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palermo22
03-03-2008, 11:53 AM
I am looking for an all-inclusive comprehensive book that starts off at photography 101 and explains basic shooting and the way around a camera and goes on to explain how to get that perfect digital shot and by the time one has read 300 or so pages he/she is quite adapt in shooting that (almost) perfect photo.

I plan on getting a Canon 40d or the new xsi and will eventually get a book specific to that camera but I first wanted to learn the basics and get to the intermediate level of photgraphy.

Any suggestions?

teko
03-03-2008, 03:05 PM
I find most digital photography book spend at least 50% of its contents explaining about post production (Photoshop, etc).

If you're looking for something more about the photography itself, the most recommended book in this forum is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

Related topic: http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29807

palermo22
03-03-2008, 04:32 PM
After I requested recommendations I looked into prior posts and had found that a recommendation was "Complete Digital photography, Fourth Edition" by Ben Long. It received a 4.5 star rating so I assume it's a good book. Does anyone second that recommendation?

JTL
03-03-2008, 04:38 PM
I also think that you should pick up "Understanding Exposure" in addition to whatever else you get.

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-Photographs-Digital-Updated/dp/0817463003/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204590994&sr=8-1

Don't know about that other book you mentioned, but I'll give it a look.

BTW, here's a free online tutorial that covers most of the basics:

http://www.photoxels.com/digital-photography-tutorials.html


Update: Alright. After a quick skim I think that book "Complete Digital photography, Fourth Edition" by Ben Long assumes way too much knowledge for a complete beginner. It's rather technical. My advice: 1) Learn your particular camera completely. Know the user guide inside-out and practice every single feature in it. 2) Learn the basics of photography: exposure (including metering, aperture, shutter speed and ISO) and composition. After that, you'll be ready to expand your knowledge. Your user guide and a basic book like Understanding Exposure will keep you busy for a year.

palermo22
03-03-2008, 05:29 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Perhaps I can get some other thoughts as well. Both books seem to get good ratings from the readers.

TheWengler
03-03-2008, 08:13 PM
No one can take a perfect picture after reading a book. You can however learn the basics. High quality photos require lots of practice. I don't remember the Understanding Exposure book covering too much digital stuff, but it does do a nice job with general photography knowledge that everyone needs to know. I can't imagine reading an entire book about a specific camera. That just sounds really boring.

Beowulff
03-04-2008, 05:20 AM
It's only my point of view, but I don't think anyone needs to struggle though a 300-page book to learn the basics to get themselves up and running adequately.

As the other guys have suggested, all too often these comprehensive, hard-copy books can spend way to much time on post-processing and other assorted bits and pieces that as a beginner you simply don't need.

There's actually a wealth of free information on the Net.

You might like to check out the technical tutorials at The Luminous Landscape HERE (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/) and also some more basic beginner tutorials at Cambridge In Colour HERE (http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm).

Good luck and happy reading!

Cheers :)

bauerman
03-04-2008, 06:09 AM
If you're looking for something more about the photography itself, the most recommended book in this forum is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.


+1 for this book - its just excellent.

teko
03-04-2008, 10:47 AM
I just noticed Bryan Peterson is releasing a new book on March: Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second (http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Shutter-Speed-Low-Light-Photography/dp/0817463011/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204656416&sr=8-4)

talkingdog
03-06-2008, 05:56 PM
Scott Kelby has 2 digital photography books, both are written like a cook book. Gives a starting point for different types of shots.

K1W1
03-08-2008, 02:13 AM
I just noticed Bryan Peterson is releasing a new book on March: Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second (http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Shutter-Speed-Low-Light-Photography/dp/0817463011/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204656416&sr=8-4)


Bryan Peterson has a series of books covering all sorts of things including;

Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography

Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second

Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography

Understanding Digital Photography: Techniques for Getting Great Pictures

They are all great books. Just search your on line reseller for details.

palermo22
03-08-2008, 11:34 AM
I just received the book I ordered "Complete Digital Photography - the Fourth edition" by Ben Long. I am by no means an expert (on photo books) but I do know the basis for a good book when I skim through it. Because it's a new edition - it's right up to date with everything (copyrighted 2007) - it's also over 550 pages of everything from the basics to advance knowledge. While some authors apparently seperate their books by different subjects - this one is all inclusive; also, it comes with a DVD so one can follow certain suggestions by actually viewing them as the author narrates.

Just in case anyone was up in the air about a book to get - this one appears to be a winner!

01514
03-12-2008, 07:31 PM
the digital photography book - Scott Kelby its a nice small guide for beginners with a lot of simple helpful tips to improve your pics :)