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A complete and practical instruction for creating a better photograph (Great for Photography 101 class text book)

  • May 6, 2009
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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)

Happy Photographing!

Sidarta Tanu

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Discover how to take compelling photographs utilizing all the awesome features of your digital camera. 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs shows you how to use composition and technical methods and creative and artistic applications to achieve amazing images, using both in-camera and post-processing techniques. Every chapter covers a different overall theme, with each technique laid out in a two-page spread that features easy-to-follow instructions to achieve the shot and stunning, full-color photographs showing the results. You'll learn how to manipulate images with light and shadow, make people and animals look more lifelike, create a mood using the weather, make colors pop, and even add unusual effects to your photographs. Each image incorporates different photography skills or specific camera features so you really discover how to get the most out of your digital camera. One part photo essay collection and one part how-to, 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs is perfect for new digital camera owners who are eager to learn how to get amazing photographs.
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ISBN-10: 1598639021
ISBN-13: 978-1598639025
Author: Matthew Bamberg
Publisher: Course Technology PTR

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