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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 goes beyond typical technical jargon.and should you master.composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing you will indeed be making great photographs." - Uncrate
"[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
About the Author
Henry Carroll studied photography at the Royal College of Art and his work has been featured in a number of international exhibitions and publications. Building on his experience teaching aspiring photographers of all ages, Henry founded frui.co.uk, one of the UK's leading providers of photography holidays and courses. Henry's clear, jargon-free style of teaching has demystified digital photography and inspired thousands to get creative with their cameras.
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“No scary graphs. No techie diagrams. No camera-club jargon. Read this if you want to take great photographs walks you through the fundamentals of composition, exposure, light, lenses and the all-important art of seeing without drowning you in technobabble”.
Does the book fulfill this description? The answer is yes. There is a brief description of the main (and basic) elements of photography such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO along with many photographs that illustrate these concepts well. However, in this reviewer’s opinion, many of the photographs could have been more explicit in that there could have been photographs showing the impact of incremental changes in these on the photograph. For example, a series of photographs of moving objects that show how high shutter speed freezes action and how, as shutter speed is slowed, it is blurred. The same applies for aperture (on depth of field impacts) as well as the impact of higher ISO speeds (on noise). Nevertheless the book does illustrate these concepts fairly well with the included photographs. It’s just that subtleness is lost by looking only at extremes and not incremental minor changes.
The book also discusses well some of the major factors behind composition such as framing (i.e., rule of thirds), symmetry and flow of lines and curves across pictures. However, due to the books very short length, these discussions are very short (2 pages each if the accompanying photograph is included). Again, however, the basics are brought across. The last part of the book focuses on “seeing” as an art. The coverage in this area, as the rest in the book, is again quite short. The basics are brought across again, in a clear and concise manner.
For anyone with an intermediary or advanced knowledge of photography, everything in this book has probably been seen a million times before. Hence for that audience this book would be of very little value. That audience, though, would probably still appreciate many of the photographs in the book. But it should be stressed that this is not the intended audience for the book.
In short, this book is a very good short, concise introduction to photography for the beginner. In about an hour or so of reading that audience can learn more than any other book (this reviewer has seen) for that same time frame. However, to learn more they would have to read other material. For example, on the art of seeing this reviewer would recommend also reading Bryan Peterson’s “Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color and Composition in Photography”. Many of Peterson’s other books would also be of interest (i.e., “Understanding Shutter Speed”).
I liked this book so much that I bought it again after accidentally leaving it in Amsterdam.
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Perhaps for the first timer?
The kindle format was not good for this book.