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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 1st Edition
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The materials and information that are presented in these four little books have a great value for any photographer either for a beginner or even for an advanced professional like Scott Kelby. You could learn a lot from these books and I even made some reference booklet of my own where I just listed step by step all the necessary steps of actions to achieve the result as a pro by following Scott Kelby's tips and special techniques for specific shooting conditions. All I need is a practicing and shooting. As I mentioned above, this set of books is great and very helpful for any type of photographer. However, there were downsides of the Scott's teaching that I personally have noticed while reading his books. As a digital photography hobbyist, not a professional who makes his living by taking pictures, I am on a budget and cannot spend so much money for the gear to accomplish many task as a pro. So I have to accept less than pro-quality results and that would bring me to the position I used to be before taking the challenge to improve my photos using my limited equipment. I wish I could afford Canon EF-S IS 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (B&H $570). I am still using only one glass EF-S IS 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 that came with my Canon EOS 20D and that was not enough to get everything the way I wanted it. Next, the author is trying to teach you to shoot by trial and error by repeating your shots several times until it's perfect or near to perfect.Read more ›
However these four books are not for those interested primarily in nature photography as am I. There is very little discussion about nature photography. It is suitable for those who may be interested in a primer for a professional career in Wedding, Sports, landscape and studio photography, but not to any great depth on any of these subjects. Like most of the publications I have read which Mr. Kelby has authored, the reader is burdened with wading through his 4th grade humor which I find distracting. The first of the series does have value for entry level dslr users but the 2,3 &4th books are for the most part an expansion, and in some cases redundant discussion, of the topics noted above.
Summed up, for my photography interests the books were not worth the $56 I paid for them.
I can't say enough how much these books have helped my photography. I have highlights all over my Kindle versions for all types of things that I like to shoot. I just go to the highlight that fits my need and BAM! better pictures!
Some reviewers have mentioned Scott's humor, I for one truly thank him for it. He's corny (totally corny), he's cheesy and yet he's kept a dry and somewhat boring subject fun! Seriously people lighten up! Lets face it there's only so much f5.6, ISO 100, aperture, shutter speed, you can read before you hear Charlie Brown's teachers voice in your head (WAH, WAH, WAH, WAH). The humor to keeps you reading!
If you are like me and you just want to know how to take "X" type of shot or "Y" type of shot without having to understand a bunch of technical lingo these are the books for you. However, when you want to know the theory or understand more about why a photo did or didn't work you can read his concise (and humorous / corny) descriptions to gain the additional technical knowledge.
My only, only negative would be to the publisher... Please for the love of heaven format the book to fit an iOS device! Like chapter headings at the top of the page instead of at the bottom!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great set of books for learning digital photography - easy to understandPublished 8 months ago by hbrink
Well written and great explanations of different aspects of Digital Photography. Written as if he was in the room, talking to only you.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer topdog2101
Helpful manual to understand how to use your camera at Anytime!Published 19 months ago by erick gallegos
Decent information. I feel like with all of the techniques discussed, there is always some bit of information missing to know exactly how to recreate the shot. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Clynro
When you read it you feel as it your out taking photos and your friend is teaching you as you go. Very well written and an easy read.Published 24 months ago by Daniel B
I have never been much for doing a lot of ready, but this set I have finished and keep going back to re-read parts of them. Read morePublished on August 24, 2014 by Sharon Fredericks