Posted December 16, 2011 in: Reviews
Ten Photo Assignments
Rocky Nook Inc
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Ten Photo Assignments to develop your photographic skills has a title that immediately grabbed my attention and a general description that sounded like the perfect solution for a beginner photographer wanting to improve her photographic skills. The general layout of 5 chapters with 2 assignments in each chapter appeared promising and very feasible. My intention was to have a plan of action where I could put all my piece-meal learning into practice with ten practical lessons as promised in the title. However, it was not the case - it took me three times to get through the first chapter and two assignments, without ever completing the first assignment much less the other nine as a I forced myself to read the entire book and tried to make an attempt at the other lessons offered.
The author assumes you have a good working knowledge of your specific camera on the first page - I think that is asking an awful lot from most beginners and it only gets more technical as she progresses with the first lesson. She has a recommended equipment list consisting of: a fully manual adjustable camera, tripod, handheld light meter, manufactured digital gray card, a zebra card, a model in a textured white shirt, sunny day, notebook and pencil, computer and photo management software to open files and evaluate exposures. Don?t you think that?s asking a bit much for a beginner?
It is my humble opinion that this book is too scientific for most beginner photographers - most of the lessons were about calibrating the camera more than devoting any photographic skills. Because of the technicality of information I do not recommend this book to beginner photographers but rather to those who want to understand the scientific aspect of photography and their equipment. I?m afraid this book only gets 2 stars out of 5 because it failed to motivate this beginner - there?s better resources out there and I will make up my own ?Ten Photo Assignments?.
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