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  • By Lisa Shea on June 5, 2014

    There are some books that are timeless. I have many fantastic books about photography that are just as amazing now as back when they were written many years ago. Their images and descriptions hold up to the passage of time.This book just isn't one of those.Part of the problem here is that the book is barely about digital photography, as in the art of taking photos with a digital camera. Instead, it spends the first half of the book talking about buying specific cameras and setting up specific desktop layouts. The second half is about playing with specific features in PhotoShop and buying scanners. Only a brief area in the middle is about actually TAKING the photo with the digital camera, which to me should be the main point of the book. There are already countless up-to-the-minute reviews of the latest cameras available which I would trust far more than any book. There are in-depth tutorials on the latest version of PhotoShop and how to use its new features. A book could never keep up with that. But the one place this book COULD shine and stay valuable, it neglects.With the book's emphasis on details with technology, it's no surprise that so many sections of it feel ancient. He considers 3 megapixels to be huge. The recommended cameras are ancient. Images are archived onto CD, when I use a BluRay DVD player. Tripod discussions feature large, unwieldy options, when so many amazing ones are on the market now. He talks about the impossibility of taking photos with dark landscapes and bright skies, where HDR photography makes this quite doable. It goes on and on. Nearly every section has either obsolete information or details which are simply wrong in our modern world.I'm extremely curious what happened to the KISS series. I went looking all over to try to figure out why they never updated this, and I can't seem to find any recent books in the KISS series anywhere. Did DK stop publishing them? Did they find it impossible to hold up against the Dummies series? I'm actually quite curious now. But as they apparently had no interest in updating this particular book, I can't recommend it at all. There are many fantastic books out there on this same topic which are far more useful in our modern world.

  • By Guest on January 8, 2014

    I got the 2nd edition of this book from the library. At first I was really happy with it, there is comprehensive instructions with photo examples to help visualize what is being taught, which is so helpful. Then suddenly, out of nowhere and out of context, were some nude photos. Not appreciated.I know there is a raging debate over what is considered art and what is considered pornography - I have my personal opinions and this is not the place to share them - what I do want shared is whether or not I am going to be blindsided by an inappropriate image when I bring home a book.So - to save you from my frustrating experience - please be aware there are at least 2, maybe more I don't know because I closed the book with extreme force and contemplated throwing it across the room, inappropriate images in this book.

  • By C. Hopkins on April 12, 2008

    I really like the content of this book, easy to read and understand what is being conveyed. I looked at alot in this category at the library and bookstores before making my purchase. This one and "101 Great Things To Do With Your Digital Camera", Simon Johnson were by far the best. I looked at alot of books before I ordered. Both have great camera info and a nice section on editing tips. I use both and have been very happy with the purchase.

  • By Lisa Shea on September 5, 2013

    Digital Photography - An Introduction (4th Edition) by Tom Ang is at my local library, and I'm very pleased it is. It means I can take a look through it whenever I want and benefit from its advice. It's 223 pages long with full color photos, and it's packed with valuable information.Tom Ang has written a myriad of books, and is no stranger to digital photography. So on one hand you have a talented artist explaining his craft. On the other hand, unlike many photography books which clutter my shelves, this one actually gets updated. So his references are timely and accurate when he talks about software and hardware options.Tom covers a range of issues. He goes into flash effects and lighting. He gives ideas on working with kids. He examines landscapes, portraits, and still life. Parents should note that there's some nudity involved in here. It's up to you if you find that appropriate or inappropriate for your kids' current level.I love the wealth of examples here. The reader doesn't have to imagine what the changes described might mean - they can see it for themselves. The relatively small format of the book means it can be easily carried along in a camera bag.There's both a substantial amount of information on the taking of photos, as well as thorough coverage on how to edit the photos afterwards in software.Well recommended as an all around guide to taking photos in our modern era.

  • By Casey Sue on April 5, 2013

    Got this at the library ... I'm a self-taught photographer and I've read many books on photography to learn and improve, but this one is the best.Some photography books are just too many technical words with few examples so the information goes over your head. Others are so fluffy and not helpful like "Getting good at photography will help you to have great photos of your family that you can cherish for years!" Um ... really? Thanks.This book, though, is perfect. It breaks down the technical aspects of photography into easy-to-chew chunks ... it thoroughly explains each one in an easy to read and easy to understand language with plenty of example photographs showing the differences. (Its not oversimplified, though - it has a lot of really good information and filled in many gaps in my understanding.) I really appreciated the section on Composition, since this seems to be lacking in most books; I also really like the Projects section, which is great for someone like me who is self-taught and hasn't taken a class. Last of all, I love the size ... at first it seems puny but the size is great to take with you in your camera bag.


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