Hello! I'm a brand new member and I"m also very new to photography. I'm looking for some advice (or opinions) on some good reading material. I was at my local Chapters and there seems to be a countless number of books on Photography. Too many to be exact! I have purchased a Nikon D7000 kit and was looking for some literature on the camera only to find that there should be a book out in early June 2011. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should be reading until I can get my hands on that one? Thank you for your time, Ian
Welcome to the community. There are several web sights that can give you loads of information. Just to name a few: Thom Hogan, Ken Rockwell, Cambridge in Color, Brad Hill, and Bjorn Rorslett. Some of these have tutorials and Nikon also has information and tutorials on their web sight. Good luck with your new camera.
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Hello again, Thanks for your help everyone. I'll definitely head out and purchase some books. It'll be an early Christmas present to myself! (As if the camera wasn't enough!) I appreciate your advice. Ian
In a way, you are lucky to be starting with no experience. The D7000 seems to have more of a learning curve for users of other models because it requires acquiring different habits. You have none so will be open to starting on the right path. I have no access to books here in English on photography so have none but reading a sample chapter on Amazon for "Understanding Exposure" put is high on my list for recommendations for newcomers due to its non-technical style with good use of analogies and practical technique. When the Thom Hogan book comes out, it will no doubt be a great desk reference with more detailed information than you will likely want to read straight through. Within a couple months there will be several titles on the shelved, it is a hot camera and publishers will speed them to press.
I would also suggest Peterson. It is a clear and readable introduction to the fundamentals.
I would also recommend The Ansel Adams series The Camera, The Negative and The Print. Whilst written in the age of film, the principals translate directly to digital. Not the most readable prose style but my goodness there is so much information and advice in there. The thing that I love about these books is that each technical point is tied in to the creative decision making process with the objective of being able to visualise the finished image including all the post-processing that will be required before pressing the shutter release.
I highly advise joining a local camera club or two. You learn thru doing by entering monthly competitions & critiques. Also you will learn a lot about how images were made thru face to face interactions with the club's better photographers. Reading books etc is really important but photography is best learned thru trial & error & feedback from people whose work you admire.
Hi Jan, understanding the technology is probably the easiest part of taking good pictures. I the absence of any D7k literature, check the manual, follow some good forums (e.g. this one) and use your camera. Taking good pictures does not require a D7k book. Read about basics of photography (camera independent) and composition. Concerning composition you not only have to look for photography books but also art (painting). A nice and simple book about composition is the e-book "Simplifying Composition" from Bruce Percy.