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Was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a good intro book to photography basics and how to actually put the "theory" to practical use. I'm hoping to maybe be able to leave the beginners forum someday ..

ductory Book to Photography
Was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a good intro book to photography basics and how to actually put the "theory" to practical use. I'm hoping to maybe be able to leave the beginners forum someday ..

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Viennariver wrote:.

Was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a good introbook to photography basics and how to actually put the "theory" topractical use. I'm hoping to maybe be able to leave the beginnersforum someday .

Look for something by John Langford, e.g.: "Starting Photography" or "Basic Photography". These are in several editions (up to the 'Eighth Edition' in some titles)...

Comment #1

Read everything your local library has to offer in photography, from books to videos, to magazines. After you have exhausted that avenue then look at purchasing a book, probably it will be more advanced by that point, rather than a "basic" book...

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Photography by Barbara London, Jim Stone, & John Upton is excellent IMO.Henry PosnerB&H Photo-Video..

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"Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson has got to be one of the best books available - I'm sure others are likely to support this recommendation. Here's a link.....

Http://www.amazon.com/..._1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201624776&sr=8-1.

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey..

Comment #4

Langford's Basic Photography is a good book that covers all the main topics that you need to get a good grounding in photography and it has projects at the end of every chapter..

Here's the link to it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/...?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201626382&sr=1-1..

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I am loooking as well and someone mentioed the following and I wonder if any one knows about it.

Photopedia: The Ultimate Digital Photography Resource (Paperback)by Michael Miller..

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Lance_60031 wrote:.

I am loooking as well and someone mentioed the following and I wonderif any one knows about it.

Photopedia: The Ultimate Digital Photography Resource (Paperback)by Michael Miller.

I have perused "Photo.pedia" at a bookstore and, IMO, it appears to be a very good and thorough book which should take you from a beginner through to "intermediate"...

Comment #7

By Kodak 'How to Take Good Pictures'..

I'm not kidding. The cameras shown in the book are from the 70's and 80's and they do discuss film but the rest of the information is timeless. It is a 6-million copy best seller...

Comment #8

The Photographers Eye by Michael Freeman will give you a good understanding of composition : http://digital-photography-school.com/...phers-eye-by-michael-freeman-review/..

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I just purchased a newly published book "Mastering Digital SLR Photography" 2nd Ed. by David D Busch. It would be a good compliment to Understanding Exposure by Peterson. Scott Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book" Vol 1 and 2 are also popular..

I like the tutorials in the following web sites:luminous landscape and short courses.

Http://www.luminous-landscape.com/http://www.shortcourses.com/..

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Perfect Digital Photographywritten by Jay Kinghorn & Jay Dickman..

It goes from basics to fairly intermediate. It doesn't have a condescending nor a preachy 'voice' and I've found it a very pleasant read. Because Jay Dickman is a Pulitzer-Prize winning photog for National Geographic, the book also talks about photojournalism, ethics in photography, and other more specific topics that you normally wouldn't find in an excellent 'beginner's' book. Because Jay Kinghorn is an Adobe Certified Expert, the book delves wonderfully into Photoshop and it's powerful features to a beginner. Even things like color management, printing profiles, and color profiles are discussed..

But we are all 'always learning' and all striving to make our next captures better than our last. So, I'd offer my advice that this is a great 'beginner's book' for any photographer, no matter how far along their journey they are..

I've not ever seen a more comprehensive book. And I am grateful for finding it!.

Cheers..

~ davidmy flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/prodesma/my website: http://kaptures.net/..

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I have all three of these books:Peterson is goodBusch is OK but rather repetitive & verbose.

Kelby ...- from a writing style it is the single worst book I have ever read. (I actually found parts of it offensive).Paul.

MaryGierth wrote:.

I just purchased a newly published book "Mastering Digital SLRPhotography" 2nd Ed. by David D Busch. It would be a good complimentto Understanding Exposure by Peterson. Scott Kelby's "The DigitalPhotography Book" Vol 1 and 2 are also popular..

I like the tutorials in the following web sites:luminous landscape and short courses.

