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New Book Answers Essential Lens Questions: How Can I Get Better Images? What Lens Should I Buy?
OCTOBER 10, 2012

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative PhotographerThe Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer (Rocky Nook, $44.95 USD) is a momentous handbook that demystifies optical technology, decodes arcane terminology, and provides practical tips for both amateur and professional photographers to help them make smart purchasing decisions and build the perfect lens collection.

"Choosing the right one of the most important photographic decisions you can make," says author NK Guy, "...nothing affects the quality of a photo more than the lens. It's no longer just about the megapixels—it's the glass that makes all the difference." And yet, many buyers of interchangeable lens cameras don't venture past the basic lens included in the camera box.

Some are reluctant to spend more money, are confused by the buzzwords, or are overwhelmed by all the choices that are available. This new book takes the guesswork out of the process so photographers can achieve an amazing scope for quality photography using interchangeable lenses. The book also covers the foundations of lens design, the optical and mechanical (and sometimes electronic) properties of photographic lenses, and presents some of the finest, most elaborate lenses on the market today.

NK Guy goes well beyond simply describing the various lenses available: included are discussions of various shooting situations, expert opinions, and an amazing array of example images. The book is beautifully illustrated with over 600 images. Only by understanding the tools available can the craftsman truly master his craft. This unique book is certain to provide an essential, solid foundation for most every photographer.

NK Guy is a Canadian writer and photographer living in Britain, and specializes in travel photography and event portraiture. He is the author of the Photographer's Dictionary, Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography, and creator of, the popular online resource for photographic education.

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