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on 4 February 2017
Excellent read and really guides a new student well on getting the best out of your camera. More importantly teaches you the relevant skills with alot of background information.
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on 2 January 2014
As long as you know what to expect there wont be disappointment. The book is more geared towards intermediate e.g. somebody who is already knowledgeable but wants to improve his/her operations or wants a grounded recap. I have personally had prior learning online and elsewhere and this book provided me with what I needed - an all-in-one simplified recap, a structured project-base to improve my techniques.

The problem beginners will face is that the authors purposefully attempted to "leave out" the technical details but then ironically ends up in elaborated discourses using these very concepts which they omitted to expand due to their policy of leaving out the technicalities. Sometimes this resulted in convoluted sentences e.g. "You will know that wide-angle lens includes more of a scene..." which I did understood because I learnt lens optics before, but this is a recurrent tendency in the book, often literally expecting the reader to understand more than what was being said. A glossary exists but it suffers the same drawbacks - it is extremely basic, just merely enough to remind people who already has a clue about the terms their meanings. Elsewhere even though in their quest for simplicity the authors left out the technicalities, they ironically use complicated sentence constructions.
Example: referring to a picture caption: "On the 80mm setting, the camera was moved back to 9m from Antonio to keep his size roughly the same."
Again the Optics logic that underpins this was omitted due to technicalities but in this case the language is arbitrarily obscure for a beginner. The meaning in context here is: for a 80mm lens the photographer has to step 9m away from Antonio in order to keep his size roughly the same as that of the previous image.

Likewise in many other places they just make broad assumptions that the reader will know what they are talking about when this may not be the case. So they would be like: this is 30mm and the *jargon* is this and therefore that's the way it is! They decided to leave technicalities out but then ended up talking about more technicalities and jargons!

The book is quite small but very instructive in a simplified way and provides a short history of photography. However if you are a complete beginner I wont recommend it. But for the price and content I think it deserves a 3 stars.
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on 27 April 2015
Not good using kindle app on IPad. Some of the photos are missing from this version and some are out of context. You have to use your imagination a little as none of the double page photos that are discussed in the text exist. Buy the paper version instead.
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on 19 August 2017
I found the book useful but having done photography for years some of the information I already knew. For a novice photographer I would think that it would be a useful book to read.
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on 2 May 2017
Lovely book. For a young friend contemplating a photography career. Nice starters course.
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on 6 January 2012
An excellent book that covers all aspects of photography with comparative colour photo's, clear description, explanations and usage. Some of the topics covered include Exposure (inc Bracketing), Lighting (Natural, Sun, Portrait, Dark), Panning and Zoom, Shutter Speed, Composition, Depth of Field, Photoshop Effects and Tools, Filters, Portrait Shots and more.
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on 27 June 2017
I use this has given me more understanding
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on 27 August 2017
Exactly what I need. Fast delivery too.
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VINE VOICEon 21 August 2017
A good beginners guide for me
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on 29 November 2011
I bought this book as a gift for my friend but i couldn't resist opening it and taking a look at what i had purchased. this book is fantastic. it's separated in projects and in each project it contains details about photography that every photographer should/must know. in the five minutes that i looked into it, i learnt so much and my friend is utterly satisfied with the book as a starter
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