Book Review: Perfect Digital Photography

by Enche Tjin on September 30, 2009

perfect-digital-photography-jay-dickman-jay-kinghornPerfect Digital Photography book is a marriage between travel photography (equipments and process of taking picture) and the lightroom (editing and digital workflow) book. Jay Dickman, National Geographic photographer who is shooting Olympus DSLR system, and Jay Kinghorn, a Photoshop certified expert, wrote this book.

The first part of the book is written by Jay Kinghorn. Jay has been shooting professionally for over 35 years. He shares many of his knowledge, experience and photos. He also isn’t shy of new digital technology. He shoots with two Olympus E-3 and E-520 as back-up. If you use other systems such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax or even compact cameras, don’t worry because he discuss equipment in general term not specific to Olympus. 

I find the explanation about digital photography equipment is top notch and up to date. There is a whole chapter discussing pro and cons on every types of camera, such as point and shoot compact camera, superzoom, and digital SLR. Then, Jay will link it to the practice, how to maximize your equipments’ potential.

As usual, basic photography like composition and lighting is also covered in this book. For advanced amateurs, you might find this repetitive and boring. For beginners, you might find it inspirational.

The second part of the book is quite bland. It is a step by step instruction on digital editing and printing. I find it to be quite boring, but it is very informative useful especially for those who like to print or present the images in the highest possible way.

Overall, this book is excellent for beginner and intermediate photographer, especially who is interested on travel or people photography. This book is also good for film photographer who is planning to jump to digital photography but does not have a clue at all about digital cameras and digital photo editing.

The book is not perfect, especially because the first part and the second part is not really tied up together. Sometimes, I fell that this is two books binded in one. Nevertheless, I enjoy reading it and inspired to practice the tips as soon as possible.

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outdoor photography July 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer.

I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post
to let you know. The design look great though!
Hope you get the problem solved soon. Thanks

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