A good beginner photography book??

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  1. ferret_lovr

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    I am obviously a beginner and I just bought a Nikon 40D(Whoopee!:lol:) and I am starting a class at the end of the month but I was thinking of getting a book to do a little reading on my own to begin with. What is a good book that starts way in the beginning but can go pretty far up as well? Thanks for any input! :D
     
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    Understanding Exposure
     
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    I heard from quite a few people that that was a good book but I also heard that it doesn't get very far into it..just mainly about shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for beginners and not necessarily for people who plan on photography one day. Is this true?
     
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    dont know where you would have heard that. it arms you w/ all you need to know as a beginner. and shutterspeed, aperture, iso are things you may spend a very long time mastering, so just these three subjects alone are most of what youre focusing on at first.

    this brings to mind my favorite quote:

    "...the advanced levels are just the basics done perfectly and consistently..."
     
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    You did say you are a beginner, yes? shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are 3 elements that are vital to understand in order to create a properly exposed photo. Its a great book! If you're looking for a book on how to pose someone that's different, but what good is a knowing how to pose a person or group if you can't properly take the photo.
     
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    Oh I see. Ok great! I think I just may buy that one. It's not all that expensive either. Thanks!
     
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    Some feel it is a little simple but it was written with beginners in mind. It will give you a good foundation to understand what it takes to get good exposure. There are probably other more advanced books out there, but for a beginner you can't go wrong reading it at least once.

    There are literally hundreds of good photography books out there...some are very general and some deal with specifics like composition, understanding light, studio work, photojournalism, landscapes, portraits, etc, etc, etc...

    And there are literally hundreds of good web sites that offer lots of free information about photography. All you gotta do is use a search engine like Google and search for what you want.

    A very good way to learn about photography is to join a local photography club or group and just hang out with them. Many have photo meets where they get together at some location and just shoot and socialize. You can ask them questions or just watch how they set up their shots. And looking at and examining their photos will give you insights into what makes a good photo good.

    Right now are you more interested in the technical side of photography or on the artistic side?
     
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    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hey so did you get a canon 40d or a nikon d40? I was wondering because in your one thread before this you just said 40d. Try understanding exposure. I hear it's great and it will be here the 7th for me from amazon.com
     
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    I have "Understanding Exposure" and its a very good book and easy to read. I also just ordered a book - brand new, it only came out November 25 2008, called :"The Fundamentals Of Photography: The Essential Handbook For Both Digital and Film" , by Tom Ang. Its kind of an encyclopedic source, shows how cameras work, explains color and light etc., and I think its just as much a beginners book , especially if you plan to take a course in photography, as would be useful for advanced users as well.
     
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    Oh sorry it's the Nikon 40D. Didn't know about the cannon.
     

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