Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Styr, Charlie. Click, The Ultimate PHotography Guide.

Styr, Charlie. Click, The Ultimate PHotography Guide.
Watson-Guptill (see Random) 2009 144p 18.95 978-0-8230-9237-6

Fabulous collection of color photographs illustrate a modern photography how-to book. Aspiring photographers get the basics (selecting a camera) and technical details (shutter speed, aperture, exposure) followed by 26 clearly written essays on specific topics. These include Under the Sun (portraits in daylight), A Photographer’s Best Friend (pet shots), City Scenes, Night Landscapes, Travel, altering images by cropping, and retouching, and advice on photo sharing and starting a business. The best part of the book is that it’s illustrated throughout with wonderful photos from the worldwide Flickr Teenage Photographer’s Group (begun by coauthor Styr). Each photo includes the photographer’s name, age, country, screen name, and technical details.
A number of tips by professionals are also included. Most advice can be useful for beginners with a disposable camera as well as traditional or digital equipment. Perfect for high school students to use as a photography text or for individual browsing. Susan Gooden

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