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benburdick Jun 30, 2009 9:37 PM

any good sites with resources for beginners?
 
Hey all, I am expecting to receive my first DSLR in the next day or two (I ordered a pentax K2000) and am looking for some good sites with guides that will teach me the basics (and then later, the not so basics) and give me tips as I begin the learning process. I am really excited to be getting back into photography and would appreciate any good resources you guys have. Thanks!

peripatetic Jul 1, 2009 1:48 AM

A couple to start with:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com

http://www.theonlinephotographer.com

Mark1616 Jul 1, 2009 3:19 AM

Also you have already found a fantastic resource here at Steve's and our very friendly Pentax forum where I see you have already posted so you are off to a good start. The Pentax section is I believe the most active anywhere on Steve's so as well checking out the two sites mentioned above get posting, ask questions, share photos, take critique etc etc...... oh and have some fun :).

I hope you realise that your life will never be the same once you have a dSLR and be aware of LBA (lens buying addiction) which is especially prevalent in the Pentax world as there are so many 2nd hand manual focus lenses out there. You will likely meet many addicts in the forum, I just hope it is not too contagious.

Happy shooting!!

Old Jim Jul 1, 2009 9:25 AM

Not only the above mentioned but your Manual is one of your best resources. To many people overlook this.

Mark1616 Jul 1, 2009 9:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Old Jim (Post 981133)
Not only the above mentioned but your Manual is one of your best resources. To many people overlook this.

It can be a help but from all the cameras I've had they are too basic when it comes to the use of settings let alone going into composition etc. I agree everyone should read through a manual (I always check it out when I get a new camera in case I miss a feature) but for real leaning I wouldn't say it is one of the best resources for a beginner.

benburdick Jul 1, 2009 1:48 PM

Thank you all for the suggestions. I have bookmarked those sites and will check them out today after work!

I will also definitely be reading the manual and frequenting these forums. I can't wait to have nice photos to share with you all.

For other newbies looking for some good online learning resources, I have found a few nice tutorials over at http://www.photoxels.com/digital-pho...tutorials.html - their site is very ad-heavy and annoying, but the quality of their tutorials is pretty good.

peripatetic Jul 2, 2009 1:49 AM

A very good book to learn the basics.

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-...6517329&sr=8-1

If you don't understand ^^ then the manual won't be terribly useful.

benburdick Jul 2, 2009 2:20 AM

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Originally Posted by peripatetic (Post 981321)
A very good book to learn the basics.

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-...6517329&sr=8-1

If you don't understand ^^ then the manual won't be terribly useful.

Thanks so much! That book has such excellent reviews that I just went ahead and ordered it. I'll come back when I've read it and let folks know how I liked it. Thanks again!

Edit: Forgot that it is a holiday weekend. Cancelled my order and am hoping I can find this in one of my many local bookstores so that I can enjoy it over the weekend.


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