Complete Digital Photography (2nd Edition)
||Author: Ben Long|
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Publisher: Charles River Media (03 December, 2002)
Sales Rank: 7,400
Average Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Only good for beginners.
If you are new to digital photography (if you have never used a digital camera and an editing software before), this book is perfect for you. More experienced photographers will find this book boring and of no value. Basically, the book covers all the topics you need to know about digital photography in very simple language but it only touches the surface and does not go into much details to explain a specific topic.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Best book on the whole picture of digital photography.
Excellent. This is the best book I have ever read on digital photography and I think on photography in general too. His way of explaining things is very simple and understandable. And, yet, he explains things I have never read elsewhere....exactly how a digital camera works, how lenses work, why some autofocus systems are better than others, etc. etc.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Lots of detail; well written
I am a beginner to Photography. I have owned a auto 35mm Pentax IQ zoom for about 5 years and then went on to buy a Kodak DC290 in 2000. I am now thinking of upgrading to a 'prosumer' or a SLR kind of digital camera. I had a small, limited background of apertures and shutter speeds, from what I have heard from my father (he had an old Yashika).
Given my background, this book has been a wealth of information for me. The author doesn't beat around the bush, and give lenghty anecdotes - the book is very precise, with lots and lots of information - about photography in general, and the book never once veers from the main topic - digital cameras and digital photography. If you are shopping for a camera like me, if not for anything else, you can get this book just for Chapter 5 - 'Choosing a Digital Camera'. You can make a check list of things you want in your camera, cross-check with dpreview.com and get the camera that has it all that you want! And the good thing is, it doesn't get too pedantic - there are practical illustrations and common usage tips.
All in all a fantastic book for beginners. On the negative side - the book doesn't seem to have been thoroughly proof-read. There are typos, one reference to a wrong illustration and minor grammatical errors. Also the illustrations in the book do not always bring out what the author is trying to say (limited colors?) - you have to refer to the jpeg's in the accompanying CD.
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