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Beyond Auto Mode: A Guide To Taking Control Of Your Photography is an extremely useful book that talks you through how to use your DSLR, mirrorless or advanced compact effectively without leaving it in auto mode.
Author Jennifer Bebb aims to make you so competent with your camera that you stop relying on post processing techniques to make your photos look the way you want them to in camera. Cameras these days are capable of much more than they used to be, and just being able to use yours properly will enable you to take great images that you can be proud of.
A complete beginner could pick this book up and learn all the basic skills necessary to become competent with your camera. The book starts right at the beginning by explaining the exposure triangle, using simple diagrams to illustrate how the three elements of the triangle effect each other.
The book is designed so that you can read through the whole thing and gain more and more insight as you go, or you can skip to a chapter that you want to learn more about and the book will still make perfect sense.
The book does much more than simply explaining the technical points of how a camera's exposure in its various modes works. After all the chapters on shutter speed, aperture priority and ISO have been covered, we are led into the world of full manual mode, before being shown the basics of composition, and how to best capture life events, places and other things with your new found camera knowledge. Adding flash and other gear to your kit is briefly touched on at the end.
The book is brilliant at showing you how to set up your camera with simple to follow diagrams, and also showing you what the end result will look like, and explaining why on top of it all, making it extremely informative for the price.
Essentially, this book is a great guide for a new photographer looking to expand their knowledge of photography all round. The book is especially useful for those who are using a DSLR camera for the first time.