(This is a copy of my review on Amazon.com)
I was looking for books to teach me something substantial about digital photography. By "substantial" I mean that, although I'm not planning to become a professional photographer, I would like to escalate this hobby of mine, and enrich both my technique and my understanding of how things work (which is, eventually, what helps you become more creative). Unfortunately, I bought this book set without reading the 1-star reviews of the first book.
I will not talk about the unacceptable humour, especially in volume 1. I admit it's a matter of taste, but personally after going through the first pages I just wanted to burn the book. It constantly feels like the author is mocking you (see also 1-star reviews of volume 1). Giving the benefit of the doubt, I continued reading. Let me say already that I only started reading through volume 2, when I realised that it says the same things as in the 1st volume, and quit).
The book completely lacks focus. It tries to be casual and provide you with tips without telling you the "why" of each tip. I would understand and accept that, except then it starts talking about studio photography and contracting for weddings. I can't find any sense in that. The tips it provides are, for the biggest part, extremely shallow. "Photograph children and old people"???? I found use only in the tips for gadgets, filters to use, etc. Even the pictures the book has inside are nothing impressive, at least for my taste.
I find that the major flaw of the book is that it really doesn't teach you anything that will allow you to express yourself in the end, it just turns you into a parrot which learns by example, then just does what it was taught without any creativity involved. I strongly suggest that you avoid this book/book set. I would, on the other hand, strongly recommend Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure", which is actually recommended even by Scott Kelby himself in this book.