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12-08-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
Mary Storms
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Univeral beginners' guide

I am looking for a user friendly beginners guide to photograhy using a pentax k-1 SLR camera. I understand magic lantern doesn't make one. Can anyone suggest either a book or video that is easy to read and understand and that can be universally applied no matter what digital SLR camera you use? Surely, all these types of cameras share most of the same basic technology as well as bells and whistles?

12-08-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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Magic Lantern probably doesn't make one because the K-1 was never produced -- it doesn't exist. Perhaps you are referring to the K-5 (they don't make one for that either, even though it does exist), or you are just pulling our leg?
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Surely, all these types of cameras share most of the same basic technology as well as bells and whistles?
Basic technology yes, same bells and whistles, no.

Basics are really the basics and any book will teach the big three - shutter, aperture, ISO, and hopefully the rudiments of the light meter.

The operating manual for the camera will sort of mention the specific bells and whistles.
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Go to your local Public Library search for a book that uses ‘Basics’ in the title. Another great educational tool is the internet. Search words: Photography Rules of Composition, Golden Ratio, Photography Terms and Definitions. I’ve always said no matter how well the lighting (Golden Hour), if the composition is off all you will receive is a white ribbon. Bookmark the terms and definitions and use that as a reference.

Some sites that will get you started in the right direction:
CAMERA LABS (type ‘how to’ in their search box).
CAMBRIDGE IN COLOUR
Photo Composition Articles

I believe the sites will help you in your quest for photography perfection.

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photo.net has some nice tutorials as well.
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