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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321839954
ISBN-10: 0321839951
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About the Author

Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 best-selling author of photography books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV and The Grid videocasts, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, and Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321839951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321839954
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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By "excellent," I don't mean the obnoxious Bill and Ted reference. I mean this set is truly an excellent resource for people looking for a specific type of training.

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.
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These four volumes of the Digital Photography books by Scott Kelby are my second Digital photography sources by the same author. The first one was his "The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book For Digital Photography".
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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By shutterbug on July 3, 2012
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After having just completed Volume II, I can certainly understand why Mr. Kelby is so popular world wide. The infomation contained in the first two volumes is very clear, concise and very easy to understand and apply. I can hardly wait until I can start the next volume. My ONLY negative thing is the somewhat unusal writing style being used. I agree it somewhat breaks the "gravity" of the subject matter, but I personally would rather read about photography than a tongue-in-cheek explanation regarding his "....affair with Angelina Jolet". Having said this, I will freely admit it does nothing to detract from the overall quality of information in the book.Combined with "Understanding Exposure" and other books by Brian Peterson, I rate these as the best source books available, and of course there are many. Since my retirement, I have devoted a large amount of time pursuing my life-long passion of photography. This involved a lot of research time, and I have purchased numerous books on the subject. All these are on the unused shelf, after discovering Brian Peterson and now Scott Kelby.I am very pleased to be the proud owner of such worthy works.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brad Keeling on June 7, 2013
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I am now on the third in the series and I am slightly disappointed. Although much of the information are great little tips, that's about all these books are. And there's quite a bit of repeat from book to book. A very easy and light-hearted read, but not as much depth as I was hoping for. Basically he will say, do this certain thing this certain way, not much how and never why. All of this being said, it is a GREAT place to start to learn about what you want to know. As he even says in one of the books, 'I expect you to go out and buy one of those Show Me Everything Books' (not a direct quote). These books have opened my eyes to many new facets of photography and showed just how far I still have to go. Good place to start, with several recommendations of where to go from here. Good series, easy to take a little bit at a time (1 page per tip) order these first and read them, then you'll know what you need to read next.
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