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When I first picked up Digital Photography Simplified my first thoughts were “school reference book.” Its large print, bold colours and boxy layout screams out science text book, but if you’re a beginner don’t let that put you off.
The book says: “This is the simplest guide to digital photography ever” and they’re not wrong. The content is straight to the point, written in easy to understand, simple terms and there isn’t a single technical word that may cause a beginner to stumble. In some places the text can be a little too basic. For example, it tells you to watch the shutter speed, but it doesn’t really explain why you need to, just that you do.
Even though the layout is somewhat repetitive, it’s easy to navigate through. The contents page is split into easily defined sections and each section has a little bit of text underneath it- kind of like a synopsis explaining what each part is about.
Each section of the book has a large bold title, so if you’re looking for a particular part you will find it with ease. The advice given in each section is set into boxes making the book even easier to work through. The individual boxes of advice also come with an illustration to help you understand points even more, while the “Simplify it” icon leads you to more advice.
There seems to be a large amount of white space through the book maing the layout seem odd in some places. This makes the author look like he ran out of things to say. I know white space gives the reader chance to breath, but to me it looks odd here.
The book has some interesting tips a beginner may not know. It also suggests challenges you can set yourself to see if you really do understand the basics, which is a nice touch. Chapter nine onwards is also worth a mention due to its step-by-step guides showing how to do things, such as making back-up files on your computer. The steps are easy to follow and well illustrated with simple screen shots.
The easy layout means you can either dip in and out of the book or read it all at once. The text isn’t heavy and flows well so it wouldn’t take you long to finish. However, I see it more as a reference book something you can pick up if you’re unsure how to do something.