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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. 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.

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 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.


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