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Fundamentals of Photography: The Essential Handbook for Both Digital and Film Cameras Paperback – Deckle Edge, November 25, 2008
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However, when it comes to the science behind the photographs - whether it is the thin-lens theory, the inverse-square law, or any of the other many bits of physics that Ang name-checks in his book, his writing becomes confused. It is obvious that Ang is trying to explain things that he does not himself understand at more than a superficial level. As a PhD physicist, I found myself scratching my head while trying to work out what he thought he was trying to explain - if these sections of the book were an undergraduate essay on optics they would barely scrape a pass mark.
The book is also plagued by poor figure editing. Labels on diagrams are incorrect (there are two distances marked s1 on the thin-lens diagram, for instance), captions do not seem to refer to the figures they are attached to, and figures are swapped (particularly in the section on Photoshop where a number of screen shots are incorrectly labelled).
If you're after a book on the art of photography, this is a great read. I have really enjoyed it. But it is flawed, and if you want to understand the physics of photography you should really go elsewhere.
It is also packed with example photographs which are extremely helpful and it shows both what to do and what not to do! I would extremely recommend this book to anyone mildly interested in photography as well as those more advanced since this book perfectly incorporates both!
This book is also a great read and seems to have great pacing. The subjects are thoroughly covered with plenty of example pictures and explanations, but no drawn-out dissertations, i.e., it doesn't bore me. The writing is succinct and informative and to a novice like me, full of revelations. I have to recommend this book also, because a professional photographer friend of mine read it and thanked me. He now has his own and tells me that he refers back to it regularly.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I really believe that it strengthened my interest in photography and in learning to take the best pictures that I can.
The downside for the visually challenged is the font size is tiny. They probably did that to save some money but even with glasses it's a little hard for me to read. If you have perfect 20/20 it may be ok, but you could have difficulty reading it otherwise.
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If you want to know everything about the theories behind photography, this is the book for you. If you want to start taking better photos, this is not the book for you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book for novices and experienced photogs. Good price as well. I would recommend this book to others.Published 9 months ago by ThatOldCop
Such a great place to begin learning all the technical aspects of photography in an easy to use guide. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael G Morris
Whether you're just getting started with photography/DSLRs or you're experienced, but never fully understood the ins and outs, this is a wonderful book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Haaan