Digital Photography Pocket Guide, by Derrick Story. 114 pp. O’Reilly & Associates, 2003. $14.95.
Derrick Story’s excellent Digital Photography Pocket Guide is designed to be read with camera in hand. Small enough to tuck in a pocket or a camera bag, the engaging text teaches amateur photographers how to use all the functions of their digital cameras, and gives professional tips and techniques for taking great pictures.
The guide starts with an illustrated quick reference to the components of a digital camera. Read this section with your manual handy, so you know can learn the features of your particular camera. Features are rated as suitable for beginning, intermediate and advanced photographers, a big help if you’re in the market for a camera. The second section describes how to use the camera’s buttons, dials and menus, with lessons on technique and practical examples of tasks like setting exposure to capture dark or light objects. The third section offers professional advice on shooting in 15 different situations, from taking pictures from the stands at sporting events to capturing engaging travel portraits. Especially handy are the quick reference charts which show how to adjust for common problems.
A bargain at $14.95, this guide can’t help but make you a better photographer. Most highly recommended.