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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321839954
ISBN-10: 0321839951
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About the Author

Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 best-selling author of photography books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV and The Grid videocasts, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, and Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321839951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321839954
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These four volumes of the Digital Photography books by Scott Kelby are my second Digital photography sources by the same author. The first one was his "The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book For Digital Photography".
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.
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After having just completed Volume II, I can certainly understand why Mr. Kelby is so popular world wide. The infomation contained in the first two volumes is very clear, concise and very easy to understand and apply. I can hardly wait until I can start the next volume. My ONLY negative thing is the somewhat unusal writing style being used. I agree it somewhat breaks the "gravity" of the subject matter, but I personally would rather read about photography than a tongue-in-cheek explanation regarding his "....affair with Angelina Jolet". Having said this, I will freely admit it does nothing to detract from the overall quality of information in the book.Combined with "Understanding Exposure" and other books by Brian Peterson, I rate these as the best source books available, and of course there are many. Since my retirement, I have devoted a large amount of time pursuing my life-long passion of photography. This involved a lot of research time, and I have purchased numerous books on the subject. All these are on the unused shelf, after discovering Brian Peterson and now Scott Kelby.I am very pleased to be the proud owner of such worthy works.
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I am now on the third in the series and I am slightly disappointed. Although much of the information are great little tips, that's about all these books are. And there's quite a bit of repeat from book to book. A very easy and light-hearted read, but not as much depth as I was hoping for. Basically he will say, do this certain thing this certain way, not much how and never why. All of this being said, it is a GREAT place to start to learn about what you want to know. As he even says in one of the books, 'I expect you to go out and buy one of those Show Me Everything Books' (not a direct quote). These books have opened my eyes to many new facets of photography and showed just how far I still have to go. Good place to start, with several recommendations of where to go from here. Good series, easy to take a little bit at a time (1 page per tip) order these first and read them, then you'll know what you need to read next.
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One of the reasons I purchased these books is that I have Mr. Kelby's instructional book on Photoshop which I think is good reference material.
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 $56 I paid for them.
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Overall, a really good set of information. If you are new to photography, this would be a good purchase. Provides a lot of details about basic settings and digital photography. If you have been a photographer for awhile, I would not recommend it.
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Yup, you did it; you bought that big fat ($,$$$) daddy camera. It's got bells and whistles coming out of every corner. There are more buttons than you can shake a stick at. And yet... you only know how ti use it in "Auto" because every time you try to use those handy dandy buttons / features your pictures are terrible. Really, really terrible! STOP! Seriously, stop buy these books and put that camera to good use. Your photographs will get so much better!

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!
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