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Initial post: 19 May 2009 23:50:58 BDT
Waqas A. says:
What books / online tutorials would you recommend for someone new to the field?

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Posted on 21 May 2009 16:52:23 BDT
finc says:
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is an excellent starting point.

Posted on 22 May 2009 14:14:43 BDT
deepsv says:
also try

Posted on 23 May 2009 05:18:15 BDT
Observer says:
While he is primarily a Nikon user, his pages are filled with all-sorts of info and his expertise and knowledge is obvious. And, he explains it so that you understand.

Posted on 28 May 2009 17:18:06 BDT
Duncan Allan says:
Meet with other photographers in your local area at a photographic camera club. there you will meet people of all ages and experience who use the kit and not just talk and write about it to get you to buy.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2009 14:06:19 BDT
Finn says:
Any book by Scott Kelby

Posted on 15 Jun 2009 23:49:25 BDT

Very good for beginners and has a lot of information on how to take different types of photos.

Posted on 16 Jun 2009 10:57:37 BDT
There's a large but freindly and informative forum here , lots of advice, tutorials (and enough superb work to make you give up now :p )

Posted on 16 Jun 2009 16:52:21 BDT
A. Madeloso says:
I took up photography seriously about 12 months ago and was really pleased with the results (mostly from using the camera in auto mode). My sister in law said that I should get lessons, so impressed was she with my efforts. I found a site on the net, £60 for a days lesson with a group of about 10 people all trying to get out of auto mode. Best £60 I've ever spent - never used auto mode since and my pics are now fantastic, and I would never have got on so well from following books. I won't tell you which company I used - that would not be right, but suffice to say within an hour of the course starting I learned more than in the previous 20 years of snapping. If you can afford it its well worth making the effort, and once you have completed the first one there are loads of specialist ones as well. Good luck

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2009 17:17:44 BDT
Jade says:
Um...why is it not right for you to recommend the company when you obviously had a good experience with them?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2009 21:02:51 BDT
A. Madeloso says:
Ok I did not want anyone to think that I might be the proprietor of one of these company's touting for business. I am not and the company I went with is called 'Going Digital.'

Posted on 18 Jun 2009 21:27:19 BDT
Jade says:
Thanks. I might check them out otherwise I'm doomed to using my camera in auto mode forever.

Posted on 22 Jun 2009 13:22:43 BDT
You might want to check out as well on the web. It is free and a huge resource.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2009 07:42:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2009 07:44:51 BDT
TrickyDicky says:
I agree with a previous responder. Get on a course. Your local college will probably run one (evening classes). Also, these days, since digital photos are "free" (i.e. you don't need to pay for processing to see your results), you can shoot away to you hearts content at one particular subject (e.g. cars going past, ball of string on a table). Switch camera to manual mode (if it has one) and change the settings (exposure, shutter speed, aperature setting, etc.), zoom, lighting and angle, etc. to see what affect each has on the result. When you have reviewed your results, you can delete them all and start again. It does help to have an idea of how to blur a background (depth of field) for example - which you will need a book or course for. I have found that googleing "how do I......" brings up results, which are free. Good luck. Try:

Posted on 9 Jul 2009 22:35:26 BDT
deepsv says:
i tried this course:, just for $15 (approx £10) very helpful

Posted on 14 Jul 2009 20:48:06 BDT
psn: tqfan says:
i tried that last link, (obviously?) doesn't work, so i assumed it's meant to be guide, not duide, but i also can't get it to work either.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 00:00:54 BDT
deepsv says:
sorry for the wrong information, it is:

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2009 08:11:42 BDT
I experimented with the Aperture, Shutter and other more advanced settings on my camera - and didn't write down what I'd done for each shot.

In case someone else gets carried away like me - I suggest they first get a pen and paper!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2009 14:00:29 BDT
X says:
The best book is the first one that was advised here, Understanding Exposure by Peterson. I bought one from Amazon as a present and read it so much before I went to put pretty paper around it that I had to go and buy another one for the present. Dog-eared books with comments in the margins don't go down too well as birthday presents...

If you have any camera that will allow to manually select aperture and speed, and are really motivated by the idea of doing something personal and original with your photography, it will be a long time before you need another book.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2009 11:01:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2009 11:03:19 BDT
Fishman says:
Ms Gray, you don't need to write the settings down, when viewing the image on your camera it can also display the exif data that tells you the speed, iso, aperture, etc. You can also see this information on your computer.

I am using Windows Vista, I can't remember if it is exactly like this on Windows XP:

Save an image from your camera to your computer.
Right click on the image.
Choose Properties.
Choose Details.

You should now be able to see the exif data showing the camera you used and the settings used, no need for pen and paper :)
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