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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 1st Edition
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"If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, 'Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, but I want the background out of focus?' I wouldn't stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I'd just say, 'Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.' You would say, 'OK,' and you'd get the shot. That's what this book is all about. A book of you and I shooting, and I answer the questions, give you advice and share the secrets I've learned just like I would with a friend, without all the technical explanations and without all the techno-photo-speak."
This being said, this also means that he doesn't dwell deeply within each tip or pointer explaining _why_ everything works as it does. This is for the reader to find out researching the topic further in other reference books.
Surprisingly to me, this works very well! I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and I would say that I have become a much better photographer reading through all the tips.
Book one is quite general in topic, spanning from how to create really sharp photos to a description of wedding photography. This book is, according to me, a must have in every digital photographers bookshelf. This book is also clearly aimed at beginner photographers.
Coming to book 2 and 3 they differ a bit, especially of how they are written. These books also have the 'pointer and tip' layout, but more detailed information can be found here.Read more ›
Despite my enthusiasm for the content, the Kindle edition set is very difficult to use. All three books are delivered as a single file, but the table of contents pulled up by the menu only refers to book one. To find the contents of book 2 & 3, one must search or manually scan the pages. This issue renders the Kindle book very difficult to use as a reference.
Updated: Amazon informs me that the only option is to contact the publisher or take a refund. With regret, I have accepted a refund and will continue to use the print edition. I cannot recommend that you buy the kindle edition of this set.
About a year ago my father, who is retired, decided to take a digital photography class at his local community college, just to try something new. As an older student, he was nervous about showing up the first day without any knowledge whatsoever about digital cameras or photography, so he wanted to do a little prep work beforehand. I pointed him towards the Scott Kelby Digital Photography guides.
My father, like many people of his generation, isn't one who keeps up with the natural evolution of technology. He bought himself a nice Nikon dSLR, but was immediately overwhelmed by the numerous features and settings. The terminology (f stop, ISO, AV priority, etc) confused him and he found wading through the included manual daunting. The Scott Kelby books are great because he breaks down the photographer's vocabulary in very clear and relatable terms. There is no confusion. What's also really nice (and is something I've never seen in any other photography guide book) is that Kelby illustrates the features of digital SLRs through photographs of their menus (on both Nikon and Canon bodies) so that the user can follow along with the book.
It's great to see a final photograph and then have each step broken down so that you can recreate the effects in your own work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Scott Kelby has done a great job for making it easy for all levels. of photographers. With lots of tips and tricks, this book is a must have.Published 6 months ago by Amit
I like this set of books but I did give it away to someone who I thought would benefit greatly from Mr. Read morePublished 16 months ago by PhotoGene47
Great Book! As an amateur photographer, I refer to this book all of the time. I highly recommend it to anyone learning about digital photography.
Joseph L. Mesa