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Old Dec 19, 2010, 8:42 PM   #1
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Hi, i have been playing around with my t2i since i got it about three weeks ago. Now I feel I should get a book to learn. Right now I can't enroll in clases. Can you recommend an easy to understand but good book for a novice?

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Old Dec 19, 2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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I like Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure", or "Understanding Photography Field Guide". He writes clearly and gives good explanations. He suggests some practical exercises in his books, that if you actually do them (rather than just read about them) will give you a big leg up on understanding basic photography concepts.
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I like Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure", or "Understanding Photography Field Guide". He writes clearly and gives good explanations. He suggests some practical exercises in his books, that if you actually do them (rather than just read about them) will give you a big leg up on understanding basic photography concepts.
Ditto. You might want to check out "The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby, too.
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 12:02 PM   #4
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Besides begginers books (for fundamentals), you may also try this one to get a grasp on the T2i:

http://www.amazon.com/David-Buschs-C.../dp/1435457668
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Besides begginers books (for fundamentals), you may also try this one to get a grasp on the T2i:

http://www.amazon.com/David-Buschs-C.../dp/1435457668
Ordo has given you a great suggestion as, I think, the single most important thing you can do is to get to know your camera and it's capabilities, first.

I would add that, if you haven't already, download a copy of the T2I manual and place a shortcut on your desktop. Every time you have a question, think of a problem you encountered while shooting out in the field, or simply have a little extra time, open up the manual and get to know the T2I inside and out.

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BTW, Scott Kelby's book: Digital Photography is a really good book as well.
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 12:24 PM   #6
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A great simple book:
"The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby has some nice easy quick tips.

A book that let's you learn your camera and photography at the same time:
A book specific to your camera (Magic Lantern or a "Digital Field Guide" or the one recommended above by Busch). These books make sense for trying to learn both DSLR photography and your camera at the same time. The manual's are always very hard to use and un-inspiring in my opinion. Get one or two of these books for your camera.

Also consider Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography 2.0. I bought the first version years ago and it got me off to a great start (this would be especially useful if you are using Photshop Elements - as he covers that as well).

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I cant recommend a book but taking pictures and lots of them is also a good way to learn and put into practise what you have read. With todays cameras you read your settings in exit and you will learn by your successes and failures. Good Luck
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 4:59 PM   #8
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Thanks a lot for your suggestions. I will look the up.

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Old Dec 26, 2010, 1:26 PM   #9
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As others have noted, your camera's manual should be very high on the list.

Experiment. Try stuff. Look at the results while paying attention to the EXIF data. What was the shutter speed/ISO/Focal length/ ... that seemed to made that particular shot work or fail? Go do some reading on that topic.
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Someone above mentioned David Busch and I have found that he writes in a way that even I can understand.
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