Best books to start out with?

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  1. billybob

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    I've been unable to find a reasonably priced photography course in my area and have decided that perhaps the best thing to do is buy a good book on the topic.

    I recently purchased a digital slr (Nikon d70s) and am interested in learning how to use all of its features effectively. I have never owned an SLR (digital or otherwise) before, and need something that will teach me all about apertures, focal length, white balance and everything else.

    I am also interested in learning composition theory to help me take better photos whether with my digital slr or with a point and shoot camera.

    I've looked through Amazon for books on these topics and the number of results is staggering. Are there some books that stand out above the rest?
     
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    I would suggest Understanding Esposure by Brian Peterson. Very good book that teaches a lot. It is a book that is recommended over and over again here on TPF.
     
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    I would also suggest going to the library, getting a card and then cleaning them out of photography books.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation, I will probably be picking this up. However, the description on amazon describes it as being for "For serious amateur photographers who already shoot perfectly focused, accurately exposed images". I need something that will teach me the basics as well.
     
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    This suggestion sounds brilliant. :lol:
     
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    A simple beginner book is by Scott Kelby, and I think the title is "Digital Photography". I know the author is correct if I am off on the title.
     
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    I don't have time to drive to the library. I'd rather order whatever books I need and read them during down time at work.
     
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    If you dont have time to go to library how do you expect to have time to take photos? jk jk
     
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    Any other recommendations? I'll probably be placing an order for some books later on today.
     
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    LOL yeah I'm usually a "Libraries are for dorks" person but when I look at the cost of buying books vs the cost of late returns... it's not much of a decision. ;)
     
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    The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby.

    I just got this book and it is not a theory book if thats what you are looking for. The idea of the book is that he is talking to you as if you were on a shoot with him. He doesn't tell you how shutter speed/aperture, etc work...he just says do this and that to get this shot.

    If you are looking for more explanation on photography, I am taking an online class right now and the textbook we are using is called "Langford's Starting Photography, A guide to better pictures for film and digital camera users" It pretty much covers everything, and as a beginner myself I found this to be very helpful, and then try reading the Scott Kelby book.

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Langfords-Starting-Photography-Fourth-pictures/dp/0240519671/ref=sr_11_1/103-9206466-9940607?ie=UTF8&qid=1173982155&sr=11-1[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Book-Scott-Kelby/dp/032147404X/ref=sr_11_1/103-9206466-9940607?ie=UTF8&qid=1173982200&sr=11-1[/ame]

    Hope this helps!!
     
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    Along the Scott Kelby note... he does a Photoshop podcast at PhotoshopTv.com and there's usually some good photography content on there. It's a 30 min video released once a week.
     

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