There may be thousands of photography books available and many of them have now been edited to include digital photography. Less than ten years ago I was the only person in my family that had a camera. We often bought the kids disposable cameras to use on vacations. I bought my first digital camera (an Olympus for around $700) and I seem to remember that it had around 3 MP. I took both it and my 35mm film camera on vacation that year to compare both.
After the first day I put my 35mm away and never used it again. Even with the annoying delay when I wanted to take a picture it was more convenient than my Minolta SLR with flashes and zoom lenses. A few years ago the amount of money that I had available coincided with the price of a Nikon digital SLR (D100) and I jumped at it. What a camera. I promptly listed all of my film equipment on ebay and used the proceeds to upgrade lenses for my new Nikon. I was in love with that camera…until I bought a Nikon D300 digital SLR. I kept the D100 as a backup as recommended in a book that I read by Scott Kelby.
The Digital Photography Book is not just for folks with expensive digital SLRs although the prices are so affordable these days. My daughter just bought a Nikon D3000 that was way less expensive than my first point-and-shoot digital. Kelby gives lots of tips, ideas, and perhaps secrets giving you the tools to take better pictures. He also provides suggestions for ways to upgrade and what equipment is necessary, helpful, or just cool to have.
Warning…this is NOT one of those many dry, dry, dry photography books. Scott Kelby’s writing style is light, crisp, and full of humour. Most of his tips are one page long and organized into chapters from “Pro Tips for Getting Really Sharp Pictures” (you’ll learn what “Tack Sharp” means) to “Shooting Landscapes Like a Pro” to “Avoiding Problems Like a Pro” and many more chapters. Kelby uses the last chapter to provide “recipes” for certain types of shots.
I read the book cover to cover (yes even the introduction) and often refer back to it for ideas. Here is one of my landscapes that you’ll hopefully think is like a pro…