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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Sept. 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321678737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321678737
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Merrison on March 28 2010
Format: Paperback
The Digital Photography Book volumes 1 and 2

By Scott Kelby
PeachPit Press 2007, 2009.

Many technical books use an informal, conversational style to make very dry information more palatable. It's very easy, however, to go too far with this approach. At it's worst it can be like listening to someone with a lot to say but who is sadly nowhere near as funny and charismatic as they think themselves to be. Scott Kelby comes dangerously close to overusing this bantering approach in these books. In the first 7 pages, there are more than a dozen sentences that start with one of the following: '"Now..."' "'Hey,..." "'Anyway,..."' "'So,..."' and "'Come on,...'" On page 7, Kelby informs the reader that he is going to tone down the 'lame humor' and mercifully begin conveying actual useful information.

From this point on I was pleasantly surprised to find the book concise, very well organized, and full of useful content. The format of one topic to a page works very well, with just enough information to keep the subject matter interesting and not overwhelming. After the first chapter on general photography tips, each chapter is organized by photographic subject matter, for example, weddings, landscapes, etc.

A minor issue to me is the order of the chapters. This was strange to me, even when considering there is no way to organize this in a way that suits everyone's needs. For example, the first chapter on a specific type of photography is '"Shooting Flowers Like a Pro.'" Something so specific belongs in the back of the first book or in the second book. The organization of the subject matter across the two books suggests they were edited separately and the two books don't necessarily work as a two volume set.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Robert Prior on Dec 28 2009
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I had high hopes for this set, but I was very disappointed. While it does contain some nuggets of good advice, they are interspersed with lots of bad attempts at humour and padding.

Consider the first book, which has 209 pages (excluding the index). Kelby spends the first seven pages telling you that he has a casual style, that he uses three symbols for price ranges, that you should shop at B&H in New York, and that for technical details you should look elsewhere. Every chapter starts with a picture and a page of lame jokes and ends with a blank page, which takes up another 33 pages. So that's 40 pages out of 209 that don't deal with photography! After three pages about buying a tripod (one recommending three tripods, one recommending three ballheads, one recommending a cable release) he then spends another two pages telling you to use a tripod. That's five pages to convey one paragraph of information, and while there are five pictures none actually illustrate the effects of using a tripod (or not). Throw in ten pages of advertising and there's even less room to talk about actual photography.

When Kelby does get down to business his advice is good, but spread over far too many pages: he makes one point per page, which leads to a lot of wasted space. For example, he takes one page to tell you that leaving a lens hood on your camera all the time will help protect your lens from scratches, dust, and fingerprints, and that pros do this. One page to convey two sentences of information!

The boxed set is even worse, because books 2 and 3 repeat information from the first book.

For travel photography I'd recommend
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James H. Carey on Oct. 7 2009
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Scott Kelbey's 1st Digital Photography Book is still the best selling book on the subject ever published. His 2nd is still selling briskly and now his recently published 3rd volume has been packaged with the other two in a convenient boxed set. When you are out on a shoot you don't want too much weight with your gear but these are handy sized pocket books with tons of worthwhile set-up and how to information. They are full of tips ie. spraying water on flowers when shooting a macro close-up. A few times when I've been out on a shoot I have left them behind and truly regretted it. Scott also gives us hints on the best equipment to purchase and at various cost levels to match any budget from the poverty stricken to the ultra super expensive stuff. He never hesitates to encourage and fits his suggestions to streamline post production in Photoshop or Lightroom for once you get your shots downloaded. Panoramas, tripods, ball heads and even lens filters and lenses themselves are discussed in detail. The best feature of this series is that it is eminently portable and easy to keep on hand. I highly recommend all 3 volumes and this is a great way to get them all at once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jsboutin on March 8 2011
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Even if the title might suggest otherwise, I still suggest getting it. However, there was so many expectations on my side that I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong : very good buy, but don't expect miracles.

If you want a book that gives nice and short tricks for photography, I think you've got a good part covered. I'd suggest getting something on exposure from elsewhere, though. I think it should've been covered more thoroughly in these books.

Basically, a good basic read, that is a nice intro to whatever you will read next. Not a finality in itself by any means, in my opinion.
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