Can anyone recommend a good general learning system?
Hello to all,.

I am buying my sister her first SLR for Xmas this year, an Olympus 510. She is a journalist and would like to learn about photography. She is interested in taking a photography class a local university, but I would like to find a better method for her to learn. Can anyone suggest a system for learning the basics? Does anyone recommend the 123di system that is advertised here on dpreview? Thanks in advance for your replies...

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I will recommend two books, The New Manual of Photography by John Hedgecoe..


And Moments in Time: Photos and Stories from One of America's Top Photojournalists.

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While books will prove invaluable, nothing, and I MEAN NOTHING will take the place of simply going out and shooting the camera. Shoot, Shoot, Shoot and then shoot some more..

I used to own a sports photography company with 10 photographers. When we put a new photographer on, besides having a BASIC knowledge of their camera I would tell them to eat, sleep and drink with their camera. Read the manual, use the camera, then read the manual again. Read the manual at least two times. Once before and once after you THINK you have learned all about it..


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Basically to learn the basics it's down to :.

1. What Aperture ( f number ) does2. What Shutter speed does3. What ISO levels do4. What focus does5. What zoom does6.

What White Balance and Tone curves are.

After this it gets messy with detailed lens behavior and RAW and you name it. But that's the basics..

You'll find enough on these on Wikipedia or DPreview or a million websites..

Learning means you have to get a camera and try them out to get a feel for it all. It's like driving a car. You can't really do it just by reading a book. You can explain the above in basic terms in about a page each. Properly understanding this so it can be used in the field requires practice..


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People learn in different ways! We each have a "best" way. I like to try, then read. Others like to read first. Some people CAN'T read! With a DC, there is no reason to not go out and "play" with the camera..

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I posted a similar question a few days ago. I got a posted a web adress which I looked at and maybe it's useful, I will be using this once Santa has visited.

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