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04-10-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Good beginner books?

What would be the best beginner guide?
DSLR for dummies?

I do not want something too technical
But I do want lenses, Aperture,ISO etc explained.

I do understand them individually buy putting them all together in different shooting scenarios would be great!

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I used the Scott Kelby "The Digital Photography Book" when I first started out....mostly because it was easy to read, basic and to the point (no heavy mumbjumbophotolingo ) and I could carry it around with me easily in my backpack or camera back as a handy reference.
I still bring it out and use it when I need a refresher.

http://www.kelbytraining.com/product/the-digital-photography-book-volume-3.html
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I saw the DSLR for dummies book in Best Buy yesterday, thought it was kind of funny. I suppose it could actually be a good book to learn with though, but I think there's something called the Magic Lantern Guide, which a lot of people recommend.
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A really good book to help you with understanding exposure is, well, "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. I'm sure a ton of members have read this book and I still read it at least once a year.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pauld Quote
A really good book to help you with understanding exposure is, well, "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. I'm sure a ton of members have read this book and I still read it at least once a year.
Agreed! This book is fantastic. Really, really helped me wrap my head around everything. I've only been at this for about 8 months and beside my camera, UE is the best investment I've made in my learning about photography.
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Agreed! This book is fantastic. Really, really helped me wrap my head around everything. I've only been at this for about 8 months and beside my camera, UE is the best investment I've made in my learning about photography.
I would agree very strongly about this book.

Also, by the same author "Understanding Shutter Speed" and "Learning to see Creatively". Once you've digested these books you will know at least what you can do with a camera, how you can do it and also why you should learn to use this knowledge.

Learn to walk before you try to run and if you want to produce quality results there is, like most other skills, no real short cuts and no 'quick read' that will explain everything.
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Great! My library all those Bryan Peterson book available.

I have also been watching lots of you tube video tutorials.

I guess technique does not change just technology...
All those books were wrote in the 1950's
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You might want to check Pentax Forums Marketplace for a few.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pauld Quote
A really good book to help you with understanding exposure is, well, "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. I'm sure a ton of members have read this book and I still read it at least once a year.
That is definetely a good book but for absolute beginners I would recommend
starting with Reader's Digest Complete Photography Manual. It is pretty much
timeless and very easy to read and understand. Then if you want to move into
more practical advice my favorite is National Geographics Photography Field
Guide.

BTW, I have a bunch of reviews on photography book here:
Photography Book Reviews: Landscape, People, Exposure, Travel | NeoCamera.com

Have fun!

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Good books

I agree with the Scott Kelby suggestion--anything by him in the Digital Photography Books series will be a big help, but won't help you really at all in understanding exposure.

However, Bryan Peterson's book, Understanding Exposure WILL help there--immensely, immeasurably and in a fun way with lots of examples of his work and things for you to try. And when you're ready, Bryan's book, Learning to See Creatively will also help! Good luck and have fun! Cindy

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Try out Canon Australia video tutorials - Getting started

or

Photography tutorial available in YouTube.

This will be of help.

Infact, Pentax also should take some initative and bring some photography tutorial in the "Pentax Imaging" homepage.
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I am new to DSLR as well. Is there any website for beginner as well?
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YouTube had plenty of beginner tutorials. Ensure you go in sequence.

Try any of the following:

Photography tutorial available in YouTube.

OR

Canon Australia video tutorials - Getting started
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Well, for me it is the dSLR for dummies (like me ).

Some link for dSLR beginners:
1) Digital SLR photography tips for beginners amateurs

2) The Best Beginner Digital SLR Camera

3) Digital SLR Photography Course for Beginners

Cheers.
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After reading the Bryan Peterson books, go to a physical public library and look for the old Time-Life Library of Photography series. These can sometimes be found on eBay for US$40 or so for the entire set (17? volumes). You needn't digest the film information, but they're loaded with explanations of how and why imagery and gear works, as well as being PACKED with stupendous photos. They teach a great deal about seeing, and thinking about seeing; about making pictures, not just taking them.
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