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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (25 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375711570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375711572
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographer, author, and broadcaster. A specialist in travel and digital photography, he is the author of 26 books on photography and video including the best-selling Digital Photographer's Handbook published in twenty languages and sold over half a million copies. He is now busily creating eBooks - see http://tomang.com/shop/ to download a free e-book, and buy others.

And look out for his latest: 'Photography - the definitive visual history' is a lavish and rich history of photography from a fresh perspective. Due out October 2014.

His 'Digital Photography Masterclass' was named The Crème De La Crème of the Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008 by Shutterbug and Best How-to Book of 2008 by Library Journal. He won the Thomas Cook Award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his book on the Marco Polo Expedition.

He presented two ground-breaking six-part series 'A Digital Picture of Britain' and 'Britain in Pictures' for BBC and an eight-part series for Channel News Asia, Singapore in 2009 (Bronze at the New York Film & TV Awards).

He was Technical Editor of 'Camera' magazine; editor of 'Photography' magazine; Picture Editor of 'The Sunday Correspondent Magazine'. He held the post of Senior Lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for 12 years. He was a pioneer of academic links to the Former Soviet Central Asia, leading a Know How Fund project for journalism in Kyrgyzstan. He is a founding member of the World Photographic Academy and was for many years the photography chair for the Royal Geographical Society's Expedition Workshops and been a jury member on Wildlife Photography Competition and Czech Press Photo.

He was born in Singapore and now lives in New Zealand.

See more of his work at www.tomang.com
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By João Almeida on 7 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
A great "all in one piece" book, covers all important subjects in one easy to read book, suitable either for beginner for learning or advanced users for some reference
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Flawed, but still good. 1 Aug. 2009
By Robert Minchin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tom Ang is clearly a great photographer. And when writing about the art of photography, this comes through in text that is clear and informative. He knows what he is talking about, and communicates it well.

However, when it comes to the science behind the photographs - whether it is the thin-lens theory, the inverse-square law, or any of the other many bits of physics that Ang name-checks in his book, his writing becomes confused. It is obvious that Ang is trying to explain things that he does not himself understand at more than a superficial level. As a PhD physicist, I found myself scratching my head while trying to work out what he thought he was trying to explain - if these sections of the book were an undergraduate essay on optics they would barely scrape a pass mark.

The book is also plagued by poor figure editing. Labels on diagrams are incorrect (there are two distances marked s1 on the thin-lens diagram, for instance), captions do not seem to refer to the figures they are attached to, and figures are swapped (particularly in the section on Photoshop where a number of screen shots are incorrectly labelled).

If you're after a book on the art of photography, this is a great read. I have really enjoyed it. But it is flawed, and if you want to understand the physics of photography you should really go elsewhere.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Extremely helpful! 12 Jan. 2009
By Emmi S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let me start off by saying that though I am very interested, I am not a hugely experienced photographer. This book seems to have everything in it without being too lengthy or bulky. It answers every question I could have about photography in a logical, practical way while nicely explaining digital alongside analog photography(camera with film). The information given ranges from the obvious framing and focussing to which camera is best for what!
It is also packed with example photographs which are extremely helpful and it shows both what to do and what not to do! I would extremely recommend this book to anyone mildly interested in photography as well as those more advanced since this book perfectly incorporates both!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great reference for beginners 16 Feb. 2011
By ezyErnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of an interest in photography because I like taking really good pictures and I wanted to get started with actually knowing what I'm doing, especially since I was planning to purchase a really good and expensive camera. This book is a treasure for me as a beginner because it left no aspect of photography unreferenced and it did not make me feel stupid. I also wanted to be able to make the most informed decision about the coming camera purchase because I planned to make a considerable investment as a non-professional in a camera with capability and features enough for me to take unquestionably excellent pictures (to my own mind, at least). I can say that I made a great choice in my last camera purchase, thanks to reading this book.

This book is also a great read and seems to have great pacing. The subjects are thoroughly covered with plenty of example pictures and explanations, but no drawn-out dissertations, i.e., it doesn't bore me. The writing is succinct and informative and to a novice like me, full of revelations. I have to recommend this book also, because a professional photographer friend of mine read it and thanked me. He now has his own and tells me that he refers back to it regularly.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I really believe that it strengthened my interest in photography and in learning to take the best pictures that I can.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tiny Font 20 July 2010
By Tom Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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This looks like a decent book, and unlike a previous reviewer I liked the fact he covers film; I couldn't afford a dslr but wanted to learn how to use an slr camera so I bought a Minolta x-370 for $30.00. I can't be the only one out there on a low budget, if you want to advance your photography skills and bought a cheap slr film camera like I did this book could be useful.
The downside for the visually challenged is the font size is tiny. They probably did that to save some money but even with glasses it's a little hard for me to read. If you have perfect 20/20 it may be ok, but you could have difficulty reading it otherwise.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tons of details 24 April 2014
By PaulWard125 - Published on Amazon.com
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Explains things in a USA TODAY-esque way hitting the high points and helping you understand photography concepts and technology. Some of the type is small, so get out the glasses if you need them. I think a must to have in your photography library.
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