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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2014
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2015
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2014
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 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2015
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2015
Great guide to the the core advice necessary for improving your photography delivered in a plain no-nonsense way with pertinent examples. Will definitely be referring back to this on a regular basis as I strive to improve.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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