A Review of the Book The Digital Photography by Scott Kelby
When I started to read ‘The Digital Photography Book’ I was kind of skeptical because when I scanned through it before reading it I saw lots of photos of photographers using professional (read; Expensive) equipment. So my first thought was “Great I spent $19.99 on this book to tell me the way to get professional looking pictures is with Professional equipment.” That couldn’t have been further from the truth. He is very candid and writes in Layman’s terms and doesn’t get all super technical. He writes as if you ran into him on the street and recognized him as a photographer and said “Hey what’s the best way to get this type of shot” now remember you just ran into him on the street so he is wholly unsure of your abilities as a photographer so he doesn’t want you to walk away thinking “What a jerk he had to talk so far over my head and now I still didn’t get my question answered.” To avoid that, he answers the question simply, straight forward non-technically and to the point. Now I won’t kid you he does suggest several accessories throughout the book, however he puts the accessories into three distinct categories. 1) a Budget purchase (an item that will accomplish the job and drain the kids college fund 2) Willing to fork over a few Extra $ to have better than average equipment and 3) No Holds Barred spender. Now these are not the actual terms he uses to describe each category, these just generalize the three categories, I don’t like to quote from other people’s books, especially if they’re still alive ( They get kinda touchy if you screw up the quote, understandably so. I know I would)
Mr. Kelby is very down to earth and even displays a little bit of a sense of humor, albeit kind of lame. (Sorry Scott, gotta call ’em how I see ’em) He definitely knows his stuff and shows it. He doesn’t have to B.S. you with all the technical terms to make you think he knows tons about the subject matter he just proves it. I came away with a great respect for Mr. Kelby and his work. He goes so far at times as to make suggestions to use readily available household items in place of sometimes expensive, yet necessary equipment. He offers step by step direction on how to get ‘The Shot.’
I walked away with a greater appreciation of the work that goes into getting ‘The Shot’ and digital photography in general. This book is a must have and should be required reading when purchasing a digital camera.