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Digital SLR Cameras & Photography for Dummies by David D. Busch
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Recommended for: dSLR dummies
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If you are a "serious amateur" photographer that is "upgrading" from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR then this book would be a great starter. An even better approach would be to keep it on your shelf next to Shooting Digital and have them act as companion pieces for each other.

Having read Shooting Digital last year, I would say that I find these books about equally useful and about equally executed but with different goals in mind. Whereas Shooting Digital is more technique driven, Digital SLR Cameras ... for Dummies is definitely more about gear (and to some extent software).

Digital SLR Cameras ... for Dummies is a brand-agnostic text that approaches the subject of digital photography by way of digital SLR cameras, their differences from (and similarities to) point-and-shoot digitals, as well as some overviews on composition, re-touching, compositing, file formats, archiving, printing... etc. Fortunately, the first two-thirds of the text is dedicated to the cameras and equipment, so it's specific enough that it's beneficial. All of the ancillary chapters (that "breadth") is jammed into the last third; but we didn't get this book to learn about compositing in the Windows-version of Photoshop either....
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