With the increasing popularity of digital cameras as prices fall and ease of use improves, it's inevitable that some owners will be first-time photographers. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the basics of both photographic technique and digital image manipulation, and should get any budding digital photographer off to a good start.
Starting with a chapter on choosing a "digital camera, the book proceeds to fundamental principles such as exposure, composition, and flash lighting. Each concept is simply explained, after which several practical examples of its application are presented. While the author demonstrates some specific techniques, the emphasis is on learning the reasoning behind them rather than following a recipe - so the reader is encouraged to experiment with the knowledge gained. The introduction to photography finishes off with a chapter on pushing the capabilities of a camera to the limit.
Just over half of the book is devoted to"handling digital images - from file formats through storage to printing. There are extensive chapters on using image editing programs to modify photos - by adjusting colours, removing unwanted material, cloning objects, faking pictures and more. The author uses Paint Shop Pro for his examples, but the techniques shown can be used with most medium-level image editors.
Overall, this book is ideal for beginners, and fun to read for those who already have some photographic knowledge. One minor shortcoming is the absence of colour in the illustrations, but as a general introduction it's excellent.