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Digital Photography Complete Course

& others. DK. 2015. 360p. illus. index. ISBN 9781465436078. $30. REF
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This digital photo workshop is delivered in a week-by-week format, spanning 20 weeks. The "complete course" tackles the various aspects of photography, providing instruction and a plethora of information. In typical DK fashion, this is a straightforward visual guide filled with color pictures. Interspersed throughout the text are professional tips and inspiring quotes. A basic overview of the topic starts readers off with guidance on how to hold a camera and use accessories such as tripods and filters. The weekly modules then have a seven-part structure. Students begin by testing their knowledge, understanding the theory, and learning the skills; they then practice and experiment, assess results, and enhance the images. Chapters conclude by reviewing the reader's progress. A sample of the syllabus includes color relationships (including black and white), depth of field, and using lenses (telephoto, wide angle). Also discussed are contrast/composition, light (natural and flash), and capturing movement. A step-by-step approach is employed for learning these skills. The "practice and experiment" section highlights an assignment, such as "head and shoulders portrait," that specifies requirements—easy, takes one hour, is shot indoors, and a model is needed. This book prepares readers for different scenarios and encourages problem solving and creativity. There are also strategies for reducing red eye, cropping, and conducting projects. Practical advice on printing, organizing folders, and postproduction are also considered. This accessible work will be a valuable addition to library collections, which need to be current on this topic.
VERDICT An affordable, uncomplicated way to learn about digital photography.

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