31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Excellent help for exploring your new digital "toy",
This review is from: How to Do Everything with Your Digital Camera (Paperback)
As a person experienced with technology but not knowledgeable about photography, I found this book to be a great resource. I bought my first digital camera, but didn't know how to get its features to "work for me" to take the pictures I wanted. So once I got the book I skipped straight to the chapters on basic photography -- including exposure, composition, and lighting -- which were invaluable. The author has a casual style (humorous on occasion, but the book is not burdened with quips), and he explains concepts in a way that's accomodating to novices, yet with enough detail to satisfy the technically oriented. After reading the chapters through once, I felt as if I had completed a basic photography class.
However, while I think the photography info itself merits 5 stars, the book as a whole fell a bit short. First, there are a few blatant errors, such as incorrectly referenced figures and wrong pictures, that were irksome (although they didn't much hinder the learning experience). Second, the large portion on image editing doesn't provide much new info for those already familiar with popular photo editing software -- it's strictly for newbies. Third, the black and white photos were poorly suited to illustrate certain concepts, especially those involving color. A color insert containing all the photos as they were originally shot would have helped.
In summary, this is definitely a worthwhile book for the overall digital photography novice. Those who are also new to computer hardware and software will likely reap the greatest return for their investment. Computer "geeks" may need to supplement this book with something more advanced on software.