Framing the Dialogue

The Digital Photography Book Volume 2

This is the second edition to Scott Kelby’s book on digital photography.  In his own words, The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2 is all about “you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advise, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend – without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”

Volume 2 is not an update of his first book, but contains additional tips not covered before.  I first read it last year and reread most of it preparing for this review and was amazed again about what I forgot.  I made adjustments to my camera after reading it again.  Kelby again provides coverage of one tip per page and started off this book with one of the most challenging issues…flash photography.

Scott Kelby first tackles the built-in pop up flashes that are standard on most digital cameras calling them the “ugly-maker.”  He laments that  with one simple push of a button you get “harsh,unflattering, annoying, blinding light fires right into your subjects face.”  Using a flash is tough although the one on my Nikon does a decent job in a pinch.  One thing Kelby admits is that sometimes you have to spend money to really improve your results.  He provides tips that are budget-friendly, for the enthusiast and willing to spend a little and finally for those who don’t have a budget. 

Buy it, read it, but never store it far away from your reach.

Here is one of my photographs using Kelby’s tips on page 113:

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