The inimitable Dummies format, which has distilled everything from the Internet to Italian cooking, is an excellent way to organize information for photographers. The chapters cover single topics like film, flash, and composition, and are easy to both access and understand. Icons (which are defined in the introduction) call out "tips," "technical stuff," and "bloopers." This layout is designed for quick reference while you're shooting, providing, of course, that you care to lug the book with you.
Writer Russell Hart, who is the technology editor for American Photo magazine and an exhibiting photographer, takes readers from the very basics of loading film and batteries into a camera, through such invaluable technical and practical information as how best to photograph kids and choose the right photofinisher (including scoop on the Advanced Photo System), right up to a glossary of "photo jargon" so that even neophyte photographers (or those readers who've only scanned the book) can at least sound like they know what they're doing. Chapter 10, in which Hart waxes somewhat poetic on the value of a photograph--documents of family history, insurance evidence, etc.--and disputes "ten lame excuses for not taking along your camera," can turn even the most reluctant camera operator into a rampant shutterbug. --Jordana Moskowitz
From Library Journal
In an approach typical of other titles in the "Dummies" series, this book provides a straightforward, fairly comprehensive review of amateur photography with a point-and-shoot camera. Award-winning photographer Hart begins by advising novice photographers that they do not need a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to take good photographs. He correctly assumes that most amateur photographers use these small cameras rather than SLR cameras, and his book's strength lies in the depth and breadth of its coverage of point-and-shoot cameras. Hart defines the types of point-and-shoots available today, then discusses their parts and operation. Excellent chapters cover lighting, composition, and technique as well as digital photography with advanced photo systems. Finally, Hart offers sound advice on purchasing cameras, along with helpful information on web sites, troubleshooting, manufacturers, retailers, and a glossary of jargon. One of the few manuals for amateurs who simply want to improve the quality of their photographs, this book will be a solid addition to most collections of popular photography in public libraries.?Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
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