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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 1st Edition
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So what type of training do I speak? If all you want to know is the how of the thing, and not the why or technical background, these books are for you. For those that are looking for the technical aspects, the specifics behind why this aperture, that ISO and this shutter speed, you will not appreciate these books.
What is it that makes this set so great? For me, it's the buddy in the room aspect of it. Scott's premise is simple for each book. Essentially you are on a photo shoot in different locations (such as in the studio at the beginning of book 4). You ask a question such as "how do I get tack sharp subjects but blurred backgrounds in the studio?" Scott's answer is pretty simple and given the flow of the books, you'll know that the answer he gives is either how to set your camera, maybe how to do it in post processing (Photoshop) or maybe what to buy. In this case, he recommends you buy a ND (neutral density) filter to allow you to keep the studio lighting and open your aperture as wide as possible. You get the blurred background AND it isn't over exposed.
What you might not like is that Scott really does take it to a buddy/buddy type of level. The writing is playfully jocular. Sometimes really silly. For me, the fun aspect really works and really does help me learn and retain the information. For some people, this approach will be off putting.
One recommendation I have - if Scott tells you he has a video on-line that shows you how to do something, do yourself a favor and take a view. All of the videos I watched were worthwhile and helped re-enforce what was in-text.Read more ›
The materials and information that are presented in these four little books have a great value for any photographer either for a beginner or even for an advanced professional like Scott Kelby. You could learn a lot from these books and I even made some reference booklet of my own where I just listed step by step all the necessary steps of actions to achieve the result as a pro by following Scott Kelby's tips and special techniques for specific shooting conditions. All I need is a practicing and shooting. As I mentioned above, this set of books is great and very helpful for any type of photographer. However, there were downsides of the Scott's teaching that I personally have noticed while reading his books. As a digital photography hobbyist, not a professional who makes his living by taking pictures, I am on a budget and cannot spend so much money for the gear to accomplish many task as a pro. So I have to accept less than pro-quality results and that would bring me to the position I used to be before taking the challenge to improve my photos using my limited equipment. I wish I could afford Canon EF-S IS 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (B&H $570). I am still using only one glass EF-S IS 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 that came with my Canon EOS 20D and that was not enough to get everything the way I wanted it. Next, the author is trying to teach you to shoot by trial and error by repeating your shots several times until it's perfect or near to perfect.Read more ›
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Great set of books for learning digital photography - easy to understandPublished 1 month ago by hbrink
Well written and great explanations of different aspects of Digital Photography. Written as if he was in the room, talking to only you.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Helpful manual to understand how to use your camera at Anytime!Published 12 months ago by erick gallegos
Decent information. I feel like with all of the techniques discussed, there is always some bit of information missing to know exactly how to recreate the shot. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Clynro
When you read it you feel as it your out taking photos and your friend is teaching you as you go. Very well written and an easy read.Published 17 months ago by Daniel B
I have never been much for doing a lot of ready, but this set I have finished and keep going back to re-read parts of them. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sharon Fredericks