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    I would like to buy the Understanding Exposure book that so many of you rave about, but you need to spend $25 to get the free shipping. So...I was wondering if there is another "must read" that anyone would suggest. I am interested in shooting mostly children/families using mostly natural lighting, but am going to get a Speedlite in a couple of weeks (so breaking out of my mold a bit).

    I'm sorry if this is a repetitive thread. If you know of a thread that had this same inquiry, could you just redirect me? Thanks so much!
     
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    So you'd spend another $8 to get $3 worth of free shipping? :)

    Personally, I like 'Light, Science and Magic' and 'Skin'
     
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    The wheel of time series by robert jordan is pretty good
     
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    Yep!! I just bought a pair of shoes so I could get free shipping on a hat from another retailer ;)

    And I REALLY am interested in learning all I can right now to improve my pictures so I know it will not be a waste.

    thanks for the suggestions!!
     
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    Well, I thought about it, but then I read one review which called it "Awful, Repetitive and Lame" so maybe I'll just check these out from the library:D
     
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    Robert Jordan books are great. If you get mugged, they make AWESOME weapons. Kinda like Harry Potter 4 (note, I do not support books that weigh more than the average of the target audience... fortunately, this is not the case for the Wheel of Time series, by an amazingly LARGE factor).
     
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    Have you checked out the other books by Bryan Petersen? I have 'Understanding Digital Photography' and 'Learning To See Creatively' and they're pretty good. I like 'Understanding Digital Photography' a little better than 'Learning To See Creatively'. He has a book called 'Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography' that may interest you.

    And there are the 'Digital Photography Books' by Scott Kelby. I have volume 1 and 2 and they're very informative...a little different, but informative.
    I think every new photographer should read this book. Very good reading. The lighting diagrams are especially helpful.
     
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    since you mention, children, etc.

    you might check out Annabel Williams "99 Portrait Photo Ideas". It is very basic but might be helpful.
     
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    It does make sense. Since you have to pay 3 for shipping, plus whatever shipping for the extra item that is bought, the extra item is acquired at a deeply discounted rate.

    In net terms, one does end up spending more, but you do get a big discount on the second item anyway.
     
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    Well, unless you'd not have spent that extra money normally. Sure you save $3 off of whatever, but you're still out $8.
     
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    You would save more than 3 off whatever, because that whatever costs money to ship. You're not out 8, you spent 8 dollars extra to receive an Extra item.
     
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    pfft if you want a good book get A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin - almost considered one of the "Tolkien's" of our current fantasy era - its gritty, dark and the characters are not good nor bad but more a shade of (more human) grey - oh and this guy also knows more about medival life and warefare than many modern writers.
    :)
     

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