The Digital Photography Book, Volume 1 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Olav Martin Kvern (not associated with this particular book) and Scott Kelby changed my life -- would not be half the graphics professional I am today without the things I learned from their books and/or workshops.
And, his writing style is a bit corny -- the first five chapters are actually fake... The author laughs giddily to himself about this, which is his joke at our expense.
But, he finally gets into the good stuff. The book is divided into chapters that cover
2. Sports photography
3. photographing flowers (yes, a whole chapter on that)
4. portrait photography
5. Landscape photography.
A great closing section is the "top ten things I wish someone told me way back when."
Lots of good information -- each page (accompanied by a large photo) covers one topic within the chapter.
I suspect that after reading all four books, you'd be pretty well-informed.
I am very forgiving with nearly any type of humor. It lightens the learning process and even if it's not funny (to me) I don't mind it. But his is way over the top and way too much. It's like when you have a nerdy friend that says a dumb joke and nobody laughs. No big deal but the friend then extends the joke and still nobody laughs. The friend then continues on and on and on until you're extremely embarassed for him. That's what this book is like. Mostly in the beginning so I could overlook this if the rest of the book were good. But it's not.
Many people were right when they said it reads like an article (but longer.) It's supposed to be a beginner book but this book will leave you having to read other books or internet pages to understand things that he doesn't explain. Yes I know that his intention is to give you advice "like a buddy would" but you at least have to give some basic understanding. In order to easily understand this book you need to read first and have a good understanding of aperature, white balance, focal length,etc.,etc.
This would be better described as a stage II book. Or a stage I book where you were required to take an 01 prerequisite. It could still have value but there's really not much in it except tips. Tips I like. But you could put the content of this book in an 8 page pamphlet.