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Old Dec 26, 2011, 8:27 PM   #1
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Is there one must have book for digital photography?
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Old Dec 27, 2011, 5:57 PM   #2
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G'day Outhouse

Yes mate there is ... it usually comes with the camera and tries to explain in language that most people cannot comprehend, how all the little buttons & menus & other bitz all work

However, I am presuming that you are really asking about a 'camera/photo technique' sort of book > and for this I would suggest that exactly which book you 'need' will vary enormously depending upon your current level of skills & experience and also the areas of photographic interest that you have.

Your local good-book shop will no doubt have offerings; your local library will also where you can "try before you buy" > a very useful thing to enjoy these days

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Old Dec 28, 2011, 12:49 AM   #3
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Agree - the manual that came with your camera is the single best book.

The second best is not a book - it is a map of the art galleries in your area. Spend some time in them figuring out why "it" works. It could be water color, sculpture, oil, photography, ...
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id say this one by scott kelby "The Digital Photography Book"
its aimed more at the dslr market.
get the first and if you like it theres 2 more to buy.
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G'day Outhouse

Yes mate there is ... it usually comes with the camera and tries to explain in language that most people cannot comprehend, how all the little buttons & menus & other bitz all work
Regards, Phil

Well said, Phil. It is the single most important 'book' and it comes with each camera without charge. But, probably, the most overlooked.

It's a shame that the camera companies don't adopt an easy to read attitude towards their manuals. A book for Dummies or Scott Kelby's books come to mind as far as examples of books that are an enjoyable read but also have some useful information.

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G'day Zig + Bill & Kaz + others

As I have mentioned in earlier posts here, I travel Australia for 6-8 months each year doing my photographic stuff, and I talk to many camera shops & retailers in the process

This matter of "how do we get the message across?" comes up lots of time

One shop in central Queensland -gives- with each new camera sold a copy of a small book called "Guide to using your digital camera" from UK-based "The gadget scientist". The book by itself retails at $20 and I have a copy in front of me now

It's about the size of a 5" x 7" print x 200-or so pages thick
It's style is full-colour illustrations, with short & to-the-point explanations of the generic camera features
Of the dozens & dozens of books I see/read regularly, it's probably the only one I would recommend to a beginner should I be asked to do so

and having said the above, maybe I should also add the usual discaimer "other than as a regular customer, I have no commercial relationship with any camera or supply company etc etc"
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