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National Geographic Complete Photography Hardcover – 20 Sep 2011
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The book is clearly written, full of beautiful photos, and includes a glossary and list of resources for further reading. Book News"
"The book is clearly written, full of beautiful photos, and includes a glossary and list of resources for further reading." -Book News
About the Author
Scott Stuckey is managing editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine, author of a magazine column on panoramic photography, and author of National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography.Contributors James P. Blair and Pritt Vesilind are longtime National Geographic photographers.
Top Customer Reviews
As you would expect from National Geographic, the quality of the material on composition, use of light and analysis of photographs is very, very good.
The timeline of photography section is interesting and remarkably fair to non-American contributors to the development of photography for a US publication.
It is less fair in some other places, notably forgetting Swan's joint invention of incandescent lighting (with Edison).
The second star goes because some of the technical material has either been poorly written or badly edited; it is difficult to tell which.
The book perpetuates the myth that a 50mm lens on a full-frame camera mimics the field of view of the human eye; it assuredly does not. The eye is not a camera and the eye-brain system has a field of view of about 190 degrees by 135 degrees which is much closer to a seriously expensive wide angle lens. Perhaps not a killer mistake, but National Geographic should know better.
There is also some really weird stuff. About zoom lenses: "photographic purists will tell you that their angle of refraction is not equal to their angle of reflection"!. What? This is either drivel or needs a lot more explanation. (Reflections in non-mirror lenses is undesirable whereas without refraction they wouldn't work at all.)
The software section makes no serious mention of the Aperture/Lightroom class of programs, a serious omission when they, rightly, emphasize the use of raw image recording.
The bit about Photoshop layers is rather confused, too.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
As with most Nat Geo products, the writing is superb and the images are lovely, but it simply doesn't live up to it's title or promise.
The book is inspiring for all levels of photographers and particularly instructive for mid-level amateurs.
This book is a great read, full of practical know-how, new insights, and "continuing education" suited for the emerging photographer as well as those more experienced. Whatever your preference -- landscape, portrait, wedding, pets, sports -- this book is so "complete" that you will find relevance and meaning to make your work even better.
This is a great addition for your library, or to give as a gift to someone who appreciates the art and craft of photography.