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Digital books are ten a penny these days as every man and his dog wants to share their knowledge of digital photography and earn a few quid writing a book. There are several D-things that make one book stand out from another: design (how it looks), detail (what's covered), depth (how well it's covered), diagrams(well quality of illustrative photos actually, I was struggling for a d-word) and doing factor (does it inspire you to go off and shoot?)
So editorial director of Shutterbug and teacher at Santa Fe Workshops, George Schaub's book dropped through the door and suggests we can “Master our digital camera”. So let's see.
Design - like most Amphoto books it seriously lacking in this department. Take some tips from the Rotavision team.
Detail...can't fault the book here...all the basics are covered...in a friendly and enjoyable read.
Depth...it's aimed at beginners so there's little advanced stuff to get your teeth into. And some of the basic stuff is repeated, such as white balance, so you may feel a little short changed.
Diagrams...the book is full of fairly average illustrative over-sized photos and, while they show the feature being explained, most are d for dull.
Doing factor...George uses his teaching experience to drop in “Try This” paragraphs throughout the book which could get you motivated, but I'm so uninspired by the overall package that I'll pass on this. D for dodge.