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  1. rub

    rub TPF Noob!

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    Last fall I purchased my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D80. Yes, it was beyond what I needed, but I had decided to pursue something that I wanted, and I had the cash, so I figured, why not.

    Over the past few months, I have been very snap happy. I have come out with some fantastic shots, lots of ok shots, and a whole bunch of junk. Sometimes I try a shot and it works. Sometimes the good ones are pure luck.

    Recently I have been sharing some of my photos online, and I have had an overwhelming response. People are encouraging me to pursue photography as a business, rather than a hobbie.

    Of course,having a response like that is great, but I feel like I have sooo much to learn. So, as a birthday gift, I am going to purchase a few books so I can feel more comfortable with my camera and the results.

    The 4 books I am planning on buying are:
    1) Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
    2) Understanding Digital Photography: Techniques for Getting Great Pictures
    3) Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography
    4) Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography

    All of these books are by Bryan Peterson.

    Would this be a good start? Are there any other books I should consideras well?

    Thanks in advance for your input.
     
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    number 1 looks like the book that is recommended a lot here.

    I don't know about the others. I use internet a lot.
     
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    STICKMAN TPF Noob!

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    Get them used through amazon. I just paid 25 at barnes and nobles yesterday for understanding exposure. Could have go tit for like 10 used in great condition via amazon. Live and learn i suppose
     
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    Hi rub,
    I own all four and they are all good...
    Don't forget to check all the material there is online and practice a lot
     
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    rub TPF Noob!

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    I would also get something on Photoshop (or PS Element), or whatever software you will use for post-processing. You can find used PS books at half-price bookstores for less then half price :)
     
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    rub TPF Noob!

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    Good idea Mystwalker. I guess that brings about another question....

    I know there different versions of Photoshop, but what should I be looking for?
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    ANSEL ADAMS 'THE NEGATIVE'. 'THE CAMERA' and 'THE PRINT' have lots of good information but 'The Negative' has become my photographic Bible. I would recommend it to anyone striving to truly understand photography and to learn the craft to the point where technical facility no longer hinders creative vision.
     
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    rub TPF Noob!

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    Thanks walrath, I will pick that up as well.
     
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    GwagDesigns TPF Noob!

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    I would also look into buying "The Digital Photography Book" volume 1 and 2, by Scott Kelby, volume 1 is all about easy techniques, without all the technical hubub.
     
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    I heard the course offered by proud photgraphy is good and not very expensive. Check out photography videos online as well.
     

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