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Stunning Digital Photography Paperback – December 1, 2019
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.64 pounds
- Paperback : 226 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0988263406
- Product dimensions : 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Mason Press; 2nd edition (December 1, 2019)
- Language: : English
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It spends the first part of the book going over the absolute basics of photography, and any art school graduate or person who took a photography course in high school or college will be familiar with it. Then it goes into a break down on the basic rules of composition, then the basics of using your camera, and from there a short part on common problems you might face.
The rest of the book is concerned with "types" of photography and how to "master" them - portraits, landscapes, bird-photography, etc. One actual example of advice, "Try using a decorative perch from which to photograph birds to change it up".
Overall, it's a book filled with advice for achieving his sort of style, as opposed to an actual textbook on photography and learning the ins-and-outs so you can develop your own look for yourself. It's definitely not a course for "mastering" anything.
If you're a total beginner and have never taken an art class in your life, this book is for you. If you're familiar with the rules of color theory, composition, and know what an aperture is already, I suggest you look elsewhere.
I would highly recommend the book to anyone starting out in photography, very very useful.
Since I am a gear-head that is prone to over-purchasing tech, some of Tony's advice has saved me from buying items that were technically not necessary for my skill level.
As teachers, the Northrups seem to be a very "down to earth" couple - challenging many of the long standing photography standards. They provide sound, practical logic so that average people may obtain high-quality photographic results. They use easy-to-understand language, and they reference many good internet resources to help enhance your learning experience.
Finally, they do this for a living, so their opinions and approaches hold a lot of credibility with me. There are a few online personalities that are critical of some of their opinions - some downright attacking them. I am not at a level where I can confirm or debunk their critics assertions. I can "judge a tree by the fruit that it bears". My observation is that the Northrups produce a lot of high-quality content; they have a lot of customers; and many people on the web are tuning in to them. They must be doing something right.
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Can't fault it too much though, it does what it sets out to do, in most cases. Couple of chapters are a bit lacking.
This is a book for people who've just picked up a camera and have no idea how to use it and want to have just a basic understanding to take some nice holiday or family pictures. If you want to work in Photography maybe give it a quick read but quickly graduate onto other books.
It's a training wheels approach to photography. Which is my issue lays, it doesn't go above and beyond the call. It sits comfortably within the confines of only telling you the absolute basics. It has that jack of all trades, master of none feel to it.
Everything's going to be explained a little bit, but nowhere near to the point where you're going to have an actual comprehensive understanding of anything.
If you're a beginner, you should absolutely read this..
If you've been about photography for a while you should really avoid this, unless you want to learn something you may have missed.
I am now simply a 'hobbyist', but soak up the YouTube Channel like a sponge. This book, at this price, was too good a deal to miss out. I was not disappointed, and even to my jaded eye, I still picked up some new and useful ideas.
If you are a photography geek, or someone just wanting to improve their photography THIS IS A NO BRAINER.
Thanks Tony & Chelsea for a fabulous read. I gave it 5-star only because there wasn't 10! It's that good.