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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (21 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184490105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901050
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 1.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grev VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2010
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Everyone has to start somewhere, and although some reviewers on here have complained that this book is rather too simple, that kind of misses the point! In fact that IS the whole point - most beginners guides to Digital Photography tend to cram in so much so quickly that it can all seem a bit daunting, a mistake this book doesn't make.

But that's not to say that this book treats you like an idiot because it doesn't, it just explains everything simply and clearly, starting from the basic assumption that you know almost nothing about digital cameras OR photography. That does mean that the actual section on how to take better pictures could have been longer, so don't expect it to transform you overnight into the next David Bailey, but otherwise it leads you by the hand all the way from choosing your first digital camera to uploading your pics to your PC.

Being pretty much a basic guide to everything it then takes you into what you can to your pics with an image editor once you've uploaded them onto your PC, including really simple stuff like how to email your pictures to a friend.

So if you're an absolute beginner then this book is a better place than most to start.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sassy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2010
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This, as the title suggests, is a beginners book and it explains what to look for in a digital camera before you buy, how to take photos and what to do with them afterwards. Ideas include the equipment for transferring, importing, organising and editing photos. There are also some great tips for sharing and printing. The book finishes off with a very handy 'jargon buster' glossary, where all those tricky technical words are explained.

Instructions do refer to the Windows operating system and Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 editing programme, the latter of which I have never used, so I did find that aspect quite informative.

It is filled with colourful before, during and after photographs and is easy to understand. This would make an ideal gift for any novice keen to learn more about operating their digital camera to its full potential at a basic level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tellboy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2010
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The book certainly does start on the assumption that you know absolutely nothing and you cant fault it for that at all.
I am not too sure that having read the book you are suddenly going to take your camera off the setting where it justs points and takes very good pictures though.
I had photography as a hobby from developing and printing my own films. In those days shutter priority or aperture priority were part of the normal setting up for any shot so I do already fully understand the reasons why you might do this. This book explains it well but on the 4 digital cameras I have owned almost every shot was taken on "auto" everything.
One thing could have been explained better is probably the most common concern having taken a picture on most digital cameras is the fact that the picture is absolutely huge on your PC screen and will need re-sizing.
This is mentioned but I would like to have seen much more detail in getting the aspect ratio of the picture right especially if sending your pictures for prints. Some cameras take images of 1: 1.33 which are OK on old computer monitors. Modern PC monitors are widescreen at 1:1.6 ratio and the latest TV screens are 1.1.77. If sending for printing the 6" x 4" print is 1:1.5.
The software in the book is capable of guiding you to achieve the ratio you want when resizing and cropping but it was not mentioned.
On the whole though it is a very well produced "how to do it" book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Regan - The Regsy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2011
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I have been reading about and using digital cameras for about 10 years now and have bought, borrowed read many many books on the topic. This is a good beginners guide to using a digital camera to get decent results. Many things that still bewilder people about photography are well laid out and explained simply in this book. You can tell that it is published by Which? as there is a lack of jargon adn technobabble in the book and that is something of a trademark for Which?

If you have read a few books on beginning photography then this may still be of some use to you as it does make very easy going of some tricky subjects but its a bit too beginnerish for me (I am not marking it down for this, It states clearly who it is for) so I am passing mine on to my Mother-in-law who has just started taking pictures at a local pensioners club, she has nicked a spare camera of mine and is finding the technical side of things hard going.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hamstead VINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2010
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The first part of this book is a good, basic guide if you have never owned a digital camera before and are considering getting one. It will guide you through the basics of what to buy and how to take good shots at a simple and basic level. The second part of the book concentrates on the editing side of these photos and was useless and irrelevant to me as I don't use the editing programmes cited. I think more could have been done up front on the actual taking of the photos (as someone else said) rather than concentrating on how to edit them when there is no guarantee that the user is going to have that programme. I don't use Windows Live. I don't use photoshop Elements but have a different (and better) editing programme. From page 92 onwards it was a waste of time for me personally. If you are going to be using Windows Live and Photoshop Elements, you might find it a lot more useful.
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