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Depends on your knowledge and camera familiarity
on 4 April 2015
How good this book is depends greatly on your photography level and expectations. If you are relatively new to photography and maybe the X100S I'd suggest this is an excellent guide. It really gives you an idea about composing images, depth of field, what the various modes are, aperture, shutter priority etc. If you are a more experienced photographer, therein lies the issues I have with the book. I'd suggest only about a third of it is really about the X100S and that is mostly only because the camera is referred to frame the information. Much of the book is about photography, some quite largish images of Kevin's work used as padding and very generic and could be used in any camera book. The bit about the X100S is useful but to be honest if you have had the camera a couple of weeks and read the manual there is even less information that is useful, you have probably figured it out anyway. Without trying to sound like a know it all, but this book gives very little to the photographer who has already read all the basic books and been at it a while, it adds even less if you know your way around the X100S. I was hoping that a pro like Kevin would somehow give me lots of features and shortcuts about things I didn't know, maybe take me into territory that isn't very clear in the manual like explaining how the dynamic range adjustment worked, or using flash off camera, fill flash with the huge advantage of the X100S's flash sync at high speed. Very disappointed from that aspect of it as it gives nothing like that in any detail. The book looks nice and is clearly written, it has some nice street images and a few projects to try, but if you already understand the technicalities of photography and you have played with your X100S a bit I'd seriously consider if this is the book for you. I'm not trying to be clever, I'm not a professional like Kevin, I don't turn out images at the rate a professional has to, but this book really didn't give me anything much more than many will know if they have been at it a few years...and ;lets be honest, if you are shooting with a camera like an X100S, the poor mans Leica, you are likely an experienced photography enthusiast looking for a break from a ton of DSLR equipment.
** I'm updating my review. I initially gave this 2 stars. I think this was unfair. I still don't find this book has as much depth as it could, and it still has a lot of 'padding', material that could fit in any book, but I probably looked at the book unfairly. The two elements together do fit together well to make a decent illustration of how the X100S works, particularly in an urban environment. If you don't own many photography books, this is pretty good, if you do, then you will find a fair amount of material you have seen before, composition, lighting etc.. I'd recommend the book, probably the best there is for the X100S, but I doubt you would buy anything similar for another Fuji camera through duplication.