- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 Original edition (21 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321617657
- ISBN-13: 978-0321617651
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Digital Photography Book: Part 3 Paperback – 21 Jul 2009
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From the Back Cover
Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book, volume 1 (the world’s best-selling digital photography book of all time), is back with a follow-up to his volume 2 smash best seller, with an entirely new book that picks up right where he left off. It’s even more of that “Ah ha―so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip-the-techno-jargon stuff you can really use today to make your shots even better.
This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot and you asked me, ‘Hey Scott, I want the light for this portrait to look really soft and flattering. How far back should I put this softbox?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture about lighting ratios, or flash modifiers. In real life, I’d just turn to you and say, ‘Move it in as close to your subject as you possibly can, without it actually showing up in the shot.’ Well, that’s what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned, just like I would with a friend―without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”
Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of taking shots that look “okay,” and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.
This isn’t a book of theory―full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly 200 more of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.
About the Author
Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 best-selling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photo–shop Pro–fessionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, andScott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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Once again, it packed full of information, such as using your flash like a pro, studio work (which I doubt I will ever need), a whole chapter on lenses, shooting outdoor/people/sports and of course his trademark tips for better photos. Like most people, some of this is useful to me, while other information is not, but that's fine with me.
I find the most useful chapter is the last one "Yet even more recipes to help you get The Shot". On every page is an example shot and Scott details what needs to be done to get that type of shot. Seriously, if Scott released a book jammed packed with just the examples, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it (please Scott...will you do this??).
So in summary, fantastic book but I can only give it 4 out of 5 stars because, quite frankly, the chapters on studio work and sports shots is of no interest to me. Also, when explaining some of the settings/features on Canon DSLRs, it's geared towards the newer and sometimes higher-end models. My 350D doesn't have Live View, nor does it have an LCD display on TOP of the body. Plus I would like to see more (and more!) 'recipes' :)
I doubt many people would buy volume 3 without first having looked at the others but if you haven't there are a couple of things you need to know.
Firstly, the concept is that you will be told to "set this", "use that" without your hand being held too much. There's limited waffle (other than his characteristic humorous chapter introductions, which you'll either love or hate), just straightforward advice.
Secondly each book is more specialised than the last, which is especially true for this one. This volume has a bias towards studio and flash photography, certainly for the first half. The second half covers a wider variety but is still more suited to the enthusiast than the non-SLR owner. For example, there are several pages dedicated to what Scott packs in his bag for certain types of shoot. On the other hand, some pages (e.g. "When to use a wide-angle lens") seem out of place and really belong in volume 1.
Personally, I found this one useful for the studio portrait and product shot sections. There are very few books on the market that describe how to set different types of lighting up and those that I've seen fill 2/3 of their pages with the same basic camera and Photoshop techniques that every other book seems to have.
The bottom line is this: if you're an enthusiast interested in studio, sport or travel photography, there is plenty of useful advice here. For casual camera users, there is stuff here that will appeal to you but less so than volumes 1 or 2.
As for the volume 3, it's more of the same, in the worst sense. It feels very repetitive, the topics are not that useful (and I considered all the topics - studio included - very useful, in the first 2 books!), some the tips are more than obvious. Even the recipes part seems not innovative. Almost everything in this book seems forced, like they wanted badly to release another volume, even without sufficient quality stuff inside.
Though it's very cheap, it's not that terribly helpful. Maybe's why its targeted at amateurs, but even so, most of the information contained is not worth being in a book, let alone from Scott Kelby himself, who has spoiled us all over the years.
This is the third book in the series, and if you are considering buying this book first, I highly recommend you purchase volume one and two first, as he constantly refers back to it, and they are sort of based on skill level. Book one is more for a beginner, with book two progressing to more advanced techniques and styles of photography, while book 3 concentrates on certain aspects of photography .
Here is a brief overview on what book three covers:
Using flash: (part two, continues from book 2), lighting directions, soft and hard lighting, transmitters, faster recycling of batteries, settings, using flash outside, flash filters.
Using your home studio that you built in book two: advanced studio techniques to get better portraits and fashion pictures, music, dishes, reflectors and light grids, TV tethered shooting, catch lights, grey cards, sync speed problems.
Lenses: which one for what, which ones are worth buying and how to care for them.
Product shooting: how to get reflections, lighting, backgrounds and materials for backgrounds.
Outdoor shooting: showing movement, light, white balance, landscape tips, underwater, filters, HDR, scouting, which lenses to use, panoramas.
Shooting people: making them comfortable and getting natural shots, street and outdoor portraits, model releases, techniques for kids.
Sports photography: freezing the action, popular sports shots, shooting your kids games, focusing, best times to shoot intimate photos.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent books for budding amateur photographers like myself. Great series and easy to read and understandPublished 12 days ago by Clayton T Smith
Third in the series, and provides yet more information for expanding you knowledge of photography. More stuff on flash photography, the bane of my life! :)Published 11 months ago by Guy Greybird