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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs Paperback – March 25, 2014
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"[Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is] easy-to-read [with] vital info for the guy or girl new to their DSLR or compact system camera." - HiConsumption.com
"We've read and studied all the diagrams, manuals and jargon out there for our DSLRs, but none of it is as easy to remember or recall as the information Carroll throws down in this tome. If you're serious about being a better photographer, do what the title of the book tells you to." - Cool Material
"If you have always wanted to take good pictures but shun away from photography books filled with incomprehensible jargon, then this book may be for you." - Design Taxi
"Amateur photographers will love this practical and accessible guide; it will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys photography. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
"Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is the perfect quick reference for photographers to toss in their camera bag for a bit of inspiration and reminder of the basics." - GeekDad
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I would recommend this book to beginners. Anyone with loads of experience shooting photos may already know most or all of the content found in this book. Other than that, there are some great pictures.
No book is going to make you a professional photographer, but if you want the basics to give yourself a running head start, this book is it. The best advise the author gives is to PRACTICE!!!!
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The bit that concerned me was that the author is worryingly dismissive of 'manual' mode. Whilst I agree that it's perhaps a bit too complex if you're just starting out, I would not go as far to say that it's, and I quote, "a complete waste of time."
Overall this is a decent little book and it has given me some good ideas, as well as firming up my grasp on the technical aspects of photography. The section on the artistic side or "seeing" as the author puts it, could have done with being a bit longer but was good food for thought nevertheless.
Whether it will indeed allow me to take great photographs is yet to be seen, but it has definitely given me a good handle on the basics of photography.
One of the chapter headings is that 'it's all about the timing'. Couldn't agree more, isn't everything in life about timing when you think about it. Talking photos again, even a static landscape is completely different at different times of the day, season etc. Street photography is totally reliant on capturing the moment. You are where you are now reading this because of timing, either good or bad. There you go, that will be £1 please.
Plainly put with no bullsh*t. If you have a DSLR and don't know how to use it, buy this book immediately!
Important to note - this is more appropriate for digital photographers than film photographers. Much of what is described relates to digital functions. I shoot film so not everything was relevant.