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A beautiful book filled with expert advice,
This review is from: Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques (Paperback)
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The tips and techniques are all here, perhaps not in as much depth as for an academic course, but easy to follow for someone who has been using a camera for a while. A beginner might well be put off by the fact of a technical summary adjacent to each photo - they should ignore these details and read the body text instead. I think a patient beginner will benefit greatly from this very pretty book.
The language is simple and clear, Harold Davis is at pains to point out that it is not the camera but the photographer that makes the picture. One can use ANY camera. It helps to have a big expensive one like his, since this permits the full range of techniques to be illustrated. But the rest of us can pick and choose the aspects we want, and which are appropriate for our own set of photographic tools. Being well informed, as expertly shown here, makes our choices so much easier.
I've been a photographer since I was seven, even doing commercial B&W portraits for a few years in my teens to pay for my colour and cine work, and have used a vast array of cameras; still, movie, video, digital etc. But even so, I learnt a few things from the book because the world has moved on faster than my own experience.
It is not the ultimate reference, but then it does not pretend to be. The title is accurate, and because it hits the target I am happy to give it four stars.