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Old Dec 17, 2002, 5:05 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a good book about the basic of taking good pics


My sister recently purchased a digicam, the canon powershot a-30.
And for christmass i wanna buy her a book that explains the basics of taking good pictures. How to use light, how to compose a nice pic etc.
So she can learn how to make better pictures that the standard snapshots.
Anyone knows a good book i can get?

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Old Dec 17, 2002, 5:33 PM   #2
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Try the website http://www.shortcourses.com/. They have some good tutorial programs for free.
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Old Dec 20, 2002, 1:55 PM   #3
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It depends on whether you want a book that pertains to how digital cameras are 'different' from film cameras, or books on photgraphy in general. For the basics of composing pictures in general: have a look at the Kodak series of books (if it's a gift you're after). You may find some specifically for digital cameras, but their general hints and samples are good for rank amateurs without being imtimidating. They even have books for specific situations: children, weddings, travel, nature, etc. and they aren't terribly expensive. There are other books on the market that get quite deep into digital 'technicalities' such as post-processing (e.g. using PhotoShop), but these can be daunting for newbies who only want to "point-n-shoot", email pics to friends, do 'slide-shows' on a PC, and print the best at 4x6.
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