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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs [Paperback]

Henry Carroll
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3 Mar 2014
Photography is now more popular than ever thanks to the rapid development of digital cameras. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is for this new wave of DSLR dabblers and amateur snapshooters. It contains no graphs, no techie diagrams and no camera-club jargon. Instead, it inspires readers through iconic images and playful copy packed with hands-on tips. Split into five sections, the book covers composition, exposure, light, lenses, and the art of seeing. Masterpieces by acclaimed photographers including Henri Cartier- Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Fay Godwin, Nadav Kander, Daido Moriyama and Martin Parr serve to illustrate points and encourage readers to try out new ideas. Todays aspiring photographers want immediacy and see photography as an affordable way of expressing themselves quickly and creatively. This handbook meets their needs, teaching them how to take photographs using professional techniques.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (3 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780673353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780673356
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs" goes beyond typical technical jargon.and should you master.composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing you will indeed be making great photographs." - "Uncrate"

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, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written without jargon 6 Mar 2014
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 ' 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and engaging! 26 Feb 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and useful guide for learners 19 April 2014
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fresh and inspiring deviation from the pack 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it and going to buy a copy for my daughter 27 April 2014
By Brian
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good guide full of ideas
Arrived promptly, good guide full of ideas.
Published 27 days ago by germa
4.0 out of 5 stars Plain English guide
A good starting point for a camera dummy like me. Not sure I'm much better at carrying the advice through to better pictures but I understood it which is a good start!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs B
4.0 out of 5 stars easy advice on how to take great
Clear, easy advice on how to take great photos
Published 1 month ago by Marion May
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, not bad for beginners.
It's ok. Gives complete beginners some great starting points but it's very heavily weighted against using the Manual mode on the camera, which I think is vital. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tjobbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 2 months ago by swilkie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great reading
What I liked about this book is the sheer common sense of the writing. Having read many photography books and magazines, especially magazines, I have often been left with the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A J Riggall
5.0 out of 5 stars So good and so easy to read
This book is well written and very easy to understand. I'm the sort of photographer that is just starting out and this book has been so helpful to understand the technical side of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rita Kazakevica
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy straightforward
Easy straightforward tips on understanding photography which cuts out the jargon you won't find another book which gives easy to read advice and tips
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photography book
I saw this advertised in one of my magazines and decided to add it to my vast photography book collection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss P. McLeod
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