- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321617657
- ISBN-13: 978-0321617651
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 181 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book, volume 1 (the world's best-selling digital photography book of all time), is back with a follow-up to his volume 2 smash best seller, with an entirely new book that picks up right where he left off. It's even more of that "Ah ha--so that's how they do it," straight-to-the-point, skip-the-techno-jargon stuff you can really use today to make your shots even better.
This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here's how Scott describes it: "If you and I were out on a shoot and you asked me, 'Hey Scott, I want the light for this portrait to look really soft and flattering. How far back should I put this softbox?' I wouldn't give you a lecture about lighting ratios, or flash modifiers. In real life, I'd just turn to you and say, 'Move it in as close to your subject as you possibly can, without it actually showing up in the shot.' Well, that's what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I've learned, just like I would with a friend--without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak."
Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you'll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you're tired of taking shots that look "okay," and if you're tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, "Why don't my shots look like that?" then this is the book for you.
This isn't a book of theory--full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly 200 more of the most closely guarded photographic "tricks of the trade," this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.
About the Author
Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 best-selling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photo–shop Pro–fessionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV, and teaches digital photo and imaging 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 Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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Volume 2 was light, flash, diffusers, people photography, flower macros and much more such as: When is the best time of day to shoot landscapes and to take outdoor portrait shots?
I enjoyed these two volumes so much, I had to buy a set for my nephew, a photographer who uses a Nikon D3 and has taken great photographs in our National Parks. He inspires me and Scott Kelby inspires both of us...
Scott's Vol 3 of The Digital Photography Book visited subjects like such as flash, studio photography, backgrounds for studios, studio lighting, grid spots, when to use a laptop, backup devices, when to use a particular lens, the correct way to change a lens, prime lenses vs. zoom lens, and just all the more topics needed by any level of photographer.. I would honestly recommend that you buy all three volumes of The Digital Photography Book. Then make your favorite photographer happy with a gift of any one or more of the volumes... I am so amazed at how much these books have improved my choice of exposure, (including aperature, shutter speed and ISO), but the improvement in my lighting, sun angle, depth of field, knowledge of lenses and ad infinitum. Cheers, Scott!
If he just stuck to the premise that amatures are going to need instruction, and tell it like it is, he would have a good product in this series of books. But who in his right mind will be hiring models, shooting in Bermuda, and using $17,000.00 worth of photo equipment??? The part I did like about the book Sans-the-Nikon lenses, is his explanation of what each type of lens is used for, and the workings of the camera, and the portrait shots without having a studio with seven gaffers, and three best boys to hold the reflectors, and adjust the lights.
Other than that, he should stick to practical photo techniques, for the amature in all of us, like John Hedgecoe, Yvonne J. Butler and Bryan Peterson, and leave the $17,000.00 Nikon product advertisement and modeling photos, and place them in a pro photo version book.
On this same note, the Sports shots were taken with $30,000.00 Super Nikor Tele Zooms, on the 50 yard line! Yes good sports shots are beautiful, but leave them up to the pros and go buy a Sports Illustrated, and save your money! If you can, go buy a Pentax DSLR and save 50% over the price of Nikon optics, and still have image stabilization!
Soooo...To make a long story shorter, leave Kelby to his own Nikon photo books, and just let him stick with his Photoshop, and pass up this series and buy the John Hedgecoe, Yvonne J. Butler and Bryan Peterson instructional books, because they teach techniques and optics to the beginners and in-betweeners out here in photo land.
It is written in a way that is understandable to me, even when my native language is not English. Great flow throughout and useful explanations about equipment, how to use them and many tips in how to make your shots better, all from an experienced photographer in a hands-on practical way.
Scott Kelby mostly uses examples with Canon and Nikon equipment, so bear in mind if you are a beginner not familiar with the terms used with those brands.
I do not own the previous volumes and had no problem getting started on the first chapter of volume 3. I'm considering to buy the previous volumes, this book is so straight to the point that leaves me wanting to learn more.
The on-line access to equipment and videos is a great complement to the book.