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Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes: Your Guide to Today's Most Popular Lighting Techniques [Paperback]

Scott Kelby
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Book Description

22 Dec 2009
Scott Kelby, author of the best-selling The Digital Photography Book, brings to life his “Photo Recipes” chapter—not just from this book, but from his smash best-selling follow-ups, volumes 2 and 3. In this two-hour video and companion booklet, Scott shows you exactly how it’s all done, from scratch, without holding anything back.

If you’ve ever wondered how the pros use natural light, studio light, and even direct daylight to get those amazing shots, you’ll see it all here, live, as it happens. Most of the shoot takes place in an amazing New York City loft photo studio as Scott re-creates the looks he describes in the book, along with some bonus lighting set-ups that aren’t in the book, to create a very special learning experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Everything is put together from scratch (from studio shots to location shots to product photography), all while the cameras are rolling—you see it all from the very beginning so you’ll be able to re-create those same looks without spending thousands on expensive high-end equipment. Best of all, Scott explains everything in simple, plain English, just like he’d tell a friend, using the same casual, conversational style that made his series of books a worldwide sensation. If you’ve ever wondered “how they do it,” you’re about to find out in this amazing DVD/book combo that shows how easy this all can be—once you know the secrets.

Includes MP4 files so that you can load the entire video onto your iPod or watch it on iTunes!


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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (22 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321701755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321701756
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Kelby is the world's #1 bestselling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals
(NAPP). He's the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2 & 3, and Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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About the Author

Scott Kelby is the world's #1 best-selling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He's the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2, and 3, Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, and Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great how-to 15 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I have all three volumes of Scott Kelby's The Digital Photography Book. I love his informal style of writing and this video is just the same (I even like his sense of humour). Many of the examples are the same as, or minor variations on, examples from the books and it is great to see the setup in a real "behind the scenes" way.

I definitely recommend this is you like the other books.

Just one word of caution, the DVD is a ROM, for watching the videos on your PC/Mac, not a regular Video DVD. The packaging is incorrect as it says it is a Video DVD, but DVD itself is labelled correctly as a DVD ROM.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent info... 3 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Excellent info, it does what it says on the tin....
very relatable and it really brings the normal staid text to life.

I can't fault the content , but the packaging is a tad OTT. Like some 90's software, far too bulky and the book seems irrelevant once you load the DVD. The tutorials seem more like a web page but this is is just being fussy, the content is King and this wins.

If you are looking for a hands on session with expert tuition, this is it.

But SK....Next time... redo the packaging
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scott Kelby describes many Pro lighting techniques 21 April 2010
By Invicta
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This DVD-Book combo is a companion to Scott Kelby's excellent "The Digital Photography Book" series volumes 1, 2 and 3. Each of these books included a chapter called "Photo recipes to help you get the shot". This DVD expands on the information provided in these chapters and takes you on a photo shoot recreating the lighting environment used for the original recipes.

The DVD needs to be viewed on a PC/Mac. I found the layout of the film clips on the DVD frustrating to navigate as each video clip is quite short in duration and you had to scroll to the next clip in the menu to continue watching the next recipe. There are 16 recipe clips in total on the DVD plus an intro in how to use the DVD and instructions for loading mp4 files e.g. for viewing on an iPod. The book is more of a booklet providing a summary of the information on the DVD and would be useful if you later wanted to go back and quickly find which recipe to review on the DVD.

The 16 recipes include:

11 recipes on various portrait styles and lighting.
1 recipe on shooting food.
1 recipe on photographing flowers.
2 recipes on landscape and panoramas - these are just discussions rather than actual on location shots.
1 recipe on product shoots.

Kelby describes all the variables affecting the quality of the shot e.g. natural light, studio light, distance and positioning of the lighting from the subject. There is an amazing amount of useful information covered in the recipes. However, to reproduce many of the setups you will need a large budget to have the equivalent lighting setups.

The packaging is a let down. The booklet is glued to the back of a large box containing the DVD which means the package takes up large amount of bookshelf space.

Overall an excellent way to describe how to setup a wide range of lighting techniques.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - easy to understand.. 5 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a competent photographer, I was not sure how I would feel about this book and DVD. Having watched it all, I am pleased to say that there were little tricks and pieces of advice that I did find useful.

This DVD and book are easy to follow, informal but informative, so whether a novice or with a little more experience, I think you would still find it interesting and useful.

The book is thinner than I expected, but that does not matter as it is still packed with information and is designed to support the DVD.

This may just be me, but the DVD did not play in my DVD player, only on my computer. I think this is because it is an interactive type set-up with chapters/tutorials. This may have been my DVD player (which is a few years old), or maybe the disc designed for the computer only.

I would have given this 5 stars, although I have given it 4 because I did not find any information about the DVD being computer playable only. I think that should be made clear. Otherwise, a great product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars work book advice 22 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
much cheaper than a training course but regard it in the same way take the video and the book and step through it over course fo a day.

then go practice.... lots!!!
ife you know nothing about lights but a vauge knowledge of terms its a great start, and if u have basics its a usefull refressher before you spend a hundered on a full day training course , but ide borrow rather than buy , you can get most of this on the strobist and entusiasts websites and the drip feed may mean your more likely to master techniques before moving on.to the next idea. good but not great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super great product 1 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
scott kelby is fantastic, friendly, thorough and talented. this dvd/book shows you straightforward instructions on lighting set-ups. unlike other instruction books that are quite intimidating, this one just gives you the advice up front. it is also fun to see how casual the studio set up is and how relaxed the staff are in the videos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start point 23 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Good start point on studio photography, leaves you with good tools and techniques to be applied immediately. Practice, exsercise and then proceed with a more advanced book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm 22 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
To be honest I was expecting big things from this. To me, it was ok. The main gripe I have is, is it NOT a DVD at all and has to be ran from your PC or Mac. The first attempt to do this resulted in confusion, as the disk couldnt be found.
Once it was working properly the video content was very informative and interesting.

I would have preferred an option to play the disk straight through rather than a section at a time.
The book seemed to offer new to what you got from the dvd, which disappointed I would have like more snippets, secrets and options in the book that they didnt have time to put into the DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars photo recipes
i love all scott kelby books they are informative, fun and easy to read i would recommend his books to anyone but this would be bettter if you could play it on a TV
Published 16 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo Recipes 10 out of 10
this was a very interisting book and dvd set i found it very helpful in learning how to light subjects plus having the dvd to phiscally watch is great as you get to see it first... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by ryan2peirce
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Work from Scott Kelby
Scott Kelby is the author of 3 fantastic bestsellers The Digital photographer Book 1,2 and 3.This photo recipe behind the scene DVD and accompanied book is no different very well... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man is a born Instructor
Like his other books this one does not disappoint. Instructive, clear, concise and written for the reader as opposed to the writers vanity. Buy it.
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by Kestua
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
In my opinion every photographer should have one DVD by Scott Kelby. This one is awesome. Very simple yet genius! Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by Michal Fanta
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
To be honest I was expecting big things from this. To me, it was ok. The main gripe I have is, is it NOT a DVD at all and has to be ran from your PC or Mac. Read more
Published on 22 May 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
After reading some reviews, I decied to buy and give it a try.
In my oppinion the "recipes" are easy to understand and. Read more
Published on 23 April 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative...
I didn't know what to expect with this combined dvd/book. But once I had read a few pages and watched the dvd at the same time, I found it very informative. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Mr. A. Shaw
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