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For some bizarre reason such books are often the opposite of what you'd expect for a visual and exciting subject with very wide appeal. Example: the absolutely dreadful Canon Eos Digital Photography Photo Workshop by Serge Timacheff which does the nearly impossible - it combines poor picture selection, with poor picture quality, bad layout and impenetrable captions. Think that's unusual? Don't bother to buy this next one, just trust me: the Collins Complete Photography Course is as clunky as clunky gets and is so badly laid out that it is actually unreadable. A quick perusal of the photography section of any major book store will produce dozens more like these.
Why? There are two good reasons. First, publishers make the dire mistake of having these books created by photographers rather than good book editors, on the dubious principle that techies must know how to create a book on their specialist subject. Usually, they don't. Second, photo selection is a skilled and highly creative business in which art comes way before educational purpose. If, like the Collins authors John Garrett and Graeme Harris, you work on the principle that images used must only illustrate the point being made (which sounds logical) you will end up with the equivalent of a restaurant which offers unpalatable ingredients rather than seductive dishes.
The Insight Guides are rightly famed for the brilliance of their imagery and the sharp layout of text and graphics all of which, in a great book, need to be offered in an integrated whole.Read more ›
In general the book is let down by poor examples, using agency photos, often of doubtful relevance, where the authors don't seem to know the exposure details. Even when illustrating exposure bracketing there are no captions to say what the exposure was. Likewise when illustrating different focal lengths.
And there aren't enough examples either - for instance the section on using histograms doesn't have a single example.
However, if you can see past all that, there is a lot of useful information here. Much more than most books that sell for under £2. And a lot of it is applicable generally, not just for travel photography.
Their approach surprised me. Where as my book has a very practical bias (i.e. it deals with issues we all face when travelling) this book takes on a much broader approach. The two books make a perfect pairing.
This Insight Guide is superb at what it does. It comes close to being a comprehensive text book on the history of photography, the techniques of photography, and the opportunities (and pitfalls) of photography in different environments.
A great read, too much to take in at one sitting but a good book to return to over and over again.
A MUST BUY FOR EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER who is interested in photography. It certainly is not limited to (but is directed towards) those whose main interest is in travel photography.
You will never find better at the price.
If you want to see my approach to the same subject please use this direct link. TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (POPULAR GUIDES TO GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY)
The kindle format means photos are spread over two pages also. I had to bookmark the contents list in order to navigate my way around. Unimpressed.
All in all a very good book which will have a space reserved in my travel bag for a long time.
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Excellent read if you fancy becoming a travel photographer, as I would!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant book - lots of information for the amatuer & professional photographer alikePublished 18 months ago by Wizard_of_Odds
I doubt if many photographers will find this book of much use.What the authors fail to understand is that 99% of pictute takers want is a reliable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by G.I.Forbes
This is a great book for photographers worth the money WARNING this isn't really a book for professional more for beginnersPublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by Roan Richards
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