There are embedded videos as well, and links, to make things absolutely clear. I thought the videos would be a way of driving home points they make in the book, but they have supplemental information that isn't in the book. While waiting for it to arrive I might actually read the Stunning Digital Photography book or just go back and watch all the videos again. Also there are weekly monthly challenges at times. Over the years I had forgotten many of the lessons he taught me, but this book brought them back.
This renders the books fragmented and incomplete and the reader might feel being taken advantage of. While a photography student will not mind studying all the alphabets, others like me appreciate getting straight to the point on how to get a good portrait, how to get a good landscape, what are the pitfalls to avoid, etc. I have read through a lot of beginning and intermediate photography books but this is by far the best, especially considering that it is an easy read. It's full of practical advice, exercises, good theory and examples. I would probably rate this book 5 stars if I had a physical copy - it's the kind of book one leafs through, dog-ears, and A superb introduction to photography of every imaginable variety.
Even today, September 2013, the book is still updated. Over the years I had forgotten many of the lessons he taught me, but this book brought them back. Clear, concise, detailed, videos plus written words. It is fair to say that the book gets all the basics right, it also explains the technical aspects of visuals well and is filled with supporting visual elements that you can compare and look for details. The lengths those responsible for this book have gone to to provide a truly fantastic resource for their readers is unprecedented and incredibly useful — for novices or more experienced and seasoned photographers. But there's still much in here for me to use, no matter what camera I have: composition, lighting, using natural light; as well as how to make use of shutter speed and aperture to create different effects and moods.
There are far too many insights to mention all, but here is just one: watching Chelsea pose for the camera made it clear to me that getting ready to have your photo taken is a skill. I have already recommended it to many and will continue to do so. I mean a picture is a picture, right? It made it difficult for me to take the author seriously as someone whose perspective on the art of photography is worth hearing, as he seems to be so limited in his view on other things. The multi-media approach using the text, videos, web-casts, Facebook page, and web site all go together well for me providing a very encompassing learning experience. The author wants you to buy his guide separately. This has fantastic advice and a number of items to practice the skills provided in each chapter. There is now an official forum for the book: sdpcommuni I bought the ebook version and read it on the iPad.
This book gives you four innovations no other book offers: 1 Free video training. . If you could absorb everything in this book in one read, you would suddenly be a master photographer, perhaps one who never took pictures because he didn't know where to start. There are also tutorial videos available to registered readers. Although I have been an amateur photographer for many years, I found the hints and the videos in those elementary chapters reminded me of important lessons, reinforced others, and even introduced some new ideas.
I picked up a book to read a book, not to hop on the computer every other page. Hundreds of minor updates and improvements! If you feel that we have violated your copyrights, then please contact us immediately. Then you will be removed. It is engaging, broken down for the newest photographer, yet with such precision and detail that it is the perfect reference manual even for the seasoned photographer. Even today, September 2013, the book is still updated. Even though the videos are available with the ebook, I would not trade the paperback for the ebook.
I think it will be great if the index was a little more expanded with subheadings at least the major ones. Then I downloaded this book and now have amazing shots. Just yesterday, months after its release, I saw a new video added into YouTube for this book which will make into the pages of the digital edition soon. This book is regularly updated with new content including additional videos that existing owners receive. This is where most books fail and why classroom learning succeeds when teaching the arts. The organization of the book is great. This is less of an abstract treatise on the concepts of photography and more of a cookbook for photographers.
Also there are a bunch of videos in the book so that you can look and listen to what you are trying to learn. As promised the online content is updated frequently, and Tony and Chelsea interact often in online chat sessions. The videos are a great help and compliment the text very well. It is almost like taking a photography course, but so much cheaper! This book would be great in print, but it works especially well on an ipad or a kindle fire or something like that. However, it is not my cup of tea for various reasons: I find the title deceiving or marketing-oriented. I carry my iPad in my camera bag now because this book is as important as any lens or camera accessory in my bag. This can be a good book for beginners and intermediate photographers who want to learn or revise technical aspects of digital photography.
Maybe 2 to make sure the eyes were opened. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. The first few chapters are elementary — suitable for beginners to photography. I just became a father, so I went out and brought a really expansive camera and took some really crappy pictures of my baby. I really was impressed with the easy to understand approach this book gives.