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  • Jul 15, 2009
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They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." This adage could not be more true in the world of digital photography where most of the costs accrued are done up front with the purchase of the equipment and the photographer has only to snap photo after photo with only card size limiting his efforts. However, what if once the photos are downloaded, that magic moment that presented itself for immortality was never adequately captured? The mood is wrong; the colors faded; the shadows wax ineffectually. My mind's eye saw it as clear as day, but the lens somehow muted the effect and the resulting picture certainly did not do justice to the one thousand words waxing eloquently in my head. In my long stint as a photographer hobbyist I can tell you I have had my fair share of disappointments. I pictured post cards with vibrant colors from eclectic vantage points that would be sure to wow every one with which I shared my photos. Fat chance of this happening every time I released the shutter until I happened upon Matthew Bamberg's how-to book "101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs."

I don't have a lot of time to read a book chuck full of technical terms and instructions. The layout of this book fits well into what I desire as leisure photographer that wants to memorialize events in my life or reproduce lovely vistas in nature. Bamberg provides a concise table of contents and a full index that allows the would-be photographer to check out their problem point and quickly flip to the two facing pages that outline the photo issue and offers a solution complete with photo examples.

For example: there are times when my portraits of people simply do not come out as crisp as I would like when I am shooting inside in artificial light. Bamberg's three examples about light in indoor photography quickly gave me good and fast suggestions about how to play with my subject. Each technique is explained in a two-page format where the issue (example: "Finding Available Light for a Clear Picture Indoors") is augmented by a highlighted box listing Supplemental Elements (like tripod, ISO speed, self-timer), the actual location of the shot he uses as an illustration and the Camera Settings he used to achieve the effect. In addition to the actual photograph illustrating the technique, Bamberg offers multiple paragraphs that explains his vision and his methods and delineates between older film photography rules and digital photography that has the added bonus of tweaking with RAW files and software like Photoshop. Instead of over-inundating the reader with a slew of information that takes hours to read, this simple format quickly gets to the point and gets the photographer away from the book and back to the actual doing of obtaining his shot.

Bamberg's book flows easily from one related topic to another. The result: he covers the spectrum of most photographer's needs. From the simplistic: "Keeping Your Own Shadow out of the Frame" under the topic of "Adding or Subtracting with Shadows" to a more specific technique of "Making Flowing Water Look Like Angel Hair" under the broader topic of "Composing with Landscapes", the book cannot help but aid any photographer in achieving better photographs.

Bottom line? Matthew Bamberg's "101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs" more than adequately details technical and artistic methods to add to any photographer's portfolio of amazingly compelling photographs. A joy to look at, this larger than trade paperback is laced with many interesting photographs representing places and subjects from around the world. Finding a solution to photography dilemmas is quick and easy with no more than two pages to read per technique. Recommended as a quick reference to enhance your digital photography experience and ascertain that your every picture is worth a thousand words.
Diana Faillace Von Behren

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ISBN-10: 1598639021
ISBN-13: 978-1598639025
Author: Matthew Bamberg
Publisher: Course Technology PTR

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