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Old 01-11-2007, 02:17   #1 (permalink)
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This will be my first post and need some guidance as I adopt yet another vice... photography. This past spring I bought an Olympus E-500 and have been messing around enought to realize that I can take some really good photo's and some REALLY bad photos. How does it happen? No idea. So, my local camera shop at which bought it does photo classes for a nominal fee and is very helpful. Their next class is not until January. I would like to buy a good photography technique book that will help me as a beginner, but also have some longevity for me if it turns out that I am a quick learner.

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My kids playing sports.
I love macro shooting.
Family events, etc.
I do not own Photoshop yet, but a future purchase or Santa.

I welcome your recommendations and look forward to posting some shots on the site for your review.
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Re: Photography Books

Can't recommend a particular book, seeing as I own none and haven't read many (and they were only a quick skim through).

I developed my photography from the feedback on uploaded pics and the occasional research into specific techniques (using the internet, source of multiple techniques) - partly because I didn't want to learn a single method/methodology of doing things and to also maybe get away from producing the same shot others have done much better
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Re: Photography Books

I find magazines quite good because they focus on different topics but I did buy a rather nice book at the Sydney Art Gallery

Name: Photography (duh!) - its one of their "eyewitness companions"
Author : Tom Ang

It has a combination of techniques, equipment, info on using software as well as examples of famous photographers work.

isbn-13:978-1-40531-076-6

They have a website Dorling Kindersley - Illustrated Reference Publisher
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I'd go along with what Mark has said. I think that a book or books will be of limited benefit, especially now we have the wonderful resource of the internet.

You need to sort out two areas. First is understanding the camera and how the settings work, what they do and how they allow you to control your images. In other words, the technical side of things. You can do this a bit at a time.

Second it the composition of the picture. There are basic rules (that can be and are broken), that will ensure that your pictures will work better - for instance the rule of thirds, giving subjects space to look/move into, a bit of red, framing etc. These can be picked up by experience and a little internet research.

There are other elements such as lens choice, but you don't want to take on too much at once.

Don't forget that especially when taking family pictures it is better to get the shot that to be technically right - happy snaps are just as important as the prize winner.
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course the nice thing about books is you can curl up under the doona and read which even with a laptop on wireless just isnt quite the same
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Thanks for the advice. You have all recommended the things I am doing now to become more familiar with my equipment and and the basics. The one change I will make to my approach comes from Graham's suggestion and oddly enough the thoughts I woke up to this morning. I will take on the process chunk by chunk. I think I might have looked at it as overwhelming trying to understand it all at once. I need to go wear out some batteries and just shoot! Thanks again.
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Hi..

Try "Langford - Starting photograpy 5th edition"

And Bryan Peterson - Understanding exposure

The Peterson book is fantastic...
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And Bryan Peterson - Understanding exposure

The Peterson book is fantastic...
So is the Les Meehan book 'Creative Exposure Control'

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Les,

I trust a signed copy is en route for me to start my budding hobby?! Thanks for the additional advice. I will look into your book though.

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I'm self taught only picked up a camera about 2 1/2 years ago, what i did is go on as many forums as possible and just read, every time i went out to shoot i wrote down everything i did with every shot F stop, shutter speed, iso, 2 books i picked up that i found quite good are John Hedgecoe, The New Manual of Photography and Langfords Starting Photography, Michael Langeford and Philip Andrews
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Try "Langford - Starting photograpy 5th edition"

And Bryan Peterson - Understanding exposure

The Peterson book is fantastic...

Agree the Peterson book is very good, i think the key when read books is to take a little from everything you read but don't follow the advice to rigidly. i get advice from magazines, forums, the net, books! and try bits here and there and if it works great, if not, nothing ventured nothing gained. Photography for me is one of those subjects where you really need to try things out for yourself and experiment!
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