I have the Blue Crane DVD and the Peter iNova eBook. I like both for different reasons. The DVD covers the basics about the camera and digital photography. The iNova eBook is a great reference guide, covering everything in detail. The eBook is interactive and thorough (over 450 full size pages). I've printed the book, which I keep at home, but I travel with the eBook on my laptop. If I had to choose one as a beginners guide, though, it would be the video.
In Life, as in Photography, things look much brighter, once you remove the lens cap
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