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Professional Techniques for Digital Wedding Photography Paperback – September 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1584281108 ISBN-10: 1584281103 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media; 2nd edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584281103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584281108
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,804,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Hawkins has been a professional photographer for 20 years. Kathleen Hawkins is the president of Wedding Professionals of Central Florida. She is the author of Bride's Guide to Wedding Photography. They are the authors of Professional Marketing & Selling Techniques for Wedding Photographers. They live in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

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If you want to know about the business side of it, this is the book to get, otherwise forget it.
Dominicus Iskandar
If you are a newbie hoping to start your own wedding photography business, this book may provide a few useful tidbits but won't do much to get you there.
David A. Thomas
Not making the transition to digital today would be like not making the transition to color a few decades ago.
Tim Faust

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David A. Thomas on July 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
My wife and I are long-time photographers (digital and film) who are planning on adding wedding photography to our resumes. We found this book to be useless.

Consider the title: Professional Techniques for Digital Wedding Photography. First, there is very little content in this book that would qualify as a "professional technique." In fact, only a handful of pages are dedicated to any sort of photographic technique. Second, much of the book is wasted trying to convince the reader that it's time to invest in digital photography. Well, if you've purchased a book for "...Digital Wedding Photography", there's a pretty good chance that you've already made (or are about to make) the leap into the digital medium.

As for content, I am not sure to whom the authors are targeting this book. The initial chapters are spent trying to convince the professional photographer that his/her days are numbered if he/she is still shooting film. The remainder of the book appears to be targeting aspiring wedding photographers by providing a marginally useful discussion of the business end of wedding photography (something a professional is already familiar with) along with a very shallow treatment of Photoshop techniques. Finally, the photos are, by and large, less than inspirational.

If you are a newbie hoping to start your own wedding photography business, this book may provide a few useful tidbits but won't do much to get you there. More likely, you will be annoyed by the condescending digital-or-nothing tone prevalent throughout this book. If you are a professional photographer, then you are probably already familiar with the pros & cons of switching to digital photography. If not, I suggest putting the $30 toward a new lens and try a free book instead: the Yellow Pages. Find a nearby professional camera shop. You'll get more information regarding the costs and advantages of going digital than you will from this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Faust on April 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Do not look at this book if you are interested in improving your photography. I has a few "tricks" for making some slick modern looking images in post production, but there is little to no mention of capturing the images on the day of the wedding. However, I would HIGHLY RECCOMEND this book to professional photographers looking to actually run their business like a business. Although some of the sales techniques in this book are "high pressure" they can easily be tuned down to fit the individual photographer's taste. The negative reviews I have seen in here so har have mostly been from people who are only interested in the art of photography, and not the business side of it. All I have to say is that digital is making the market far more competitive. Not making the transition to digital today would be like not making the transition to color a few decades ago. Film is going the way of "fine art" and will have little commercial use in the next few years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dominicus Iskandar on April 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a book about marketing NOT photography! If you want to know about the business side of it, this is the book to get, otherwise forget it. It's a waste of money!
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