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DarkDTSHD
01-27-2006, 10:04 PM
Hello,

Could you name 3 books for a complete photography novice. Would be nice if the book was oriented towards digital photography. Should include easy to understand writing with high quality photos and illustrations.

I do realize books will never take the place of classes and seminars. Or apprenticing with a seasoned photographer.

Just need a few books as reference...that will also serve to get me started with a good foundation.

Thanks! :)

ktixx
01-27-2006, 10:13 PM
This is not a direct answer to your question, but I would suggest any general photography book, digital or not. Even though we have gone from film to sensors the basic principals have not changed. There are still ISO ratings, stops, aperture, and shutter speed. Any general photography book that teaches the basics will really help you learn how to take great pictures. I would recomend researching the rule of thirds to understand composition and I would also recomend learning how to read histograms (which are unique to digital photography).
Hope this helps
Ken

toriaj
01-27-2006, 11:04 PM
I agree with Ktixx, they don't need to be digital photography books. I checked out several digital photography books, and most of the book was taken with how to use software to create different effects. If what you're looking for is more of how to compose a picture well, lighting, etc., a general photography book may be more what you're looking for. Sorry no specific recommendations -- I'm still looking myself. Will tell you if I find a good one.

JLV
01-28-2006, 06:13 AM
There is a free photo course on the web. If you do not want to enroll, you can just read the lessons. I read a few of the lessons. They are as good or better than some books.

The URL follows:
http://www.morguefile.com/archive/classroom.php

DarkDTSHD
01-28-2006, 02:52 PM
Thank for the advice guys!

I was at the local bookstore today. And you guys are absolutely right. The digital and film "how to" books are pretty much the same. Except the digital books might offer some tips on post-processing using Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. But yes the "camera basics" are the same. And yes, all the books looked pretty good. Easy to read with good illustrations.

Thanks for the link to the free lessons! I spotted one at another site too. Forget which one that was unfortunately. HEHE!

Still, if some one has a particular book they think is really worth mentioning please post.

Take care people! Have a good weekend! :)

sherlock
01-28-2006, 03:27 PM
Hey,

I definitely recommend John Shaw's book John Shaw's Landscape Photography. While it is, yes, a book about landscape photography it does a very good job of explaining exposure and composition. It's helped me a great deal. Here's (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081743710X/sr=1-3/qid=1138490750/ref=pd_bbs_3/103-8680990-1292638?%5Fencoding=UTF8)the link to it at Amazon. Hope this helps.


Andrew

DarkDTSHD
01-28-2006, 08:30 PM
Hey,

I definitely recommend John Shaw's book John Shaw's Landscape Photography. While it is, yes, a book about landscape photography it does a very good job of explaining exposure and composition. It's helped me a great deal. Here's (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081743710X/sr=1-3/qid=1138490750/ref=pd_bbs_3/103-8680990-1292638?%5Fencoding=UTF8)the link to it at Amazon. Hope this helps.


Andrew

Thanks Andrew! Noted! :)

toriaj
01-29-2006, 01:14 PM
I just checked out "John Hedgecoe's Complete Guide to Photography" and so far, I am very impressed with it. It is from a film perspective; but as noted above, the principles are the same. It suggests doing 71 projects, similar to taking a photography class. The projects familiarize you with perspective, tone, form, light, etc.

tim11
01-29-2006, 05:14 PM
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1647228,00.asp

DarkDTSHD
01-29-2006, 08:55 PM
Thanks for the last 2 recommendations! Noted! :)

nelman
01-29-2006, 10:17 PM
There is a free photo course on the web. If you do not want to enroll, you can just read the lessons. I read a few of the lessons. They are as good or better than some books.

The URL follows:
http://www.morguefile.com/archive/classroom.php

Thanks for the nice link! :)

Phill D
01-30-2006, 02:47 AM
There are a couple of books I have bought recently firstly "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson from recommendations on this forum & secondly "The photographer's guide to filters" by Lee Frost which I saw on Amazon when buying the first book & it just caught my eye. Both look good easy reads to me.

cubby
01-31-2006, 12:19 AM
There is a free photo course on the web. If you do not want to enroll, you can just read the lessons. I read a few of the lessons. They are as good or better than some books.

The URL follows:
http://www.morguefile.com/archive/classroom.php

What a great site!! I just read all the lessons and will probably do some! I have an MFA in art and her explanation of the Golden Mean is about the clearest I've heard!!!

thanks!! (ah...Newton MA....)

JLV
01-31-2006, 04:30 AM
I should have added that I got the link from another thread. I liked it, so I thought I should share it with this thread.

mugsisme
02-18-2006, 07:29 PM
I got a bunch of books from the library, and as was stated above, they seem to focus mostly on the computer aspect of playing around with the photos.

I did get one that has been excellent for me. Using Your Digital Camera by George Schaub. He does a lot of comparisons to film cameras. I am a total newbie, so this is all new to me. I have found his book very informative.

That said, my dad used to teach photography at Otis in LA. I have been asking him a million questions and he told me that he ordered me two books off Amazon. Will let you know what he picked for me when they come.

Leah