The Digital Photography Book, Part 1 (2nd Edition)

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Overview This is it—the #1 best-selling digital photography book ever! It’s the award winning, worldwide smash hit, written by Scott Kelby, that’s been translated into dozens of different languages, because it’s the one book that really shows you how to take professional-quality shots using the same tricks today’s top digital pros use (and surprisingly, it’s easier than you’d think). This updated, second edition of the bestselling digital photography book of all time includes many new images; up-to-date informatio See more details below
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Overview

This is it—the #1 best-selling digital photography book ever! It’s the award winning, worldwide smash hit, written by Scott Kelby, that’s been translated into dozens of different languages, because it’s the one book that really shows you how to take professional-quality shots using the same tricks today’s top digital pros use (and surprisingly, it’s easier than you’d think).

This updated, second edition of the bestselling digital photography book of all time includes many new images; up-to-date information on gear, pricing, and links; and a new chapter from the author on the "Ten Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was First Starting Out in Photography."

Here’s how Scott describes this book’s brilliant premise: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, with the background out of focus?,’ I wouldn’t stand there and give you a photography lecture. In real life, I’d just say, ‘Put on your zoom lens, set your f-stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.’ 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.”

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 over 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.

Each page covers a single concept that makes 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.

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What makes professional digital photographers' work look so great? In this book, Scott Kelby has rounded up some 150 tips and techniques the pros know and amateurs typically don't. Each technique gets one page, max -- and we're talking about specific information, not abstract theory. Do what Kelby says, and you'll get dramatically better images -- period.

Up-front, Kelby explains why professional shots are so much sharper than yours -- and how to create "tack sharp" images of your own. It starts with the right tripod (and Kelby offers recommendations for every budget). But it doesn't stop there. Kelby covers everything from DSLR mirror lock-up features to steadying handheld shots to sharpening in Photoshop.

Then, it's on to six of the most common areas of digital photography: shooting people; landscapes and wildlife; sporting events; weddings; travel and city life; and flowers. Each gets a full chapter of tips: both for using your camera and for the non-technical stuff that'll affect your work. (What's the best way to get a big group shot where everyone's got their eyes open? How do you schedule wedding photography to get the best shots of the bride and groom, and still leave time to catch Uncle Arnie?)

What's the best way to shoot fireworks, waterfalls, forests, newborn babies? If you miss the winning goal, what do you shoot now? How do you avoid white balance problems? In which season is battery life shortest? How do you keep from accidentally erasing memory cards? How do you show movement in nighttime city shots? It's all here, and with the exception of a few "throwaway" tips at the front, it's all immensely useful. Bill Camarda, from the December 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321934949
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 85,112
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

For the past three years, Scott Kelby has been honored with the distinction of being the world’s #1 best-selling author of books on photography. He’s Editor and Publisher of Light It! digital magazine (the how-to magazine for studio lighting and hot-shoe flash), Photoshop User magazine, and is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed weekly videocast The Grid (a photography talk show), and teaches photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop 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 Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Pro tips for getting really sharp photos 1
Ch. 2 Shooting flowers like a pro 23
Ch. 3 Shooting weddings like a pro 37
Ch. 4 Shooting landscapes like a pro 61
Ch. 5 Shooting sports like a pro 93
Ch. 6 Shooting people like a pro 113
Ch. 7 Avoiding problems like a pro 129
Ch. 8 Taking advantage of digital light like a pro 145
Ch. 9 Taking travel & city life shots like a pro 159
Ch. 10 How to print like a pro and other cool stuff 177
Ch. 11 Photo recipes to help you get "the shot" 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Insightful

    I found this book to be very entertaining and simple for the beginner photographer. Easy tips to remember.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    LOVE IT!

    I love the witty humor and straight to it information!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Irritating style, superficial content. A generally useless book.

    Irritating style, superficial content. A generally useless book.
    I picked up this book because of the reviews.
    After reading a small section, I put the book down.
     Picked it up a year later, I quickly remembered what a shining A the author Scott Kelby is.
    I want my money back. Author is sooooo narcissistic I can't read it. 

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Photography

    My dad LOVES photography. But he does not want the book. He is an excellent photographer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    I bought this a few years ago and still go back to read it now a

    I bought this a few years ago and still go back to read it now and then. Easy to understand tips and tricks that work.

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    Posted May 13, 2014

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