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  1. Dragoness

    Dragoness TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking for a book to teach me everything I need to know to get started from lighting to aperture (since I barely know what that is), to posing, to framing. EVERYTHING. It should be in the "Photography for Dummies" format, heck should I get that one? Something specifically geared towards an SLR setup would be cool.

    What important is that I can read this book in small amounts at a time without covering so much technical data that I forget what I read the day before. I have 3 kids under 5 so time is of the essence, I don't get to read for hours at a time.

    Any suggestions?

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    I am thinking about ordering this right now so I can study while I wait, what do you think?

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Digital-SLR-Cameras-Photography-Dummies/dp/0764598031/ref=sr_1_9/103-4695532-3104631?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1172868730&sr=1-9[/ame]

    also considering

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Book-Scott-Kelby/dp/032147404X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-4695532-3104631?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1172869209&sr=1-1[/ame]
     
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    I dont know how much I can help, I have ordered that secons one also, and heard his book on exposure is a real good one, which i also ordered.
     
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    Is it Understanding Exposure? Someone on another site just reccomended that one
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've heard many recommendations for this book, Understanding Exposure

    Don't get too caught up in looking for 'digital' books. While there are obvious differences between film and digital cameras...the basic principles are the same. 'Digital' books tend to be full of hype and information that changes so quickly that it's obsolete by the time it's printed.

    Consider going to the library and checking out some older books on photography.

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    :lol: I guess you beat me to it :D
     
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    Yeah thats it, seems to be highly reccomended.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I received this book for X-mas. It's pretty good in that you can read little bits at a time. [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0756623553/ref=pd_cp_b_title/105-8221508-2946828"]Digital Photographer's Handbook[/ame]

    Many of theses 'digital' books will touch on Photoshop and image editing etc. This is something that you will eventually want to brush up on. I suggest learning the basics of photography and exposure first...but learning to use editing software will really help you.
     
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    i have paint shop pro xi, i used to have phpotoshop but it confused me, lol. I am leasrning psp xi
    now
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's fine...as long as you learn the basics :D
     
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    John Hedgecoe covers everything in this book: [ame]http://www.amazon.com/New-Manual-Photography-John-Hedgecoe/dp/0789496372/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-2507084-7513466?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1172872914&sr=8-1[/ame]
     
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    JD in Socal TPF Noob!

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    The Kelby book is a good one. I have that and have reread sections of it many times. Also, the Peterson "Exposure" book is a good one and worthwhile. The Kelby book gives you quick and dirty "how-to" information, while the Peterson book gives more of the "why and how".

    A third book that I have read and like is this Mastering Digital SLR Photography by David L. Busch. It has a good mix and technical data and practical application. Both the Kelby book and the Busch book are organized so that you can jump around to topics of interest, rather than read from front to back.

    Three books should be a great start. Its hard to do it with just one.

    Have fun.

    JD
     

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