Digital Photography Book, Volume 2 is Launched

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I mentioned this book a couple of weeks ago in my Fun Digital Photography Christmas Gifts post but at that time it wasn’t officially launched. However it now has started shipping and I’m hearing some good reports on it.

The book is The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2 – a book by Scott Kelby.

Many DPS readers are familiar with Scott’s first book on this topic – The Digital Photography Book, Volume 1 (in fact this is the most popular books that is recommended by readers every time someone asks for recommendations in our forums).

This 2nd volume is completely different to the first. It’s not a 2nd edition (an update) of the first – it’s a new book covering new ground.

I’ve just ordered my copy so I won’t review it here but Saralonde has reviewed it in our forums and writes:

Overall, this book is quick, easy to read, full of useful tips, and is a good choice for the photographer that has moved beyond the simple basics and wants to better their basic photography skills.”

From Saralonde’s review it’s evident that this isn’t a book for advanced users – but if you’re just getting into digital photography or have been using a digital camera for a while now and want to get out of Auto mode and explore using your camera to its full potential then it sounds like this is a worthwhile read.

It might even be worth having both Volume 1 and Volume 2 together as they seem to make a good combination with one another.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • I got the first version for Christmas last year at it really gave me a lot of tips on photography. My friends and I all referred to the book as “the bible” because it was just page after page of great tips and advice about such a wide range of photographic subjects.

    Needless to say version two is one its way from Amazon as soon as they have copies in the UK and I can’t wait to read it, from what I hear it is just as good if not better!

  • Dawn Del Guercio

    I own the book, and have for a couple weeks now. I guess Borders is on the top of the shipment list 🙂
    I really don’t like Kelby’s “quips” at the beginning of each chapter, but the information is so worth while that I have overlooked it once again (I own #1 as well) to see what it has to say. Although I am not a studio photographer, I like the fact that there is a section on that information. I like that it is a “do this to achieve this” type of conversation, as there are many excellent books out there that go into details, but tend to get bogged down so that you don’t remember how to achieve the result. I agree that the two make a good pair.
    NJHeart2Heart Dawn

  • I have read this book several times, and I must say I learn something new every time I read it. It is simply great, and I cant recommned it enough.

  • I JUST got this in the mail from Amazon today (I had preordered it about a month ago). I have the first book (purchased after your review – thanks, Darren) and LOVED it. I gave my opinion of Vol. 1 here – http://www.amatterofmemories.com/2007/09/review-of-digital-photography-book.html. I have a lot of book on my shelf to read right now, but this new one (Vol. 2) will definitely be at the top of the list!

  • Chris

    I just got the book yesterday, and quickly read through it and will continue to read through it. I love it.

    I am just starting out in photography, so it is perfect for me. Not too much theory, just do this to get these results kind of book. Straight and to the point. Book 1 and 2 complement each other.

    It is a must have for any starting photographer.

  • Simon

    My fiancee got me the the first book for Xmas, and I swear I’ve consulted it or idly browsed it every day since then. I’ll definitely be picking up #2.

  • jtailspin

    I just ordered it based on book 1 and the reviews here. I loved the first book, it was the first book of many that I have bought from amazon. I ordered it with the link here so I hope DPS gets the credit.

  • Sally

    I was given book 1 for Christmas. I have just finished reading it and thought it was fantastic. Best Christmas present I got this year.

    Great to hear that number 2 is available.

    Sally

  • Angela

    It sounds like everyone likes this book.
    I think I’m going to get the 1st and 2nd ones.

  • I bought the first book, it was great! Despite scott’s corny humor. I have ordered the second book from Amazon along with Bryan Peterson’s new book.

  • I got this book a few weeks ago and I just picked up the original the other day. These should be required reading for anyone picking up a camera. I picked up some other photography books as well and they were more expensive and had less useful information.

  • TERRY

    BASED ON DPS IM GOING TO BORDERS WHEN THEYOPEN AND GET VOL 1&2

  • I just got the book last night (had it on pre-order from Amazon).

    It definitely has a different focus from the first book. The first one was a little more broad. Lots of different suggestions for a lot of different things you’re likely to do whether you’re a beginner or have some experience (but probably not too much info for the seasoned pro). The new book seems focused more on the serious amateur… which is what I consider myself.

    There’s a lot of good information in it. By page 10 I was already thrilled that I had picked it up. But, in a way, it’s a more “expensive” book. That is, if you look at a lot of the equipment suggested to do the things the author recommends (at least in the lighting chapter up front which is where I spent most of my time last night) you’ll be putting out a lot of cash… even at the low end. This is not a criticism, as we have an expensive hobby. There’s no getting around that. It also meant that some of the things that are recommended in the book I won’t really be able to try right away.

    So far, I’m really happy with the book. It already explained to me, in clear terms, how to properly do wireless remote flash with my camera (which, I’m embarrassed to say, I had some trouble with previously)… and that’s just the beginning.

