This book is another gem written by Scott Kelby in his usual no nonsense approach and with a healthy dose of wit injected for good measure.
This is the third book in the series, and if you are considering buying this book first, I highly recommend you purchase volume one and two first, as he constantly refers back to it, and they are sort of based on skill level. Book one is more for a beginner, with book two progressing to more advanced techniques and styles of photography, while book 3 concentrates on certain aspects of photography .
Here is a brief overview on what book three covers:
Using flash: (part two, continues from book 2), lighting directions, soft and hard lighting, transmitters, faster recycling of batteries, settings, using flash outside, flash filters.
Using your home studio that you built in book two: advanced studio techniques to get better portraits and fashion pictures, music, dishes, reflectors and light grids, TV tethered shooting, catch lights, grey cards, sync speed problems.
Lenses: which one for what, which ones are worth buying and how to care for them.
Product shooting: how to get reflections, lighting, backgrounds and materials for backgrounds.
Outdoor shooting: showing movement, light, white balance, landscape tips, underwater, filters, HDR, scouting, which lenses to use, panoramas.
Shooting people: making them comfortable and getting natural shots, street and outdoor portraits, model releases, techniques for kids.
Sports photography: freezing the action, popular sports shots, shooting your kids games, focusing, best times to shoot intimate photos.
Tips for getting better photos: live view, interiors, time lapse, multiple exposures, low light, printing, night scenes, packing tips, expectations of good shots.
Avoiding problems: resetting the camera, JPEG/RAW, memory card issues, sensor cleaning, camera shake, backing up photos, multiple shots in low light and bad weather tips.
Photo recipes: tips for achieving the same sort of style as he demonstrates.
As always with a Scott Kelby book, there is a lot of useful information included and there is a lot to learn for any sort of photographer, as he covers such a wide ground. This one is more specialised than the previous books, but the sections are very detailed and even if you only buy it for one or two of them, they are certainly worth a read.
This book was useful to me for the lighting directions using flash and the portrait and studio techniques. Most books waste half the book going over the basics of photography and waffling about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and equipment, before covering whatever it was we brought the book for. when there are plenty of books out there that do it so much better and explain things in much more detail for the beginner than they ever do. Scott covered all of that in the first book and as such, the next books assume that you know all of that so the whole book is full of useful information for the more advanced users. The photos included in the book also sometimes include the camera settings he used to take the photos, which is a nice touch. There aren't many that do that, but a fair few.
The book, like the first ones, is printed on good quality glossy paper and had a good quality binding with a paperback cover. If you are considering this as a gift for someone, buy them the first two as well. as you need them to appreciate some of the parts of the book.
I couldn't recommend this book enough. It is up to Scott Kelbys usual standards and it doesn't disappoint.