The Lens: 06/04/17
The Lens by N.K. Guy is an introduction to the different options available for digital photography. Rather than focusing on a specific type of camera — or even a specific brand, this book goes through the different problems faced by a photographer and offers explanations on how different tools face the problem.
Most digital photography books I've read offer paint by number recipes for specific cameras — usually Canon. I get that Canon's the dominant brand at the moment so I was thrilled when Lens included the Micro 4/3, single reflex lens, since that's what I use. The book also includes smartphone cameras and other point and shoot cameras.
Best of all, this book is very upbeat. Rather than taking the approach of author as artist / expert and reader as poser / novice, The Lens promotes a practical but experimental approach. Rather than promising amazing pieces of artwork, the book shows what lenses and techniques do what without being judgmental about making one choice over another, or having one piece of equipment over another.