Stunning Digital Photography Book (by Tony Northrup)
By Matt Marine
Note: Please don't judge the book by my photo of the book above.
I have probably purchased at least five books on photography from general photography to landscape photography to night photography. Some have been decent, some have been poor. None have been outstanding - until now. I have learned more from Tony Northrup's Stunning Digital Photography book than all the others combined.
For me, Tony has a way of describing the feature or issue in such a way that I really understand it. For example, I never completely understood how depth of field varied with lens aperture and focal length until I read his book (and watched his videos - which I will address shortly. Since I am a beginning photographer and have never taken a photography class in my life, things like this really made a difference to me. He starts out with the basics in a language in which I understood. This doesn't mean he doesn't get into the nitty gritty details. He does. And most of the time I understand them (sometimes I don't), but he gives me all the information I need to know for the level I am at (right now I don't need to know the mathematical formula for aperture and crop factor- though I am sure some people want to know this stuff). His book starts out with the basics, then builds on those ideas to lead you into more complex theories and practices.
Then there's the videos. This is actually how I found out about his book. I found some of his videos on Youtube. When I saw his first video, I was so excited! I told myself, this guy really knows how to make a video tutorial. So many times I watch these on Youtube and am extremely disappointed - they are filled with info that is irrelevant, poorly written or so confusing I can't make sense of them. Tony knows how to give you the information you need in a way that makes sense and in a concise manner.
You could spend many, many hours watching all his free videos on Youtube and become a much better photographer without spending a dime. But I bought his book anyway. He offers additional videos for those who purchased his book. Were these worth the price of the book. Not really, it was the book that was worth the price of the book. The extra videos were icing on the cake. In addition to the videos, you will also get access to his Facebook group and forum. Again, probably not worth the price of the book alone, but a great bonus.
Tony and his wife Chelsea do a lot more than tell people how to take photographs, they do camera, lens, equipment and photographer website reviews - sometimes while drinking some wine - which can be interesting.
Note: I am not in business with Tony and Chelsea, nor did they pay me in any way for this review. I am sure they don't even know I have reviewed their book.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/VistaClues
Well thought out book that covers most of the basic types of photography. Beginning photographers can learn a great deal from this book. Advanced photographers may also learn a trick or two.
Easy to understand and good use of practical examples that actually show what he's explaining. These were invaluable to me.
Access to more Youtube videos, Facebook group and forum.
Comes in different formats. I believe if you buy electronically, you get any future updates for free.
The book is small and concise, which is good, but I would have liked it to be a little more. I would have gladly paid extra for some more information on flash photography, night photography, etc.
This is an awesome book and one I would HIGHLY recommend it for any beginning photographer. Check out his Youtube videos. If you like them, buy his book and start taking better pictures!