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Beginner Photography book reccomendations

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by MrBeens, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. MrBeens

    MrBeens Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 19, 2011
    Hi

    I'm thinking of getting my brother in law a beginners book on photography for Christmas, as he has just bought a DSLR to take pics of his imminent baby.
    Anyone got a recommendation for a book that covers all the basics / intermediate stuff?
     
  2. Empireme

    Empireme Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 25, 2011
    LA, CA
    An excellent book is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. It's the best one for a novice.
     
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  3. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I like Michael Freeman's "The Photographers Eye" and "The Photographer's Mind".
     
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  4. robertmwilliams

    robertmwilliams Mu-43 Regular

    +1 on this title.
    Also the first 2 of the Scott Kelby Digital Photography books are good as well.
    However, for me, his over use of the 'Step 1...Step 2...' format get tiresome after the first 2 and I never finished the others in the series.
     
  5. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Pete
    And another recommendation on this. Have nearly finished it and have learnt loads, enough to practice with for years!
     
  6. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    If you don't want to get too technical and are looking for something that will cover the basics and provide some inspiration, I recommend "The LIFE Guide to Digital Photography" by Joe McNally. I gave this book to my niece this summer when I gifted her my Panasonic G1.
     
  7. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    x4
     
  8. MrBeens

    MrBeens Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 19, 2011
    Thanks guys.
     
  9. SimonL

    SimonL Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 15, 2009
    NW England
    His Camera Manual
     
  10. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Recommended! =)
     
  11. hanzo

    hanzo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Chan
    Hmm.. it seems that I'll be getting a Bryan Peterson's book :biggrin:
     
  12. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    It's available on Kindle now, or you can check out a copy at your local library.

    Believe me, it won't take you long to read it!
     
  13. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    I second Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson, but take a look at "The Photographer's Eye" too. It's got some amazing stuff related to composition.
     
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  14. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yes, and take your kids too. Very under utilized resource.
     
  15. chrisdors

    chrisdors Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 29, 2011
    Milwaukee
    100% agree on this. I went from using P mode to being comfortable in M mode in 1 night. I still have a ton to learn- but the basics were so perfectly explained. What a fantastic book for beginners.

    Chris
     
  16. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Which, interestingly, is exactly the opposite of what Bryan Petersen recommends ... LOL

    Don't underestimate the power and value of P mode with program shift, or A/S modes. There are certain instances where manual mode is required (off camera flash, fixing exposure for a panorama, sunny 16, etc), but otherwise, you are generally better off using P, A, or S.
     
  17. chrisdors

    chrisdors Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 29, 2011
    Milwaukee
    Understood- and I still shoot in P, A, and S modes- I just said that I am comfrotable in M mode. I think being comfortable in M mode is exactly what Bryan Petersen is hoping his readers can become, as opposed to being intimidated by it.