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The NEW Joy of Digital Photography (Lark Photography Book) Paperback – November 2, 2010
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About the Author
Jeff Wignall was the former camera columnist for the Sunday New York Times and technical editor for Photo District News. He is a regular contributor to the Black Star Rising blog that is published by the legendary photojournalism agency, Black Star, and he produces web content for a number of major clients including Popular Photography magazine. He contributes to American Photo, Outdoor Photographer and has written several top-selling books on traditional and digital photography.
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To be a success as an author your book must grab the reader. Dull and boring must be banished; lively and entertaining rule. Did you know what Elvis Presley had to do with digital photography? This book will explain the connection. Almost every page of Joy dances with the Wignall wit. How Jeff weaves in technical material like aperture and shutter speed by quoting Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame speaks to the genius of his word-smithing. Before each class I reread the student's assignment, so I have read this book dozens of time. I can honestly say that I enjoy it each time I take book in hand.
As great as good writing is, a book would be of no value in the classroom if it were not an excellent vehicle for imparting photographic knowledge. Teaching is not about the teacher nor the author. It is about the student. A book needs to deliver the author's knowledge directly to the reader. Joy does this through the vehicle of art, and the releasing of the "inner artist" in us all. Here Wignall's philosophy and my own are right in sync. Joy demonstrates that you can learn the technical by taking pictures, or as Ansel Adams said, "making" pictures, that reveal the photographer's view of the world around all of us.
And here is the best part. This book is one of the most stunning displays of marvelous images you will find anywhere. Jeff not only showcases his own work, but includes the photographs of dozens of name-brand photographers working today. It is hard to pick a single shot to claim as my personal favorite, but the image of the girl blowing a bubble on page 112 has everything that goes into that illusive great shot. While surrounded by all of this beauty you are always reminded that this is first and foremost about joy.