I think that the more you know about how your kit works the better able you are to use it to its full potential. For this very reason I like to really immerse myself in the technology side of my photographic kit. This month Iâ??ve been reading Understanding Digital Cameras by Jon Tarrant.
The book is aimed at all levels of photographer and as such covers everything from basic camera settings right through to an in-depth analysis of analogue technology versus digital. Itâ??s been put together to show you how to get â??the best image from capture to outputâ?.
If youâ??re a veteran there are certainly a few chapters youâ??ll be itching to skip, however if youâ??re new to digital photography youâ??ll find that even the really advanced content is written in a clear, straightforward way that makes it very easy to understand. As well as all the technology stuff, the book offers invaluable tips to help you with photographing all the usual subject matters (and a few unusual ones too) and gives you clear tuition in a wide range of photographic techniques.
The bookâ??s content is backed up with clear, easy to understand diagrams and what must be hundreds of photographs. Most usefully the author has included photographs that show what happens when you get things wrong, when you get things right and when you really nail the shot.
The only negative thing I can say about the book is that sometimes it goes into a little too much detail and can feel a bit too much like a text book. That being said, it is generally very well written and the information in the book is worth far more than the Â£18.99 price tag.
If youâ??re a complete beginner you will find this book invaluable. If youâ??re a seasoned professional Iâ??m certain that youâ??ll find the technology side of the book fascinating. Either way, if this is the only photography book on your Christmas list this year, I donâ??t think youâ??ll be disappointed.