Hey TPH, it's my first post here. I've been lurking this awesome forum for the past couple of days, and decided that my knowledge of photography needs to expand. I've been a casual taker of photos (can't call myself a photographer yet), and have decided to actually learn more about photography rather than just snap photos on the auto setting of my point and shoot. I see people constantly talking about aperture, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, etc, yet I have absolutely no clue what any of that means. I'm just wondering what books any of you would recommend to me so that I could learn more about cameras and techniques. I realize that practice makes better, but I'd still like some basic knowledge. So far I've looked into two books to start me off, but I'm not sure if they have any of that textbook camera info: Creative Composition - By Harold Davis Within The Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision - David duChemin I know that I'll be getting Within The Frame for sure, because it speaks about the 'why' of photography and not just the 'how'. Therefore I'm getting it not as an instructional book, but as a casual reading book. I'm not so sure about Creative Composition. If anyone has this book, could they tell me why it's useful or not? Thank you. I've also looked into Scott Kelby's: The Digital Photography Book Volume 1, but I'm not sure whether or not I'll get it yet because it seems to be mostly geared towards DSLR cameras and giving directions for taking good photos, without too much basic information. So I guess I'm asking what books would TPH members recommend I read so that I can fill up my lack of knowledge regarding aperture, shutter speed, white balance, etc.