The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3: The Step-by-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look like the Pros

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Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book, volume 1 (the world?s best-selling digital photography book of all time), is back with a follow-up to his volume 2 smash best seller, with an entirely new book that picks up right where he 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 you can really use today to make your shots even better.

This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here?s how Scott ...

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Overview

Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book, volume 1 (the world’s best-selling digital photography book of all time), is back with a follow-up to his volume 2 smash best seller, with an entirely new book that picks up right where he 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 you can really use today to make your shots even better.

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, ‘Hey Scott, I want the light for this portrait to look really soft and flattering. How far back should I put this softbox?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture about lighting ratios, or flash modifiers. In real life, I’d just turn to you and say, ‘Move it in as close to your subject as you possibly can, without it actually showing up in the shot.’ 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 200 more 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: 9780321617651
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 177,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 best-selling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photo–shop Pro–fessionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, and Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    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 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Scott's Books are always highly recommended

    If you are building a library of "how-to" photo books this one needs to be in there (IMHO). Even if only a small percentage of the subjects relate to your current camera work, later the wealth of information in Volume 3, or Volume 1 or 2, will likely cover what you may need to know then. Invaluable resource and fun to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

    GREAT BOOK!

    I have both of the Volumes of 1 and 2, and this one is just as good as them if not better.
    If you are a beginner, intermediate, or even somewhat advanced-you'll appreciate this book as Scott Kelby demystifies certain techniques that pros often use but often will disclose to no one. Being a ten year pro, and working my way up by assisting pro and master photographers, I'm all too aware of the secrecy these artists keep to themselves. Scott Kelby tells you how they do it with no fluff, just exactly what light and filter to use, the settings on the equipment, and always a wonderful photograph of the technique. He holds nothing back. He even tells you what equipment he uses and where he bought it. There isn't one example that I have tried from his books that didn't work. No matter what level in photography your on, after reading all three books you'll be able to produce professional work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 October 4, 2009

    Scott Kelby never disappoints.

    Excellent.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Kelby Up to Old Tricks

    Scott Kelby has once again produced a book that presents a lot of information, in a small, easy to use and follow package.
    Vol 3 like Vols 1 & 2 offers excellent how to info, in an easy to read and digest format.
    Many may find his corny (could not think of better word) humor, somewhat off putting. But the segments are, as described, excellent examples of how to accomplish many tasks.
    I'm hooked "corny" humor and all.
    If you are new to the series get the discounted set of all three.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    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.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Scott Kelby again hits his mark

    The small books in this series aren't profound, but do have a lot of detailed tips that can help any photographer. He's comfortable to read, too, and explanations are clear. It seems to me the series gets better as it progresses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Really good!

    Cool and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Another great learning tool from Scott Kelby

    This is the 3rd book in the series that I have purchased from Scott Kelby. Each book builds on each other, but even if you buy one of his books in the series you have gained a lot of useful information. These books also have a web site you can go to for more content. there is a 4th book out and I will be buying it also. The way the books are written it's like, you have a pro by your side coaching you through your photos.

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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 January 2, 2010

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    Scott Kelby....one of the most terrific writers of Photography books

    Scott Kelby has a way about him of captivating his audience with both knowledge and humor. If I needed any book of photography I first of all, check to see if there's any books written by Scott Kelby that I do not have. This volume three about digital photography is the type of book I like to read because it is not only easy to read, but easy to understand. It gives you page by page scenarios of photo situations that all photographers face. It's fascinating, captivating, and inviting to keep reading over and over and over again.

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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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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Excellent continuation of the series

    Volume 3 is a continuation of the Digital Photo series by Kelby. To me each volume improves in content and depth on the previous one and this is no exception. Or maybe I'm getting more used to his humor. While it covers some new territory, it expands further on the basics, i.e. flash photography. Great for quick reference.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    I have all 3 books

    I have all 3 of these books and I find this one just as good as the other 2 (actually picks up where #2 leaves off). For the money they are handy to keep referencing and they actually do help with certain scenarios. I love Scott Kelby books and find them to be to the point and extremely helpful. If you are on the fence pick it up, its a good read and you will get something new out of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    Can't Wait!

    I can' wait for Scott Kelby's latest book to come out. He has quick and straightforward advice. His Digital Photography and Photoshop books have increased the quaility of my photography and my addiction to the hobby.

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