Learning by doing...

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Di&Z, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Di&Z

    Di&Z TPF Noob!

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    ...is invaluable I know, but is there one (or two) books that have helped you in the very beginning.

    One of the posters in one of my other threads mentioned a book that helped him, "Joy of Photography".

    As a beginner, was there a book that helped you to better understand the whole process of taking a picture?
     
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    To the OP what camera are you using
     
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    The first thing I did was to read and fully understand my cameras manual. Then I went to the book store and looked at every photo book available and chose the one that seemed the best for me. I also read/subscribe to a few different digital magazines. These work very well for me. I don't read one book and call it good. I read different photo books all the time to stay up on features and techniques. I always learn something new.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The basics of photography; light, aperture, shutter speed, composition etc....have not changed...so don't be afraid to pick up some old book from the 'film days'.

    I'd suggest going to a library and having a look at what they have for photography books.
     
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    Canon XSi.

    I'm using the manual, trying to make sense of it, trying different things.

    I'm new, it'll take time to learn everything, I know.

    I was just wondering if there was one book that helped those to understand the basics.
     
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    As stated above there are tons of books and online resources for learning the basics of photography...But the one thing I always suggest is to keep a shooting log. Record the the subject, time of day, lighting conditions, camera settings, shooting distance, etc. This will allow you to keep track of what works and what doesn't.
     
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    What helped me in the beginning was, my friend and I got into photography at the same time. She did some online beginner's courses and she would email me the lessons.
    THAT'S what taught me all about shutter speed and aperture. I have those on my computer still.
    I got Understanding Exposure but I didn't really read it. I have a couple of books that I use as reference material. But I haven't read any of them from front to back. I've also watched video clips on youtube because I'm a better visual learner than I am at reading instruction.

    Plus, Nikon manuals suck. You'll find out what you need to know about your camera, but it doesn't tell you much about the basics of photography.
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I echo Understanding Exposure. I bought it, after people here recommended it, even though I was taking a class. Getting information in different formats is something I like and helps my learning.

    The book was an easy read, great pictures and good detail as to how he takes his pictures. Wasn't too expensive either.
     

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