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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography Essentials Paperback – May 6, 2008
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About the Author
Mark Jenkinson is an award-winning photographer and the author of over 30 photojournalistic feature stories for such magazines as Mens Journal, Fortune, Town & Country, Mens Health, and Discovery, as well as human interest and celebrity/business personality profiles. Hes published an estimated 30,000 photographs in virtually every major magazine in the world and teaches photography at New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts. His fine art photography is represented by Andrea Meislin Gallery.
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Top customer reviews
MARK JENKINSON'S little masterpiece has absolutely every explanation you're searching for, if you're a total beginner or even the way better average Joe already :)
~ no need to take a class, if you have this book ~
and even if published back in 2008 ~ still up-to-date !
The book is well structured, easy to understand (yes, really! easy) and very well organized, in 12 chapters - 277 pages.
Every topic there is and can be for the beginners in photography is talked about ~ the book comes with many photographs, drawings, PRO's and CON'S, the PRO TIP, the little and bigger things you'll be reminded of what to take care of...
You'll find the topics you might be searching for... 'weddings'... 'sports'... 'night photography'... 'people & portraits'... 'shooting still lives'... and so many more
You'll also find a full glossary with all the terms everyone is using and everyone wants to know.
You'll find the format - 6 in & 9.2 in - very convenient: take this handy paperback everywhere you go
nothing left to say but... I LOVE IT ~ VERY HAPPY ABOUT THE PURCHASE
THANK YOU SO MUCH... to the author Mark Jenkinson :)
sorry for lingual mistakes ~ English is second language for me only
The book covers everything from what basic equipment you will likely need (and why); to basic tutorials on using light and exposure to your best advantage; to tips for shooting landscapes, events, candids, and portraits; to what editing software would give you the most bang for your buck. One feature I really liked about the book was that most techniques that were discussed in the text were also illustrated with photographs; for instance, there were two photos of the same frog in a pond, one shot with a polarized filter, and the other shot without, so the reader can see the difference that a polarized filter makes.
One distinction that needs to be made: this book is definitely for beginners. I would imagine that anyone who has completed any coursework or internship related to photography may not learn much from this book; that's not to say they wouldn't learn anything, but I would guess that much of what this book covers would be old information to anyone with previous experience.
Yet when I purchased this book after a friend recommended it to me, I was very pleasantly surprised. I've read so much more from this book already in the last few days than from all of those "other" books combined! I will tell you now that I never ever write reviews and I especially loathed doing those book review assignments we've all had to do as a kid. Yet this book really took me by surprise that it compelled me to share my thoughts.
Some of the best things about this book was that it was the perfect size, unintimidating, small enough to carry around easily in any bag or simply in your hand, it uses simple language, and has lots and lots of visuals and color throughout, a key thing that all other photo books lack. There is an amazing mixture of photos in the book from commercial shots to candid shots, and it gets the reader excited because it makes photography look fun. As a reader of this book, I especially like the fact that it doesn't really matter what level of photography you are at , whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro. You can read the book like a novel from start to finish, or you can keep it like a dictionary, if there is something you don't know, you can just find the section and read about it.
While other books make photography look difficult, this book excels by simplifying all the key principles, encouraging the reader to break the rules and explore what's fun, interesting and exciting about photography. This is a must-have for every person who aspires to take good pictures and it's the most accessible book of its kind. Definitely give this one a shot!