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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (20 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142620776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426207761
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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.

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A good book which provides exactly what a beginner needs.
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This book has many excellent features but it is not 'complete' as the title suggests. nor can any single book reasonably be a complete guide to photography. The misleading title loses it one star.
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.
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Great book for a beginner learnt many new skills, if you are interested in photography and would love to learn new skills and see some beautiful shots and tips from profession photographers this is the book to buy.
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This book covers everything, brilliant for a amateur
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Especially Given the Source 8 Nov. 2011
By Head Cheeze - Published on Amazon.com
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Complete Photography offers lots of information over it's 400+ pages, but nearly all of it is presented in a sort of magazine sidebar style, with more of a general overview of topics rather than anything bordering on detailed. Personally, I wasn't looking for a basic "how to" manual as I've dozens of books that cover that side of photography. However, I was hoping for more insight and examples of how Nat Geo photogs go about composing/lighting/processing their shots, but, instead, we're only given a handful of one page examples that breakdown WHY it's a good photo, but say nothing as to HOW it was put together.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-So 13 Oct. 2011
By ColBuckshot - Published on Amazon.com
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For the price of this book it should have been a lot better. It is not a How-to book but What-could-be-done book. The text doesnt describe the photos, only in general terms. Very disappointed coming from Nat Geo. It is not a coffee table book as the photos are not big either. Just an average book, not many nuggets to mine here.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a different approach. 22 Nov. 2012
By Jeffery S. Herman - Published on Amazon.com
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It's very hard for me to rate this book. I found it simultaneously helpful and enlightening, while being lacking in many ways. This book talks about many different photographic situations and contains fairly disjointed tips about each situation. for example, fast-moving wildlife, moving water, city scenes, etc. Basically, the book tried to cover everything and didn't cover anything thoroughly. However, I actually got some great tips from the book. I also enjoyed the pieces written by and about the various National Geographic photographers about their well-known photos. The book as a definite lack of the "how-to" approach. it shows me a great photo, and tells me why it's great, but it doesn't tell me how the photographer achieved that. I did get some great ideas from the book, though. I will say it was a thoroughly enjoyable read, but it left me wondering "Ok, this is what I want. How to do I get this photo?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the best 15 April 2014
By GoPower - Published on Amazon.com
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An incredibly comprehensive book on the techniques of photography under almost any circumstances. Beautifully illustrated with shots by National Geographic's best contributors. After a short introduction, each topic is explained through the use of pictures with details on how they were taken and what makes them great pictures.
The book is inspiring for all levels of photographers and particularly instructive for mid-level amateurs.
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid addition to the Love-of-Photography books in my library! 22 Feb. 2013
By D. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I just love National Geographic, most of all for their wondrous photography and the inspiration their images give to my amateur photography passion.
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.
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