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I've borrow The Digital SLR Handbook by Michael Freeman from the library but found that bulk of the book is touching on Photoshop usage. As a newbie, I would like to further understand how to take better photos rather than how to edit and all. May you please recommend some books and if its directed at Canon users, all the more better. Thanks.
 

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Scott Kelby's The digital photography book should work for you. When you have more experience you can go on to book 2 :)

I love his series, got both.
 

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"Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, is another book highly recommended.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations bro. Will be on a lookout at the library....
 

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I've borrow The Digital SLR Handbook by Michael Freeman from the library but found that bulk of the book is touching on Photoshop usage. As a newbie, I would like to further understand how to take better photos rather than how to edit and all. May you please recommend some books and if its directed at Canon users, all the more better. Thanks.
i think, the best way to understand how to take better photographs is not to read any guide book.. most guide books impart technicalities

what you need to do, is to borrow photobooks with whatever genre you're interested in.. for example, if you like landscapes, just borrow a whole load of landscape photograph books, and spend an entire afternoon pouring through. not just an enjoyable experience, i do feel you learn a lot as well..of course if you don't just doze off while looking at it.. if you do, then i suspect you should try another genre, the interest is not there.

at the very least, it should give you some composition ideas.. how to carry out composition, what looks better for you, what doesn't.. :)
 

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Great advice by night86mare!

If you're lazing to get books.. just drop by photo.net - an excellent website, and browse their photo galleries.
 

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Great advice by night86mare!

If you're lazing to get books.. just drop by photo.net - an excellent website, and browse their photo galleries.
pbase's top galleries, are really fab too - well some of them, with a very huge variety of genres/works

here

i used to spend free time in school in the com lab looking at them, in the end gave up, the monitor calibration is sark, so everything look chao ta
 

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pbase's top galleries, are really fab too - well some of them, with a very huge variety of genres/works

here

i used to spend free time in school in the com lab looking at them, in the end gave up, the monitor calibration is sark, so everything look chao ta
Whao! The photos in the url are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
 

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go to riceball!

books there seem reasonably priced...

eg : scott kelby's 7 point for Photoshop Cs3..

cost $71 at riceball
cost $101 at borders!
 

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wow, i never knew the price difference would be so great, guess i should find time to stop by the shop one day. thanks for the advice!

go to riceball!

books there seem reasonably priced...

eg : scott kelby's 7 point for Photoshop Cs3..

cost $71 at riceball
cost $101 at borders!
 

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Ya boy...what a huge difference. Thanks guy.

I've been browsing through as recommended, some of the photos taken are using film. They do have description on what shutter speed they use, aperture, lens etc. Are they directly related to DSLR or do I need to do some step down calculation? If there's a calculation, any specific formula? Thanks again.
 

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Ya boy...what a huge difference. Thanks guy.

I've been browsing through as recommended, some of the photos taken are using film. They do have description on what shutter speed they use, aperture, lens etc. Are they directly related to DSLR or do I need to do some step down calculation? If there's a calculation, any specific formula? Thanks again.
not really, as sometimes the dslr iso speed is not exact

what you should just know is how to use your camera's metering system, and what each trait you can change does, i.e. shutter speed, aperture, iso.. and shoot

after a while you will ujnderstand
 

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Thanks for your advices night86mare.
 

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wow, i never knew the price difference would be so great, guess i should find time to stop by the shop one day. thanks for the advice!
take into acct the US/CA/UK pricing on the back (49.99/59.99/29.99) of the book, it seems to be a real good buy .. i even went back to borders to confirm that i didnt see the prices wrongly (got the borders card .. 10%) .. lucky i dropped my wife at city hall and decided to take a look at the shop..
 

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I've borrow The Digital SLR Handbook by Michael Freeman from the library but found that bulk of the book is touching on Photoshop usage. As a newbie, I would like to further understand how to take better photos rather than how to edit and all. May you please recommend some books and if its directed at Canon users, all the more better. Thanks.
Most contemporary books I've seen are little more than collections of photoshop screenshots with a few annotations, and topics are usually condensed into a double-page spread to cater to short attention spans - glitzy, but little substance. If you're interested in more solid, in-depth information, I would suggest to not overlook older books from the film era - e.g. Andreas Feininger's books come to mind. While most are not in print any more, there are lots of very inexpensive copies on the second hand market.
 

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Most contemporary books I've seen are little more than collections of photoshop screenshots with a few annotations, and topics are usually condensed into a double-page spread to cater to short attention spans - glitzy, but little substance. If you're interested in more solid, in-depth information, I would suggest to not overlook older books from the film era - e.g. Andreas Feininger's books come to mind. While most are not in print any more, there are lots of very inexpensive copies on the second hand market.
You're so correct on the 2pgs substance. :D:D I'm a little cheappo on books at this moment, been going to the library to borrow and the bulk of it are on film. I would say the film photographers gives more 'bang' in their books. :)
 

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