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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (3 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780673353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780673356
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs."is the perfect quick reference for photographers to toss in their camera bag for a bit of inspiration and reminder of the basics." - "GeekDad"

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Henry Carroll studied photography at the Royal College of Art and his work has been featured in a number of international exhibitions and publications. Building on his experience teaching aspiring photographers of all ages, Henry founded frui.co.uk, one of the UK s leading providers of photography holidays and courses. Henry s clear, jargon-free style of teaching has demystified digital photography and inspired thousands to get creative with their cameras.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr S D Callow on 10 April 2014
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I can not rate this book highly enough.

Just starting out in photography I have read many many books covering all aspects from the Artistic such as Composition, to the Technical, such as what is Aperture and how to select Shutter Speed. I have got a lot from these books but find them hard going, key concepts taking 3 or more readings, much head scratching and STILL not being quite clear. As a result it gets frustrating and spoils what is a fun and interesting hobby.

This book is not written as a textbook, or preaching from on high, but comes across more like a conversation with a good friend over a pint in the pub who is passionate about photography and wants to share. I lost count of the amount of 'Ahhh...so THATS it!' moments I encountered in this book. It just makes everything so clear and, most importantly, engaging. Key concepts such as Aperture etc are written in such a way that they are easily accessible, well documented and become easily digestable nuggets that stick in the mind.

Once again I simply can't recommend this book enough...I even caught my girlfriend reading it....and she has no interest in photography!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joshua R Parry on 6 Mar 2014
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This is a jargon-free way to learn about the basics of photography and the ideas and techniques behind the work of some famous masters. The author nicely sums up what's going on in the images and offers technical advice without getting too scientific. Even though I'm technically proficient the final chapter on 'seeing' was all new to me and has made me approach my photography in a completely different way. Something in here for all levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin AD on 29 Aug 2014
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An excellent book for those wanting to grasp the basics in photography... exposure length, aperture and depth of field, ISO and how they all relate to each other. That information is shown in simple diagram form that anyone can understand. It's also got some samples of images and an explanation of how to achieve the particular effects shown. I wish I had this when I was learning!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harry Owen on 26 Feb 2014
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This book has one of the best explanations of exposure I've read. It also contains a really nice graphic which explains the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Engaging insights are offered into a range of photographs by old masters, like Cartier-Bresson and Bill Brandt, as well as some contemporary figures such as Joel Sternfeld and Martin Parr. This is a great little book for those looking to improve their photography and learn about the work of well known photographers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 April 2014
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This book is a quick and useful guide for anyone picking up photography. It's a paperback, 128 pages, handbook size.

The five chapters inside covers the fundamentals of photography, namely subjects like composition, exposure, light, lenses and where to find ideas. They are written in a concise manner, one main subject with explanation accompanied by one photo as example. Very easy to understand.

There are lots of useful techniques explored. This should make it quite helpful for learners, to get them up to speed fast.

It's a simple book that does its job.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By j-j-jroth on 8 April 2014
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Bought this in addition to an already sizeable collection of books on photography. In my view it opens an interesting and somewhat new angle on things you will probably have read a couple of times before, but really more focused on artistic and conceptual questions, not so much on technical stuff. Might even get you back on the ground on some issues that are often dealt with in a purely technical way (like "put all settings on manual"). Also nicely made (despite the loudmouth cover).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 27 April 2014
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I have been interested in photography for many years now and have bought a number go photography books. The title grabbed me as did a review I ready in a magazine. I was not disappointed at all. I really enjoyed the different way of explaining how to take pictures. Although I know I have read all of the specifics, the way it has been described in this book am me think again about my photography and given me some new ideas. My daughter enjoys taking pictures on her smart phone and is very good and wants to develop her understanding and get an DSLR. The is is the prefect book for someone new and I will buying her a copy as I want to keep my own!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mousley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2014
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Seriously, this isn't a bad book and the author comes across well meaning and uses reasonably good examples, but don't expect to take great photo's just because you've bought the book...the title is just a catchy line to help market the book...worth a read, but don't expect miracles or to hear things you haven't heard before...even if they are well exampled in the book...
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