  • pixel pixie

    It only took me a few hours to devour the entire book. I’m thrilled with the wonderful info on lighting and different types of flash. I like that Scott tells the reader why he has purchased a certain item and how it has helped him in his shoots. Why reinvent the wheel – might as well benefit from a master! A definate plus for anyones digital photography library and a natural compliment to Book 1.

  • Melissa S

    Sound like I know what I need to pick up when I go to Barnes and Noble tomorrow. Thanks for the recommendations.

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  • Melissa S January 26, 2008 09:57 am

    Sound like I know what I need to pick up when I go to Barnes and Noble tomorrow. Thanks for the recommendations.

  • pixel pixie January 19, 2008 11:01 am

    It only took me a few hours to devour the entire book. I'm thrilled with the wonderful info on lighting and different types of flash. I like that Scott tells the reader why he has purchased a certain item and how it has helped him in his shoots. Why reinvent the wheel - might as well benefit from a master! A definate plus for anyones digital photography library and a natural compliment to Book 1.

  • Jay Adan January 18, 2008 01:22 am

    I just got the book last night (had it on pre-order from Amazon).

    It definitely has a different focus from the first book. The first one was a little more broad. Lots of different suggestions for a lot of different things you're likely to do whether you're a beginner or have some experience (but probably not too much info for the seasoned pro). The new book seems focused more on the serious amateur... which is what I consider myself.

    There's a lot of good information in it. By page 10 I was already thrilled that I had picked it up. But, in a way, it's a more "expensive" book. That is, if you look at a lot of the equipment suggested to do the things the author recommends (at least in the lighting chapter up front which is where I spent most of my time last night) you'll be putting out a lot of cash... even at the low end. This is not a criticism, as we have an expensive hobby. There's no getting around that. It also meant that some of the things that are recommended in the book I won't really be able to try right away.

    So far, I'm really happy with the book. It already explained to me, in clear terms, how to properly do wireless remote flash with my camera (which, I'm embarrassed to say, I had some trouble with previously)... and that's just the beginning.

  • TERRY January 18, 2008 01:07 am

    BASED ON DPS IM GOING TO BORDERS WHEN THEYOPEN AND GET VOL 1&2

  • Pete Langlois January 18, 2008 12:45 am

    I got this book a few weeks ago and I just picked up the original the other day. These should be required reading for anyone picking up a camera. I picked up some other photography books as well and they were more expensive and had less useful information.

  • hfng January 18, 2008 12:16 am

    I bought the first book, it was great! Despite scott's corny humor. I have ordered the second book from Amazon along with Bryan Peterson's new book.

  • Angela January 17, 2008 10:50 pm

    It sounds like everyone likes this book.
    I think I'm going to get the 1st and 2nd ones.

  • Sally January 17, 2008 07:07 pm

    I was given book 1 for Christmas. I have just finished reading it and thought it was fantastic. Best Christmas present I got this year.

    Great to hear that number 2 is available.

    Sally

  • jtailspin January 17, 2008 11:12 am

    I just ordered it based on book 1 and the reviews here. I loved the first book, it was the first book of many that I have bought from amazon. I ordered it with the link here so I hope DPS gets the credit.

  • Simon January 17, 2008 10:24 am

    My fiancee got me the the first book for Xmas, and I swear I've consulted it or idly browsed it every day since then. I'll definitely be picking up #2.

  • Chris January 17, 2008 08:25 am

    I just got the book yesterday, and quickly read through it and will continue to read through it. I love it.

    I am just starting out in photography, so it is perfect for me. Not too much theory, just do this to get these results kind of book. Straight and to the point. Book 1 and 2 complement each other.

    It is a must have for any starting photographer.

  • Jill January 17, 2008 08:12 am

    I JUST got this in the mail from Amazon today (I had preordered it about a month ago). I have the first book (purchased after your review - thanks, Darren) and LOVED it. I gave my opinion of Vol. 1 here - http://www.amatterofmemories.com/2007/09/review-of-digital-photography-book.html. I have a lot of book on my shelf to read right now, but this new one (Vol. 2) will definitely be at the top of the list!

  • don jonson January 17, 2008 07:01 am

    I have read this book several times, and I must say I learn something new every time I read it. It is simply great, and I cant recommned it enough.

  • Dawn Del Guercio January 17, 2008 03:22 am

    I own the book, and have for a couple weeks now. I guess Borders is on the top of the shipment list :)
    I really don't like Kelby's "quips" at the beginning of each chapter, but the information is so worth while that I have overlooked it once again (I own #1 as well) to see what it has to say. Although I am not a studio photographer, I like the fact that there is a section on that information. I like that it is a "do this to achieve this" type of conversation, as there are many excellent books out there that go into details, but tend to get bogged down so that you don't remember how to achieve the result. I agree that the two make a good pair.
    NJHeart2Heart Dawn

  • Ed O'Keeffe January 17, 2008 02:46 am

    I got the first version for Christmas last year at it really gave me a lot of tips on photography. My friends and I all referred to the book as "the bible" because it was just page after page of great tips and advice about such a wide range of photographic subjects.

    Needless to say version two is one its way from Amazon as soon as they have copies in the UK and I can't wait to read it, from what I hear it is just as good if not better!

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