Http://www.luminous-landscape.com/http://www.shortcourses.com/..

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Thank you for the info this book came out a few yrs ago and I wonder if it is somewhat dated? Wish a revised updated version was out...

Comment #13

I haven't a clue if there is a revised edition, but I can tell you my feeling is that hardly anything seems 'dated' in this book. Except the fact it refers to everything in CS2 instead of the latest CS3 for Adobe products. It goes over everything from p&s to dSLRs, so things like Live View are kinda covered already I think (it was printed in 2005, right?)..

I think this WAS a revised edition from an original book "perfect photography" and they added 'Digital' to it and re-did it completely. So, maybe another edition will be out shortly. As nice as it might be, I'm still very comfy recommending this to any interested in learning more..

I mean, the sections on Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, etc. But learning sharpening, curves, how to edit a portrait, how to tag w/ metadata... how to compose an HDR... It's all in this book. And explaining how to pick a camera, the difference between a CCD and CMOS sensor, what the differences are in file formats, and what each slider does in a feature like Noise Ninja or Unsharp Mask..

I can only say it's a fantastic book and should be the required textbook of many photo classes. Each can choose on their own accordingly. Bryan Petersen's book is solid too. For learning studio lighting: Light Science & Magic is great.~ davidmy flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/prodesma/my website: http://kaptures.net/..

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Yachty wrote:.

I have all three of these books:Peterson is goodBusch is OK but rather repetitive & verboseKelby ...- from a writing style it is the single worst book I haveever read. (I actually found parts of it offensive).Paul.

Paul.

I haven't completed reading the Busch book but I'll get back to you after I complete it..

Viennariver.

The Busch book is on dslr so if you go with a P&S I'd pass on this book. Most Borders or Barnes & Nobles will have the above books. Take a look before you buy. Some other good authors that come to mind imo are Tom Ang and Lee Frost. These would be good to look thru at the bookstore or library..

Mary.

MaryGierth wrote:.

I just purchased a newly published book "Mastering Digital SLRPhotography" 2nd Ed. by David D Busch. It would be a good complimentto Understanding Exposure by Peterson. Scott Kelby's "The DigitalPhotography Book" Vol 1 and 2 are also popular..

I like the tutorials in the following web sites:luminous landscape and short courses.

Http://www.luminous-landscape.com/http://www.shortcourses.com/..

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Although I wasn't the original poster I wanted to Thank everyone here for your responses as you've given me some good leads on books to learn more about photography..

Take care and Best Wishes...

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Yachty wrote:.

I have all three of these books:Peterson is goodBusch is OK but rather repetitive & verboseKelby ...- from a writing style it is the single worst book I haveever read. (I actually found parts of it offensive).Paul.

I really enjoyed Kelby's first volume. I am definitely a novice and have found some of his tips to be very helpful...

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I'm just back from the bookstore, where I bought a Tom Ang book about digital video..

Ang has a lot of digital still photography books, too, ranging from some pretty technical ones to some pretty image-based (instead of technology based) books..

In video, this store had two books, one for $20cdn and one for $40cdn, withthe smaller one containing almost all the content of the bigger one. I assume there's overlap in the still phto books, too..

BAK..

Comment #18

Maybe I'm talking about a different book by Kelby. I refer to "The Digital Photograhy Book" , it's a single volume...

Comment #19

I would agree. This is one of the best books on Photography that I have read discussing the most important concept of photography. Written in a way that is enjoyable (doesn't read like a dry textbook)..

Best and good luck,AaronMy gallery: http://members.cox.net/aeast236/..

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Yachty wrote:.

Maybe I'm talking about a different book by Kelby. I refer to "TheDigital Photograhy Book" , it's a single volume..

The second volume was just released a couple of weeks ago (if memory serves)...

Comment #21

Thanks for the help everyone, I'll certainly have to look into a few of these..

I decided to go with a Nikon D40 with kit lens and 55-200mm VR since there is currently a promotion on Amazon. I think I'm also going to get an inexpensive point in shoot for fun in the coming months as well...

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