LIFE Guide to Digital Photography – New Book from Joe McNally

Joe McNally’s new book LIFE Guide to Digital Photography officially launched today.  If you’ve been reading Photography Bay for a while, then you know that I’m a big fan of Joe McNally, and think that any book he’s written is worth picking up.  Aside from being a great photographer, Joe is an engaging author who speaks with a genuineness that’s a rare find in all the step-by-step how-to guides invading bookshelves today.

Joe says: “The LIFE Guide is just that–a guide. It can take a newbie right from opening the box containing the new digital picture machine right through composition, light, lenses, and color.”

One of my favorite photo books to flip through is The Great LIFE Photographers, which was a gift from my father-in-law (thanks, David).  The Great LIFE Photographers shares hundreds of photos from dozens of LIFE photographers; however, the downside to that is the brevity of each photographer’s story.  For instance, Joe McNally only gets a single paragraph on page 350 that summarizes his career and is followed by a few pages of photos, which obviously doesn’t do him justice.

I’m looking forward to a more in-depth look at Joe’s time with LIFE, as well has his wit, tips and self-deprecating humor that is surely mixed into this book.

LIFE Guide to Digital Photography is currently available for around $21 from