Low Cost High Impact Photography will be a god send for anyone who is starting out in photography and worried about how they can afford gear and learn. Steve has taken an approach to the basics (and further) which I wish had been available back when I started out. He could have saved me lots of money back in the day. This is a Simple, Clear, and Affordable way to wrap your head around how you can get started, including several examples, without spending those big bucks that everyone infers you have to.
If you're concerned about learning light, aperture, negative space, composition, and all you have is a point and shoot, don't be. He walks you through it in a way that very few have been able to. You'll learn enough to get your groove on and more without a brain cramp, as well as how to keep money in your wallet, which will keep your spouse happy! Starting in photography doesn't have to be expensive.
Well written, easy to understand, and not done in such a rigid, structured way, so you can jump around a bit if you have ADHD, and not feel guilty. Start learning the easy and affordable way. You'll be glad you did.