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Teach Yourself Photography 3rd Edition Paperback – 29 Aug 2008
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Fully updated and with a CD containing 100s of inspirational images, this book will give you all the creative and technical information you need to take great photos.
About the Author
Lee Frost was born in Yorkshire in 1966 and picked up a camera for the first
time at the age of 15. A self-taught photographer, he is now regarded as one
of Britain¹s best known photographic authors, with a number of best-selling
books to his name including The A-Z of Creative Photography, Taking Pictures
for Profit, Teach Yourself Photography and The Complete Guide to Night &
Lowlight Photography. Lee also writes for various photographic magazines
including Outdoor Photography, Black & White Photography and Outdoor
Photography, shoots stock images for picture libraries that sell throughout
the world and through his company Photo Adventures leads workshops in the UK
and overseas where he passes on his knowledge and experience to small groups
of photographic enthusiasts.
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This book is simply about taking pictures. It assumes little about what camera you use (Digital or Film), although people with higher end compact (eg Canon G5) and entry level SLRs (eg Nikon D70) would get most out of the book as it goes through the features you can play with on those cameras.
As this is not an educational "Text Book" you wont see a description of how light goes through a lens or what are things like chromatic distortion and barrel distortion are, and by removing such background coverage it makes the book immediately more readable.
It covers various situations in enough detail to allow you to understand how to get a better shot, or how to tweak the settings to get a more interesting shot eg by changing the depth of field, or choosing a different shooting position.
The main situations I have found useful are: Night time photography, Portraiture and Photographing Children and Babies, the latter being the most important to me as I have just recently had my first child.
All in all a good book especially if you don't want to know how light goes through a lens and if you prefer to take a good shot in the first place rather then digitally retouch it afterwards.
- Choosing a camera (whether digital or film based one)
- Lenses (discusses all aspects of lenses and the particular purposes they serve) - I found it very important!!!
- digital equipment
- flash (also a very important chapter with pictures how to use your flash properly!!!)
- useful accessories
- apertures and shutter speeds (a must for all beginners, here starts the real photography!!)
- exposure and metering (the above stated comment applies here as well)
- understanding light
- composing a picture
- black and white photography
- digital image processing
- creative digital techniques
- digital printing
- photographing children
- holidays and travel
- night and low-light photography
- animals and pets
- close-up photography
- photographing architecture
- sport and action
- still life
As you can see a large number of topics are explored and help you to understand the principles of photography. Before starting with that, I read the instructions of my SLR camera and found first out how to set up aperture, shutter speed and other things, of which I had no idea. After having done this, I proceeded with the book and could finally understand what each parameter is exactly for. The interesting thing is, I didn't think there are so many factors besides the shutter speed and aperture, that need to be taken into consideration while taking pictures and have been able to learn a great deal through this particular book. I do personally believe it's one of the best books about photography for beginners and can fully recommend it!!! If you are just starting with photography - this book is for you. If you are a photographer, you can find a number of interesting aspects you did not know about in the book, too. FINAL CONCLUSION: PERFECT BOOK!!!!
I decided it was time to learn about what I have become so interested in and checked out various "beginners" books. This one stood out. It covers everything you could ever want to and should ever know about cameras and photography skills. Terminology is explained, as are the various features of a camera and photography techniques, in an easy to understand, non-patronising format.
Throughout the book there are sample pictures with clear captions, making it even easier to understand what Lee Frost has explained in the main text.
I already feel more competent with the camera and I have only just started to actually study the book! Even some of the simplest things explained in this book stay in your mind the next time you pick up a camera.
In my opinion an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to really understand the fantastic world of photography!
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