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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,880 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" --GeekDad

"If you want really solid advice on how to 'see' great images unfold in front of you, then this should be on your wish list by now." - Digital SLR Photography "An easy-to-follow guide to how to take a decent photo, this systematic and at times humorous book introduces you to everything from basic camera functions, such as aperture and exposure, to more nebulous ideas about the 'perfection of imperfection', using Robert Capa's blurry D-Day landing shots as an example. Wonderfully illustrated throughout." - Royal Photographic Society "Henry Carroll's superb new book takes some beating, thanks to its combination of clear, no-nonsense tips, and iconic images from some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century." - Photography Week --Photography Week

About the Author

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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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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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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If you're a beginner, here's a brief picture-led volume that'll ease you into basic photographic concepts and camera techniques - without numbing your brain as a manufacturer's manual might.

If you're a seasoned photographer, here's a brief volume reminding you that you should challenge yourself to take better photographs. Every day. It is also handy as a gift for anybody you'd like to help move from beginner to seasoned, like you.
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When I saw this book in a bookshop I really thought that I wanted to read it.
And I wasn't wrong! It is a really great book, written in a way that is really easy to understand and that doesn't go to much into technical details.
If I had to find a downside that would be that I found every chapter (or the all book in general) to be really short
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This book taught me more, in 10 minutes and as many words, than any any other book on photography. I was feeling a bit fed up that I couldn't get my shiny new compact system camera to do what I wanted it to. Carroll's easy writing style, great graphics and the photographs helped me to understand what I needed to do. I would recommend it to anyone. I'm smiling again and I have some great photographs! I've also invested in another lens and I'm confident that I've made the right choice because I now understand!
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Very basic reading. The book skims through elements of photography without going into technical details. Maybe worth buying if you are just starting out with photography or you're not very serious about photography but could use a few helpful pointers. Subjects such as composition, lighting, exposure, lenses, etc are covered in the book but to be honest it's not a very in depth look at these things.

Overall it's one of those books that is nice but without much substance.
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Even if you are an experienced you will find this a really useful book as the photographs used are excellent & the descriptions of the techniques used to compose them are concise & well explained... recommended for both beginners & experienced photographers
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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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