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National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures Paperback – September 15, 1999
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Written by two National Geographic writer/photographers, this fairly comprehensive introduction to taking photographs details basic equipment (cameras, lenses, and other gear), film, light, composition, exposure metering, electronic flash, subjects for 35mm photography, special situations (underwater and aerial photography), and computer imaging. But perhaps the most interesting and informative sections of the book are the profiles of Sam Abell, William Albert Allard, Annie Griffiths Belt, David Alan Harvey, James L. Stanfield, Michael Yamashita, and other notable photographers. The book concludes with helpful information on travel, photography publications, websites, and other resources. As one would expect, it is amply illustrated with exquisite, high-impact, color images made on location. This substantial book aimed at photographers looking for practical advice from the pros is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
-Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Moreover, the book itself was entertaining reading and I enjoyed the sections where various photographers' styles were showcased. Not only were these sections useful in learning how to go about taking pictures, they were interesting in their own right as glimpses into how different artists work.
1.- Essential Basics (Composition, cameras,lenses, light, flash, exposure) 2.- A World of Subjets (weather, Landscapes, peoplearchitecture, close up) 3.- Making photographs under pressure (Underwater, animals, Aerials, Adventure) 4.- Computers and photography 5.- Useful information (preparing for travel, web sites, magazines and books) each word between parenthesis is a section. The interviews are in sections where they are related to. The interviews are great, i thought there were going to be 2 or 3 very short interviews, but nothing farther from the truth, there are 8 interviews where the more important characteristics of each photographer is shown as well as their life as photographer. Sincerely this is a GREAT Acquisition. I recomend it strongly.
What's bad? It gives you some ideas but doesn't provide detailed directions how to get there. It's based on film photography and gives just a brief overview on digital photo. Some advices, like use tripod, spend days with your subject to catch a right moment are ok for pros, but probably don't make sense for majority of amateurs.
If you want to buy just one photography tutorial this is it. It'll give you all basic techniques like any standard tutorial plus some ideas on real advanced stuff so you know where to go if you want to keep going.
A good place to start if you are learning photography and nice to go back and look at their photographs.
I find that most photography books are good on a few elements, but not to truly inspire you to take better photos and to understand what to do to make that photo "just right." This book was a tremendous help to me. The principles it describes are things I've passed on to many friends.
Now that I take photographs as part of my work, I am thankful that I have this book as a reference. It didn't help me much for taking product shots, but for installations, portraits, and all-around general photography, it has definitely been my favorite.