This set of books was one of the many reading materials suggested to me on thephotoforum.com for someone starting out in photography, looking for a refresher or moving from film to digital.
First off the author is an accomplished photographer but is more well known for his teaching abilities and books. Needless to say these books are extremely easy to understand and can been used with any digital camera although its examples are with both Nikon and Canon models. It is important that you read these books in order as the information builds on the basics learned in the previous. Scott flows information to you effortlessly making it very easy to take in and not feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount there is to know about each aspect he covers. The books are written in a tone as if he is there helping you with the task you are working on instead of shoving facts in your head.
The books start out with a lot about the language of photography, equipment, options of the DSLR cameras and how they all come together and work. It brakes down different situations of photography and explains what you need to think about and do to achieve the desired result in each photo you take.
Once you have the basics and are well rounded it dives into more details on different aspects such as landscape, composition, equipment use ect… As mentioned above its all about giving you little bits of information and then expanding on each later once you have a good understanding of it.
You can find the book set here on Amazon. A kindle version of the set is also available: http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Kelbys-Digital-Photography-Volumes/dp/0321678737/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1326126644&sr=8-2
A fourth book is in this series will be releasing at some point. Amazon doesn’t seem to have a date as of yet. I will be getting this when it comes out because I enjoyed these books so much.