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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

    Great reference book for novice DSLR users

    This book is the third in a series by this author. All three books have the same format and all are very useful for a "still learning" photographer like me.

    The book is structured so that hints, tips, and lessons are covered on each page. The goal is to tell you "how" to do things with your camera without a long, technical dissertation on the "what" and "wherefores" of the topic.

    I like this approach because it allows me to first learn how to take good pictures with my camera using the advice of an expert. This information comes in handy - for example - when I am traveling and need quick tips related to taking pictures of landscapes. I can then later refer to other photography books I have to better understand the underlying principles.

    The book is not designed to make you a professional photographer. Rather, it's a great tool to help you easily maximize the investment you've made in your camera equipment and have fun while doing it. That's exactly what I wanted in this book and that's what I got.

    As a suggestion to those who are thinking about buying (or have just bought) their first DSLR or are thinking about buying this book, I would recommend the first two books in this series as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    Kelby does a nice job

    Like the first and second books, Scott Kelby does a nice job of giving you practical go out and shoot tips.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Very Helpful - A little repetitive

    As always Mr. Kelby's books are packed with right on, easy to understand and immediately helpful information. He keeps it light hearted, but never fails to deliver the goods. Useful tips. You can pick up your camera and put them to work right away. As an amateur photographer - he has helped move me up the learning curve. I have read all three of his Digital Photography books (as well as many others in his digital genre). The third in the series is equally well written - but there does seem to be a little repetitiveness with the others. Some of it builds on the first two books, and it is a good review. However there is enough new material to make it worth the purchase. If I lost it I would go out and buy another one.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Scott Kelby's Third

    I enjoyed this third book as much as I enjoyed the first two. The author
    writes clearly and to the point on each of the subjects. The pointers he gives and his explainations are simple and direct. He does not
    go into technical explanations of the workings of digital-this is good- as there are plenty of books out there that cover that aspect.
    I especially enjoy his humorous approach and comments. Photography
    should be fun! Scott Kelby makes it so.
    An excellent book for beginners and advanced amateurs.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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