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LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros Flexibound – October 19, 2010
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About the Author
Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer, whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. In the mid-1990s Joe served as Life magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years. He is a recipient of the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award and has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, The Art Directors Club, American Photo, Communication Arts, and Graphis. He conducts numerous workshops around the world as part of his teaching activities. One of Joe's most notable projects, Faces of Ground Zero - Giant Polaroid Collection (which he later published with the editors of LIFE), has become known as one of the most significant artistic responses to the tragedy at the World Trade Center.
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In other words, those books made me feel dumb. This book doesn't.
McNally has an incredibly easy-to-read style, explaining everything from how to turn the camera on to the most advanced techniques in a very down-to-earth manner. Concepts are explained in detail, but without technical jargon. The book is also beautifully illustrated with fantastic photos that illustrate each concept perfectly. A small caption under each photo explains the F-stop, shutter speed and ISO used, which I found very helpful. The "Everything You Need To Shoot Like The Pros" part of the title is extremely accurate.
For fledgling photographers, avid hobbyists and aspiring pros, this book is an indispensable resource.
The book was full of great tips and reminders to help me improve my photography, which is hopefully what you are looking to do as well. It's a hard call for me if this book would really digest well with the "I just took my DSLR out of the box, now what" beginning photographer. However I still say give this book a shot as it's hard to find writing more engaging to the novice then Joe's.
On a side note I couldn't help but think while reading the "Joe's Tip" sections that they were under the directive of LIFE to be lumped into a book of "Everything You Need to Not Make Your Adorable Children Look Awful with Your New Expensive Camera." A lot of the tips I felt were directed to the throngs of parents buying the best camera they can afford and crossing their fingers for studio level results on the playground. As I've noticed literally everyone and their mother has a DSLR in hand for any daily event, I can't help but think this is where the tips were generated from. And for my other facetious comment, not exactly in love with the subtitle of "Everything you need...". I hope you know this book isn't everything you need to shoot like the pros (nor should that be a goal IMHO), but it can be a small part in getting you towards taking better photos.
This is a used book, and I managed to find it at a very reasonable price. It arrived in excellent condition -- typical of my experience with the used book vendors selling through Amazon.com.
It's an excellent resource for anyone trying to get serious about photography. It helps you understand important principles about photography like exposure, the properties of lenses, and how to control light. The biggest contribution it made for me was helping me easily and quickly understand how aperture, shutter speed, and image sensitivity (ISO) not only work together to expose an image, but also affect other properties like Depth of Field (DoF), motion blur, and graininess/noise.
Most, or all, of the images used in the book include the settings they were shot at, so once you understand what the figures mean, you can understand how it affected the shot taken.
It's also very easy to read (almost conversational) and because of this makes a great book to lend or gift to others. I purchased this here to replace another copy that I lent out to a friend.
If someone is throwing down $500+ on a DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangable Lens camera, then you need to learn how to use it. This doesn't mean learning the menu and interface. This means being able to put it on Manual mode and get a properly exposed image. Otherwise, you're paying for a heavy and expensive point-and-shoot. This book will help you get to where you need to be.
It arrived intact and in a timely manner. I bundled with another couple books for free shipping. It was a good experience overall.