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Volume 3 Continues in the Tradition of Books 1 & 2

The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3: The step-by-step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros'!
With book 3 in this series, Scott Kelby (President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals-NAPP) continues his "photography-advice-to-a frie...
The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3: The step-by-step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros'!
With book 3 in this series, Scott Kelby (President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals-NAPP) continues his "photography-advice-to-a friend" style of narrative. As with his other Digital Photography Books, this volume is a potpourri of category-grouped, 1-page articles on using photographic equipment, developing shooting techniques and creating image styles.
Although Peachpit has categorized The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3 as a beginner-level book, I strongly disagree. Yes, beginners will find every page in this volume useful; but the equipment described and the techniques offered are not, for the most part, aimed at someone who just took his or her first DSLR out of the box. Scott Kelby assumes his readers have at least a good familiarity with their current cameras and a desire to go beyond point and shoot photography.
As in his other two series volumes, Scott includes his quirky sense of humor, but generally confines it to the first page of each of the book's chapters. More important, he also continues his excellent, highly readable-and understandable-instructional style. He also, again, offers his useful personal opinions on the best equipment for each shooting situation he describes.
One of my favorite things about all the books in this Digital Photography series is their broad subject content. No matter what type of shooting you do, some part of each book will be applicable to your needs. Topics In Volume 3 include lighting, equipment selection, shot situation recipes and sports, wedding, product, portrait and travel photography. There are also general hints on everything from how to hold your camera to how to use studio-and on- and off-camera-flash. There is also an associated Web site that offers additional advice and presents the images for selected photos described in the book.
If you already have the first two books in this series, number 3 is a worthy addition to your collection. And if you don't have books 1 and 2, it doesn't matter, because each of the three books stands on its own.

posted by James_Lowell on September 12, 2009

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1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

i love scott kelby

his books are easy to understand, right to the point, and he doesn't load his paragraphs with heavy duty words. He's a great author and he knows what he's talking about. I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn how to take better pictures.

posted by xmegantaylorx on June 29, 2009

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