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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817440593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817440596
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cristiano Simoes Abreu on 18 April 2006
Format: Paperback
This is until now my favoured book regarding photography. I was really impressed on the way he explains and introduces his exposure chart, for a creative correct exposure. The way he talks about the different techniques and gear to achieve the results "you want" is awesome. The book is a bit outdated in terms of gear for the digital shooters, like me, but the knowledge is there! Concerning the complaints that his advices in terms of gear are too biased for the expensive stuff... I don't support that opinion, since, for example, he recommends an aluminium tripod instead of the hyped carbon ones because of stability issues (Al are normally heavier). He also states that he is a gear junkie... aren't we all to some extent (at least if you take photography seriously). The advices about landscape photography and close-up are a must (who these days still envisages to buy extension tubes or close-up lens instead of fancy macro lens (just to be used on general, from time to time)? After reading such book, I'm a believer! This book totally changed - and I mean it - my perspective about photography. IMHO, a must for the serious photographer!
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book after hearing nothing but good things about it and its author. However on reading I was sadly disappointed. Its not that it's a bad book, its not, it's just that it only deals with what equipment is good for what situations.
John Shaw is a gear head and admits at the end of the book and what he writes about lenses, bodies, tripods etc is all well and useful. Apart from two things that are plane wrong: That you don't need to keep a filter on your lens at all time to protect it ("Sorry John I can't afford to get my lenses scratched"), and that the quality of zoom lens is comparable to primes when the images are blown up (there not).
He constantly recommends purchasing items that are very expensive and give details of lots of specific products. With the pace that technology moves this book will be out of date within a few years.
After reading though pages of information about what lens, etc to purchase he has a very light-weight section on technique and personally philosophy. This is where the book falls down.
The book is well laid out with some lovely images. Well written, shame about the content.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "kazmierczyk" on 15 Jun 2005
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One of the best books on photography I own. I bought is as a result of browsing around in a bookstore, so no pre-bias in purchase. Very interesting images, entertaining and illuminating text.
Many people complain he author only recomends buying expensive gear. I disagree. Yes, he describes concrete situations using one of the leading brands as an example, but everything he writes can be used even if you only own a manual SLR (like I do, for instance)
Overall, I can highly recommend.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan 2001
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All the positive comments in the reviews of Shaw's earlier tour de force also apply here. In a significant updating all the photos are new (and better!) as is most of the text. Also since the earlier book Shaw has switched to autofocus and overcome his suspicion of zoom lenses. This is the one to buy. Thoroughly recommended.
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