This would be a great Christmas present for someone who is fairly new to dslr photography. Michael Freeman writes in a very accessible way but from a professional perspective. Some of the tips are fairly basic such as the best way to hold the camera. However there are some good tips on composition and reading histograms for example. There are also worthwhile thought on post processing work and associated software considering such aspect as which RAW software to use and ways of improving images.
Michael has written too many books. Even though I wished, I cannot keep his pace in reading them (and probably my pocket won't allow it). This one is an honest and comprehensive mix of two other books I reviewed in these pages: Pro Photographer's D-SLR Handbook (Lark Photography Book) and The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos. Both got 5 stars from me. This collection of tips covers a large part of the digital world, and it also includes some of the ideas and recommendations from "The Photographer's Eye". I truly recommend it to the vast majority of photographers. You may find extremely useful tips put in a very simple, plain way. Reading is easy. Depending on your level of expertise, you may as well find that you knew 70/80 tips out of the 100 hundred reported in the book. However, why do you buy a book? To improve your expertise, to broaden your knowledge, to refine your art and your perception. Whatever is the reason, if you found just only one tip that could make the real difference, wouldn't it be worth the money and the time? Max
With the quality and complexity of digital technology today from highly sophisticated cameras to software capable of almost anything digital, the only limitation is one's imagination. However, the imagination has to be rooted in the skills required and educating the skill base often enhances the imagination and "vice versa". From the most basic level (including the almost unmentionable) to the highly sophisticated, this book covers it all and with many pictorial examples of what is in the text. Although in places it may be a little dated (it happens quickly as technology advances), it will enhance anyone's digital photography and provide many happy hours on locations or "in the darkroom".