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About the Author

Tom Grimm is a freelance photographer based in Oregon who has spent more than 40 years behind a camera and in the darkroom. He has taught at UC Irvine and has traveled to more than 125 countries on assignment for major publications. He is the co-author of The Basic Book of Photography.

Michele and Tom Grimm are freelance photographers and writers who have written and illustrated a dozen other adult and children’s books.  They live in Oregon.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Original edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289550
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best non-fiction titles I have ever read. It's well-written, well-organized, well-planned, accurate, and useful. The authors were thorough and thoughtful. The book delivers on the promise of its title and subtitle, 100%. Seldom do all of those come together in one work, but they come together in this one.

The book flows in the order needed to provide the novice to intermediate photographer with a solid foundation for getting the most from digital photography. That is, it starts at the beginning and guides you along the same path that you need to take.

The more I look at this book, the more impressed I am with it. Let's keep in mind I used to be a magazine editor. That background has led me to be an unforgiving, sometimes unkind, book reviewer. And a real nitpicker.

Summary

I can gush about what a great book this is all day long, and that won't help you decide if it's for you. I could also list all the things I like about it, but that's really not necessary. I'll sum it up thusly:

If you have a camera and aren't a professional photographer, you should have this book. Period.

Basic and B&W

At first blush, you might not consider this book "basic" because of its size. As you read it, though, you find the content sticks to that idea of basic and the book is an easy read. It's even easy to read where it covers technical details.

The one thing that struck me the most about this book was the authors had no need to "impress the reader." I've read too many "how to" books that resemble more of an ego trip than a mentoring. So, I always look for that and did not find it here. While the authors evidently know their material, they talk at the level of the reader instead of over the head of the reader.
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Beware of '1 Star' reviews...

Great book for anyone who is not a professional.

The writer of the 1 star review certain seems to have an axe to grind or else personal issues with the Grimms.

I read numerous reviews of this book as well as the others here on Amazon and his is the ONLY bad review of the book. Yes, the ONLY bad review and to see so many people - 7/9 - say it they found it worthwhile shows that 7/9 didn't do their homework.

It's a good book and well worth the money; don't believe one bad review, especially one that is such an 'outlier' as this one.
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What a cool book! I was so excited to receive this book for review because, as hard as I try, I'm really just a terrible photographer. I'm hoping that, with all of the fantastic tips I've read in this book, all that's about to change. I think this review is best done with tabs!
- It was very well-organized, meaning that it was incredibly easy to find anything specific one might be looking for.
- It has lots of helpful illustrations that complement the ideas being written about. It's just a pity more of them couldn't have been in color.
- It's got tips and ideas for everyone, from the immediate beginner (seriously, even for those that may not even know how to turn on a camera) to the more advanced photographer just looking for a new way of thinking about something.
- I think it's a fantastic gift idea for those who love taking pictures or even for someone starting off with a digital camera.
- It's even great for someone thinking about purchasing a digital camera, as it starts off with some great buying strategies.
- Literally every single thing I could think to look up I found in this all-inclusive book.
- At the end of the book, there was a glossary of digital photography terms with clear, concise definitions of next to every possible word one might have trouble with.
- This book serves as a great reference guide. I know I for one will be happy to have it around.
- My two biggest complaints were the lack of color photos (which I understood, as I know they can get VERY expensive) and that it sometimes felt a little bit TOO elementary.
So there you have it. I, for one, thought this book was fantab! My night time photographs have already improved thanks to one small tip from this book.
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I took out many books from the public library system, looking for the perfect easy to understand -must have- manual. I looked at a dozen or so that had been published in the last year or two and found this one to be the easiest to read, with clear descriptions and images to show what the results should be. It is comprehensive without being too techy. Because no general digital photography book is written about your specific model, I recommend having your camera manual with you when you read this book. When I read about a function I would find it in my manual and then go to the camera. I learned that my camera could do many things that I was unaware of. You just don't know what you don't know!
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"The Basic Book of Digital Photography" by Tom and Michelle Grimm ISBN 978-0-452-28955-0
Review by Chris Phillips
Michelle & Tom Grimm have put together a great introduction to Digital Photography. With copious photographs to illustrate many of the discussed topics, the book is a reference useful to the beginner and the professional alike. Even if the photographer only wants to touchup photos that they have already taken, this is a step-by-step guide of what works and what does not.
Following a logical progression, the first section introduces style, format, and purpose. This is followed by a concise, but thorough, treatment of cameras and accessories. It discusses that advantages and disadvantages of many types. The main goal is to provide the new user with an overview of what is available, what is reasonable to expect and how much time and other resources the user wishes to invest.
Following these initial sections, the Grimm's lead the reader through the process of photo clean-up (including retouching) and the use of photo-editing software. Outputting images to print, disk, or to a web site is an extensive discussion, techniques and problems with storage are discovered, including what different types are available and what are the most useful for which purpose, completes the book.
The table of contents contains helpful descriptions of each section. A glossary of terms with excellent definitions is appended, followed by a website list and finally includes an index. These combine to make a great reference manual for the most expert photographer.
The illustrative photos reference both the related passage near their placement, but also any other sections pertinent to the discussion.
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