as glimpses into how different artists work.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide February 8, 2001
The National Geographic Photography Field Guide strikes a perfect balance in its approach. Beginning photographers will find this an effective reference, and the more experienced will benefit from advice from National Geographic's greats. And the book manages to cover this range without being either condescending or talking above the heads of newcomers.
Sure, you'll get advice on how to avoid under-exposing a subject with a light background, and how to use a ceiling flash bounce to give your portrait subject a flattering illumination, but the main value of this book is the inspiration it gives to readers who aspire to take better pictures. The photographers' first-hand accounts of experiences and techniques are invaluable.
The book itself is beautifully printed and is full of beautiful color photos. Just like the National Geographic Magazine, one buys this book in part simply to look at the pictures.
An excellent book that will help you take better photographs. Covers everything from equipment to composition. Very highly recommended.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars National Geographic Field Guide to Photography December 7, 1999
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I found this book very useful. I refer to it often. The color photographs illustrate the text beautifully and completely. The book is a size (larger than a paperback novel, but smaller than a normal hardback) which allows me to carry it around easily.
The interviews with photographers are informative and interesting. The variety of photographic styles cover a broad range of interests among these talented individuals and the reader. The "how to" portions are well-written and easily understood. The authors do not "talk down" to the reader, yet cover material well.
The text is laid out in a way that makes it easy to find information. This book should prove very useful to the amateur, advanced amateur, or beginning professional.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful Manual January 26, 2000
This book is simply GREAT, it is dense for its size. Comments about every picture is shown. Tips to keep in mind in the margins of pages. The book covers in a very clear manner the art of photography. The book is divided in these areas, and each is developed in well explained sections.
1.- Essential Basics (Composition, cameras,lenses, light, flash, exposure) 2.- A World of Subjets (weather, Landscapes, peoplearchitecture, close up) 3.- Making photographs under pressure (Underwater, animals, Aerials, Adventure) 4.- Computers and photography 5.- Useful information (preparing for travel, web sites, magazines and books) each word between parenthesis is a section. The interviews are in sections where they are related to. The interviews are great, i thought there were going to be 2 or 3 very short interviews, but nothing farther from the truth, there are 8 interviews where the more important characteristics of each photographer is shown as well as their life as photographer. Sincerely this is a GREAT Acquisition. I recomend it strongly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book!
Get into the minds of the greatest photogrphers on this planet. National Geographic puts out great material, this one is no exception, a great read.
Published 1 month ago by Jose A. Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars great Photography information
Great Photography Information book. It has information that you would not find easily in photo magazines etc, You won't be disappointed.............
Published 7 months ago by photo pro
5.0 out of 5 stars Best photography book!
I wanted to buy this book since 2000. I've started reading it last week and it is very detailed about taking good pictures!
Published 9 months ago by Oscar Guillermo Caceres
4.0 out of 5 stars good guide
I think I need more experience and equipment to fully enjoy this book. It is a great advice guide for everyone that wants to try outdoor photography.
Published 12 months ago by arturo navarrete
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics, great images and a darn good read!
If you want to improve your photography, nothing can replace thoughtful practice and study: learn to operate your equipment thoroughly, study the works of others, shoot lots of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P.K. Frary
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I did not finish the book, but whatever I read was very informative. If you are buying your first book on photography, get this one.
Published on December 23, 2011 by OneAkela
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!!!
This is a kind of book that would interest amateur photographers like me the most. Big fonts make it very convenient to read and the entire book is illustrated with photo examples... Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Mayank Malkan
5.0 out of 5 stars NGFG
Great price! Was able to order one week before it was needed and received the book sooner than anticipated. Very helpful resource for beginner photographers.
Published on October 13, 2011 by riopano06
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome guide for starters
Product was in much better condition than I had expected. The book itself is a must read for amateur photographers. Covers lot of essential basics.
Published on April 18, 2011 by harish
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very informative book! This was suggested to me by my nephew as a good resource to photography. Great tips and great photos that help you understand the techniques described.
Published on February 17, 2011 by LisaS
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