- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321678737
- ISBN-13: 978-0321678737
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 185 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 1st Edition
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About the Author
Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Layers magazines. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering in the industry, Photoshop World. He has written numerous best-selling creative technology books, and has been the #1 computer book author for five straight years.
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Well written, most of the lessons are written to only take one page to get the point across, while being organized into chapters that focus on specific aspects of photography. Also, Scott's sense of humor really helps keep the pace going.
OK, The books. Basically and simply put I found these books to be a very useful set of tools for anyone who, like me, has difficulty with all the theory. I know about the importance and relevance of ISO+Aperture+Shutter-speed. Over the years I learned enough to shoot without having to stop and think about settings. I like Scotts credo of telling me what to do, rather than going into theory of his technique he simply describes a situation then tells how he shot it. As he puts it, If he was out with you, (the reader), and you asked how to take a shot he wouldn't go into photography theory he'd just say, for example, 'Use a tripod with slow shutter speed 1/15 and a small aperture, f22'. He goes on to show why but simply which, as i said, I like.
I like the books and happily recommend them to a novice and even a returning photographer facing a daunting technology, I bought #4 which to really nit pick, I found to be the weakest of the series but still and all, an informative and enjoyable read.
The first book in the series is sort of like a second primer; I wouldn't use it as the absolute first resource in learning digital photography, but once you've had experience, it's a great refresher and gives you some tips and "secrets" you probably didn't get from wherever you did start learning the ropes. The later parts of book 1, and pretty much all of book 2 and 3, cover specific types of photography, with each page giving you some detail, tip, or setup option, and telling you in plain terms how to achieve it. Pricing is busted out in 3 flavors: el cheapo, I got a little budget, and money's not an issue. This helps you determine where you can spend gads of money to get the best stuff, and where you can skimp to save a couple bucks.
The tips and tricks are written as if Kelby was there with you, just pointing out how to achieve this or that. There's no "An arpeture refers to the size of the hole..." stuff. It's all "What do you want? Here's how you set up your camera to get that." You can pick up your user's manual or a ...For Dummies book on DSLR photography (or hit the web) if you're unfamiliar with anything Kelby talks about, but most likely, if you've got this book, you're already at least a little bit familiar with your camera.
Best parts for me: how to build a studio (I did it on the cheap for the product shots, and so far it looks like I'll be able to get AMAZING photos for under $200 invested into the studio), portrait and natural light photography tips, and the sections of each book that give a random series of tips. Those sections are a gold mine, because they are the kind of tips that can apply in almost any given situation (what to carry, how to pack your camera bag, what items you'll access most often, quick routes through your camera's menus, etc.), which means that all 3 books have worthwhile info, even if you're not necessarily shooting some of the larger subjects in the books (i.e. weddings, portraits, products, sports, etc.).
Easily the best ~$50 I've spent since I got into DSLR photography, aside from my ...For Dummies guide, which got me up and running. The two go hand-in-hand.
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