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The Lens: A Practical Guide For The Creative Photographer covers everything about the lens, from its origins, to how it works and how its effects can be applied to their best uses.
The book should help you choose a lens that's right for you, or help you swat up on the different lenses and how you can utilise them to take great photos.
The book is quite lengthy and helps you to understand the fundamental concepts needed to be able to make an informed decision and choose the right lens and settings. There is nothing about a lens worth knowing that isn't in this book.
After talking you through how a lens works, from how and why it affects a scene visually to how the mechanics of a lens work, N.K Guy then goes on to talk about choosing the right lens for your project. He talks us through all the different features, from whether or not auto focus is necessary, to whether to have a lens that is more geared up for landscapes or night time photography. In each of these sections we are told about the various lenses that are available to us in the chosen field, and how they will affect the end result of the photo.
All the way through there a beautiful examples of how these different lenses and settings perform, helping you to make a decision through actually seeing the result, not just from what you are told in words.
There is also a valuable section on acessorising your lens. This highlights the importance of lens caps and filters in certain situations, and how these will affect the end results of your photos.
For the more knowledgeable reader, there is also a section on more advanced information, such as how to read and interpret MTF charts, and how to take effective infra red photography. There is also a section on creative lens techniques, such as creating artistic bokeh.
Overall, this book is very well written and is great at helping a beginner choose a lens, just as it is great at teaching the more advanced user more about their equipment and how they can take their photography further.