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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 Paperback – October 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0321678737 ISBN-10: 0321678737 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321678737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321678737
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Layers magazines. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering in the industry, Photoshop World. He has written numerous best-selling creative technology books, and has been the #1 computer book author for five straight years.

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Photographer, author of "The Digital Photography Book" series & longtime Photoshop book author. Editor/Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) co-host of the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid." Co-host of "Photoshop User TV" and Conference Technical Chair of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Sleep is over-rated. ;-)

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Very well written, easy to understand.
Deborah B Merrick
Not only do they have great photography tips, but Scott Kelby has a very funny dry humor that makes the books FUN to read.
Rebecca Whitecotton
I've only read half of the first book and already my pictures are a million times better.
Wesley G. Norman

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164 of 166 people found the following review helpful By K. Benny on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the usual Scott Kelby style he write these books as a collection of pointers to a friend photographer. Every page in all three books are written with one pointer or tip on each page. As Scott writes in the prelude:

"If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, 'Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, but I want the background out of focus?' I wouldn't stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I'd just say, 'Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.' You would say, 'OK,' and you'd get the shot. That's what this book is all about. A book of you and I shooting, and I answer the questions, give you advice and share the secrets I've learned just like I would with a friend, without all the technical explanations and without all the techno-photo-speak."

This being said, this also means that he doesn't dwell deeply within each tip or pointer explaining _why_ everything works as it does. This is for the reader to find out researching the topic further in other reference books.
Surprisingly to me, this works very well! I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and I would say that I have become a much better photographer reading through all the tips.

Book one is quite general in topic, spanning from how to create really sharp photos to a description of wedding photography. This book is, according to me, a must have in every digital photographers bookshelf. This book is also clearly aimed at beginner photographers.

Coming to book 2 and 3 they differ a bit, especially of how they are written. These books also have the 'pointer and tip' layout, but more detailed information can be found here.
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189 of 194 people found the following review helpful By Bryansay on December 11, 2010
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This review is specific to the Kindle version of the box set. These are great books. So good, in fact that I bought the Kindle version for my iPad even though I already own a set of print edition. I intend to use this as a reference while traveling with my camera.

Despite my enthusiasm for the content, the Kindle edition set is very difficult to use. All three books are delivered as a single file, but the table of contents pulled up by the menu only refers to book one. To find the contents of book 2 & 3, one must search or manually scan the pages. This issue renders the Kindle book very difficult to use as a reference.

Updated: Amazon informs me that the only option is to contact the publisher or take a refund. With regret, I have accepted a refund and will continue to use the print edition. I cannot recommend that you buy the kindle edition of this set.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Byron Dillard on October 21, 2009
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These books are aimed a novice DSLR users. If you've done much photography or read up on the subject, you won't find much real new material in here. Fortunately, Scott Kelby avoids the traps of getting bogged down in the operational specifics of the equipment he is discussing (this is not a rehash of the Owners Guide). The books are to the point, light hearted and fun (with lots of the usual Kelby humor).
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on January 13, 2011
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Beware. You will receive a single eBook only. You will not receive all three copies of the book. If you want to get to volume 2 or 3 you must page through thousands of pages to find them. There is no table of contents for Volumes 2 & 3 at the front. My recommendation is to purchase the three individually as Amazon support was worthless and could not understand the problem. I returned this single edition and paid the extra $3 to get the books individually. Much nicer now as I can quickly access any chapter in all three books. Amazon really needs to figure this out or at least note this in the description. I am not sure if this goes for any book sold via Kindle as a multi-volume set. I know that I will never purchase a multi-volume set from Kindle again. As for Scott Kelby's Digital Photography book series I give it a 5 Star rating. I just want to save people from the hassle that I just had to go through.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Sinharoy on December 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
These books are great for beginners who've usually invested in fancy camera gear and would now like to know - how does this damn thing work? And why don't my pics (weddings, babies, landscapes, flowers) look anything like the pros? Well, Kelby provides quick cook recipes for a host of usually occurring subjects and topics and enough info to get better than average shots. Enough to please you and your subject without getting into the tech details. And that's great for starters and for most people ...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blythe Dresser on November 13, 2011
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I'm a student at a private arts school pursuing my degree in photojournalism. I like to think that after my four years of study, I have a pretty great working knowledge of cameras and the craft of photography. Not that there isn't always more to learn. I never had this series of books when I was starting out with my first digital SLR camera, but I can honestly say that I wish I had.

About a year ago my father, who is retired, decided to take a digital photography class at his local community college, just to try something new. As an older student, he was nervous about showing up the first day without any knowledge whatsoever about digital cameras or photography, so he wanted to do a little prep work beforehand. I pointed him towards the Scott Kelby Digital Photography guides.

My father, like many people of his generation, isn't one who keeps up with the natural evolution of technology. He bought himself a nice Nikon dSLR, but was immediately overwhelmed by the numerous features and settings. The terminology (f stop, ISO, AV priority, etc) confused him and he found wading through the included manual daunting. The Scott Kelby books are great because he breaks down the photographer's vocabulary in very clear and relatable terms. There is no confusion. What's also really nice (and is something I've never seen in any other photography guide book) is that Kelby illustrates the features of digital SLRs through photographs of their menus (on both Nikon and Canon bodies) so that the user can follow along with the book.

It's great to see a final photograph and then have each step broken down so that you can recreate the effects in your own work.
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