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Best resource for self-teach of manual settings?
I'm a photo enthusiast (so I've been told) but still using P &S settings (sometimes to my dismay)..

Can you please recommend an online course, online reading, or book that could help me learn the ins and outs of manual photography? I'll go out and practice, but I need something I can read/understand first - that goes from layman's (P&S) terms to photographers terms..

Budget is about $200 or less (would consider a course)..

Thanks in advance!Alexa..

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I gather from your other posts that you are about to buy an "ultra-zoom"..

One suggestion that I have is that you go into a book store and have a look through the photography books until you find something that covers what you think you need and is at a level that you can understand. The "Photography for Dummies" books are quite good. Don't spend too much money on your first book and be prepared to go back for more books later if the first one is not quite right or if you want a more advanced book..

If you can find a book that is specific to the type of camera that you are buying, get it - it will probably be easier to read than the manual..

Hopefully you will also get some recommendations for on-line sources.Chris R..

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Check out this site where you can change all of the settings and view what happens to the photo. Remember, you can change the lighting, aperture, shutter priority, ISO, f-stops....I keep it in my favorites..

Http://www.dryreading.com/camera/index.html.

LucyE- 510, 14-150 and 14-54 lens!U ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

Comment #2

Most libraries will have a few old but still good books..

Kodak, How to Make Good Photos.

Time/Life Pocket Guide to Photography.

Also look up your local chapter of Photo Society of America for classes and workshops, field trips and mentorships.

Moderator of the z-prophoto for professional portrait/wedding photogs and the photohistory list for academic research, mailing lists hosted at yahoogroups.com..

Comment #3

These are all great - really helpful. Any suggestions on an order in which to tackle learning manual settings (or am I naive and they all need to be learned at the same time?) I know camera has settings for priority of manual (Aperature, Shutter Speed, etc)?.

I kept hoping for a local class that was appropriate but all I can find are "intro to digital cameras" period. I picture myself in there with folks like my mother-in-law who STILL takes 35 MM film on a camera that is the slowest, lowest-end model I can imagine.  .

Alexa..

Comment #4

Try these:.

Http://dryreading.com/camera/.

Http://www.geofflawrence.com/index.htm.

Http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm.

Http://photo.net/equipment/digital/basics/.

For a start, anyway..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

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Akcorcoran wrote:.

These are all great - really helpful. Any suggestions on an order inwhich to tackle learning manual settings (or am I naive and they allneed to be learned at the same time?) I know camera has settings forpriority of manual (Aperature, Shutter Speed, etc)?.

Order?.

I'd do P mode first - learning what effect changing ISO, white balance, metering and other features have on the image. (See your manual for what features can be adjusted in P mode)..

Next A or S mode then full manual mode..

I wouldn't try learning them all at the same time. Focus on one feature at a time..

I kept hoping for a local class that was appropriate but all I canfind are "intro to digital cameras" period. I picture myself in therewith folks like my mother-in-law who STILL takes 35 MM film on acamera that is the slowest, lowest-end model I can imagine.  .

Alexa..

Comment #6

Akcorcoran wrote:.

Can you please recommend an online course, online reading, or bookthat could help me learn the ins and outs of manual photography?.

I found this site very helpful:.

Http://www.quamut.com/quamut/digital_photographyDan..

Comment #7

Ah, you guys make me feel great about venturing into this world. I'm sure as soon as I learn, I'll be wondering why it took so long (and then craving a dSLR!).

A..

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