- Series: Point and Shoot (Book 1)
- Paperback: 58 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484914163
- ISBN-13: 978-1484914168
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,436,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Point and Shoot: Digital Photography Basics for Beginners and Amateurs: Master your DSLR in 21 Days Paperback – May 6, 2013
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About the Author
Michael Hansen is a digital photographer based in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to California shortly after graduating from college. His works mainly focus on portraits, landscapes, and compositions. He has also worked with notable local photographers and his works were also featured in national newspapers and magazines. He had a brief stint conducting photography workshops, but he decided to stop it since he didn't have the time between this and his work and because he wasn't reaching out to many people. That's when Michael decided to write a book to reach out to a larger audience and share his learnings on digital photography.
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+ Table of Contents with links to each Chapter or Section - Since I needed a quick less in how to better setup White Balance, I went to the White Balance section in the table of contents and it brought me right to that lesson!
+ Every CHAPTER AND SECTION in this book are ALL useful and easy to understand.
+ My favorite Chapter is Special Photo Editing Techniques - There is a section in there called Restoring Old Photos. Since I am restoring old snapshots taken before the digital age, I needed some help with this. This book suggest Photo Shop and gives a mini lesson on scanning the picture and how to restore an older photo etc. **This was a very helpful section of this book.
What I like best about this book is that it is for beginners yet will work with a more seasoned photographer as the information is useful, especially if you use Photo Shop.
Highly recommend this book! 5 stars!
+ Table of Contents with Chapters and Sections of the Chapter highlighted in BLUE (link). This is the best thing I found as I can press with my finger the section that I need to read and go right to it. What a timesaver!
+ Each Chapter has a LESSON in it like a class workbook would have.
+ Easy to follow book in step by step fashion with superb pictures and illustrations, etc.
And the book explains what you will need to get you up and running FAST!
+ This book is for beginners and does not assume you know anything, it starts from the basics to more advanced.
**The best thing that I like about this book is that I will be keeping it as a reference book and even as I grow in knowledge, I will not be outgrowing this book for quite a while!
Highly recommend this book to any beginner photographer!
The bad: Just about everything else. If you are a real newbie to image postprocessing you'll probably find that the content skips around so much, leaving so many knowledge gaps (that is, assuming knowledge on the part of the reader that a newbie won't have), that there won't be too many practical tips to pick up. If you have even a modicum of image editing experience, then you may get absolutely nothing from this book.
The manner in which the book was written really made it hard to focus on useful content. The author begins by thanking his students for encouraging him to write this little book. Obviously, then, he's some sort of teacher.
I don't think I've ever read anything that was formally published and that showed such horrible writing skills. It was riddled with atrocious grammar, syntax, punctuation, and the like. This, from a "teacher?" No wonder our educational system is in a mess. (My kids wrote better when they were in middle school.) On nearly every page there were "sentences" that began with a capital letter, ended with a period, but contained such things as subjects without predicates, singular nouns with plural verbs, commas missing where they should be (or present where they shouldn't), and other things that led me to wonder: (1) how could a teacher -- or just about any reasonably educated individual -- write so poorly? What a horrible example to set for one's students; (2) was this book copy-edited? If so, then we must assume that the copy editor was incompetent, and that any "improvements" arising from copy editing actually mean that the author's writing skills were even poorer than what we see on the pages.
Yes, I'm being picky by focusing on the writing. (Or am I?) But aside from the writing per se, the way in which the words were arranged, so poorly, made me wonder whether the tips, advice, and directions presented by the author were also flawed. If that's the case, then the novice postprocessing photographer is really going to suffer, even if the cost was less than a lousy three dollars. I guess the saying "you get what you pay for" is quite applicable to this book.
As an aside, I never did comprehend how the author figured it would take an apparently magical (and rather oddly selected) nine days of work or study in order to get to those "gorgeous" images.