Scott Kelby is my favorite writer of books on digital photography and a major force in the industry. He has a website, ScottKelby.com, that presents lots of useful information for the intermediate and advance photographer and is a lot of fun to read. He has written numerous books on taking pictures and processing them on the computer (generally using the Adobe products Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements).
His Digital Photography set of three books is a great tool for beginning and intermediate photographers. His approach is always practical — very little on photographic theory, very heavy on which controls the photographer uses to get the desired effect. He describes his approach as trying to write in his books what he would say if he was standing next to the photographer explaining which button to push or dial to turn, or where to position the subject of a portrait, etc. Here’s some further information from the publicity material on the books:
“Scott tackles the most important side of digital photography—how to take pro-quality shots using the same tricks today’s top digital pros use (and it’s easier than you’d think). Each chapter is packed with plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he’s got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there’s an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro’s secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you’re shooting.”
I personally think that the first book is the most useful — not surprisingly, it’s filled with the ideas that he thought most important when he embarked on the project. So if you want to ease your way into Kelby’s work, or just not commit up front to the full cost for all three books, then get just the first one. They won’t go out of print for some time, I suspect, so you can add the others later.
Any large Barnes & Noble or Borders should have all three books in stock, or you can click on the picture at the top of this page to get to the Barnes & Noble web site. Enjoy!