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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007279922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007279920
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.9 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Garrett is a professional photographer, specialising in reportage photography for several major newspapers and magazines. He has written several teaching books and co-wrote the 35mm Photographer's Handbook which has sold over 2million copies worldwide.

Graeme Harris is a lecturer in Photography at London's Kensington & Chelsea College, he also teaches at the Zoom In photography school. A professional photographer, his photography has been widely exhibited and his commercial work includes photography for many well known companies and publishers.


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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Mousley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2010
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This is a really good book; well written, well presented, beautiful example photographs, plenty of schooling exercises to complete...if your photgraphy has gone a bit 'flat' or you're struggling to find a subject, it would be worth buying this book for the inspiration alone. One of the 3 star reviews comments on the book as being for beginners; well I am a beginner - been taking photographs for years, but only got into photography recently and now I'm addicted...I've always enjoyed looking at prints and this book explains how to go after professional looking images...everything from setting up your camera, to lens choice, to lighting and image adjustment (photoshop etc.)

With regards to my title for this review, I hope (if they're reading this) that the author's are not offended - it's a massive compliment! The book is gently worded and doesn't assume that you are either a complete plank or already a well competent photographer...it sort of lands just right, just in the middle and while the author's are obviously very well accomplished and talented, the only mention of this is on the last page, in the biography - I think this alone displays the humility of the chaps who wrote this book, there's no fancy fore word or preface or introduction by some other 'in the know' bod, as you so often see in 'help books' these days to help move copies.

To get to the point, it's just a very good, simple, easy reading book and anyone with a camera (dslr or a camera phone) should consider this book if they have an interest in improving their shots.

To the author's; thanks, guys.
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196 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hodgson on 11 Aug 2009
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So many authors of instructive photography books, are so far "up themselves" with their knowledge, that they find it difficult to put that knowledge down in a simple manner. My book case has several in it. This ones different. Mr Garrett & Harris have to be congratulated, in the way they have put this book together. It's easy to understand, it has enthusiasm that is passed to the reader, and makes you want to get out your camera, and take photo's. This is what it's all about. No matter what camera you have, this book can give you better, and more enjoyable, photo's. I was sceptical about this book before opening it's pages, but if you are to buy one book on the subject, I suggest this is the one.
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145 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Leigh on 25 Oct 2009
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This is a really instructive book, with information presented clearly and coherently, and practical projects for the reader to undertake in order to use and understand the information properly. Covers the technical detail necessary, but with an emphasis on obtaining creative results. I cannot fault it for anyone with a digital or film SLR who either is starting from scratch or is looking to build on a basic understanding and learn some creative techniques.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Andre Nobrega on 15 July 2011
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This was the first of three photography books I decided to read as introduction into the theme, its techniques and creative possibilities. The one best thing I can say about this Photography Course is that reading it has really got me into trying my new Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX100V. If the title with the word "complete" might be an overstatement, in fact it does include most or all of the subjects one would expect to find in a technical photography book.
It starts by a quick review of the history of photography and then moves to a chapter on equipment with enough information for a newcomer to understand what kind of camera one should buy and what else is needed to produce the wanted results, from torch to tripods and even a swiss army knife. After this, the book has sections on exposure, aperture, shutter and lenses, interesting for both SLR or compact camera and film or digital users. Next, the authors introduce the reader to the planning and production of a photo and creative possibilities in sections such as composition, light, colour, filters and black and white. All of these sections include small projects to encourage the reader to try as he learns and small explanations on how the image achieved can go wrong. Finally, the last two chapters are on image enhancement (mostly, but not only, based on Photoshop) and management, organizing and printing images. I was glad to find that the book offers further reading advice and other strong points to it are the good quality images as examples to almost every concept and technique described, the reference of artists considered experts on them and the inclusion of a glossary and an index, sometimes forgotten but always useful in this kind of book.
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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hunt on 7 May 2009
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Quite the best book of its kind that I have read --and I have read many indeed. Simple, clear introduction to photography, no special effects, no condescension, exactly what a beginner requires. A first class exercise in communication -and information.
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135 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 April 2009
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I bought this book after having attended an excellent course with Graeme Harris and thought it would be worth having. I was not disappointed. It is written in very easy to understand language and gives you all the information you need to advance from taking just snaps to more professional images, regardless if you are a DSLR or good old fashioned film user. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a relative novice to photography and wants to get to grips with their camera.
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