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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 6 edition (20 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521107
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"At last there is an introductory book that I can unreservedly recommend to friends, students and others who are in any way interested in the basics of photography and digital photography."
Sidney Ray, Senior Lecturer in Digital and Photographic Imaging, University of Westminster, photographer and Imaging Consultant.

"Diagrams and photographs demystify information, helping the book strike a balance between technical details and shooting advice, and helpfully it doesn't talk down to the reader...The scope of information and the reasonable price ensures this is recommended."
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About the Author

Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Contributing numerous articles and videos to AdobeTV and the inspirational browser, Philip is a leading source in adobe information and instruction. Philip is also co-founder of an online photography training college. He's a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.
Michael Langford, renowned author, teacher, and practitioner, is a legend because of his skill that balanced art and technique. He inspired and taught thousands. As Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, his key involvement with photography courses and exams set the standard worldwide.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HappyK8 on 13 Jun 2009
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This book is clearly set out and covers everything a budding photographer needs to know in a straight forward and manageable way. It doesn't shy away from the technical aspects at all, but presents them in a way that is readily understood. The emphasis is placed on the actual taking of a photograph rather than computer editing after, though this is also included. The beautiful photographs that visually explain the text are excellent.

I had looked all over the internet and in many book stores before buying this book and can confidently say that this is the best one for anyone wishing to learn about digital photography, whether as a student or just to enhance your holiday snaps.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Harris on 2 Sep 2012
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I'm only 3/4 of the way through 'Starting Photography' and it's already fulfilled every hope I had for it.

A bit of background - I wasn't exactly a raw beginner but then I was no decent amateur photographer either. I've just always had a love for photography, ever since I was a child. I got my first SLR (wedding present from wifey) in 1989 and learnt the raw basics then, but since getting a dSLR in 2009 (and now a micro 4/3rds camera) felt I needed guidance, instruction and inspiration to take my meagre skills to the next level.....especially in 3 keys areas:
1) Subject matter. I'd simply run out of ideas of what to take pictures of and my efforts were becoming very samey as a result
2) Digital basics. The micro 4/3rds camera I now own is so much more advanced in it's functions than my old SLR, I was finding it baffling and overwhelming....and I'm in IT!!!
3) Digital post-processing. Photoshop type programs have always left me cold, not least of all because I just couldn't see the point of them

Well, I'm delighted to say that 'Starting Photography' has guided me through all of the above and much, much more. The tempo of the book is just right, the tone neither too basic nor condescendingly advanced. Each section is illustrated perfectly with beautiful photography to demonstrate the lesson being learnt.

It's revived my interest and given me projects to work on. It's built on my existing knowledge and endowed me with much new learning.

Downsides? Well being really picky, the co-author (Andrews) guides us through digital post processing in an in depth way...but it comes across (to me at least) as an extended advertisement for Adobe products. Fleeting mention is made of the competition but no knowledge of them imparted.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Thomson on 24 Feb 2009
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I have just started night classes for learning photography and I was recommended this book by my teacher, having bought this book I have found this book to be invaluable as it is very informative and is written in a straightforward way that is very easy to understand.
It covers everthing you need to know in using both digital and SLR cameras
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning how to take a better photogragh.I never knew how much was involved in taking photographs and this book is a must for any budding photographer
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2012
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Although not originally part of Michael Langford's classic 3-volume series (the respective titles were Langford's basic Photography, Langford's Intermediate Photography, and Langford's Advanced Photography) which were intended for the more serious photographer and possibly one with reasonably extensive experience of using a camera, this is now seen as the introduction to his series.

Langford was a lecturer in photography and highly respected. He was a very good author on the subject and his books were always, and are still, highly popular. His knowledge was extensive and he was easily able to transfer his knowledge to his books. He rarely, if ever, would ask a starting photographer to run before he could walk and he knew his subject and his market extremely well.

Since his death, any updates required due to the ever-rapid advancement of digital photography and the cameras we use have been made by an equally knowledgeable team so that the book remains reasonably current and valid.

An excellent introductory volume, I would highly recommend it to anyone starting photography and especially to a student starting a course at university or at art school.

If you should need a book that perhaps replaces or expands upon your camera's manual, this is not that book. Should you move to a more advanced camera or another brand, your current manual will then be of little use. But if you need general advice about the camera's different modes (which will change little from one brand to another), when to use different combinations of shutter speed and aperture and why, or perhaps hints about taking effective portraits or some other type of photo, using flash or even holding the camera, then it will fill that need. Consequently, the book is one that comes with the highest recommendation.
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