Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Basic Book of Digital Photography
Author: Tom Grimm and Michele Grimm
Publisher: Plume Books
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Nonfiction (Photography)
Overall Rating: 5.0
Tom's Website: www.tomgrimm.com
Donít let the size of the book scare you off. Coming in at an impressive 500 pages, I was a bit daunted when I first picked it up. However, I had nothing to worry about as Tom & Michele Grimm set my mind at ease from the first chapter.
This book is a diamond for anyone who wants to learn more about digital photography and how to take better digital photos. It starts with information on lenses, zoom, and camera types and moves into batteries, memory cards and other essentials of the camera. In fact, the opening chapters were so good I recommend this book as a take along guide when purchasing a digital camera. If I had owned this book before I purchased my last camera, I would have chosen a bit differently. Now I understand the numbers and mega pixels and other technical tidbits that I didnít grasp before with the information I learned.
The information on exposure, focusing and special techniques were easy to understand and immediately improved the quality of my photos. Itís written in a conversational manner so itís easy to read. Many sections have step-by-step instructions so itís easy to recreate what they are teaching.
The only drawback to the book is the size. While I agreed that all the sections were important and needed to be included, I was overwhelmed in the beginning by the size of the book. Once I got into it, I was able to really study the sections that I needed while skimming those that didnít apply to my situation. The glossary and comprehensive index were invaluable tools as I started to try applying what I learned. It made it easier to reference the sections quickly and the glossary came in handy when I had trouble learning certain words.
I know that any hobbyist would learn a lot from this book and I encourage anyone who wants to improve their photos to read it.
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