Collins Complete Photography Course Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
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About the Author
John Garrett is a professional photographer, specialising in reportage photography for several major newspapers and magazines. He has written several teaching books and co-wrote the 35mm Photographer's Handbook which has sold over 2million copies worldwide.
Graeme Harris is a lecturer in Photography at London's Kensington & Chelsea College, he also teaches at the Zoom In photography school. A professional photographer, his photography has been widely exhibited and his commercial work includes photography for many well known companies and publishers.
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With regards to my title for this review, I hope (if they're reading this) that the author's are not offended - it's a massive compliment! The book is gently worded and doesn't assume that you are either a complete plank or already a well competent photographer...it sort of lands just right, just in the middle and while the author's are obviously very well accomplished and talented, the only mention of this is on the last page, in the biography - I think this alone displays the humility of the chaps who wrote this book, there's no fancy fore word or preface or introduction by some other 'in the know' bod, as you so often see in 'help books' these days to help move copies.
To get to the point, it's just a very good, simple, easy reading book and anyone with a camera (dslr or a camera phone) should consider this book if they have an interest in improving their shots.
To the author's; thanks, guys.
It starts by a quick review of the history of photography and then moves to a chapter on equipment with enough information for a newcomer to understand what kind of camera one should buy and what else is needed to produce the wanted results, from torch to tripods and even a swiss army knife. After this, the book has sections on exposure, aperture, shutter and lenses, interesting for both SLR or compact camera and film or digital users. Next, the authors introduce the reader to the planning and production of a photo and creative possibilities in sections such as composition, light, colour, filters and black and white. All of these sections include small projects to encourage the reader to try as he learns and small explanations on how the image achieved can go wrong. Finally, the last two chapters are on image enhancement (mostly, but not only, based on Photoshop) and management, organizing and printing images. I was glad to find that the book offers further reading advice and other strong points to it are the good quality images as examples to almost every concept and technique described, the reference of artists considered experts on them and the inclusion of a glossary and an index, sometimes forgotten but always useful in this kind of book.Read more ›
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This book really is a stunning book, inside and out. The outside of the book is well designed and looks great. The colours are vibrant and it looks great on the bookshelf. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Mother Confessor
Just recently bought a DSLR and wanted to be able to use its functions, and improve my photography. Saw this and downloaded a sample after looking through ordered the full... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fee128