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Old Jul 29, 2006, 8:22 AM   #1
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Learning tons from this site. The conversations/debates that take place in these forums are priceless.

What are some of the best resources for a newbie to just dive in head first? Digital primer books? Photography overview web sites? Videos, etc???

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Old Jul 31, 2006, 7:22 AM   #2
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Try library and bookstores. A great beginner book is "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson - I believe he now has a digital version. IMO, you need to start with basics of photography - exposure. And, the rules of exposure and depth of field haven't really changed much from film to digital (exposure is exactly the same and DOF is the same concept although values are different).

Since you bought a Canon camera, the Canon website has some instruction on using their EOS DSLRs. That will help you learn the controls.

Another site that has some fabulous articles is the Luminous Landscape. A particularly good one is a tutorial on understanding histograms:


The histogram is an outstanding tool you should be using on your camera - much more reliable than looking at the image alone.

But, you have to walk before you run - a good book (even if film based) will give you the background and your camera's manual will tell you how to set things.

While you're learning, I suggest using largest jpeg setting, auto White Balance and lots of practice and review.
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