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Paperback The Photography Bible: A Complete Guide for the 21st Century Photographer Book

ISBN: 0715318063

ISBN13: 9780715318065

The Photography Bible: A Complete Guide for the 21st Century Photographer

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A general reference to all aspects of photography for the beginner through to the intermediate photographer. Covering all the basic questions from explaining what the different types of camera are and... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Definitely for a beginner - but very good at what it does.

This book is probably not well named. It is not some reference that a seasoned photographer is going to refer to from time to time. It is an introduction to photography that is very basic, but has really good solid information in it for the new photographer. When I encounter someone who is looking to "get into" photography, this is the book I suggest. There are some very good practical shooting suggestions in the last third of the book. Things that a novice would have no way of knowing are presented in a very easy-to-digest form. In summary, this book starts you out as a beginner, and by the end you will have the knowledge of an intermediate photographer and it is easy to read and easy to understand.

Good reference book, but already somewhat dated

My overall impression of "The Photography Bible" is quite positive. There are three major sections in the book: - Technical descriptions of cameras and other photographic equipment and how they work. - How-to-do-it advice about how to take pictures and how to become a better photographer. - Descriptions of specialized techniques that can be used in certain circumstances. All three sections contain a wealth of interesting information, and the book is well-written and well-illustrated with sample pictures and technical drawings. The first section (about equipment) is perhaps a bit too long. This emphasis on equipment might unfortunately encourage some people in their mistaken impression that to take better pictures all they need is more and better gear. The second section about basic picture-taking principles is the most important part of the book. This part should be read with your camera in your hands so you can try things for yourself. In this way you will really learn the important lessons taught here. The third section (specialized techniques) should just be scanned, as it is reference-style material and need not be learned all at once. You should then put the book on your shelf and take it down from time to time when you want to learn about a certain specialized technique. The book ends with a 2-page history of photography, a 4-page glossary and a 3-page index. The subtitle for "The Photography Bible" is "A Complete Guide for the 21st Century Photographer". Unfortunately, in spite of the book being published in 2004 it is already somewhat dated in two different ways. In the introduction Daniel Lezano writes that film cameras are on their way out, and he compares the current situation with what happened to vinyl records (LPs - does anyone remember them?) after CDs hit the market. A very apt comparison. Despite this, Mr. Lezano tries to give equal time in the book to both film cameras and digital cameras, and in my opinion this was a mistake. Quite a few pages are wasted on discussions of ordinary film cameras, specialized film cameras, darkrooms, color filters, infrared film and special processing techniques for film. I think the book would have been better if it had focused 100% on digital photography. The other way in which the book is dated is simply due to the tremendous development of digital photography. Some of the things that Mr. Lezano says about digital photography was cutting-edge in 2003 but is already obsolete in 2006. I did notice a few typographical and minor factual errors. Better proofreading should be done if/when an updated edition is produced. Despite the above reservations I did really like this book and recommend it highly. Rennie Petersen

Amazing book!!!!!!!!

I'm beginner photographer, just moving from point-and-shoot to more elaborated shots. The amount of information in this book is simply amazing. For less than $20 you can't ask for more. Mr. Daniel Lezano gives all kind of tips in this book; Cameras, Light, Apperture, Shutter speed, Lenses, Filters, Films, Depth-of-field, Flashes, Focusing, Static and Moving subjects, landscaping, portrait, Metering system, etc.. The list of tips goes on end on. Most important, the tips are not only about what is available in the market and about camera setups, but also how to use them. Fully ilustrated with beautiful photos, some with the camera/lens setup used to take the shot. If you're a beginner like me, I strongly recommend this book. Actually, I would say it's a must to have. For more advanced photographers; Since my knowledge is still beginner's, I would rely in other reviews. But if you love photography, I'm sure you're going to enjoy this book. In other words, being beginner or advanced I think it's at least worth reading this book.


This book is amazingly great. It includes everything you need to know about cameras, taking photos, composing scenes, everything. Digital and film cameras are explained in detail. Filters, flash, film, ISO, exposure, aperture, composition, color, EVERYTHING! It has a ton of pictures and examples, and goes into detail how to do everything. Best book I own.
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