Capture by Rand, Broughton and Quintenz-Fiedler is an opulent manual that plumbs the depths of photographic theory, presenting it with clarity and extends the traditional analogue into the digital discussing the aspects that make working digital unique. This is a principle-based approach that posits that full appreciation of the theory can lead to free and creative exploitation of the your potential. Its not hands-on workshop approach. This is more of a conceptual approach that discusses the factors you should be considering when undertaking digital photography. Its all about the science of image and light.
The biggest challenge with this approach is that you have to take the time to read, consider, ponder and to approach the creative process in a linear fashion. This calls for a specific way of learning and applying that suits only a particular sector of the photographic community. This is by no means a criticism, as a linear thoughtful approach Capture is a brilliant execution. However, when trying to describe who will benefit from this book it must be noted that for the hands-on, workshop, see and do type, this may not be the appropriate manual.
The Beyond section in particular is very well presented. It identifies the some of the challenges and trends at the cutting edge of digital photography today. The book is aimed at the contemplative photographer who will take the time to appreciate the science behind the practise. The photography presented in the book is stunning in its own light. The photographs have been superbly selected by the authors (some from their own portfolios) which really enhance the pleasure of the experience.