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Old 02-15-08, 10:54 AM   #1
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Anyone know of a good book about photography?

My wife is about to upgrade to a nice digital SLR and I would like to get her a book with some photography tips and stuff like that. Basically I am looking for the best book(s) out there that will give her an idea of how to use a camera like this and how to take good pics. Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 02-15-08, 11:12 AM   #2
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There are lot of good books on Digital SLR camera & Photography. I suggest your wife go to Barnes & Nobles stores or something like that and flip some books and then pick to her liking. I have, maybe, 6 different books on DSLR/photography books - they all showed almost similar basic how to handle the camera or take photograph - even they showed you how to use Photoshop (and few other photo editing softwares).
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Old 02-15-08, 11:20 AM   #3
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Thanks. Is any of them considered "the" one to get. Also, she is very much a novice so I am looking for something that would be easy for a beginner to understand and use without getting too frustrated.
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Old 02-15-08, 11:30 AM   #4
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I was recommended this book:

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition) (Paperback)

when I asked in this thread:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread....highlight=DSLR

But I ended up getting:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI/400d Digital Field Guide(Trade Paperback)
http://schuler.booksense.com/NASApp...n=9780470110072

Since it was specific to our model. I still plan on getting the first one as well.
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I think that is the model she is leaning toward as well. Or maybe just the XT
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I think that is the model she is leaning toward as well. Or maybe just the XT
I just got XT 2 weeks ago. Great camera - still lot to learn.
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I guess books that are specific to a certain model would be a good place to start. I'll go check out that book about exposure also.
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I know it's hard to believe (or maybe remember is the more appropriate word ) but we do actually have a Book Talk forum...
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I know it's hard to believe (or maybe remember is the more appropriate word ) but we do actually have a Book Talk forum...
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Old 02-15-08, 12:26 PM   #10
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Or you could look in the DSLR thread in Tech...

Understanding Exposure and Learning to See Creatively (Both by the same guy) are my favorite photo books.
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Old 02-15-08, 03:14 PM   #11
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I highly recommend the following:

A good book that covers the basics (exposure, ISO, white balance, etc
KODAK Guide to Digital Photography by Rob Sheppard
http://www.amazon.com/KODAK-Guide-Di...3109914&sr=1-1

I also highly recommend Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography 2.0: Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images by Rick Sammon
http://www.amazon.com/Sammons-Comple...3109758&sr=1-1

Sammons goes over a number of shots he's taken and tells you how he did it -great book though he doesn't do a whole lot on the basics of how the camera works. You can get both the Sammons and Sheppard books for about $40.00 on amazon

If you're willing to spend another $12.00 you can't go wrong with another favorite: The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby
http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photog...3109824&sr=1-1

Finally, a 4th book that is similiar to the Sammons but compliments it well is
How to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang
http://www.amazon.com/How-Photograph...3111161&sr=1-1

I checked a number of books out from the library and purchased the above becasue I used them a lot! In additon, I would also check out local camera clubs and classes. Camera stores and groups (like local colleges and park and recreations departments) frequently offer classes for the beginner


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I think that is the model she is leaning toward as well. Or maybe just the XT
FYI - The XSi comes out in April so the XTi will drop about $200 in price

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