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The Digital Photography Book (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Scott Kelby

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Title:The Digital Photography Book
Authors:Scott Kelby
Info:Peachpit Press (2007), Paperback, 240 pages
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The first of a series. These are great snippets to pick up again and again. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
From the back of the book:

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?' I wouldn't stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I'd just say, 'Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.'

Mission accomplished. Fantastic photography resource. ( )
  liso | Sep 18, 2015 |
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  PhotoS | Feb 17, 2014 |
Some genuinely useful and valuable SLR photography tips. I don't really get along with Scott's humour I'm afraid but, after the first chapter, it doesn't really get in the way. ( )
  Grid78 | Jan 19, 2012 |
I recently purchased a very nice digital camera as a reward to myself for paying off the last penny of my grad school loans. I'd been lusting after something sleek and sexy for awhile, so as soon as it came in, I zipped through some recommendations and ordered half a dozen books to teach me all the tips and tricks I'd never pick up on my own.

Scott Kelby's two books (he actually has three, but I've only read the first two) are delightful and immensely helpful. They're designed for pseudo-beginners - it's probably good if you know a /little/ about how cameras work in principle, but not necessary. He says that he's going to treat the book as if you're out on a shoot with him, asking how to get certain effects, and he'll give you practical, useful answers.

He does. The chapters are clear, the hints, tips, and tricks short and easy to read (making it ideal for reading with your camera next to you, so that you can try things out instantly), and his tone, while occasionally verging on the cheesy, is amusing and light. He'll do everything from tell you how to get a great portrait to give you advice on framing landscapes to avoid an amateur look.

Perhaps the best and most unexpected benefit is that Scott will tell you how to actually /work/ your camera, if it's a Nikon or Canon (there are actually pictures of many of the menus) and opened up my eyes to a billion tiny settings that my last manual camera (not a digital) didn't even dream of being able to have. He de-mystified white balance, highlights, framing grids, and a dozen other new-to-me capabilities of my camera.

If you're looking to get started on digital photography with a camera that does more than point and shoot, you can't go wrong with these books. And while I found vol. 2 to be a tiny bit repetitive, there was more new inside than old, and I'd recommend both equally. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 032147404X, Paperback)

Scott Kelby, the man who changed the "digital darkroom" forever with his groundbreaking, #1 bestselling, award-winning book The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, now tackles the most important side of digital photography--how to take pro-quality shots using the same tricks today's top digital pros use (and it's easier than you'd think).

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?' I wouldn't stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I'd just say, 'Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.' You d say, 'OK,' and you'd get the shot. 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."

This isn't a book of theory—it isn't full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts: this is a book of which button to push, which setting to use, when to use them, and nearly two hundred of the most closely guarded photographic "tricks of the trade" to get you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos with your digital camera every time you press the shutter button.

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. There's never been a book like it, and if you're tired of taking shots that look "OK," and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, "Why don't my shots look like that?" then this is the book for you.

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Furnishes an overview of the latest in digital technology, including cameras and equipment, as well as the essential techniques and skills of the photographic process--exposure, lighting, shutter speed, depth of field and resolution--and tips on how to avoid hours of photo editing by taking great photos the first time.… (more)

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