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Book review: Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps

£11.99 inc VAT (On offer at £8.39 at the time of writing)

Manufacturer: PC Advisor Learning

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps is a practical photography guide book by Louis Benjamin, published by Prentice-Hall. PC Advisor reader Colin Meredith gave us his review of Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps.

Retailing for £11.99 - although currently discounted to £8.39 - Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps is suitable for a range of SLR photographers, from the totally unskilled through to those who have some basic knowledge of digital photography. It is probably a bit on the simple side for those who consider themselves experts or anyone who has used an SLR for more than 12 months.

A lot of people carry and use a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera to take pictures. Both are comparatively simple, cheap and convenient to use, which is why they are so popular. For high quality photography, however there is no option but to consider an SLR - which these days means a digital SLR. Indeed, digital photography has come of age with the SLR.

This book will be a helpful guide for those beginners. There are 10 sections relating to different aspects of learning how to use your SLR and improving your digital photographs. Examples of these include "Setting your camera for shooting", "Composing better portraits", and "Basic video editing". Each section has its own easy to use index.

In addition to the 10 numbered sections there is a separate trouble-shooting area. Throughout Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps, the printed explanations are enhanced by the addition of diagrams and photographs that improve the readers' experience.

One nice thing about Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps is that where a lot of technical books are suitable only for looking up a problem, and are then left alone until you need to look for a solution to the next problem, this book is interesting to read from start to finish. The clear fonts and style of writing make for comfortable reading in bed or on the train.

Overall I like Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps. It is suitable, and will be useful for very new beginners to photography, and those with some basic photography skills and are ready to move up to SLR photography.

This paperback book is marked at £11.99p, for 200 pages, but shop around as you may find it cheaper on the net. It feels good in the hand, is printed on good quality paper, and is small enough to carry in the car as a ready reference for those days away from home.

At £11.99 it is worth the money, but shop around or wait awhile, and you may get Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps for less. Visit the PC Advisor Book Store for more computer books.

See also: Best Photoshop books

Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps Expert Verdict »

Author: Benjamin, Louis
ISBN: 0273761102
ISBN 13: 9780273761105
Published by: Prentice-Hall
Date Published: Dec 2011
User level: Beginner/Intermediate
Number of pages: 199
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A useful, easy to read and well put together book for inexperienced DSLR photographers, we like Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps.

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