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Lots of critical comments here. I think you have to take into account the skill level of many beginners and realize if you use simple terms they can understand it can be very helpful. And, in this digital age, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking lots of pictures. You can learn from the various settings you use. Thank goodness were no longer are tied to film - one could easily go broke experimenting! Another thing, like it or not, tripods are not always available. Learning how to properly brace your camera and hold it steady is invaluable. This is a helpful article, a little dated, maybe, but still useful.