There are many great tutorials about basics I can list but this is specific to your request regarding composition. Hope it helps.........
OK,.... I edited and included another about basics.......it's also an interesting read.http://www.shortcourses.com/use/Regards,Hank.
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If you need to learn about basics such as aperture, then you probably should do this before you spend a lot of time on composition. Once you know how to use your camera to get DECENT photos, you can begin working on how to compose your shots to get really GOOD photos..
You did not mention what camera you are using. If you are using a Canon dslr, then I recommend the ebook by Gary Friedman titled "The Complete Guide to Canon's Digital Rebels." You can find this with a Google search, or you can study some of the dozens of tutorials available on the web. There are comparable books and tutorials available for other brands of cameras..
Don't fret, the learning curve is steep but you can do it..
But if you want to learn the ART of photography, you need to be around people. People who love your work and people who hate your work. Actually, if you go in with the right attitude, you can learn far more from the people who hate what you do. you wouldn't ask if you can learn to paint from a book and photography is no different..
All art is a form of communication, and without people, what's the point?STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.
Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at my photos..http://www.photo.net/photos/GlenBarrington..
Some people learn best from books, some learn best from a teacher in a formal setting, some people learn best from an experienced person in an informal setting, and some learn best from simply doing. Most, combine all of these to some degree. I am a compulsive reader but I thoroughly enjoy meeting someone with experience and knowledge who is willing to share both with me..
The basics of aperture and really quite simple. Their effect on motion and depth-of-field is equally simple. Using them to produce a pleasing photo is another matter..
Read your camera manual repeatedly so you know your tools..
You might consider joining a camera group where you can meet others who know more than you do, and frequently less than they think they do. Learn what you can from them.Patrick T. KellyOaxaca, Mexico..
Well I cant do as much with mine as you could with a SLR - I have a Canon Powershot A270 - which I am beginning to love - it takes awesome pictures for what I really do - at least now. I want to learn on this, become efficient, then move to something more - besides this is what I can afford right now .
Thanks for the tutorials, so far I really like the first one....
As for getting around people locally that do this - I would love to, if I can find one! ..