This is a nice beginning photography book that covers many important aspects of photography. I was expecting it to be very "technical" because it was labeled a "reference" textbook, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was written more casually and went much "deeper" than many beginner photo books. I think this is because the author concentrates a lot on covering artistic concepts in addition to technical explanations. Coming from an Art background, I enjoyed reading this book because it illustrated many important concepts that aren't just important in photography but are important in learning how to "see" differently. Photography isn't just about capturing exactly what your eye sees or about what shutter speed or exposure setting to use in specific situations. It goes much deeper, and this book does a very nice job of explaining how different aspects such as light, focus, perspective, composition, visual weight can affect the outcome of the photo and it's impact on the viewer.
On the other end, it does get into the technical details that you'll need to understand how to manipulate settings in order for you to get the image you want. For example, how aperture settings can affect depth of field.
Although many of the photographs in this book are amazing, I felt that many others in the book were pretty ordinary. Also, I thought that the print quality of the photographs could have been better because the colors in many of them are a bit dull or muted. Other images seemed too dark.
Here are some quick pros and cons:
Pros: -Great job at explaining complex and important art/photo concepts -Many photos in the book showed camera settings used for the photo -Easy to read and chapters are organized well -Illustrates a great number of concepts in a small book -Great variety of photos taken from all over the world
Cons: -Some photos in this book are pretty ordinary. -References Photoshop and post editing too much. -Some photos have muted color... others are too dark.
Conclusion: This is a great book for people who are just beginning to dig deeper than the "auto" mode on their cameras and want to start messing around with "manual" mode. It's also great for photographers who have not taken any formal art or photo classes because it covers important Art concepts that will help train people to "see" in ways they may not have "seen" before. As a beginning photo book, it's pretty deep but not overly complex. I would not hesitate to recommend it to any beginning photographer or student because it covers so many important things. However, I think that this book could be better if some of the photos in it were better examples and if the print and color quality of some of the photographs were better.
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