Perhaps this would help a real beginner more than it helped me. I did learn one or two things and I must admit the price of this book was more than reasonable. What I didn't enjoy was the fact that the author boosted Canon above Nikon which I felt was unfair as I consider Nikon to have a slight edge on Canon. I just felt that it was uncalled for.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author's writing style makes it very easy to follow and understand what he is trying to portray. I have since read a few other of the author's books and suggest that anyone new to photography to give these books a try. I believe that most if not all of his books are available within Amazon.