- File Size: 5297 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SL6GFB8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Geek Photography: Good and Geeky Kindle Edition
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I have just started reading this book so you must consider my impressions to be preliminary. I'll add to my thoughts once I have spent more time with the book.
One of the things that seems to pervade this book is an attempt to rekindle enthusiasm for photography with various tips and tricks. This resonates with me since my involvement in photography has waned in recent years and I'm hoping to get a jump start back into it. Geek Photography provides a number of good tips for overcoming "Photographer's Block" such as giving yourself a project, setting yourself a phographic daily task, experimenting with lighting conditions, and making a project that tells a story.
It helps that David Allen uses a Mac for processing his images and videos (my favorite computer). There is a fair amount of information about some of the newer post processing applications available on the Mac. He includes a discussion of HDR, however I'm not a big fan of HDR due to the ease of overdoing it and ruining (in my opinion) some excellent images.
I find his comments about the advantages of mirrorless cameras to be interesting since I am just in the process of switching from a DSLR to a smaller "EVIL" Olympus camera. According to David, EVIL stands for Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lenses.
It is going to take a while for me to absorb the lessons provided by Geek Photographer, but my initial read makes me think that it will be worth the effort. My only criticism at this point is the fact that the subjects tend to ramble a little and jump around among the various topics. I think some careful editing could help and could also eliminate some duplication and production errors. The Forward particularly could use some attention since it doesn't really help the reader get a sense of the book or why it was written.
I look forward to spending time with this book and am anticipating some of the other Good and Geeky Books that are promised at the end. I also intend to explore some of the many video tutorials that David Allen has on his YouTube channel Wizardgold.
The writer gives a lengthy explanation on his own camera, a Sony NEX-6, for both stills and video, and particulars about using this camera along with a Mac. But he also has had experience with a range of digital and SLR cameras.
I enjoy reading about people’s workflows and ‘Geek Photography’ offers plenty of that. The book goes into a thorough discussion for Mac users who are currently using Aperture and may be considering future options for photo management. The author has done his homework.
The software and hardware suggestions are current for January 2015. A glossary of terms would have been helpful but most can be found around the internet. There are a few typos here and there in the book. I expect these will be corrected in revised editions.
I liked the short anecdotes on how different photographs were taken Allen’s writing style is like having a friendly coach by your side as you take photographs. There are numerous links to how-to videos by the author and other suggested photography podcasts by others that highlight the ebook experience. Excellent suggestions all around. A ’Good and Geeky’ series is in the works. This offering is a good start.
Although I used to shoot seriously (years ago, on film and slides), I’m less avid these days. So the earlier sections on composition, equipment, lighting, etc. were more valuable to me than the sections on post-processing — except for the sections on Waterlogue (which looks like it would be fun to try) and Aperturer.
Allen says Aperture (a Mac app) is soon to be superseded. I’ll be sorry to see it go. It’s very good for organizing and cataloguing photos. I did not know, however, that it is also a versatile post-processing tool. I will have to read those sections in detail and give it a try.
I also appreciated his reviews of EVIL photography. Next time I buy, I’ll look closely at EVIL cameras.
I found Allen’s own experiences with cameras and apps to be very helpful. And I do like most of his photographs at the end.
All in all, this is a book well worth having.
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