Definitely not a first book of photography, but one designed for the camera enthusiast who wants to know the whys and hows behind his lens. The introductory chapter especially is somewhat technical for the unscientific (and that goes for all ages). There are chapters covering basic rules of photographic quality, proper lighting, selection of subjects indoors and outdoors for good composition. There are specific chapters on flash photography, on portraits, on color, on movies. Final chapters discuss developing, contact printing, enlarging, hand coloring, and how to use your hobby for money making. A glossary of photographic lingo is important. The author, a leader in the field, has written a dependable, competent book.