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December 9, 2011 / Leslie

Review & Giveaway: Digital Photography

Digital Photography: A Basic Manual
by Henry Horenstein

Genre: Photography
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: November 2, 2011
Format: Trade Paperback | 240 pages
Rating: 5 of 5

In the not too distant past, high quality camera equipment was expensive to buy and complex to operate. Today, digital cameras make it easy and affordable for everyone to take great pictures. With a little knowledge even the beginner can make shots that look like those of the pros.

This book is a beginning guide to learning and understanding the basics of digital photography. It is not an instruction manual for any one brand or type of camera. It is a guide which takes you through the process of taking the photo, editing the image, printing the picture and storing the digital copy. It is geared more toward a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera, but the author also includes point and shoot cameras in his discussion. Some of the point and shoot cameras are limited in the features they offer but many of the new ones are very sophisticated and techniques discussed in the book can be applied to them too.

There is a lot to learn but this book makes it easy with a multitude of examples and detailed explanations. There are many sidebars with helpful tips, definitions of terms and illustrations. Example photos are included to demonstrate many of the techniques being described. The book covers the same topics and points that would be taught in an introductory photography class. Chapters cover types of lenses, shutter speed, exposure, lighting, editing and printing.

This manual is very comprehensive; learn as much as you need to get started, play around with the camera, and then come back and learn something more complex. I have been taking digital photos since 2003 and have had my DSLR for a few years now but even I learned something new from this book. My Canon will shoot in RAW format but I always shoot in JPG, for convenience. Shooting in RAW will give me much more control in editing so I’m going to be working on those techniques.

Whether you are new to digital photography or just want to increase your skills with the camera, this is the book for you. One of the best things you can learn is how to change your camera settings and not rely on “auto”. The difference will be amazing.

My thanks to the publisher, Little, Brown & Company, for sending me a copy of this book for review. They are also generously allowing me to give away two copies to my readers (US and Canada only).

About The Author

Henry Horenstein is a widely published and exhibited professional photographer and the author of more than two dozen books, including the classic texts Black & White Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, and Color Photography, and monographs such as Creatures, Canine, and Racing Days. His work has appeared in Life, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and Town & Country. Horenstein has taught photography at the Rhode Island School of Design for more than twenty years and is currently a professor there. He lives in Massachusetts.

Giveaway Information

  • Contest is open to residents of US or Canada, no PO Boxes.
  • To enter fill out the Entry Form. One entry per person. You may only win one copy per household and if you won this book on another blog you are not eligible to win again.
  • You are not required to be a follower to enter although new subscribers are always appreciated.
  • The deadline for entry is Sunday, December 18th. I will draw 2 winners using Winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address.

The book will be shipped by the publisher.
© Copyright 2009 – 2011 Under My Apple Tree

[Contest now closed]
Winners: Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea and Marjorie.



Leave a Comment
  1. sagustocox / Dec 9 2011 1:43 pm

    This sounds like a great book to give as a gift to someone interested in learning about digital photography. I worked in a specialty camera store for several years, and I know a lot of customers that could have used this one.


  2. BermudaOnion / Dec 9 2011 3:27 pm

    We have a DSLR and don’t know much about it. I’m hoping this book will help me. I need to make the time to read it.


  3. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Dec 9 2011 9:08 pm

    This seems like the perfect book for me –i need help:)


  4. Suko / Dec 9 2011 9:49 pm

    If you found this book helpful (with all your photography expertise), then I am sure this book would teach me a lot! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway. I’ll add it to my blog’s sidebar.


  5. Marjorie / Dec 18 2011 6:52 am

    Boy oh boy, I could sure use this book.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.


  6. Anne / Dec 19 2011 1:41 pm

    Thanks for this excellent and helpful resource.



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