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wallet

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Hi folks,

I was trying to pick up some good reading materials on photography to learn more stuff and widen my knowledge somehow.

Naturally i went online to "hunt" and found it is not very easy to find useful reading materials that are simple and enchanting.

So i turned to my friend, and he advised me to buy some photography magazines from bookstores.

Appreciate greatly if you could share useful materials either from:
1) online websites
2) photography magazines

Thanks a milion. If this is a repeated thread, pls pardon me and direct me pls. :)
 

NikF601

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You can start with this book : Understanding Exposure Bryan Peterson. This can be loan from : National Library and branches....
 

Octarine

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I was trying to pick up some good reading materials on photography to learn more stuff and widen my knowledge somehow.
In which area do you need more knowledge? Technical skills about equipment, exposure and other things? Or rather the aspects of composition, image creation, capturing moments, distinctive genres of photography?
The first topic is easy, even the newbies guides here have tons of additional links about all the technicalities because that's what most newbies need to learn. For the second topic you can still find good results when searching for 'Rules of Composition' or 'Leading Lines' and others. Plenty of results, images... If you prefer a more structured approach I would still consider going for a photographic course that focuses on the creative part, rather than the technicalities.
 

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Magazines are not the best material to start with.

Suggest to start with books. After you're done getting a basic knowledge of photography (by basic, I mean generally knowing what to do to get what you want - a lot of people seem to think that basic photography = turn on camera, turn it off, charge batteries... In this day and age, that's not even basic, it should be a given if you are of age 50 and below), you can browse through magazines..

That said, don't take magazines too seriously, they are usually chock full of advertisements... Although there are good articles now and then.

For composition, it is best to look at good photographs.
 

kishleo

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just learn from Youtube
 

daredevil123

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Hi folks,

I was trying to pick up some good reading materials on photography to learn more stuff and widen my knowledge somehow.

Naturally i went online to "hunt" and found it is not very easy to find useful reading materials that are simple and enchanting.

So i turned to my friend, and he advised me to buy some photography magazines from bookstores.

Appreciate greatly if you could share useful materials either from:
1) online websites
2) photography magazines

Thanks a milion. If this is a repeated thread, pls pardon me and direct me pls. :)
Hard to find online? really?

Anyway, let us know what kind of material you are looking for, some of us can point you in the right direction.
 

CamInit

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Library... more than enough resources. Fundamentals don't change. Online and magazines if you want more up to date developments (software, hardware, products, etc). Took me 3 years to finish borrowing most of the photography books from Woodlands Library, not necessarily mean reading everyone of them in detail, mind you. Books are more structured for proper learning than jumping into random articles here and there. Another thing is that publishing, being a relatively typical source of revenue for established photographers, thus there's more effort put into it than your common web articles which usually doesn't have the same monetary motivation.
 

adngoh

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Hi, can I read books and ignore the manual?

I find the manual somewhat boring... (not enough pictures) :p
 

rhino123

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Hi, can I read books and ignore the manual?

I find the manual somewhat boring... (not enough pictures) :p
U can, nobody is stopping you. To say the truth, I seldom read manual, I just go hands on and test test, play play.
 

MrTiew Yehui

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I think you could try looking for some photography forums..Some of them have alot of useful information and also learning materials for starters..
 

moveslikejagger92

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Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is damn good. Highly recommend. Written like a textbook and easy to understand.
 

Shizuma

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I found a novel about a Spanish guy called Manual, included in my camera box. Senor Manual was very helpful in explaining how my camera worked. But sadly the plot was lacking
 

mds80

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I picked up a lot of photography skills and knowledge by borrowing and reading books from the main national library at bras basah. There's a treasure trove there and you can learn just about anything related to photography. I had a bad experience with magazines and found them to be a waste of money and time for what little tips they offer.
 

NormanSelvaraju

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Shizuma>> señor Manual seems to be knowledgable on many things. He even wrote one about my toaster. 2 pages. Big words many pictures.

TS>> I'm reading 2 books, Chasing the Light by Ibarionex Perello and The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman. One is about using light to capture good images. The other is about improving composition.

I am an absolute newbie to photography. Before this, I did read my camera manual and learnt about photography from the instructional video series from easy-exposure.com

All the best.
 

TheLoneRanger

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came across a book named "Light science and magic" . seems very detailed from a rough glance!