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09-25-2014, 05:02 AM   #1
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Being a novice, especially regarding understanding lenses and how to operate for best result does any one know of a very easy to understand web-site, book or other medium for learning. Any help will be appreciated.
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09-25-2014, 05:13 AM - 1 Like   #2
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G'day Treeman. Many people will recommend this book - Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera: Bryan Peterson: 0884798534707: Books

I found the books by Micheal Freman such as The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos - Michael Freeman - Google Books to be very useful.

and of course there are countless, endless video tutorials on youtube and the like. Sorting the wheat from the chaff is the hard part here.

And of course there are fora such as this. You will find that if you ask a polite question on this forum people will be queueing up to help you.

Good Luck
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I hope that Mike Browne's videos can help you. Here is he's youtube channel:

And about lenses:
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IMO U-tube videos are a next best thing to having a well informed mate show you whats what - and having somebody/something do that is pretty essential IMO modern cameras are just too complicated with all their features, modes etc. Google your camera model and see what comes up.

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Not so much for lenses, but the Magic Lantern books are good for learning the camera. They stopped at the K7, I think, but its controls are essentially the same as the K5 series, and the book is still useful.
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There are also free camera simulators available that help visualize the interaction between ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

The SimCam: Film and Digital Camera Simulator -

Aperture, shutter and ISO value

The original DSLR camera simulator | CameraSim

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+1 on Mike Browns videos Here's the link to the complete series on lenses... Click playlists for his other videos... Another great set is Bryan Petersons
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