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National Geographic: The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography Paperback – November 21, 2006
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Buying Your Digital Camera
Point and Shoot
Basic Rules - composition, depth of field, etc.
Advanced Techniques - motion, portraits, wedding photos
Making Better Prints - desktop printers, monitor calibration.
Projects - calendars, prints, albums.
More On Photography - a list of websites
Most of the topics are not well suited to a book. Rapid technical advancement insures that chapters on buying a digital camera, camera phones, printing, scanning and archiving are going to be obsolete the moment the book is published. It appears the book was assembled by a committee that couldn't agree on its direction, scope, or philosophy. Scatter-shot examples (e.g. pinhole cameras, guassian blur and the history of film) coupled with a serious lack of depth (1 page on wedding photography, 1 page on wildlife) makes one wonder how they defined the intended audience.
I would have given it 5 stars, except for the fact that the binding is terrible on this edition. It is marketed as a "field guide", which lead me to believe I could take to the places I want to photograph. Instead, pages started falling out after reading the first two chapters in my house. I'm the type to take care not to crease the spines of my paperbacks too. Be careful handling this book.
True there are some sections I feel needed to be in a different book such as selecting your camera to buy, using your cameraphone, film photography (though this is debatable since that is where it started), scanning and archiving. That said, I still think that the price paid for this book is quite a steal! ($13, Bargain Bin at Barnes and Noble)
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the book is what I wanted and provides the information i need. It is what i expected for this type of publicvation.Published on February 26, 2013 by dhba
This book would be a good reference to a complete beginner only. It covers many different topics, some of which are interesting, but it covered very little about the more... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by Adam Walpert
Sufficient detail to keep the attention of the advanced photographer or hobbiests attention. Great discussions of fundamental photography principles and techniques.Published on September 8, 2009 by Steven
I used this book as a guide for a digital photography course I took in the Teton National Park. Text is very informative and not in the least boring. Read morePublished on August 9, 2008 by C. Osmundsen