17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
More specialised than Volume 1 but great for studio shooting,
This review is from: The Digital Photography Book: Pt. 3 (Paperback)
This volume of Scott Kelby's series continues the high concept of the previous two volumes. Each page typically features a specific technique or piece of equipment and describes very succinctly how to achieve that result or use that particular item.
I doubt many people would buy volume 3 without first having looked at the others but if you haven't there are a couple of things you need to know.
Firstly, the concept is that you will be told to "set this", "use that" without your hand being held too much. There's limited waffle (other than his characteristic humorous chapter introductions, which you'll either love or hate), just straightforward advice.
Secondly each book is more specialised than the last, which is especially true for this one. This volume has a bias towards studio and flash photography, certainly for the first half. The second half covers a wider variety but is still more suited to the enthusiast than the non-SLR owner. For example, there are several pages dedicated to what Scott packs in his bag for certain types of shoot. On the other hand, some pages (e.g. "When to use a wide-angle lens") seem out of place and really belong in volume 1.
Personally, I found this one useful for the studio portrait and product shot sections. There are very few books on the market that describe how to set different types of lighting up and those that I've seen fill 2/3 of their pages with the same basic camera and Photoshop techniques that every other book seems to have.
The bottom line is this: if you're an enthusiast interested in studio, sport or travel photography, there is plenty of useful advice here. For casual camera users, there is stuff here that will appeal to you but less so than volumes 1 or 2.