Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is one that I've learned alot from. Also Thom Hogan's Ebook for the Nikon D80. You might find this link helpful.http://www.shortcourses.com/use/..
I'd stay far away from Peterson..
There's three kinds of books..
One explains all kinds of camera mechanical and electronic things, and contains lots of pictures of cameras, lenses, flash guns, etc..
One concentrates on things to photograph, with info on how to take various pictures. You'll see, for example, five different shots of the same face, with info on how they are different, why, and how to set your camera to capture each "look" Look for Tom Ang and John Hedgecoe as authors..
One concentrates on computers for after-the-picture modifications. The book will be full of pictures of computer screens. Look for Scott Kelby as an author of these..
Plus, there are several books that are just major expansions on the instruction manual for your camera, with more examples, more reasons for doing things, etc., and these are camera specific will say D80 on the cover in big letters. Often well worth the money..
It really is worth the trip to a good book store to see for yourself, and get an idea of writing style, etc..
Nice classification - just a Q though - what books would you recommend for your first category? The camera technicalities stuff - or would you recommend internet only for that?.
Since BAK mentioned categories of books I wanted to add the following comments to my recommendations:.
I would categorize shortcourses.com and Nikon Digitutor as basic or introductory level tutorials. Peterson's and Hogan's books are intermediate level...
Try these sites. You will need to bookmark them and dip into them a bit at a time. They are in no particular order:.
Http://planetneil.com/tangents/flash-photography-techniques/(This one is excellent on flash but rather advanced).
That lot should keep you going for a while!!! Some of it may be over your head first time through but keep at it it will get easier as you absorb technique and terminilogy..
I recommend Thom Hogans D80 Ebook but it is not for absolute beginners. But no harm in having it ready for when you are up to it..
Hope that helps.Chris Elliott.
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