- Series: 101
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (April 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598639021
- ISBN-13: 978-1598639025
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Matthew Bamberg began his career in the arts as a graduate student at San Francisco State University in 1992. He completed his Master's in Creative Arts in 1997. His catalog of photographs consists of thousands of images from his travels in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Morocco, Russia, the Baltic states and countries throughout Europe. In 1999, Bamberg began photographing mid-century architecture and signage. His prints began selling locally and, later, all over Southern California. In 2005, Bamberg's book Digital Art Photography for Dummies was published. In 2008 Bamberg authored many books for Thomson Learning. His book The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco, published in 2008, is still popular today. In 2009, his three books from the series 101 Quick and Easy Photography Secrets were published. In 2010, Bamberg authored New Image Frontiers--Defining the Future of Photography. In 2011, he authored Beginning HDR Photography and Photography Applications for Cloud Computing.
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This book is designed to show beginner to intermediate photographers how to take creative photos using proven compositional methods. Broken into fifteen chapters each covering a specific theme, 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs is filled with inspiring images for each topic with accompanying details. The topics tend to fill two facing pages, typically including two photos and a few paragraphs describing how to take the shots. Sidebar sections are found throughout, providing more detailed explanations on key points.
This book doesn't go into much detail on how to use a camera in manual mode. I don't believe it is the author's intention to educate the reader to do so. However, to fully understand the contents, the beginner should have basic knowledge of how to use their camera. Otherwise when exposure based instructions are given, the beginner may not fully understand how or why to adjust their camera as directed.
The books structure makes for an easy read. Each topic of a chapter seems to lead from one to the next. The selected images are excellent examples of the topics effectively showing the authors point. And from my shooting experience, the instructions are accurate.
For those that aren't familiar with using the manual modes of their camera, I would suggest reading Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson first. Once familiar with setting proper exposure, read this book to improve or challenge your compositional skills. The author has accomplished what he claims, providing an excellent resource for beginner to intermediate readers wanting to create winning photographs with quick and easy instructions.
Plenty of relevant example images
Simple to read
Some less than inspiring images (although they provided excellent examples)
The book is divided into 15 chapters:
Chapter 1 Making your photographs look 3D. This chapter describes how to use objects to give your photo some dimensionality using foreground and background objects.
Chapter 2:Painting with light. The chapter covers using available light vs. flash vs. reflected light
Chapter 3 Adding action to your frame. This chapter covers using long exposures. It also covers taking shots of people in motion and how to convey what they are doing through photography.
Chapter 4. Adding or subtracting shadow. This chapter covers how to use shadows to emphasize the subject as well as how to get rid of unwanted shadows.
Chapter 5. Making Art from architecture. This chap0ter is basically about photographing buildings in interesting ways.
Chapter 6. Creating mood shots using weather. This chapter is about using exposure compensation to bring out color. It's also about using black and white photography to set the mood.
Chapter 7 Beautifying with color. This is about finding color in the shot and then emphasizing it. Making the color jump off of the page.
Chapter 8. Breathing life into people. This chapter is about using the lens, colors they are wearing and the environments they are in to create a photograph.
Chapter 9. Making animal photos sharp and fun. In this chapter Bamberg shows us how to capture the essence of the animal. He really made these images stand out.
Chapter 10. Spicing up photos with lens flare, noise and other unusual effects. Here Bamberg talks about using the settings on your camera and lens to really bring out unusual effects whether is lens flare, distortion or long exposure.
Chapter 11. Composing with landscapes. Here Bamberg covers using focal lengths, aperture, shutter speeds and combining many different camera settings to achieve the perfect shot.
Chapter 12. Shaping up with symmetry. This chapter covers using lines to direct the viewers eye.
Chapter 13. Technical tango. Here Bamberg talks about what equipment and settings to use in different situations.
Chapter 14. Daytime, nighttime, anytime. Here Bamberg talks about using the settings on your camera to capture the brilliance of light and color. Any time.
Chapter 15. Back to the future. Simply said., how to photograph old things and bring visual life to them with color.
This book serves as a multipurpose book. It can be used in the classroom and it can be used as reference material and it is very well suited for both.
The book is filled with beautiful photography. It's an easy read. What I really liked about this book is that it will be very easy for the novice photographer to understand and there is something here for the experienced photographer as well. Bamberg really captures the essence of photography in this book. Bamberg really makes the photos in this book come to life and he walks the reader through how to do this. Bamberg did an excellent job writing and editing this book as well. The points he makes are detailed but concise. The book flows very well from beginning to end and yes there are 101 very useful secrets here. This is worth 10 stars in a 5 star limitation.