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The Digital Photography Book, Part 4

The Digital Photography Book, Part 4

Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book (the best-selling digital photography book of all time), is back with another follow-up to his smash best-seller, with an entirely new book that picks up right where volume 3 left off. It’s even more of that “Ah ha, so that’ s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip-the-techno-jargon stuff people can really use today, and that made volume 1 the world’s best-selling book on digital photography.

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  1. 64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    HUGE Improvement over 3rd – GREAT – Favorite to Date!, March 7, 2012
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    javajunki
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    This review is from: The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 (Paperback)

    First, I will admit up front that I’m a fan of Scott Kelby and own all three prior “Digital Photography” books 1-3 as well as more than my fair share of photography books in general. Several dozen at least with dozens more that weren’t sufficient to rate as “keepers”.

    Now, having said that, I actually was disappointed with the third volume in the set as it seemed redundant. Whereas 1 and 2 provided terrific basic information and seemeed to build up on it, the 3rd rehashed more than anything else. I’m thrilled to say that is NOT the case with this version (Part 4).

    If you are just getting started with digital photography, there is no better place to begin than the first books in this series and when I originally purchased them, that was exactly my situation. I had owned a nice camera years and years ago but hadn’t made the transition to digital. It’s now been several years and my skills – as well as the digital camera’s – have grown considerably over the years. This book meets that need with ooodles of fun, exciting and interesting techniques that take an average photographer to the next level.

    I’m by no means a pro or anywhere near it but have improved enough that people are now commenting or even asking for photo’s now and then. Still, I lack the bag of tricks to really make a shot stand out. This book gives great short, concise tips on how to achieve those nifty shots without all the confusion.

    For example, want to know how to get three or so images of the same person in one shot? IT’s on page 7. Using Hot Shoe – ohhhhh THANK YOU! I’ve bought other books that seemed more like a course in terminology…this breaks it down into short, simple tips. Ditto for white balancing, star and light trails plus much more.

    The recipe section is superb but most importantly, this book answers many of the questions I have as someone who has gone beyond the absolute basics but is still far from pro. Over the last few years I’ve added several len options but always debate which is my best “walk around” option…it’s in here! Why jpeg looks better than RAW – it’s in here too. It’s like Kelby walked around following me for the past several months and made a list of all my personal mistakes – then put them into a nice, easy to read, example filled volume.

    Without a doubt, this is my absolutely FAVORITE Of all 4 volumes and a def “keeper”. Perfect timing for the spring season and can’t wait to get out there and try out a few new tricks.

    GREAT book! However, if you are an absolute beginner, start with the earlier books in the set and go from there.

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  2. 25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Really Helpful Photo Book for Amateur and Pro Alike, March 9, 2012
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    BostonAaron (Boston, MA) –

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    This review is from: The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 (Paperback)

    My recommendation: If you own a DSLR and want to improve your photographic technique and produce better pictures then you should buy this book (Part 4), even if you have Volume 1. I’m an amateur photographer and this book contains information on how I can improve travel photos (be ready at sunrise and sunset, which I knew from experience and from reading his other books), improve pictures of people (don’t cut off their legs below the knees and elbows), and suggestions on landscapes (use a wide angle lens and get up close to capture something interesting in the foreground). For group shots get on a step ladder so that you can see all the faces and for head and shoulder shots, use a long lens (say 200mm) to get blurry backrounds and complementary facial proportions. These are just some of the recommendations the book contains that amateurs can use. For professionals there are lighting hints and methods for handling people that will produce better pictures.

    This book is written in the usual Scott Kelby style. Each chaper has a beginning page with Scott’s humor which some may find tiring but is certainly clever. The rest of the chapter has suggestions usually one on a page with a color picture or pictures illustrating the point. The writing style is casual with the emphasis on DSLR photography since he discusses properties of different lenses. But even point and shoot camera users can learn something about technique and using different angles to improve their pictures. There is a reason that Scott Kelby has written so many books on photography: They are extremely helpful and direct. Now if only he could get his humor under control…

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  3. 17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Digital Photography book 4 by Scott Kelby!, March 6, 2012
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    RphZiggy (Southern Illinois) –

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    If anyone in their right mind does not like Scott Kelby, leave the room, leave photography, shoot leave the planet. I have laughed non stop at his humor in writing all of his digital photography books! I have the complete set and this is the 4th in that series. You get everything in each one of his books, now there are some parts with which yes, I will personally never use, sports photography esp., but what Scott does is gives you this sense that he is right there guiding you to be a better photographer, and get that tack sharp pic. I have use his books as both references to other books and to go back and see what I missed if I didn’t feel that a pic came out just great. He language is easy to understand, I’m not dumb by any means, but sometimes if you are like me still just an kid, wet behind the ears, in the world of photography. You will not have any problems understanding Scott’s teacher mentality. I highly rated this book because it just goes a little deeper into HDR and some other aspects of portrait and model photography.

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