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Tony Northrup's DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography Paperback – December 1, 2012
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"I'm the founder of photo.net (started in 1993), so I've seen a lot of photography tutorials. This might be my favorite so far in terms of density of practical information...A very functional book designed for busy people." -- Philip Greenspun "Amazon"
About the Author
Award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup has published more than 30 how-to books and sold more than a million copies around the world. His photos have been featured on magazine covers, book covers, CD covers, TV shows, calendars, and much more. Tony studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He runs a stock and portrait photography business with his family, Chelsea and Madelyn, out of his home studio in Waterford, CT. He shoots travel and nature photography everywhere he goes.
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First of all, this is a great book in any form--hard copy or ebook. However, as far as I can tell, there are a bunch of great paper books out there on DSLR photography. When I downloaded the Kindle sample and read through it, I knew that the ebook format was the way to go.
I've owned a Kindle since version 1, and now own the Fire. Tony's book should be a primer on how to properly create an ebook. The embedded links and videos, as well as the ability to grab the sample photos and enlarge for detailed study (need an Internet connection for the latter two items) is invaluable to rank photography newbs like me. The videos are top-notch and contain many side-by-side examples of how pictures are improved when applying the techniques that are covered in the video. The videos are stuck in the appropriate place in the book, which leads to excellent learning flow as you build on the lessons. The experiences on the Kindle Fire and the iPad and PC Kindle apps are equally excellent.
Tony has indicated that he plans on improving and updating the ebook contents, which all buyers will be able to download as they become available. This is a refreshing change to the "quick scan, make a buck and forget" mentality that the big publishers follow. I will try to update my review as this new content becomes available.
Finally, the price. Tony has evidently not subscribed to the overpriced ebook mentality that has been the source of thousands of complaints on Amazon. Compared to the phyiscal version, he is charging about half. Obviously Tony wants to sell many books reasonably rather than try to gouge us buyers. Again, very refreshing.
I am looking forward to improving my nonexistent skills over the years using Tony's book as my teacher. No matter which version you buy, you will do well. However, I strongly suggest you go for the ebook.
Tony and his wife, Chelsea, also an excellent photographer, have created an outstanding learning tool for budding (and intermediate) photographers.
This book covers a huge spectrum of photography with the first chapter introducing 6 "quick tips" that get you started on a wonderful journey of discovery. My favorite tip from the first chapter is to take LOTS of photos and delete most of them. With the advent of digital photography, you no longer have to wait for film to be developed to see your results. And digital "film" is free so do lots of experimenting to really learn the ins and outs of your camera.
The next four chapters cover composition, lighting and flash, controlling your camera (this chapter alone is worth the price of the book!), and problem-solving which covers a wide variety of techniques to solve those problems.
The rest of the book dedicates a whole chapter to each of the following subjects: Portraits, Weddings, Animals, Landscapes, Night Photography (including star trails!), High Dynamic Range (HDR), Closeup/Macro Photography and finally Underwater photography.
What really makes this a stand-out learning experience is the included links to hours and hours of high-quality video that demonstrates the subject at hand. These videos average about 5-6 minutes but can be as long as 30 minutes when covering a more complex subject. The book is designed to accommodate different styles of learning so you can read the book then watch the included videos as you read or you can go to Appendix A which is an index for every video so you can watch all the videos and use the book as a reference.
At the end of each chapter is a quiz to test your understanding of the subject. Each chapter also includes a series of suggested mini-projects or challenges for you to get hands-on experience with the subject.
Tony and Chelsea are very down-to-earth and their style is not cold and sterile but very engaging and fun. They go all over the world with a professional videographer and demonstrate techniques that really gives you an in-depth understanding of the topic. They joke and kid around with you and each other which makes them more engaging and fun to watch while you are learning.
While they also have a dedicated book for camera gear, Tony Northrup's Photography Buying Guide: How to Choose a Camera, Lens, Tripod, Flash, & More (Tony Northrup's Photography Books Book 2), there are lots of tips and gear recommendations peppered throughout the book. They will tell you when it is fine to purchase a cheaper, generic piece of gear and when it is better to stick with name-brand equipment. They demonstrate how to get the best quality photos from budget gear and they also encourage you to find used gear. One of the lenses they discussed costs about $1300 new. But they showed me how to find the same lens "like new" that I purchased for $800!
I was so impressed with this book that I also purchased their books Adobe Lightroom 6 / CC Video Book: Training for Photographers and Photoshop CC Essentials for Photographers: Chelsea & Tony Northrup's Video Book.
Also they do video tutorials for just about every popular camera out there on their website (you will find their website with each link in the book). Each video is ~ 1 hour per camera and covers just about every knob, setting for that camera. Excellent! Their tutorials are far superior to the manual from the camera manufacturer.
If you are new to photography or an intermediate level photographer, this book is a no-brainer. This book demonstrates how technology really can make a book better.
I would highly recommend the book to anyone starting out in photography, very very useful.
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