Reviewed by Amanda S.

The Basic Book of Digital Photography is a very detailed book, giving information to the consumer on how to maximize a digital camera to its fullest potential. It starts out with just a basic “why have a digital camera” section, but then leads into more specific areas such as choosing a digital camera, accessories, setting up your photo, exposure, organizing programs, and shooting video clips. Each chapter is so full of information that the reader has to be cautious not to get overwhelmed and take the book a little at a time.

One of the things the authors (Tom and Michele Grimm) do very well is explain all the features that are probably on your digital camera that you most likely were not aware of. Most people, they say, are only using a small percentage of the features available to them on their camera, thus missing out on many good photo opportunities. With the help of this book, a person could easily go from a very amateur photographer who knows next to nothing about taking pictures to a hobbyist who can move on to higher-functioning cameras with ease.

The book is written in very easy-to-understand terminology, but with a mix of the technical as well so that the reader is learning the proper terms.  And in case you need a reminder of what a specific term means, there is a helpful glossary in the back. And for the visual learner, there are snapshots of the camera settings throughout the book to provide a point of reference for the reader to compare with their own camera.

The Grimms manual would be useful for those wanting to learn more about their existing digital camera, and also helpful for those trying to figure out which digital camera to purchase (based on features).  The Basic Book of Digital Photography would also be a great book to keep around as reference in case one wants to learn a new feature or refresh on something they’ve forgotten.

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

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