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Digital Photography For Absolute Beginners. Quick Guide to Getting Started With Digital Photography by [Alexander, John A. ]
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  • File Size: 275 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
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  • Publication Date: August 27, 2012
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00938EF88
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I bought this book to help me improve on my picture taking skills. Like many people, I have been taking pictures for many years, yet I consider myself to be still stuck in the beginner stages of photography.
This book helped explain many of the digital photography basics that I did not understand. I might add that it explains things in an easy to understand and to the point way.
I feel this book provided me with plenty of useful information to get going in the right direction.
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I've been helping my wife with her new dslr camera, but I also downloaded a few books to help her understand basic fundamental concepts. As the title says, it's for beginners! If you already know what aperture means and how you can use it, it's not for you.
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This book is a great book for the person who is an ABSOLUTE beginner to dSLR or to digital cameras as a whole. Would have loved to have seen more content than what the book had but what was there was written well and would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start with digital photography.
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Yes, it's called Digital Photography for Absolute Beginners, and this book delivers on it's promise. It is basic information, but actually has some very sound suggestions that even a more experienced photographer will see value in. I'm probably a bit more experienced than an "absolute beginner", but even I wished I'd read a book like this before investing in a B&W filter for example, as I've always struggled with digital photography software, and I had no idea most software would accomplish the same effect as that expensive filter does.

All in all some good basic tips, logically laid out & easy to read. Having photographs to show the effects of different settings was lost on me (I have an older Kindle) as everything kind of looks the same in B&W. This was the only reason it got 4 stars, not five, but on a newer Kindle I'm sure they're fine.
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So many books on photography start off assuming you know all the complex ideas and physics behind what makes a DSLR work. Other books are so brand specific that if you don't have the brand of camera the book was written around forget it. When you first get your new DSLR the myiad of lights, buttons, menus, screen, letters, numbers and functions can be dizzying. Even if you get a low end entry level DSLR the array of functions are enough to make the average person run away screaming.

Digital Photography For Absolute Beginners. Quick Guide to Getting Started is a calming voice that tells you not to worry about all the buttons and flashing stuff. Digital Photography For Absolute Beginners. Quick Guide to Getting Started... teaches you first how to take some pretty basic pictures that look good if you follow the directions. Digital Photography For Absolute Beginners. Quick Guide to Getting Started... builds on concepts you learn but also encourages new photographers to take risks and try new things using their DSLR's. Digital Photography For Absolute Beginners. Quick Guide to Getting Started... says often that the only and best way to become good at taking great pictures is by taking lots of crappy pictures and learning from each mistake until you get it right more and more often.

Digital Photography For Absolute Beginners. Quick Guide to Getting Started... does not smack you with a ton of knowledge it introduces you to photography as a fun and maybe profitable past time.
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No discussion on what makes a good photograph, framing, composition. A little info on DSLR cameras, but nothing to help a beginner decide what features will help them get started. No explanation of what the panning feature is or how to actually use it - just shows a couple of pictures and says experiment.
The biggest tell-tale that this book isn't worth your time: Not one photo in the book is credited to the author. They are all used under the creative commons license.

1) Only promotes DSLR cameras. If you're telling beginners not to spend more than necessary, you don't start them off with DSLR cameras. Should have suggested semi-pro, non-changable lens cameras that allow you to learn with program, shutter priority and aperture priority settings.
2)Editing software: Listed Photoshop CS6 without ever mentioning photoshop elements. Elements is only photo editing software, whereas CS6 is much more complex software used for design, painting, and photography.
There are many free versions of photo editing software available. Most cameras come with an editing software. Beginners should start with the software that comes with their camera, and sample more complex programs as they develop shooting skills.
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I recommend this book for anyone who is new to digital photography. The information it contains applies to all digital cameras from the least expensive point-and-shoot to high-end digital SLR's. There is even information contained that can be applied backward to film cameras if desired.
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I was never a film photographer, so there was much I did not know. I got very interested in digital photography, then found I needed to backtrack and learn more about photography in general. This was a great starting book.
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