Good book for 35mm SLR newbie

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by kebuchan, May 5, 2006.

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    kebuchan Guest

    Hi all,

    I ended up buying a Canon EOS K2. not sure if that was the best thing
    to buy but my wife likes it and has been taking tons of pictures with

    She's a newbie to the world of 35mm SLR, can anyone suggest any good
    books on the subject? Something with hints and tips on lighting,
    angles etc etc.


    kebuchan, May 5, 2006
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    Eric Miller Guest

    "The Camera" - Ansel Adams

    There are many others and I'm sure you'll get some other good recomendations

    Eric Miller
    Eric Miller, May 5, 2006
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  3. Hi Kevin,

    One of the best I've seen for beginning photographers is:

    The Art of Seeing
    Derek Doeffinger
    Kodak Workshop Series, publication KW-20
    Eastman Kodak Company, 1984
    ISBN 0-87985-305-0

    The more serious and experienced will likely sneer at this suggestion, but
    that is because they have forgotten their own beginnings. Or are ashamed to
    remember them.

    I like this book because it does not dwell extensively on equipment, but
    rather focuses on the eye and mind of the person holding the equipment. For
    a beginner with a newly purchased camera this can be crucial.

    Everyone to whom I've lent my 22-year-old copy has enjoyed it and found it
    helpful and inspiring. I'd be surprised if your wife didn't as well.

    Ken Nadvornick, May 5, 2006
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    Peter Guest

    I kind of like the Time-Life series. It's a little dated (1970s),
    but it has lots of good info and really great pictures. You can
    probably find a few volumes at your local used bookstore for
    a few dollars each.

    Peter, May 5, 2006
  5. One book which I have found to be impressive on lighting (mostly studio
    and interior) is "Light - Science and Magic" by Fil Hunter and Paul
    Fuqua, Focal Press 1990, ISBN 0-240-51796-2

    Bit old, and obviously only covers film, not digital sensors, but the
    nature of light doesn't change.

    David Littlewood, May 6, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    Kodak Guide to 35mm Photography

    Do *not* get her "The Camera" by Ansel Adams. This is a great book, but
    not for a beginner.
    Mike, May 6, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    National Geographic Field Guide to Photography is a good primer and has
    a few excellent articles on specific photographer's approaches to their
    assignements. There are a couple follow on editions (travel, secrets to
    great p., ...) but I haven't seen them.

    Any library will have a lot of photography books.

    Alan Browne, May 6, 2006
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    ink Guest

    Can recommend "The National Geographic Field Guide to Photography". Was a
    good introduction into the subject for me.

    ink, May 8, 2006
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    no_name Guest

    Picked up the whole set for about $40 from a used bookstore last year.
    no_name, May 8, 2006
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    no_name Guest

    I have the second edition, 1997 - ISBN-10 0-240-80275-6. It's the text
    for my object lighting courses.

    Doesn't really address the means of capture at all, other than passing
    references to polaroid film backs & 35mm cameras having focal plane
    shutters & therefore a flash sync speed.

    For a basics there's always '"The Joy of Photography" by the Editors of
    Eastman Kodak Company'
    no_name, May 8, 2006
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    Jeremy Guest

    Check used book stores or for "How To Take Good Pictures," by
    Kodak. Elementary stuff, lots of photos, and perfect for the newbie.
    Jeremy, May 8, 2006
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