The book’s subtitle: The step-by-step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros’! Great for point-and-shoot digital camera owners, too!
Who should read this book
If you have recently bought your first digital camera and you like reading digital photography blogs—and chances are that you do like photo blogs—this book is for you. The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby is actually a blog on paper. Let me explain what I mean. Each page of the book contains a photography tip and a photo to illustrate it. On the next page you get the next tip and one more illustration. This is not a comprehensive photography guide but a quick how to book.
Have you ever asked yourself, "How do I shoot a panorama?" Here you are. You just read through the table of contents and you get tips for shooting panoramas and steps so easy that even a beginner photographer can follow them.
"How do I get great light indoors?" No problem, Scott Kelby helps you with this too. You do not have to read about all kinds of reflectors and how to set them up. As I told you, this is not a book for professional photographers who have all kinds of photography equipment. You do not have your own photo studio, and this book teaches you how to get great shots with what you’ve got (of course, a few photo accessories such as a tripod would not hurt, right?) So to shoot a portrait indoors, just position your subject near the window. If all your windows get direct light, try to pin a thin curtain to diffuse light. Make sure the subject is getting side light—not direct light—from the window and press the shutter.
Scott’s writing style is not what we usually see in books, but it is fine for a blogger. Scott uses simple words, conversational style and somewhat quirky humor. You may find his jokes distracting if you got used to more formal writing.
What is in the book
Chapter 1. Pro tips for getting really sharp photos
It quickly covers photographic gear you may find useful for getting sharper images—tripods, ballheads, cable releases, digital lenses—as well as some easy Photoshop sharpening techniques.
Chapter 2. Shooting flowers like a pro
- How to choose better angle and get more visually interesting shots.
- How to put the background out of focus to keep it from distracting the eye.
- Three ideal times to shoot flowers.
- How to get the perfect soft light for indoor flower shots.
- How to shoot flowers if the wind is blowing.
Chapter 3. Shooting weddings like a pro
- The trick for low-light shooting in a church.
- Getting soft diffused light with your flash.
- How to use a fill flash to eliminate harsh shadows on sunny days.
- What details to shoot.
- How to pose the bride with other people.
Chapter 4. Shooting landscapes like a pro
- How to use the Aperture priority mode of your camera to get the background in focus or out of focus.
- How to use foreground to compose great landscapes.
- How to shoot waterfalls to get that silky stream affect you often see in professional photos.
- Getting more interesting mountain shots.
- Tips for shooting and faking panoramas.
Chapter 5. Shooting sports like a pro
- How to stop the motion and keep your shot sharp.
- How to show motion.
- How to compose your shots.
Chapter 6. Shooting people like a pro
- How to get the background right.
- Where to position the camera.
- How to position the subject in the frame.
- How to get soft light for portraiture indoors and outdoors with reflectors or without them.
Chapter 7. Avoiding problems like a pro
- How to avoid white balance problems when shooting indoors.
- When to use backup batteries and why.
- How to set up your tripod on an incline so that your camera does not topple over.
- Why do pros use a lens hood?
- How to back up your photos on the spot.
- How to avoid red eye and how to remove red eye if you was not able to avoid it.
Chapter 8. Taking advantage of digital like a pro
- How to keep an efficient digital photo workflow.
- How to take advantage of the blinkies.
- How to avoid accidentally erasing your memory cards.
Chapter 9. Taking travel & city life shots like a pro
Top things you learn from this chapter:
- Shoot kids on simple backgrounds.
- Shoot old people after establishing a little rapport and talking with them.
- Hire a model. It is not that expensive as you may think.
- Look for bold and vivid colors of the city.
- Shoot the details.
- Shoot the signs.
Chapter 10. How to print like a pro and other cool stuff
- Printing lab-quality 8x10s, 13x19s and 16x20s.
- Which paper to use for printing.
- How to calibrate your monitor.
Chapter 11. Photo recipes to help you get "The Shot"
The chapter contains step-by-step instructions on getting the shots featured in the book.
So if you are new to digital photography, you will find The Digital Photography Book to be a valuable resource. Make sure to get your copy of The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. You will enjoy seeing how just some simple tricks make a significant difference.