Review: The Digital Photography Book, Part 4

Posted by Gary Ramey on March 9th, 2012

The Digital Photography Book, Part 4Summary: The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 by Scott Kelby is a worthy addition to his series of digital photography books. It picks up where volume 3 left off and, like the other books in the series, contains many useful tips written in a non-technical, conversational style.

Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book(the best-selling digital photography book of all time), is back with another follow-up to his smash best-seller, with an entirely new book that picks up right where volume 3 left off. It’s even more of that “Ah ha, so that’ s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip-the-techno-jargon stuff people can really use today, and that made volume 1 the world’s best-selling book on digital photography.

This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot and you asked me, ‘Hey Scott, I want the light for this portrait to look really soft and flattering. How far back should I put this softbox?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture about lighting ratios, or flash modifiers. In real life, I’d just turn to you and say, ‘Move it in as close to your subject as you possibly can, without it actually showing up in the shot.’ Well, 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.”
Each page covers a single concept on how to make 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.
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 another 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.
Review:  The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 has been eagerly awaited and I read it cover to cover within twenty-four hours of receiving it. As with his other books, Scott Kelby reveals something valuable on every page. Don’t let the “Pro” content deter you from reading the book. The author takes time in each chapter to give the reader some background information before going into the pro aspects of the topic. For instance, the chapter covering Shooting HDR Like a Pro starts out by letting you know what equipment would be needed, the basic idea of shooting HDR, and how to set up your camera for bracketing before jumping into the more pro aspects of the topic such as which f/stop to use for HDR, the kinds of scenes that make good HDR shots, shooting HDR panoramas, which programs to use for HDR, and sharpening HDR photos.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: Shooting People Like a Pro
  • Chapter Two: Using Hot Shoe Flash Like a Pro, Part 3
  • Chapter Three: More Tips on Using Your Studio Like a Pro
  • Chapter Four: More Tips on Lenses
  • Chapter Five: Pro Tips for Shooting in Natural Light
  • Chapter Six: Shooting Landscape Photos Like a Pro
  • Chapter Seven: Pro Tips for Shooting Travel Photos
  • Chapter Eight: Shooting Sports Like a Pro
  • Chapter Nine: Shooting HDR Like a Pro
  • Chapter Ten: Pro Tips for Shooting DSLR Video
  • Chapter Eleven: Pro Tips for Getting Better Photos
  • Chapter Twelve: Yet Even More Photo Recipes to Help You “Get the Shot”
I highly recommend The Digital Photography Book, Part 4. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, it would be a good idea to pick them up as well.

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