By Monte Ferguson
Photography is as much an Art as it is a science. Anyone who has striven to take the perfect candid shot knows this all too well. The science of photography is in learning the basic rules for shooting photos. Once mastered those rules will help you produce consistent, acceptable results. However the Art of Photography is in learning how to push and play with how the camera views a scene, which is quite different than how our eyes see it. Grasping these subtle differences, and learning how to use them, produces stunning photography.
The Digital Photography Pocket Guide seeks to teach the reader about their camera. Helping them to understand how it works. For as you learn more about how it works, and trust your judgment, the camera becomes an extension of your vision. You are in control of the shoot, not the camera.
The Digital Photography Pocket Guide lives up to its name. Itís small enough that it could fit in a hip pocket. Itís meant to be taken with you. It is a quick reference book meant to give you tips for many shooting situations. Unlike many photography books, this work is slim and easy to read. Thatís great for when you want to quickly find a particular topic. The book also sports many helpful photographic illustrations and examples. There are also many tables throughout the book that offer great comparisons at a glance, say how big of a photo you can expect to print from a 2 Megapixel camera. Often the book explains which items will be of interest to a certain range of reader, from novice to expert.
Basically the book is broken down into three main segments: 1) What is it?; 2) What does it do?; and 3) How do I?
(1) What is it? takes you on a guided tour of your digital camera. Although it canít showcase every model the basics are pretty much universal between models and manufacturers.
(2)What does it do? is an alphabetical list of the most important terms and technologies in digital photography. But this is not just a mere list of terms and a single sentence explanation. Every item has at least a full paragraph description. These descriptions also can have examples and lessons on photographic technique.
(3) How do I? explains 15 professional shooting techniques in easy to understand language.
This book is very well organized. You can easily find a topic that youíre searching for. Itís written in a very easy to read style. Reading the book is like sitting down with a friend whoís really into photography and wants to share their passion with you. The book at every turn encourages experimentation and exploration. The writing is so concise youíre bound to find a very useful tip within seconds of picking it up.
There really were none that I could find. This book does what it sets out to do. It is a quick reference that is meant to be taken around with you. Itís not meant to be an all comprehensive tome on photographic theory and technique.
They say that you should write about what you know. You can certainly tell that Mr. Story enjoys the subject matter in this book. His enthusiasm infuses the material. This is one well written, and concise, book. I would consider this a must have if youíre serious about learning how to take good pictures, especially digital ones. The Digital Photography Pocket Guide offers a wealth of insight and advice, without boring the reader with more information than they need while on the go.
Posted: Thursday, September 1st, 2005