possibly the best book about general photography I've come across; there's loads of information about cameras, taking pictures, tecniques and so on; it's all explained clearly in short chapters (actually maybe too many of them and too short, it can be confusing), but if you take your time - and you'll need a lot of it to take all in - this book will definitely step up your skills
Don't get me wrong, this is a great book, both in terms of print quality, included imagery and content.
Just it's not what I thought it would be based on Amazon's description. It says that "Practical exercises and summaries are included in each chapter, providing a complete set of tutorials." - making me think it is a how-to book for beginners, which I am, and can be used as a practical guide to photography. As it seems description is slightly wrong here, as there are no practical exercises or tutorials in this book.
What it is, is a photo version of Encyclopedia Britannica - most complete and extensive collection of articles on each and every subject of photography.
Book is divided into 11 chapters:
What is photography Fundamentals of light The camera Capturing the light Using the lens Manipulating light Working with colour Processing the image Digitizing the image Outputting the image References
Each chapter deals with corresponding aspects of photography, ie chapter "What is photography" has entrance on types of photography: scientific, industrial, surveillance, forensic, medical, commercial etc. clearly explaining what they are. Later it describes all types of cameras, lenses, and other photo equipment. Then how photography works, how light is captured, transformed - well you have an idea now.
If you need complete and handy reference to anything related to photography, you need this book. But if you are looking for manual or tutorial, especially one for beginners, you will need to look for some other books.
Bought this book for a work colleague and appeared to cover everything you would expect for someone with great interest in photography and already having some knowledge, skill and experience in this field. Looked technical but well set out and informative, a very appealing book from a well known author.
This is a great manual which will help you understand exactly what photography is about - the science of photography. Other books tell you how to get a great shot but if you want to really understand what its about - the real nitty gritty - a text book understanding - then this book is it!