Beginner photography book suggestion?

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  1. Frunch

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  2. KVG

    KVG Banned User

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    Kelly Gibbons
    I'm a beginner too an many more experienced and pro photographers say you tube is the best place to learn from. I have no idea about book to read, sorry.

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  3. KVG

    KVG Banned User

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    Kelly Gibbons
    Oh and people on this forum are a wealth of knowledge.

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  4. Frunch

    Frunch Mu-43 Regular

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    Agreed! :biggrin:
     
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
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    Bob
    Peterson is Great!

    His books are interesting to read and full of very practical helps. I have four of his books - well worth the money. :2thumbs:
     
  6. Grinch

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    That's the book I started with, and was suggested by multiple forum members.
    I started a thread awhile back "Need some knowledge" will give a list of books that are suggested reading for the beginner. I'm still working my way through those, hope this helps.
     
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  7. scotth

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    I recommend Understanding Exposure as well, it is a very good book, especially for someone new to photography.
     
  8. kundalini

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  9. Djarum

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    Jason
    I have both the photographers mind and the photographers eye by michael freeman. Both really good books dealing with light and composition.
     
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
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    The bottom line is to shoot. Online help is good, books are good ... but in order to advance one's photographic skills, you gotta shoot. Then shoot again and when your done shooting for the day ... take a few more snaps. When you find an image when really grabs you, try to emulate the image ... when you are drawn into an image take a step back and ask yourself what elements of that photo really grabs your attention.

    Good Luck and Good Shooting,
    Gary
     
  11. Frunch

    Frunch Mu-43 Regular

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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! :smile:

    I'm ordering Understanding Exposure for now, and will definitely check out the other suggestions too.

    Trevor
     
  12. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

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    PS- Join a group that has weekly outings ... that will help you shoot often and in different environments.

    G
     
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  13. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Understanding Exposure is a great place to start - it will give you the background and vocabulary to understand what people are saying and make better use of your time out shooting, but, as Gary said, it's really about getting out and shooting.
     
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  14. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I highly, highly recommend Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure! His field guide is also good in learning the other aspects of your camera, although a good portion of the same info is repeated.

    After that, it will depend on which direction you take your photography (landscape, natural light, off-camera flash, studio lighting, models, food, etc)

    Neil Van Nierkerk and Christopher Grey are great for learning ligthing, too.
     
  15. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Bryan Peterson's exposure book is where i retained some useful concepts. The internet can be a little convoluted for some of us new age newbs.
     
  16. silverbullet

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  17. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Luke
    Boy, if I wasn't totally against books and trying to de-clutter my life I would totally buy that set.

    I agree with the getting out and shooting. Read when you can to learn the terminology and how all the functions of the camera are related, but shoot, shoot, shoot.
     
  18. sinpig

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    I also like Bryan Peterson Understanding Exposure for learning all the technical stuff, but for inspiration and awe inspiring images I recommend Within the Frame, simply my favorite
    Amazon.com: Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision (9780321605023): David duChemin: Books

    And my other recommendation is Bryan Peterson Understanding Photography
    Amazon.com: Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera (9780817432256): Bryan Peterson: Books

    And the best thing about this books is that you can probably find them at your local library for free.
     
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  19. ZephyrZ33

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    +1 on sinpig's second reference: "Understanding Photography Field Guide..."

    I briefly flipped through that one and purchased it as a gift for a friend. It paired well with her new pen.