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Old Nov 24, 2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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GnuBee+ here. Looking for well-crafted ladder to let me climb up to the first level of photography skill*. What have you read or used that you would recommend to someone who is a hybrid of geek, teacher, & pedant?

*Aperture/shutter speed/ISO/focal length/focussing/depth of field and how they relate to what image is produced by the camera from the space in front of it -- and how they are inter-related (what I think of as the mental space of taking pictures). I'm the kind of person who finds learning "when and how to use camera shooting modes" silly -- I want to learn what the modes set, and why they are set that way.
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Old Nov 25, 2009, 5:06 AM   #2
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There are lots of books on photography, some of which talk in general terms while others talk about those items in the context of a particular camera. If you have a camera already, one of the latter books might make it easier for you to understand and apply what the book talks about.

But, real quick:
  • Aperture - The amount of light that passes through the lens to get to the image sensor.
  • Shutter Speed - The amount of time the image sensor is exposed to light.
  • ISO - The sensitivity of the image sensor to light.
  • Focal length - A physical property of a lens that, together with the physical size of the image sensor, determines the angle of view.
  • Depth of field - The span of distances within which the scene is acceptably sharp, and outside of which the scene is out of focus.
P.S.: The links are all to articles in Wikipedia, where you can find a lot more information.
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.

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Old Nov 25, 2009, 9:41 AM   #3
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Another good source, is the camera's manual, particularly those for SLR cameras. The information is often very condensed though. Manuals are downloadable from the various manufacturers, usually as PDFs.

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Thanks. Let me add to those suggestions this set of simple lessons I found on Panasonic's website. Imho, they are the most distilled, but still (almost) tack-sharp explanations I've come across.

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