Scott Kelby, author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where Vol. 1 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip the techno jargon; packed with stuff you can really use today, that made Vol. 1 the world’s bestselling book on digital photography.
In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he's got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there's an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro's secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you're shooting.
This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘When I use my flash, the background behind the person I’m shooting turns black. How do I fix that?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture on flash ratios, or start a discussion on flash synchronization and rear curtain sync. I’d just say “Lower your shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. That should do it” Well, that’s what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”
Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of taking shots that look “okay,” and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.
This isn’t a book of theory—full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly another 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.
The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2
Just as good as book 1, for me at this time chapter 1 was not what I am interested in but it still contained a lot of good information. I am just not interested in studio photography at this time, maybe later.
Best practical photography books available
I'm adding this review to all the books in this series.
The ratings on all of Scott Kelby’s books show just about as many one stars as five stars, with a few people in the middle. The one stars are probably because people don’t understand what Scott’s books are all about. I’ve been shooting for over twenty years, seriously for the last five.
I have a shelf full of photography books, but this series from Scott Kelby are the only books that are in my bag (and now in my iPad). I've got them because it's like having Scott in my bag, I can turn to him anytime and ask how he'd shoot this. No matter how good you are, you can always use another opinion.
There are two main divisions in photography books, technical and practical. I’m a firm believer that in order to understand how to make photographs you need to know the technical side, which is why anyone who’s serious about photography needs to get “Light, Science and Magic”. But when it comes to practical books, Scott's got the best. He gets right to the point. By the way, he tells you that his are not theoretical books up front in his description.
Scott will tell you that when shooting flowers, you should get close, don't shoot down, and use a wide aperture. What he doesn't go into is a lot of the "why" you should do that (he does give you some of the "why" though).
NEWBIES to photography will get up and shooting better photographs fast. You'll be able to know how to use your camera to produce the image you want. What you won't get is the scientific side of why things work the way they do. Hopefully this will keep you interested in photography and spur you to learn the technical and artistic sides of it.
INTERMEDIATE photographers will have a quick reference to look up when you're just not getting the image you want.
EXPERIENCED and Professional photographers, I was going to say that there wasn't much for you, but you might get a new perspective on how to teach photography. At the very least you'll get some quick responses to common questions (e.g. Q: "what lens should I get?" A: "how strong is your marriage?")
That's another thing, Scott has a sense of humor. Some reviews say that Scott spends a page lying to you. That's a combination of Scott's sense of humor and him establishing a rapport with you. He's really trying to set a tone of friendship, so you can open your bag up and ask him a question anytime you want.