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National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Photography: Revised and Expanded (Photography Field Guides) Paperback – April 21, 2009
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The old one was perfectly sized for carrying in a pocket or a camera bag, and full of inspirational photos and images in addition to excellent information of the actual mechanics of shooting a camera, how Lenses, Apertures, Flash, Shutter Speed and ISO worked. It could be pulled out at any time to be reviewed, studied, or poured over for inspiration.
It was small, easy to read, and full of inspirational pictures.
It spent a lot of time teaching the reader to take great photos through the lens. It explained the use of different lenses, both fixed focal length and Zoom, and when to use each; It explained aperture use; it explained different ISOs and when to use different kinds of film; it explained lighting, both studio and outdoor, how to use a meter and how to use a flash; how to compose a shot, using different framing and focusing and lighting techniques to make it more interesting.
It spent almost no time explaining darkroom or post-production editing techniques
In short, it explained how to take great pictures.
This one however, dedicates the majority of its space to post-production, over a third to equipment (including nearly 30 pages dedicated to camera phones), and less than 25% of the space in the book to the process of actually taking pictures.
It's oversized, poorly laid out, and hard to navigate.
The old one fit in your pocket, the new one is a college textbook style which barely fits on a bookshelf.Read more ›
This book tries to cover everything, including scanners for photos and archiving. It even had a chapter on the development of photography, from the earliest discoveries of how light darkens certain chemicals to the development of color, etc.
If you are totally new to photography, I can see this book being helpful. For a field guide, I'd still recommend the previous version.
I have a point-and-shoot digital camera. Most of the writers are still stuck in the film era, and rightfully so. When the book was written, there was still a place for film. Now that digital cameras are passing 20 MB, I think that most photography will be digital by 2015.
Chapter 1 is on Point-and-Shoot, but after page 34, the "advice" is about more advanced techniques. Well, I've been taking pictures for 63 years. I've even sold a few. I've never been a "technical" photographer, but more of a "natural" one who has made and corrected mistakes, and at other times disagreed with the pros because I know what I like. More important, I know MY camera's capabilities and deficiencies, and I've even developed some of my own techniques for getting around a few of the negatives (such as my P&S gets poor marks for low light photography).
There's a chapter on aerial photography, and one on just scanning and another on archiving. And yet, this is called a "field guide." It's too big, and cumbersome in more ways than one to be a field guide ... unless you're on safari.
Well, it's not what I was hoping for which was a book of tips and topics that I could USE. The best book for me it turns out is the manual for my SX20 camera.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My photo club recommended it as THE one book to own. It's well-written and well-organized. I would probably give it 5 stars if I were an advanced photographer, but I'm not.Published 2 days ago by Carolyn G. Garrison
I bought this book because I love the previous editions. I've regretted getting this book ever since I got it. Please do not waste your money on this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 1911
It was present for my nephew. She was delivered and she is very happy. She is doing her first photo project in school and I think the book will appropriate of her work.Published on August 10, 2013 by Ivaylo Dimitrov
Good book for basic photography students. I found that most of it could be very basic and I was looking for a more advanced one.Published on August 1, 2013 by Herbert I. Sawtell
An excellent guide for beginning and experienced photographers. It is comprehensive. My photographs have improved since studying the book. I am very satisfied.Published on July 10, 2013 by Laura Stone
We bought the original field guide for our son some years ago and he has raved about the information that he has been able to use over the years. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by plittlefield
This seems to be the place to go to get gently used inexpensive textbooks for Art Institute of Phoenix. It helps financially.Published on February 14, 2012 by Angela F. Williams