The Canon PowerShot G12 jumps into that middle area between compacts and DSLRs. Shoot everything in fully automatic mode if you want, and when you're ready to move up to more complexity, advanced features are all there. I've put together a short Q&A to help you get a better understanding of just what you can expect from this book.
Many successful wildlife photographers have said similar things in the past, and it is only really the location that varies. Wildlife photography reminds me of an old paradox from my religious instruction classes in school:
"Praying while you are working is OK, but working while you are praying is forbidden."
This paradox perfectly embodies the dilemma faced by every wildlife photographer: You can't observe wildlife carefully and photograph the animals you observe successfully, but you can combine successful wildlife photography with the scientific observation of animals. Focused, precise observation is, in fact, an absolute must if you want to photograph wild animals.
Whenever I get a new camera the first thing I do is grab the battery and the memory card and start shooting. What I should be doing is taking the extra time and reading the manual, but that's not much fun. Instead, I thought, why not make a chapter for people like me who can't wait to start taking images but don’t want to feel guilty about not setting up their camera first? Here are ten things you can do right now that are going to make your experience with your shiny new Nikon D7000 a ton better, from turning on the audible chirp for focusing to getting a feel for ISO settings, white balance settings, image review, focus settings, and several other custom functions that will help you right now. That doesn't mean I want you to skip over the other nine chapters, because they're filled with some really good tips, but this is a great starting point.
You already know digital photography basics. Now you'd like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you'll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with digital photography.
You don't want good pictures from your new Canon EOS 7D -- you demand outstanding photos. After all, the 7D is the most advanced mid-level camera that Canon has ever introduced. It boasts an astounding 18 megapixels of resolution, blazing fast automatic focus, and cool features like the real-time preview system called Live View, full high-definition movie shooting, and an amazing new wireless flash capability. But your gateway to pixel proficiency is dragged down by the slim little book included in the box as a manual. You know everything you need to know is in there, somewhere, but you don't know where to start. In addition, the camera manual doesn't offer much information on photography or digital photography. Nor are you interested in spending hours or days studying a comprehensive book on digital SLR photography that doesn't necessarily apply directly to your 7D.