The attractive layout, easy to read format and all the color pictures first made me think that this is a lightweight guide. I quickly changed my mind as I continued to read this book. It is very well-written, with great tips and hints and a lot more than other books I have on photography.
The example graphics and photographs are outstanding and laid out attractively throughout the book. That made it easy on my 62-year old eyes to go through the book and really learn something without tiring and laying down the book.
Through the book, there are URL's of interesting internet sites on photography, and the Appendices at the end of the book have a listing of websites on photography, recommended books and magazines and of course the Index.
Part Four - Photographic Themes has the most informative and useful information I have read anywhere on photography. Please take note that I am just your average enthusiast who snaps away at family and friends, not even remotely an expert photographer. This chapter really is most useful for amateurs like me. And its fun and easy to learn.
Of particular use are "Putting your subject at ease" and "Posing and Camera Angles". A tip I really like: asking your subject to puff up their cheeks and then blow out the air hard.... to relax their mouth. I think this tip is a definite winner. With 352 colorful pages filled with useful information and tips aimed at the budding photographer, this book is a keeper.
Chapter 18 - Children - starts off with a full-page picture that will make you smile, maybe guffaw.
The book discusses digital photography as well as film. Very thorough, very authoritative, very uptodate and very interesting and a joy to read. I love this book.