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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much repeated information, scant on in-depth advice, 12 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Concert and Live Music Photography (Kindle Edition)
I've been doing big name concert photography professionally for some months. I bought this book soon after starting out in this field (when I was shooting mostly in pubs and small venues) in the hopes that it would provide solid, in-depth information, particularly with regards to processing photos which are often overexposed in a single colour channel or require extensive colour work to get a natural feel. The problem is that the book is filled with a lot of frankly not particularly helpful waffle, and most chapters needlessly repeat information from previous ones. If you removed the repeated info, this book would probably be half its length. Furthermore, I don't understand the necessity to repeatedly explain basic photographic concepts like shutter speed, ISO and aperture when people who are shooting gigs are likely to already have a good understanding of these.

I guess this book may be useful to someone who has just bought their very first camera and has an ambition to learn concert photography, but for anyone who already knows how to use a camera and is looking for very in-depth information for techniques on processing punchy, publication-ready images, you're not going to learn much here. I daresay many of the photos used to illustrate the book are not particularly impressive either (although it's fair to point out there are also many great photos - but in the art world, we say you're as good as your worst work, tending to assume that the good ones are flukes when they're accompanied by ones of lesser quality).

Additionally, at the risk of coming across as a terrible pedant, I couldn't help but notice numerous grammar and spelling mistakes throughout. This gives a very poor impression.
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