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Really Really Useful & Informative
on 17 August 2012
Having read Scott's Lightroom 4 book (which I highly recommend) I thought I'd try these books and have not been dissappointed.
I guess you could classify me as an "advanced amateur" and in my view these books are aimed at either photographers like me or more advanced/semi pro/pro photographers. Let me explain why by way of example: one of the tips in one of the books (I can't now remember which -may be book 1) concerns trying to get pin sharp focussing of the eyes in portrait photography. Scott doesn't explain that you should first lock focus onto the eye and then recompose the shot (we know that anyway), but he does go on to explain how you can use a different method to ensure pin sharp results particularly when using fast lenses with wide apertures such as f1.4 etc. If none of that made sense to you then I'd suggest the book may be a little advanced for you. Conversly, if you not only understood it but am intrigued as to how to improve your success rate for getting pin sharp results then buy the books.
I have to confess that I probably knew about 50% of what is in these books but nevertheless still well worth buying for the other half.
I bought the kindle edition and thought it really good value for 4 books for just under £30 (this was the price at time of purchase - August 2012). The only downside is that, unlike the kindle version for his Lightroom 4 book, the fact that all the images are black & white (kindle version only) means you cannot always fully see the effect he is trying to demonstratere. This didn't really bother me but I could imagine some people finding this really annoying and demanding their money back. Perhaps best to spend an extra £10 and get the colour hardback/paperback.
To conclude, well written, really easy to understand books that cover just about any photographic situation you could find yourself in. It is just like having a pro photographer stood next to you clearly explaining what you should do. A real good reference library of information I will no doubt keep referring back to. Thoroughly recommend.