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"Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs goes beyond typical technical jargon.and should you master.composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing you will indeed be making great photographs." - Uncrate

"[Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is] easy-to-read [with] vital info for the guy or girl new to their DSLR or compact system camera." - HiConsumption.com

"We've read and studied all the diagrams, manuals and jargon out there for our DSLRs, but none of it is as easy to remember or recall as the information Carroll throws down in this tome. If you're serious about being a better photographer, do what the title of the book tells you to." - Cool Material

"If you have always wanted to take good pictures but shun away from photography books filled with incomprehensible jargon, then this book may be for you." - Design Taxi

"Amateur photographers will love this practical and accessible guide; it will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys photography. Highly recommended." - Library Journal

"Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is the perfect quick reference for photographers to toss in their camera bag for a bit of inspiration and reminder of the basics." - GeekDad

About the Author

Henry Carroll studied photography at the Royal College of Art and his work has been featured in a number of international exhibitions and publications. Building on his experience teaching aspiring photographers of all ages, Henry founded frui.co.uk, one of the UK's leading providers of photography holidays and courses. Henry's clear, jargon-free style of teaching has demystified digital photography and inspired thousands to get creative with their cameras.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780673353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780673356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is what I will recommend when people ask me what book to get to learn about photography.
Dave
Henry Carrol explains the fundamentals of Photography in a very easy to understand way, gives you great examples, and uses explanatory diagrams to help you through it.
Jake
That’s not to say that today’s kids can’t learn something from a book that doesn’t have to do with school – as many do enjoy reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sage Spirit on June 30, 2014
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As both a parent and published pro photographer, I secretly harbor a desire that my kids will one day grow to love photography as much as I do (I may be holding my breath for a long time on this one).

Sure, I’ve taken them on photo-specific excursions hoping to light a fire – and have attempted on numerous occasions to pass on my knowledge and insights. But I might as well be speaking to a brick wall. If you have kids, you probably know what I’m talking about. Try and explain the basic foundation of exposure (the triad of shutter, aperture and ISO) to them for example, and they’ll think you’re speaking Mandarin.

All joking aside, kids always think that they’re experts in every subject – and the last people they want advice from are their parents, regardless of our level of expertise. Often, the best learning comes from outside sources – and many kids are turning to friends, social media (like Instagram or YouTube) to gain much-needed knowledge. That’s not to say that today’s kids can’t learn something from a book that doesn’t have to do with school – as many do enjoy reading.

You could try getting them to read a tried and true photography book like Bryan Peterson’s, “Understanding Exposure” – but truth be told, teenagers really don’t have the patience. It’s a great book for people starting out, but it’s way too technical for today’s kids with short attention spans. Today’s youth are more likely to pick up a copy of “Hunger Games” than any book on photography.

So yesterday I was with my 14-year-old daughter in one of those ultra-hip clothing stores, and saw an intriguing book on the shelf. Like any good father who is utterly obsessed about photography, I purchased it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on October 18, 2014
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The back cover of this book has the following description:
“No scary graphs. No techie diagrams. No camera-club jargon. Read this if you want to take great photographs walks you through the fundamentals of composition, exposure, light, lenses and the all-important art of seeing without drowning you in technobabble”.
Does the book fulfill this description? The answer is yes. There is a brief description of the main (and basic) elements of photography such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO along with many photographs that illustrate these concepts well. However, in this reviewer’s opinion, many of the photographs could have been more explicit in that there could have been photographs showing the impact of incremental changes in these on the photograph. For example, a series of photographs of moving objects that show how high shutter speed freezes action and how, as shutter speed is slowed, it is blurred. The same applies for aperture (on depth of field impacts) as well as the impact of higher ISO speeds (on noise). Nevertheless the book does illustrate these concepts fairly well with the included photographs. It’s just that subtleness is lost by looking only at extremes and not incremental minor changes.

The book also discusses well some of the major factors behind composition such as framing (i.e., rule of thirds), symmetry and flow of lines and curves across pictures. However, due to the books very short length, these discussions are very short (2 pages each if the accompanying photograph is included). Again, however, the basics are brought across. The last part of the book focuses on “seeing” as an art. The coverage in this area, as the rest in the book, is again quite short. The basics are brought across again, in a clear and concise manner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 18, 2014
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This book is a quick and useful guide for anyone picking up photography. It's a paperback, 128 pages, handbook size.

The five chapters inside covers the fundamentals of photography, namely subjects like composition, exposure, light, lenses and where to find ideas. They are written in a concise manner, one main subject with explanation accompanied by one photo as example. Very easy to understand.

There are lots of useful techniques explored. This should make it quite helpful for learners, to get them up to speed fast.

It's a simple book that does its job.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jake on March 27, 2014
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If you (like me) are trying to get into photography, and are confused by all the photographer mumbo jumbo you find on the internet about manual mode, aperture, etc., get this book. Henry Carrol explains the fundamentals of Photography in a very easy to understand way, gives you great examples, and uses explanatory diagrams to help you through it. A must buy for the amateur photographer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By idleambition on May 19, 2014
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This was a gift, and my friend who is just starting out with photography loved the book. Said it was easy to understand and inspired him to try some new things with his camera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John B. on July 28, 2014
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Great book. 130 pages. I read it in an hour and a half. Great simple introduction to photography with lots of examples and how-to's. Fantastic intro for the beginners like me and sets you up for the technical lingo in deeper study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phil on July 30, 2014
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Hands down one of the BEST books a newbie to photography can read. I have looked up, googled, and read a few books on the basics but none of them broke the content down so easily as this book did.
GREAT book.... quick and easy.
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