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Digital Photography Month by Month Hardcover – 1 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Tom Ang is an award-winning photographer and best-selling author, and is the host of BBC TV's A Digital Picture of Britain.He was Senior Lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster, London, for 12 years and has worked as a technical and picture editor for numerous specialist magazines.
His own photographs have been exhibited around the world, and he has contributed to magazines such as What Digital Camera, MacUser, and Creative Arts.Tom won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for his photographic coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition, which retraced the modern land crossing from Europe to China via Central Asia.He is now a full-time photographer, writer, and television host.
Books by Tom Ang available from DK Publishing include: Digital Photographer's Handbook, Digital Photography, Digital Photography Masterclass, Digital Video Handbook, Digital Video-An Introduction, and Eyewitness Companion: Photography.
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As a keen hill walker I really only take snaps to record where I've been. However, this book has given me some excellent tips and ideas on how to create more interesting photos. Some of these tips I had slowly begun to discover for myself simply by taking lots of photographs and then seeing which of them appeal. Other tips I doubt I would ever have discovered for myself. I really like the month-by-month format and it has been written in a relatively jargon-free style.
Keen amateur photographers probably won't need as much help with the technical aspects associated with depth of view, exposure etc but they may well discover new and more interesting ways of framing their chosen subject.
It doesn't set the world alight but has some good imagery and wise words to help job the old brain cells.
My photography user level is advanced and so I didn't need an "explain every detail" kind of book and which is why I like this book. You'll never get a single book to suit everyone but this would come fairly close because it has a good balance of ideas and tech details.
I liked the approach that takes a subject and then analyses, via a bold image, how best to record the subject. It then looks at several different techniques for the same subject, some obvious, some less so. There are also 'side boxes' that examine things like how to use your phone camera to record images of that subject. If I have any reservations then it's just a couple of minor points. FIrst, the images used are from image galleries: mostly apparently from Getty Images and Corbis. It would be nice to see exemplars from Tom and other enthusiast photographers. Also, there's a bit of political correctness creeping in - so we have winter festivals rather than Christmas and so on. As a non Christian I've no problem with the word nor shooting the colourful lights around that time of year. But these are small points and would in no way reduce my liking of this book at all. Some people might argue that some of the subject spreads are also a bit contrived, but I'd take issue. They may not be obvious objects for shooting, but that's the beauty of theme: priming readers to shoot the unexpected.
I'll heartily recommend this book - to fans of Tom Ang, and those looking to keep their camera out of hibernation in the colder months!
p.s. and a big thank you to Amazon for delivering this ahead of the despatch date!
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