A complete and practical instruction for creating a better photograph (Great for Photography 101 class text book)
May 6, 2009
In "101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs", Matthew Bamberg covers all the critical ingredient of a good photographs that you will need to know in a very easy to understand, succinct and practical way. It covers all the basic concept and technique of camera and photography such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure, White Balance, ISO, Rule of Thirds, Panning, Macro, Framing, etc. It also covers most of the possible subject and scenario that you might encounter (landscape, portrait, action, street, photojournalism), except probably wedding or studio type photography (which I believe is an advance level topic, as it requires complex lighting/flash technique). This book also contains a lot of sample photos that makes it interesting to read. It also filled with "side bar" in almost every chapter which is kind of a "did you know" section. The sidebar adds additional interesting information about the topic that is being covered.
Though I personally think many of the photos can be improved (more vivid, sharper, better crop/framing, more interesting object), with the exception of some of the really nice landscape photos, and the flamingo photo, they do meet the primary objective which is to illustrate the point that the Author is making/teaching. Maybe my expectation is too high, as I was expecting to be inspired when reviewing the sample photos.
In my opinion, this book should be geared towards beginner photographer (or as a textbook for a Photography 101 class), and probably up to intermediate level (as a refresher). Overall this is a very good instruction book that are interesting and easy to read and understand. I recommend this book for those who want to improve your skills in composing better photograph.
The content of this book: 1. Making your photographs look 3D 2. Painting with light 3. Adding action to your frame 4. Adding or Subtracting with shadows 5. Making art from architecture 6. Creating mood shots using weather 7. Beautifying with color 8. Breathing life into people 9. Making animal photos sharp and fun 10. Special up photos with lens flare, noise, and other unusual effects 11. Composing with landscapes 12. Shaping up with symmetry 13. Technical tango 14. Daytime, nighttime, anytime 15. Back to the future
Pros: 1. Lots of sample photos that illustrate the learning point really well 2. Very practical and easy to understand 3. Covers complete of photography scenarios (except some advanced situation) 4. Interesting to read and can complete reading the book fast if you want to 5. Sample photos EXIF is included (camera settings of the sample photos) which is very useful 6. Covers all the basic but important concept of photography in an interesting way (not boring to read and learn)
Cons: 1. Many sample photos can be improved (to be more vivid, sharper, better crop/framing, more interesting object, etc) 2. Repetition about several basic topics such as ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed and rule of thirds (a bit too many times in my opinion but I guess it is critical for beginner photographers to grasp the concept and relationship between those critical attributes)
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