First post on this forum! I am just one of those people who likes to take photos. I don't want to do it as a job and find it a great way to relax. I currently own a Fuji Finepix S5000. I bought the camera as it gave me full manual control on all functions and have a nice zoom lens. However, the lens is not perfect. Vignetting and barrel distortion are common problems. Aperture, ISO settings and shutter speed settings are all a bit limited, but it still works good for now. I still need to sort out the operator! I decided that I will not spend on better gear unless I get the basics of photography right. OK, I have my nice shots, but most of the time I do not understand why they are nice and thus cannot do it over! I still need to understand more about composition, lighting and have still little feel for SLR lenses and what they can do. On the technical side of the camera, I can manipulate most things to get some of the effect I wants and at least knows what aperture and shutter speed can do. I am a VERY logical person. In my day job as engineer it is a great blessing and I am very creative in my field of expertise. However, I think the most important thing is that I do not have the photographers eye for detail that one need to frequently take good shots. Or perhaps I should concentrate a bit more on a genre where my logical thinking can come more to it's right. (I still know nothing about genre's as well!) Now my Question: Is there any good book available that can help me to get to learn the things of photography more single step and then put it together? For example: First of all learn how to use aperture and shutter, but you still do not worry about composition, light, texture ect. Then it takes you through the essential elements a step at a time and in the end learn to combine it all. I do have a book from John Hedgecoe : "The book of Photography" and it is a great book, but it is written on a level that I find difficult to follow.