Scott Kelby is one of those rare American authors who does not over use humour to help you learn.
Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It, is studio photography in a nutshell with extra classes on professional retouching. The genius part of this books format, is the fact that Scott Kelby thinks about the photographer. The book is laid out with the obvious introduction to what the book is about and various set ups for Digital SLR camera's. Then you are taken on a lesson guide to setting up studio shoots with portraiture in mind. Each shoot lesson is documented with various photographs from all angles, even from above, which show the precise set up. It is a revelation to see photographs and not drawn diagrams.
Each of these lessons are followed by a comprehensive guide to professional image retouching. The only downside to this is, if you do not own the latest version of Photoshop CS5, you will not be able to follow all of the retouching guides. This is due to the fact that some of the tools Scott Kelby uses, are only found in CS5.
There then follows a few pages on the various photographic equipment and studio accessories for a decent studio shoot.
I would recommend this book to anyone with prior photographic knowledge and a good head for photo manipulation. I would also recommend that you be prepared to spend money on studio equipment. Scott Kelby does offer advice on this, but the end section of equipment is far from the budget market.
Overall, a very well thought of guide to studio photography and manipulation.
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