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Old May 14, 2005, 6:09 PM   #1
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Hi all. Having forgotton much of what little I originally knew about photography, can any body recomend a good book that goes over the basics, ie F stops, Aperature setting, compositions handlingetc . I suppose it ought to be "digitally" minded, but a good SLR book would be Ok as I run an FZ20 and the manual aspects would be just the same.

What I'm not after is either a silly little book that covers P&S digital cameras and spends most of the talking about how to improve your pictures in Photoshop, nor do I want some dirty great tome -heavy in theory and style, that is 30 years old and well out of date.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old May 14, 2005, 11:44 PM   #2
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My first thought was to go to your town library and find any book written in the last 30 years about photography.

But you asked for a "good book" not just a book. You already admitted that the manual aspects between a digital and film camera are the same (which they are, in almost every way.)

National Geographic put out a series of books awhile back that I've heard good things about. Some are specific to certain topics (portrate, wildlife, ...) but I believe they have a more general one as well.

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Old May 16, 2005, 10:32 AM   #3
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The Art of Adventure Photography - by the late Galen Rowell.

Should be available in the UK.
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Old May 17, 2005, 10:33 AM   #4
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I don't know what one, but Galen Rowell was amazing. Good suggestion.

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Old May 17, 2005, 2:59 PM   #5
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Bryan Peterson has a couple of very good books which are informative while still being interesting reading. I believe he has a web site where he offers lessons, also.
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Old May 17, 2005, 9:12 PM   #6
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Photograph Australia with Steve Parish.

350 full gloss pages which explain every thing you could possibly want to do with digital cameras.

1/3 the book is about the features of cameras and how to use them, the rest is about how to photograph different situations.

Great book, order it off the net.
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Old May 18, 2005, 4:02 PM   #7
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Thank you all, I have a bit more to go on now!

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Old May 19, 2005, 2:31 PM   #8
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I am in the same situation as you, trying to re-learn much of what I have forgotten over the years. I am currently reading "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson". It's all about F stops, Aperature setting, ISO, compositions handling¬*etc, and very easy to read. Great book for learning about cameras, whether it be digital or film.

I highly recommend it.

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OK... I'll get in on this. I would suggest :

"digital photographer's handbook" by: Tom Ang

Got it from the library then bought it on Half.com

Can't go wrong from the library.

Good Luck
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