If you've read this blog very much then you've frequently seen my constant references to Scott Kelby's The Digital Photography Book Volume 1. While it may not be the most in-depth or comprehensive book in the world, I think it is one of the best because it is definitely one of the most practical. Scott's no-nonsense style just gets to the point and tells you what you need to know. It's the kind of stuff you wish you knew before you learned the hard way if you are already into photography, and it is certain to keep you from making some bonehead mistakes if you are new and listen to his advice.
Naturally, the moment I realized there was a Volume 2 I purchased it from Amazon and read it right away. I'm pleased to say that volume 2 is another outstanding book, even if it isn't as good as the first. I should also point out that it is a second volume, not a second edition, so YOU STILL NEED VOLUME 1.
Volume 2 goes more in-depth on lighting and wedding photography and has plenty of great advice. While I wouldn't necessarily say that this is a book you should keep in your camera bag like Volume 1, I can say it is worth every penny you pay for it.
If you want to take better pictures without depending on natural light, this book is a must have. I highly recommend it!
Conclusion (Updated August 8, 2009)
This is a fantastic book that ages well (i.e., other than a few gear products being updated everything still applies just as much now as it was written). I need to add a walkthrough for this book to give it the review treatment it deserves as it is really a must own book for every beginner.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Value: Excellent (worth 10 times as much for what you learn)
Recommendation: After you read Volume 1, you should buy this book. Go get Volume 1 first though.
Get All Three Digital Photography Books
This and the original The Digital Photography Book have been on my Which Books Should I Read? list since they came out, so it should come as no surprise that the new The Digital Photograph Book – Volume 3 is immediately added to that list. I recommend getting all three in this nice hard cover case as you’ll find yourself going back to read or reference these books over and over (or at least you should be if you are smart).