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02-06-2004, 10:18 PM
Focused book, get it? :) ... pun intended!

I'm looking for a good book on digital photography. What I've seen so far are broadbased books that discusss file formats, printing, connecting, selecting a new digital camera, using photo editing software, retouching phots...and about one or two pages on how to take good shots using the manual settings available on today's digicams.

Do you have any suggestions for a good book that is focused on how to use the manual settings on a digicam to take great photos in a myriad of shooting conditions? I'm looking for something other than a Dummies-type book that gives a 10,000 ft. overview of digital photography.

Lee Yuan Sheng
02-07-2004, 05:40 AM
Get a book focusing on traditional photography. They're far better than the consumer oriented digital photography books. Principles of photography will remain the same, with only some changes due to technology.

02-08-2004, 05:52 PM
Try 50 Fast Digital Camera Techniques by Wiley Publishing. It gives tons(ok 50) examples and how they were shot along with the digital viewpoint. It also gives great advice on what accessories you need and which ones are the best. I would normally agree with the previous post - buyphoto books to learn how to take photos. However this book will give you the best of both worlds.

Suhit Gupta
02-09-2004, 04:17 PM
I agree that 50 Fast Digital Camera Techniques is quite good, in fact I had bought it because Larry Berman and Chris Maher were co-authors but I found that even though the tips on photography is great, some of the photoshop references were not. Also it's print quality was not very good, there are references to the color sections in the book which is nice, but it can get tedious.

Overall though, the book is nice for beginners. I still recommend that each user find a book that suits them by spending time in a book store's photography section ;-)