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Adequate for complete beginners, otherwise not much more useful than the manual,
This review is from: Nikon D60 (Focal Digital Camera Guides) (Paperback)
I ordered this book the day I got my new D60 - my first DSLR and even though I already had a basic understanding of photography I thought it would be pretty useful to have. However by the time the book arrived 2 days later I'd read most of the manual and the book itself didn't add much to my understanding of how the camera worked.
The book is quite patronising a lot of the time and often points out the glaringly obvious, which may be useful for some people but if you have even a basic understanding of things it gets boring pretty fast (for example, he goes on about things like how the camera even records the date the photo was taken which you can then use to find the photo later on your computer; anyone who has owned a basic compact digital camera should know that, which probably accounts for 99% of people buying the D60).
I found the print quality of the book to be quite poor - when there are several photos next to each other used to illustrate a point, especially in the smaller photos, for example some identical photos taken using different flash or white balance settings, the print quality is so bad that you can barely tell the difference thus making it pretty useless.
The second half of the book talks about generic photography skills (lenses, composition, ISO settings etc) which might be useful if you're looking for an all-in-one book but these things are much better explained and in more detail in other books - for example the excellent "book of digital photography" by Chris George, which I ordered at the same time and is proving much more useful.
In summary this book will probably be a good introduction if you're an absolute beginner and find the manual too difficult to follow (which it can be at times) but otherwise I'd skip it and just buy a more general in-depth book on digital photograpy like Chris George's.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2012 08:54:08 BDT
Mr. Richard Bond says:
Well we are all entitled to an opinion and I am glad I read Kate's last of all. Simplicity is not always "patronizing" which is a much overused word these days (as is "respect"). So, think of those other poor mites who will revel in the simplicity of this book.
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