- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0134385128
- ISBN-13: 978-0134385129
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is smaller than most, measuring 6 in. by 9 in. It is a soft covered book of 268 pages, well suited to inclusion in your camera bag and after you read and digest the information within (that’s where you will want to put this book). As of this writing it retails on Amazon for $14.99. It is rated at a Beginner level however, I would include Intermediate as well. It consists of 14 Chapters, each covering a major facet of digital photography. I won’t belabor you with the names of all those facets but it includes chapters on Flash, Lenses, Portraits, Weddings, Sports, Landscape and so on.
The book is unique in that each chapter consists of a series of one page fact sheets. That is, Kelby takes one subject relevant to the chapter, includes a picture illustration and the rest of the page is text concerning the page subject. For example, page 28 in the chapter entitled “The Truth About Lenses” is labeled “When to Use a Wide Angle Lens”. It contains a picture of a typical wide angle lens and the rest of the page contains text relating to a wide angle lens, its description and its uses. The next page covers a different lens and its uses. It’s a unique style to cover a vast subject like Digital Photography but I found it very successful. It presents a particular subject, displays it, and then describes it and its uses in a concise and no nonsense fashion. It fosters quick learning and makes future reference much easier as well. It’s just the facts with little extraneous material to get through. Each chapter ranges from 15 to 25 pages in length. It makes this book a fast reader and one that the reader can put down or pick up with little loss of place.
Kelby also provides a web site on which he posts videos illustrating some of the Photoshop processes described in the book. After reading the book in its entirety, I went on the website. I was fairly well disappointed when several of the videos provided played without any accompanying audio. You could see the cursor going here and there on the screen but nothing audible described what was happening. The thought occurred to me that this was not a very good policy for Kelby to tout this web site only to find it partially crippled. I decided to follow this up and went on the Kelbyone website and managed to speak to a Customer Service agent. I described to her what I had found. She looked at the same site and confirmed my findings and stated the she would contact the technical folks to get it repaired. I asked if she would get back to me so that I could view the site contents when it was operating properly. Within an hour or two she sent me a message that the problem with the audio was cleared and thanked me for bringing it to their attention. It does a soul good when you experience a session with a person that works in “Customer Service” and that person lives up to every letter in that title.
In summary, if you want a book that provides a bundle of information concerning the many aspects of Digital Photography and does so in a concise manner, this is your book. It is chock full of useful information that will greatly benefit the average digital photographer. As a bonus, the book can accompany the photographer in a camera bag for ready reference in the field. As stated previously, it is also backed by a willing and competent Customer Service organization. All that for about 15 bucks. What a deal!