Kaan Ugurlu Ugurlu itibaren Kamfiruz, Fars Eyaleti, İran
A fine entry in the long list of National Geographic photography Guides. Martin, the author and his fellow contributors, write clearly about each topic they explore, if not always as thoroughly as might be desired. The book is not labeled as a 'pro guide' of course, so some shallower detail is perfectly acceptable. A little more even topical coverage is all that is required for this to be five star guide. With subjects not previously covered by most guides, this is for me an unusual book to have added to the library. Detailed and thoughtful chapters on Point and Shoot photography, not just snapshots, and using a Cell phone camera are both winning selections for all photographers. The beginner will find some topics advanced enough they may need to refer to another work, such as calibration and printing topics, and some old hands and pros may flip over certain topics as not having anything new to offer. There are a lot of tips and techniques scattered through the book that still may interest all levels of readers. A note: The tips and technique side notes has become a very commonplace form in technical works of all types in recent book publishing history. I would like to see these chestnuts have an appropriate separate index or content listing so they can be easily referenced/found. Just having them in an appropriate chapter or section is not enough. Great example photography that is a hallmark of NG publications and some that is inspiring too! The book concludes with various reference material including addresses, listings of resources, and web links of interest to photographers. Well worth your investment and time if you are not already in possession of one of the NG Guides or are looking for a general reference for a broad,(if shallow in places as mentioned) range of information about making photos.