The right book??

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  1. almaass

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    Any suggestions on a good photgraphy book for a beginner? I don't want a totally dumbed down version but something not too advanced. Thanks
     
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    I got one called digital photography by Scott Kelby. It explains a lot of basics
    Bryan Peterson , understanding exposure is more in depth but mostly it is well explained
     
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    I love that book by Kelby. I heartily recommend Volume 2 as well. (You can find a boxed set of them at Barnes & Nobles). Great stuff for a newbies (like me). I'm learning a ton from them.

     
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    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Betterphoto-Guide-Digital-Photography-Amphoto/dp/0817435522/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233870819&sr=1-1"]The Betterphoto Guide to Digital Photography[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/David-Pogues-Digital-Photography-Missing/dp/0596154038/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233871415&sr=1-42"]David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-Photographs-Digital-Updated/dp/0817463003/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233871324&sr=1-10"]Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Photography-Art-Seeing-Perception-Workshop/dp/1552636143/ref=sr_1_65?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233871300&sr=1-65"]Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Photographers-Eye-Composition-Design-Digital/dp/0240809343/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233871343&sr=1-13"]The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos[/ame]
     
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    Thanks for the info guys..
     
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    I stared with the Scot Kelby book as well.
    It's a good book if you have no grouding in using an SLR/DSLR type camera and manual settings - he gives suggestions on different situations and the type of settings he would use to capture them. The book (first volume) does not really go into the whys of the settings - just the settings themselves

    From there I would recomend moving onto Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson - this is the why book which explains the settings, why to use them, how to use them and how to expose a shot not only correctly, but creativly correctly.

    Also read and carry your camera manual with you at all times - its got a good load of information in it and having it with you is good if you want to try experimenting with another mode or some features.
     
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    Samanax, I'm reading the photographers eye right now. It's going slow because a) not a lot of time to read, b) it's fun to chew on what he says for a while and take it slow.

    These concepts of artistic design that he puts forth are new to me, but he does it well. I can tell that the book is going to progress nicely from more theoretical into practical.

    In a word, I love this book so far !!

    I also bought Understanding exposure this past weekend. It's sitting on the coffee table right underneath this one. I will switch back and forth once I get to a slight boredom or sticking point on Freeman's book, but so far that hasn't happened. I thumbed through Peterson's book and it looks awesome too.
     
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    A book that I like that has it all (from the basics all the way through advance techniques to photoshop is Digital Photography: Masterclass by Tom Ang
     

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