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ISBN-13: 978-0321934949
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About the Author

For the past three years, Scott Kelby has been honored with the distinction of being the world’s #1 best-selling author of books on photography. He’s Editor and Publisher of Light It! digital magazine (the how-to magazine for studio lighting and hot-shoe flash), Photoshop User magazine, and is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed weekly videocast The Grid (a photography talk show), and teaches photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop 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 Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (May 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321934946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321934949
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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121 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on June 15, 2013
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The fact, even if true, that the Digital Photography Book is "the #1 Top-selling Digital Photography Book Ever" as heralded on the cover doesn't mean that it's a great book.

In this revised book there are chapters on getting sharp photos; photographing flowers, weddings, landscapes, sports, people and travel; avoiding problems; taking advantage of digital; printing ; and ten things the author wishes someone had told him. He concludes with recipes for fourteen types of generic shots. Each tip is less then a small page in length and includes an illustrative photograph.

I dislike tip books because they don't put photography technique within a larger context so that the reader learns a principle which he can apply to any circumstance. "Give a man a fish..." might have been written about tip books. For example, in the space of a few pages, the author tells us to shoot portraits with wide angle lenses and then tells us to use telephoto lenses. What might be called a comprehensive book would help us to understand the considerations involved in making a choice of focal length for portraits. Kelby must have been aware of this type of criticism for he offers a long explanation of the tip method and then tells you that after you start getting amazing pictures, you can buy what Kelby calls a "tell me all about it" book (even though he later says, I hope facetiously, "Stop reading books about photography"). I suggest that if you are going to read this book, read one of the "tell me all about it" books first so you can place the tips into context.

This is particularly so given the sometimes apparently contradictory advice. For example he tells you to use a tripod and the lowest ISO on the camera and to avoid high ISO "like the plague".
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mwand on August 22, 2013
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This book pretty much answered every question I had about my DLSR. I was planning a trip and wanted to make sure I got the best use out of my camera rig, which had always been a daunting prospect. After reading this book, I couldn't wait to try out all the different recommendations and scenarios that the author worked through in language that was direct, easy-to-understand and carefully walked the line between critical technical considerations and not getting so geeked out that it would frighten mere mortal photographers. My post-reading photos are finally something I'm proud of. I'd frame them. People comment on them. And it really didn't take that much effort to get them once I had referenced this book.

The one thing this book doesn't have that some readers might want is a detailed explanation of photography terms, science and deep technical issues, and that was fine with me. There are plenty of books for that. What Kelby does is tell you how to get a great photo, especially in the most common settings (sunsets, weddings, landscapes, sports, portraits...). The logic is simple for each and he even provides simple setups for different types of photos. I used his little laundry list of settings for some sunset shots in Hawaii and they came out absolutely stunning. I was never able to nail that before reading this book.

Highly recommended. Once you read it and apply the concepts, you'll suddenly realize how much further you can take your pictures when you decide to move beyond a mobile phone or a point-and-shoot.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lady In Red on August 3, 2013
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This is done with a great sense of humor, and without a lot of technical jargon. You see a picture, and he tells you how he did it, and how you can do it too. It doesn't go into a lot of the detail as to the mechanics behind it, which can be very confusing to a newbie like me. Love this book. I'm contantly using it for guidance. Will be purchasing more of Scott's books in the future.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lim on May 23, 2013
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This book is full of useful information and it's so easy to understand. For those who bought the Kindle ebook and is having problems seeing the text or images inside the black boxes, please try to set your background to sepia or black. If your background is set to white, you will not see anything inside the black boxes, not sure why. I'll give it a 5-stars once they fixed the white background issue for black box. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay White on August 17, 2013
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it's advertized as the best digital photo book and it is in my opinion.. great insight and helpful hints.. you won't be disappointed
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NatalieB on August 10, 2013
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This book is an intermediate beginners' book. Scott expects you to know all the basics on controlling exposure, which is nice for people like me who need more explanation on what to do after you understand aperture, ISO, shutter speed. I liked the quick and dirty on how to shoot panoramic photos, macro, sports, etc. He also gives a quick but thorough explanation on portraits and weddings. He gives you details on which gear you need to achieve certain images, but he doesn't ignore the fact that photography is expensive (which many pros seem to do).

I love Scott Kelby for what he does to help photographers get better in camera and in post processing. This book is no exception.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorrie on December 26, 2013
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Scott Kelby's presentation of information is appealing. I learned so much from this book. When I first looked through it I thought it was too simple, and the explanations to short. However, the information has helped me to improve already. I plan to purchase volumes 2-4 also.
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