This book was sitting in my Amazon basket for a good few months, waiting for it's turn in between uni books for it's chance to arrive on my doorstep. A few months back, I finally gave in after admitting that my photography really wasn't where I wanted it to be, and it's has really helped to improve my photography.
The books starts off with a really detailed and helpful guide to cameras - a look at different types and how to drive them, what lenses you can buy, information about the different settings and modes, and then it moves onto extremely important and slightly more advanced topics like aperture, ISO and shutter speed. This was the main attraction for me, as although I haven't really shot in 'automatic' for a year or so, it's all been experimentation so I wanted to really discover how to use and manipulate all the different settings to achieve the perfect shot. It also covers a few aspects like field of depth and metering that I had found confusing in the past, but it explained them in such simple terms which was great.
Then it moves on to actually taking the picture and deals with topics like composure, as well a covering themes such as 'landscape', 'pets', 'weddings' and many more, so there are tips and tricks for every type of picture, which I think is an amazing idea. One of my favourite features is that throughout the book there are pictures that the author has taken, and besides each one all settings/lenses etc. are listed so that you know exactly how they achieved the shot.
Part three covers post-production - looking at exporting, editing and work flow - which although really useful, wasn't that important for me as I have a lot more experience in that area. However, if this is an area that you lack knowledge in, then it's definitely a great chapter.
Finally, the author touches upon how to make a living out of photography and provides detailed case studies to show examples of real, working businesses. Again, this was another very interesting read.
The first, more 'technical' section of the book was by far the most helpful for me, but it honestly depends what knowledge you start with and what your natural strengths are. I studied art throughout school so I have quite a good eye for composure etc. (if I do say so myself!), so the other sections were more useful for me, but that might be completely different for you. Overall I think this is a brilliant book for any of you photographers out there, whether you're a complete beginner or consider yourself quite a pro - there's always tricks to learn! My only wish is that the technical chapter was a big longer, but again that's personal preference!
The Busy Girl's Guide to Digital Photography is available through Amazon.co.uk for about £12.50 depending on the seller.
Have you read 'The Busy Girl's Guide to Digital Photography' or have you read anything similar? What did you think? Let me know in the comment section!