Scott is a photographer, designer, and award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The. The Digital Photography Book book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This text tackles the most important side of digital. 'What digital photography book should I download?' I get asked this quite a bit by readers and while I've read quite a few good ones am always on the look out for.
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This entire book is written with a brilliant premise, and here's how Scott describes it: "If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, 'Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, but I want the background out of focus? That's what this book is all about. A book of you and I shooting, and I answer the questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I've learned just like I would with a friend, without all the technical explanations and without all the techno-photo-speak. Here's another thing that makes this book different: each page covers just one trick, just one single concept that makes your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you'll learn another pro setting, another pro tool, another pro trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints.
One of the better formated photography books I've seen. Good information too. I have a shelf full of photography books, but this series from Scott Kelby are the only books that are in my bag and now in my iPad.
I've got them because it's like having Scott in my bag, I can turn to him anytime and ask how he'd shoot this. No matter how good you are, you can always use another opinion. There are two main divisions in photography books, technical and practical. But when it comes to practical books, Scott's got the best.
He gets right to the point. By the way, he tells you that his are not theoretical books up front in his description.
Scott will tell you that when shooting flowers, you should get close, don't shoot down, and use a wide aperture. What he doesn't go into is a lot of the "why" you should do that he does give you some of the "why" though. I find it odd that this poor man is sloshing through the mud while surrounded by signs for shampoo, but I digress. After a few of these events, I learned that I wasn't planning to be a Sports Photographer.
Here's why: Most sporting events required me to be there very early in the morning Most sporting event locations were about an hour drive away I'd have to invest in some truly expensive lenses to get the shots I really wanted I don't even like sports The Biggest Lesson I Learned from Reading The Digital Photography Book I ended up shooting a lot of events and learned the same thing. I photographed everything from concerts to bikini competitions to bull riders.
While some people thrive on event photography, it seemed to be more of a hassle and frustration for me, What I learned from trying so many of the tips in The Digital Photography Book is that I like a sense of control over my photographs, rather than trying to capture things as they happen. That lead me to greater satisfaction with portrait and travel photography.
Even if you don't think that you're going to wind up photographing one of the genres mentioned in a chapter, go ahead and give some of the tips a try. It's amazing how many times I discovered a technique used in one genre can have a useful application in another.
Here's an example from the chapter on photographing flowers. Now I have absolutely no interest in photographing flowers, but I decided to give it a try. Experience is experience, and you never know until you try. One of the tip in chapter on photographing flowers that served me well is to avoid shooting down on them. Quite simply, there's no visual interest in shooting down on flowers. The tip is to get down on the same level to photograph the flowers.
Well, it turns out that advice works for a lot of travel photos and detail shots. We all see flowers from a higher point of view when walking around. There's nothing special or interesting about that point of view. However, taking a photograph form an uncommon point of view adds some interest to your subject. Looking at something from a viewpoint we don't normally see makes for better photos.
In other words, put your camera someplace interesting if you want to take better photos. It's one of the useful tips buried among the flowers. Some of the tips are like a gentle whack on the head when you realize that it's actually easier to get professional level results than you thought. Sometimes you need gear, but great photos are really about great photographers who know how to use their equipment.
This book has a lot of solid advice to turn you into a great photography because it gives you the knowledge you need to craft great photos. If you know how some of the great photos get taken, then it's much more likely that you can take great photos with almost any camera. Are there some exceptions when gear matters? Some lenses are sharper than others. Some lenses have longer focal length and you need them if you're photographing a tight end running up a football field or a grizzly bear munching on salmon.
The real point here is that The Digital Photography Book makes you a better photographer, no matter what gear you use. Maybe that's why it's the best selling book on digital photography — ever.
It's all about photography, but that doesn't mean it's all about what to do with your camera. Some of the best tips are what to put in front of your camera and where to get them. What's the big difference? It comes down to knowing what to include in your photo and what doesn't belong there.
The more you can eliminate distractions from your photos, the better they look. Less is more.
Distill your photo down to the core of its message by removing anything that draws the eye away from your subject. Basically, get rid of the clutter. Sometimes that means having the patience to wait for some tourists to get out of your scene, moving a trash can out of the way, or blocking light coming from the wrong direction.
There are even more pages in other chapters that talk about how to avoid a problem. What does that tell you? Photography presents many problems.
It's never really as simple as just walking up to something interesting and clicking the shutter, is it? Things can break. Batteries run out of power. Suspicious people wonder what you're doing with that camera. Memory cards may fail. A boulder could fall on your head while you're trying to photograph a squirrel.