Review of Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set. These books are badly organised, poorly researched, and sometimes confusing.
I own this box set and after hearing Kelby speak at The Photography Show I read this review. It is perhaps understandable why Gisle Hannemyr in the review is unimpressed. Kelby uses a particular style, a particular humour and a particular approach that does not always comply with the rules. I think he sets out to be deliberately provocative by apparently flaunting some of the rules. His jokey style and flippant approach can be a bit irritating and he warns of this at the beginning of each section. When I was first starting to take photography seriously I found the bite size morsels found in his books very helpful.
At the Photography Show his speaking style is very similar to his writing style and his apparent disregard of the rules is not actual but is appears more about how they are interpreted. The comments that accompany this online review suggest that Kelby is like Marmite, you either love him or hate him (his style). For me it was a little in between and like others I grew very tired of his funny guy style.