I had been searching for Photography books for about a week. I'd read literally hundereds inside book shops before settling on this one. Im an intermediate digital photographer and wanted an easy to read but indepth photography book that explained techniques and methods and inspired me to go out and take photographs. This book did just that. Id forgotten all about aperature settings and shutter speeds and their effects on a photo.
I love the fact that the book uses examples to assist the photographer throughout and give ideas and alternative methods of approaching a situation.
This book is a jack of all trades and manages to give enough on each subject without being over technical or too simplified.
If you are really interested in photography, this book is a delight. This is not a 'how to' type of book. It is a brief history of photography, a description of the many genres, fashion sport, photojournalism etc, famous photographers and what made them special. The book finishes with a chapter 'so you want to be a photographer', which gives you a taste of the various branches where you could start your career.
The book is beautifully laid out, plenty of colour and black and white photographs, very easy to read. You can read it from cover to cover or just leave it on the coffee table and dip in from time to time. Of the many photography books I seem to have acquired, this has spent least time on the shelf and most time being read and re-read.
This book is an excellent introduction to photography written by someone who has direct experience with working with students of photography at Central St. Martins School of Art & Design in London. In his book, Ingledew introduces photography from an historical, thematic and technical point of view - this is refreshing, considering the vast majority of books on photography focus on one aspect exclusively. As a teacher, this is a fantastic resource and reference book to use with students. I will be planning my A-Level photography course around some of the themes and would definitely recommend it to teachers, students and those with an interest in developing their ideas and knowledge of photography.