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Which beginners photography books and courses?


delboz 17 3
30 Jan 2005 11:46AM
Could anybody recommend some books about the basics of photographie for beginners as well as courses ( small groups ) in London ?
sillyconguru 18 4.4k
30 Jan 2005 12:32PM
Basic Photography - Michael Langford - ISBN 0240515927 - approx 20
ade_mcfade 18 15.2k 216 England
30 Jan 2005 3:59PM
Bill Fortney's Workshop book is a good book to explain the basics - and a bit more.

Search for him on Amazon, preferably the american site cause the dollar is weak again so it's be really cheap to buy there.
Ahusan 17 1
30 Jan 2005 10:22PM
Look for The New Manual on Photography.
Sorry I cannot remember the author's name.
debster 18 693 3 England
30 Jan 2005 11:46PM
I'll have to ditto the above. Am guilty of owning far too many photography books (most bought secondhand on ebay!) that have just ended up confusing me.

However....at the weekend, I got hold of a copy of
Bill Fortney's Workshop book and FINALLY it all fell into place. Excellent book for beginners - simple, easy to understand, real good stuff.

Debbie
User_Removed 18 3.3k Russian Federation
31 Jan 2005 1:04AM
I can fully recommend Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson...
debster 18 693 3 England
31 Jan 2005 1:21AM
....me to! Probably the second most useful I've read!
FrankThomas 19 2.8k United Kingdom
31 Jan 2005 1:24AM
I have a copy of Perfect Exposure by Jim Zuckerman which is pretty good.
canon_fodder 18 37
31 Jan 2005 3:26AM
Yeah - Perfect Exposure is a good book, but it's pretty much "How to Expose" and not a lot else.

If you're after one that discusses composition etc. the Fortney one's a better start point.

If you're after something really meaty, there's John Shaw's Field Guide. That's a monster of a read, but has incredible detail, more reference than bed time reading.
KenTaylor 18 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2005 3:49AM
You might like to try `Approaching Photography` by Paul Hill that deals with seeing rather than all the technical stuff. Basic Photography has been mentioned that deals with that.
I would also consider a workshop away from London for a few days as it helps to clear the mind of distractions.
delboz 17 3
31 Jan 2005 12:48PM
Thanks everybody for all your recommendations. It did help a lot as I wasn't sure where to start looking.

Delphine

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