good if you want a quick overview on basically everything in photography. it IS a crash course. it's sometimes a little too detailed, however. instead of giving you a quick overview on every topic, it gives you a detailed overview into a specific part of that topic, which isnt always too helpful. then there is a non-relating timeline at the top of each page, which is pretty unnecessary, but it's there. it does go into about every artistic aspect of photography though, and the book does have quite a few interesting facts, which is fun. overall, i'd say it's a good read if you're up to it. enjoy.