Top critical review
brief and superficial
on 9 August 2013
A quick and easy read, but so much so that it felt like it could have been written in a rush on a wet Sunday afternoon, with little structure or cohesiveness. Having already bought a decent digital camera (not a DSLR) and wanting help to move beyond simple 'point and click' snapshots, I found large parts of this very small book irrelevant. The introduction covers why you may want to take photos, then it explains the different types of cameras very briefly, but only gave examples of a few DSLR cameras that may be suitable for novices. Sections on shutter speed and use of a tripod were fine, though I felt none the wiser on 'panning' which felt poorly explained. It lacked coverage of aperture, ISO and other aspects I really did want to know about, but went on for a fair proportion of this brief book on photo editing software pros and cons.
I think it took me 15 minutes to read the book and I found perhaps three or four minutes of that useful to my needs. Not a great buy for me.