The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2: The Step-by-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look like the Pros [NOOK Book]

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Scott Kelby, author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where Vol. 1 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip the techno jargon; packed with stuff you can really use today, that made Vol. 1 the world’s bestselling book on digital photography.

In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain ...
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The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2: The Step-by-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look like the Pros

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Overview

Scott Kelby, author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where Vol. 1 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip the techno jargon; packed with stuff you can really use today, that made Vol. 1 the world’s bestselling book on digital photography.

In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he's got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there's an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro's secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you're shooting.

This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘When I use my flash, the background behind the person I’m shooting turns black. How do I fix that?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture on flash ratios, or start a discussion on flash synchronization and rear curtain sync. I’d just say “Lower your shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. That should do it” Well, that’s what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”

Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of taking shots that look “okay,” 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.

This isn’t a book of theory—full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly another 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321617163
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 341,369
  • File size: 83 MB
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Meet the Author

Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Layers magazines. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering in the industry, Photoshop World. He has written numerous best-selling creative technology books.
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Table of Contents

Chapter One
Using Flash Like a Pro
If You Hate the Way Photos Look with Flash, You’re Not Alone
Chapter Two
Building a Studio from Scratch
It’s Much Easier and Less Expensive Than You’d Think
Chapter Three
Shooting Portraits Like a Pro
More Tips to Make People Look Their Very Best
Chapter Four
Shooting Landscapes Like a Pro
More Tips for Creating Stunning Scenic Images
Chapter Five
Shooting Weddings Like a Pro
How to Get Professional Results from Your Next Shoot
Chapter Six
Shooting Travel Like a Pro
How to Bring Back Photos That Really Make Them Wish They Were There
Chapter Seven
Shooting Macro Like a Pro
How to Take Really Captivating Close-Up Photos
Chapter Eight
Pro Tips for Getting Better Photos
Tricks of the Trade for Making All Your Shots Look Better
Chapter Nine
More Photo Recipes to Help You Get “The Shot”
The Simple Ingredients to Make It All Come Together
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    An Excellent Series Continues

    Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals 'NAPP' and Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Layers magazines. He is also an excellent photographer in his own right. As such, he is not only highly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of photography, but he is also very aware of the needs of aspiring image makers at all photography skill 'and budget' levels. For those of you who have already read Volume 1 of The Digital Photography Book, this is more of the same: more of Scott¿s quirky sense of humor, companionable instructional narratives, and excellent photographic tips. This book also continues Scott¿s concern for all of us not being made out of money. In Volume 2, he follows his earlier practice of offering varyingly priced equipment alternatives to accomplish the book¿s photographic tasks. For those of you who haven¿t read Scott¿s first volume 'which I highly recommend' in what I¿m sure will be a continuing series, not to worry. Volume 2 is a stand-alone book that offers a completely different set of photography tips from his book 1. In this volume, Scott¿s nine chapters cover the use of flash, building a home studio, and portrait, landscape, macro, wedding, and travel photography. He also includes two general chapters on getting overall better photos and recipes for specific types of images, from silky still water to professional-looking product shots. Scott describes his narrative style as the advice he¿d give a friend if he were there while he or she were working to create an image: folksy, but still reasonably directive 'but not bossy'. And as with all of Scott¿s books, The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2 includes an associated Web site that offers valuable information and relevant links. And this time, Scott has actually put the introduction to his book on the site, so you can get a flavor for the book before even cracking its cover. As with most of his books, Scott Kelby assume his readers have at least a good familiarity with their current cameras and a desire to go beyond point and shoot photography. If this is true of you, then I thoroughly recommend The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Awsome!!

    Perfect for begginers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Great series .

    If you have a reasonable grasp on the mechanics of SLR /DSLR this is an enjoyable series . I like Scott's style of writing , it keeps you entertained as well as educating you in the art of photography. Buy all 4 as a set and save a few bucks, you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    zackery ellis

    This is the best book ever

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Great book! Very easy read with lots of great information!

    If you've never read a book by Scott Kelby, you're in for a real treat! Not only is he extremely knowledgable about all things photography and photoshop, he is a really funny guy and writes a great, easy-to-read book. Before you know it, you'll be finished with the book and you'll know a great deal about photography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Decent Book

    Contains some useful information. One of the better books. Probably geared more toward beginning photographer, which is probably the point of the book anyway. I would recommend.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    no nonsense pro photography tips

    a great resource for how to get more professional looking shots that a novice can understand. (Written with the understanding that the reader owns and understands the basic workings of a DSLR camera. )

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Volume 2 in this series is as great as the first. Good reference!

    Like the first and third edition of this book this one provides great information for the beginning photographer. Buy the entire set to keep updated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Good continuation to part one

    The book rounds out the first book

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Organized Beauty

    This is a beautiful photography book. I like the way it is concrete not assuming the photographer knows a lot. I graduated from a small digital camera to a 35 millimeter and needed help in understanding how to get the most out of my camera. If you are a visual learner and new to digital photography this book will astound you. The content is simple but it is reinforced by the photography helping the learner learn tips and tricks. I would recommend this book to amateur photographers but not professionals. I have found it extremely helpful and keep it at my side while I continue to learn. DrHorn

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Digital Photography 2 by Scott Kelby

    This is another great one by Scott Kelby. I like how he writes, in that he is telling you how to set up the shots, - easy to understand and implement. I also like the "shot recipes" at the end of the book. Great book for beginners and good review for others!

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