Another book review”ish”! Recently I finished reading The Digital Photography book – Volume 4 from Scott Kelby, since I read the other three volumes of the series in the past and they are a continuation series with the same style, I comment about the whole series (available as a bundle). Actually the Volume/Part 5 is soon to be released (so let me publish that before it becomes yesterday news 🙂 ).
The book, follows the general Scott Kelby style. A highly informal writing, an even more informal chapter introduction (he actually recently released a compilation of chapter introductions as an ebook for charity) and the part I like the most is the compact information.
What do I mean by compact information? The chapters are thematic, like “Using Hot Shoe Flash Like a Pro”, and each chapters are split by tips, so to say. Each tip is a page, so you can go reading and basically break whenever you want without missing “the point”. For me, that read while commuting or waiting in a queue, is a nice approach!
The content goes well to all sorts of photographers from beginners to mid range, I’d say. Volume 1 felt on my hands when I had just bought my first dSLR, coming back to photography, as I call it. The book gave me tons of information and most of all showed me that there was a lot, but a lot to be learned. From that to volumes 2, 3 and 4 was just a matter of time!
Each volume has new tips complementing the previous one, some new chapters that come with features and new techniques that might be interesting to the readers. For example, HDR is not in the first volume, but with the features added to this technique in the cameras and in photoshop and other software it became something more and more common, so it made into volume 4 of the series.
The final chapter of each volume is a “how to get this shot”. There’s a shot and an explanation on how to get it, putting together all that was said before in the previous chapters. A beauty shot with a “this softbox at 45 degrees, and a this and that …” or a landscape with a “ND filters and a this and that …” is really useful.
So, basically, if you’re not a working professional, is a great suggestion! Inexpensive set of books for the amount of information you can get!