photography books

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  1. ruther88

    ruther88 TPF Noob!

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    hi there guys. i'm want to self-study photography at the moment to fit my busy schedule? are there any books you could recommend for a beginner like me? if there are free ebooks, that would be great too. thanks in advance.


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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    'Photography' is a very large field of study.

    Start with any book with a title like 'The Complete guide . . .' to obtain an overview.

    Then go after specific books covering individual areas of interest.

    Don't rule out your local library.
     
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    I highly recommend "The New Manual of Photography" by John Hedgecoe. It covers all aspects of photography is short 2 or 3 page sections. Very well laid out and easy to understand with lots of good examples.

    You could probably find older versions on Amazon.com or Alibris.com for less but they wouldn't cover digital although everything else still pertains to photography in general no matter if it's digital or film.

    Very good book, I have the old version and the newer version in my library as general reference.

    "Understanding Exposure" by Brian Peterson is also a very good one to get.
     
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    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-Photographs-Digital-Updated/dp/0817463003/sr=8-1/qid=1165949472/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-6424093-6038409?ie=UTF8&s=books[/ame]

    This is the best beginner book and I give it some of the highest praise possible as it explains the three basics - Apeture, Shutter Speed, and ISO - and uses that as a foundation. It doesnt go into how to choose a digital camera and all that stuff - it just focuses on those three concepts. From there - youre able to go into more advanced stuff. For 16 bucks - it cant be beat.
     
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    i too would recommend understanding exposure and make sure that it's a recent copy. i had the old one and i just checked out a newer version from the library and it's even better! i love the way he explains things without a lot of technical stuff that's hard for me to understand.
     
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    If you're looking for something very easy to understand for a beginner (like myself) I would recommend The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. You can find it on amazon or at http://shop.scottkelbybooks.com/index.php

    Hope that helps!
     

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