With the advent of digital photography, the market for photography books suddenly became glutted with volumes of `how to' books on the subject of taking better photos. Among the popular titles in this theme were `How to Photograph Absolutely Everything' and the `Digital Photography Masterclass' series, both by Tom Ang.
Now Ang returns with what may be the most authoritative book yet in "The Complete Photographer: A Masterclass In Every Style and Subject" from DK. This full color, 400 page volume presents an impressive array of instructions and analysis of all the major photographic styles - from Portrait, Landscape, Fashion, Sports, Travel, Architectural, Fine Art and more - dissected into a format which includes tutorials, image analysis, assignments and interviews all designed to explain and explore the detailed essence of what it takes to create superior photographic results. Composition is a key theme throughout Ang's work as are exposure, zoom, lighting, motion, focus and every possible element needed to convey the maximum emotion of the photographic image.
Far from run-of-the mill instruction, Ang's examples utilize top notch photography as well as inside information from recognized experts in each of the aforementioned fields, the result of which is a stunning display of results not typical of most books on the subject. Both his use of image analysis (including detailed discussions of elements in the frame well beyond the subject of the photo) along with the `conversations' with a variety of accomplish photographers specific to each field represented, make Ang's work observably superior to most any other book on the subject.
By virtue of his work to date, Ang has ably demonstrated his position as a completist in his field. Beyond serving as a starting point, it could reasonably be argued that "The Complete Photographer" may be the only photography book you may ever need. It certainly goes in the desert island book collection.