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Simply Digital Photography [Kindle Edition]

Rob Sheppard
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you are serious about digital photography, then this clear, concise guide is the ideal companion for fast and efficient learning. Simply Digital Photography offers techniques that can be used to make better digital photos, prints, and photo-based projects. Full-colour screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions show readers how to use their equipment, compose the best shot, and even make edits to photos to create stunning images and produce better photos. The simple, yet elegant design features a multitude of images as well as tips & tricks to make this a perfect reference for all ages - just follow the instructions with your camera and set your own speed. Packed with photos and illustrations, this visual tutorial is excellent value for money. Learn something new today - read it, try it and become your own expert with Simply Digital Photography!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22196 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (23 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DVIB6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #853,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd received this book a few years ago! 22 Feb. 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
2006 was the first year I took two cameras on holiday with me. No real contest - digital beat traditional 35mm film hands down! Thereafter, my much-loved but ageing Olympus Trip was ditched for the far more versatile digital experience (I had a 3 mega pixel Kodak back then). OK so I've upgraded to a couple of more technically sophisticated digital cameras since then, but I've never really felt that I've exploited their technology to the full. In fact, writing this in my usual stream-of-consciousness style (check out my other reviews guys!), I realise to my shame and horror that I cannot remember (except by accident!) ever changing the program mode away from the default 'auto' setting! I guess I just want an easy life?

Rob Sheppard's beautifully straightforward book (courtesy of the utterly wonderful Vine Programme - thanks again guys!) has tempted even me to start experimenting with aperture settings and shutter speeds. Every page has splendidly jargon-free instructions plus a couple of excellent photo examples showing potential good and bad results from tinkering with settings. I found the photos particularly useful and far more effective than wordier explanations. Just flick through the book until an image catches your eye (the slow-shutter speed water effect for example), then go out and take it, following the simple instructions.

Only criticisms; firstly that the book is pitched at a fairly elementary level and anyone more proficient than I may well feel Mr Sheppard is teaching grandma to suck eggs and secondly that it is such a good guide that you'll learn all the tricks and likely outgrow it fairly quickly.

Definitely recommended if you're a digital camera user who's nervous about straying beyond the 'auto' setting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good basic introduction, but limited in scope 28 Feb. 2011
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Rob Sheppard's "Simply Digital Photography" might be more accurately called "Digital Photography for Absolute Beginners". The book starts from absolute basics and provides a good step-by-step guide for the complete newcomer.

The book comprises 12 chapters covering getting ready, composition, light, exposure & white balance, shutter speed & aperture, using your lens, flash, editing & organising, basic photoshop, additional photoshop and printing. These can be placed in three broad categories - preparation, taking the photo and post-production.

Each of the chapters starts with a brief introductory paragraph which is then followed by a number of points, two to a page with an illustrative photo. The feeling I got when reading this book was that it had been adapted from a Powerpoint presentation, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It's well organised, clear and easy to understand and follow. On the downside, it is very basic and once you've got the basics there is nowhere else to go. If I was being picky, I'd also criticise the cover of the book - I'd real expect something a bit more spectacular for the front of a photograpy book.

Overall, I'll give this 4 stars in the context of its target audience. A good book if you are totally new to the subject and a cheap comprehensive introduction, but it is limited in scope and you want something a bit more detailed then there are plenty of alternatives out there that cover the basics and go that little bit further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the absolute beginner 16 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I'm not a complete novice when it comes to photography but I have never undergone any professional training as such, so this book was very useful to me in explaining all the functions of my digital camera and how to use them better (I now know what white balance is).

In a nutshell this book very clearly breaks down all the obvious concepts to do with photography (when best to use your flash, avoiding red eye, overexposure vs underexposure etc) and also expands into more speciality effects (such as blur action, ISO settings and shutter speed tips).
It is also full to the brim with useful photographs that empathise what the written content is getting at.

It's a larger book than you might expect (approx 214 pages) but covers all the functions you would find on a typical digital camera, what they do and how to use them. It also expands into great detail on how to improve your pictures in the post production process and printing tips.

This book isn't going to turn you into a professional photographer overnight but it will certainly assist you in achieving a much better picture taking technique and artistic shots that you can be proud of.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has some good ideas 10 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This book is aimed the beginner to intermediate photographer. There are a number of chapters, on setting the camera up, composition, light, understanding exposure and white balance, choosing shutter speed and F-stop, getting sharpness, lenses, outdoor and night lights, editing, Photoshop Elements, and printing.

I'd suggest that the book is more useful to beginners. I lent it to my 11 year old to read, and he thought it was "awesome". He has been happily discussing the rule of thirds, the importance of the background, and other key elements of photographic composition. He was also very taken with the information on tripods. But he is a complete beginner - and I'm not. The book does cover some more intermediate aspects, such as the F-Stop, ISO etc... but the explanations aren't great, and I find John Hedgecoe's books a more useful way to understand how these work in practice.

There are some good tips to creating good photos - but again, I felt that if you wanted tips on creating good photos - there were better books out there. This one is interesting, but it's a book you are likely to pick up, skim through, read a couple of small sections and then put down. It's not the kind of book you constantly refer to.

Overall conclusion? It's ok, and it did appeal to my 11 year old, but I felt this book didn't really know what it wanted to be. Is it a book for complete beginners (who need instructions on tripods), or a book on how to take good pictures, or a book on using digital techniques to improve good pictures and rectify mistakes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Digital Photography
This book provides a good insight into the world of digital photography, with a target audience of those with little to no experience of using a camera. Read more
Published on 21 Jun. 2012 by B. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Many people could start from here..
If you're fairly new to digital photography, or even if you're not, this book will be a very good guide for most of the people who use digital cameras. Read more
Published on 15 Dec. 2011 by Marco Rossini
4.0 out of 5 stars What is digital photography?
This is a beginners introduction into the world of digital photography. For anyone with a vague interest, but really does not know where to start, or what all the key components... Read more
Published on 28 Sept. 2011 by G. Horsham
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginner's book
My late partner was a good photographer and it was always a source of annoyance to him that I was so ignorant of how a digital camera "ticked". Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by Steve Craftman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
Anyone who wants to grasp the nettle of digital SLR photography needs a good beginners guide to get over those first hurdles. Read more
Published on 17 Mar. 2011 by Junior Hornet
2.0 out of 5 stars Padded, shallow, limited quality advice. Compares poorly.
My star rating of this book suffers from the fact that I've recently read the excellent New A-Z of Creative Photography: Over 50 Techniques Explained in Full which delves deep... Read more
Published on 17 Mar. 2011 by Pallus
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple guide to writing photography books - show how to make the good...
Simply Digital Photography is a well written guide to taking better photos.

The book is divided into plenty of chapters each broken down into bite sized sections for... Read more
Published on 14 Mar. 2011 by Chris Hoare
4.0 out of 5 stars GReat Book for the Complete Beginner
If you are starting out in photography with no experience at all then this book is ideal for you. Set out in 12 chapters covering everything from getting your basics and camera... Read more
Published on 11 Mar. 2011 by I. H. C. Mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the beginner wanting to get the best from their camera
I've been taking pictures semi-seriously for about 7-9 years with a digital camera and I bought a reasonable high end camera (at the time) Minolta Dimage A1 when my passion was... Read more
Published on 6 Mar. 2011 by Nick C
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This is a very good book which expalins most of the things that you need to know about photography. I felt it was well laid out and the material well presented: although I foun... Read more
Published on 5 Mar. 2011 by Victor Meldrew Mk2
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