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Offline TSOPTC

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A good beginners book?
« on: July 27, 2009, 08:32:05 PM »
Hello again!

I'm after a good book to read telling me all about the different things in photography.

Just wondering if anybody has any reccomendations of a good one?

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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2009, 12:21:17 AM »
There's a long answer for that:

My website: How to use your SLR
My website: How to take photos
Gaz's website: Photography Basics

Then for books, it depends on your style, but one good beginning is: The Digital SLR Handbook by Michael Freeman, and
The Photographer's Guide to using Light, by Ted Schwarz and Brian Stoppee.
And then there's the magazines, but I'd generally (not exclusively) avoid the American magazines, the ones that are available here are full of advertising, and their "articles" are nothing more than re-worded press releases. From memory, I think I liked The Outdoor Photographer.

I'm sure everyone else will chip in with their favourite books. Any particular genres that you might be interested it?
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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2009, 02:14:14 PM »
Not sure really, maybe composition and exposure.
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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2009, 03:19:40 PM »
I have several books on photography, but a favourite read is Tom Ang Digital Photography Masterclass.It has a chapter on each aspect of digital photography and the end of each chapter has an assignment for you to use the information you have just read.If you go to amazon and type in photography or some such name you will come up with a massive list of titles and on many you can look inside the book I always go through the index to see what they cover as many beginners books spend half the book telling you what cameras are available I hope this helps and welcome to the forum

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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009, 11:01:02 PM »
i recommend "fundamentals of photography" by tom ang, it seems to cover everything, and maybe more, also has helpful info on photo editing software.

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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2009, 08:14:20 PM »
I liked Understanding Exposure.  You can pick it up for $17-18, and it is a very easy read.  Just read along with your camera handy.  I loaned my copy to a friend, and she called me a week later with her new Canon XSi and was shooting manual mode and loving it.

If you have an A-mount, check out Gary Friedman's books.  They walk you through your specific camera menus and settings with easy to follow writing.  I had his A700 book and liked it a lot.  I now have the A900 book too.

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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2009, 09:56:39 PM »
The National Geographic Field Guide is pretty good as a starter and includes many short pieces by NatGeo photogs explaining their approach to photography.  There is a 'digital' edition too.

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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009, 11:12:15 PM »
I like Bryan Peterson's style and works.
"Understanding Exposure" is a very good book.
He's got another one that is titled something like "Learning to see creatively".
Other than the above it's better to read specialized ones, instead of general. So if you're interested in portraits, pick up a good one on portraits etc. There are some really good reviews on Amazon too.
Avoid Scott Kelby. Really irritating dude.
Make sure you understand the two parts to photography: a creative eye (for detail) and good gear.
The former is 90% of photography but in some situations without the latter the former may not have a good leg to stand on.
Also it's easy to fall into the trap of imagining that gear is 90% (I know I did).
And I agree about American mags. I subscribed to "Popular Photography" and regretted it. It's more than 50% ads and the articles are next to useless.

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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2010, 08:50:58 PM »
Hi
I recommend This book:
Digital Exposure Handbook by Ross Hoddinott very good book.
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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2010, 06:02:36 PM »
I recommend kelbytraining.com, well worth the money.
Covers photography and lightroom, photoshop etc.
I've read dozens of books and have been all over the internet and I still take something away from the videos from kelby training, and they are always adding new ones.
The information you get from people like David Ziser and Joe McNally is well worth the price alone, but you get way more that.
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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2010, 02:23:24 PM »
I have never read any book, always used internet, you can find up to date info and its for free :)
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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2010, 02:48:00 PM »
I recommend the "The Digital Photography Book" series 1,2 & 3. They are very good and the cover photography aspects from A to Z. Coverage includes, hardware body and lenses, gadgets, setting up studios, lighting, different types of photography needs, accessories and so much more. I use them for reference, in my opinion they are one of the best books you can have for beginners. All the chapters and steps are also illustrated.

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Re: A good beginners book?
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2010, 03:40:50 AM »
Perhaps good to mention that the author is Scott Kelby, an authority in photoshop and photography. In Malaysia (my base) I can find them as a bundle package. I have a digital copy but have not spend too much time looking at them. But, having hard copy's of other of his books, you can't go wrong.

Additionally I am using a field guide book for my A700. It depends on your model of course but there are some good field guides out there. Friedman is the leading figure I guess.